Simon Rolfes

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Simon Rolfes
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Rolfes with Leverkusen in 2014.
Personal information
Full name Simon Rolfes
Date of birth (1982-01-21) 21 January 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Ibbenbüren, West Germany
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Bayer Leverkusen
Number 6
Youth career
1986–1999 TuS Recke
1999–2000 Werder Bremen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2004 Werder Bremen II 100 (18)
2003 SSV Reutlingen (loan) 13 (0)
2004–2005 Alemannia Aachen 28 (3)
2005– Bayer Leverkusen 264 (40)
2010 Bayer Leverkusen II 1 (0)
National team
2002 Germany U21 1 (0)
2004–2005 Germany Team 2006 3 (0)
2007–2011 Germany 26 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2011

Simon Rolfes (born 21 January 1982) is a German footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga.

Club career[edit]

Werder Bremen[edit]

Rolfes started his career at Werder Bremen after progressing through their academy. He made exactly 100 league appearances for the reserve team and managed to notch 18 goals from his defensive midfield position. He spent half a season on loan at SSV Reutlingen, making 13 appearances.

Alemannia Aachen[edit]

Despite his good form, SV Werder Bremen manager Thomas Schaaf did not feature him as a regular, so in 2004 he moved to Alemannia Aachen and played 28 times in his one season there.

Bayer Leverkusen[edit]

Year 2005 came out to be a crucial year for Rolfes, with Bayer Leverkusen signing him and since then he has become a fan favorite, quickly winning a regular spot and not much after, captaincy in the full squad. He became somewhat of a cult hero for Leverkusen with his strong mental attributes – high working rate, teamwork, sportsmanship, and influence on the pitch. Rolfes suffered a serious knee injury on 2 July 2009, missing the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa. After he recovered from the injury, he played his first 2010–11 season match against VfL Wolfsburg, where he substituted Patrick Helmes in the 63rd minute, with Leverkusen down by 2–0. He scored the first goal three minutes after he was subbed in, won a penalty for Leverkusen that was successfully taken by Arturo Vidal, and to make things even better – he scored the last goal in the match, to give his team a 3–2 win. He was elected the player of the match.[2] On 28 January 2011, he made another impressive performance for the "Werkself", this time against Hannover 96, getting on the scoresheet in the process. His impressive form continued with further putting impressive performances and scoring goals against FSV Frankfurt on 12 February in a 3–0 win, and against SV Werder Bremen in a 2–2 draw on 27 February.

International career[edit]

Rolfes and Bastian Schweinsteiger in a match against South Africa

Rolfes made his international debut for Germany in a friendly against Denmark on 28 March 2007 in Duisburg.

He was part of the German team that finished as runners-up at Euro 2008. Rolfes started in the quarter-finals against Portugal in Basel, which Germany won 3–2, and started the semi-finals against Turkey, also in Basel, which they also won 3–2. Rolfes scored his first goal on 6 September 2008 in a 2010 World Cup qualifier, a 6–0 win against Liechtenstein. Rolfes was set to be called up to German squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but he got injured and missed the competition and more than ten first games of the 2010–11 season for the "Werkself".

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance[edit]

As of 1 April 2014
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Total
2000–01 Werder Bremen II Regionalliga Nord 26 5 1 0 - - 27 5
2001–02 31 7 2 1 - - 33 8
2002–03 17 2 1 0 - - 18 2
2002–03 SSV Reutlingen 2. Bundesliga 13 0 0 0 - - 13 0
2003–04 Werder Bremen II Regionalliga Nord 26 4 0 0 - - 26 4
2004–05 Alemannia Aachen 2. Bundesliga 28 3 2 0 7 0 37 3
2005–06 Bayer Leverkusen Bundesliga 32 7 2 0 2 0 36 7
2006–07 34 3 2 2 12 0 48 5
2007–08 34 8 1 0 12 1 47 9
2008–09 33 3 6 1 - - 39 4
2009–10 11 4 2 0 - - 13 4
2010–11 28 5 1 0 3 0 32 5
2011–12 31 3 1 0 8 0 40 3
2012–13 30 3 3 1 7 0 40 4
2013–14 25 4 4 0 8 3 36 7
Career total 399 61 28 5 59 4 485 70

International appearances[edit]

As of 04:31, 19 August 2013 (UTC)

Germany
Year Apps Goals
2007 7 0
2008 10 1
2009 4 0
2011 5 1
Total 26 2

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 6 September 2008 Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein  Liechtenstein 0–3 0–6 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 11 November 2011 Olimpiysky National Sports Complex, Kiev, Ukraine  Ukraine 3–2 3–3 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Bayer 04 Leverkusen

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rolfes, Simon" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Wolfsburg 2–3 Bayer Leverkusen: Simon Rolfes Brings Die Werkself Back To Life". Peace FM Online. 16 October 2010. Retrieved 19 October 2010. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Carsten Ramelow
Bayer Leverkusen captain
2008-–present
Incumbent