Stefan Leitl

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Stefan Leitl
Personal information
Date of birth (1977-08-29) 29 August 1977 (age 37)
Place of birth Munich, West Germany
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Central Midfielder
Youth career
FC Ismaning
Bayern Munich
0000–1994 SpVgg Unterhaching
1994–1995 Bayern Munich
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1998 Bayern Munich (A) 26 (2)
1996–1998 Bayern Munich 0 (0)
1998–1999 SV Lohhof
1999–2002 1. FC Nuremberg 57 (4)
2002–2004 SpVgg Unterhaching 57 (4)
2004–2007 SV Darmstadt 90 (14)
2007–2013 FC Ingolstadt 04 182 (43)
Total 412 (67)
National team
1997 Germany U21 2 (0)
1998 Germany Olympic 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Stefan Leitl (born 29 August 1977) was a German footballer who played as a midfielder.[1]

Career[edit]

Leitl played as a youth for FC Ismaning, before joining the youth setup of Bayern Munich in 1987. He left the club to join SpVgg Unterhaching, but returned, and began playing for the reserve team in 1995. A year later he was promoted to the senior squad, but did not make any first-team appearances, continuing to play for the reserves in the Regionalliga Süd. In 1998, he left FC Bayern, joining local amateur side SV Lohhof, with whom he won the Oberliga Bayern, securing promotion to the Regionalliga. He left, however, joining 1. FC Nuremberg, then of the 2. Bundesliga.

After two years Nuremberg were promoted to the Bundesliga as champions, where Leitl found his opportunities limited – after just five appearances he left the club half-way through the 2001–02 season, dropping back down a division to return to Unterhaching. He could not prevent them being relegated down to the Regionalliga, but played in 33 of 36 games the following season as they won the title, finishing ahead of Jahn Regensburg on goals scored. Leitl had now been a champion at the top four levels of German football.

The following season Leitl had lost his place, and only played 13 games, mostly as a substitute. He left the club in July 2004, joining Darmstadt, where he spent three seasons in the Regionalliga, leaving in 2007 after the club were relegated. He returned to Bavaria to sign for FC Ingolstadt 04, where he established himself as a key player, captaining the club to promotion as league runners-up. Ingolstadt were relegated after one season, but bounced back in 2010, beating Hansa Rostock in a playoff to return to the 2. Bundesliga.

Leitl started the 2010–11 season with a goal in a DFB-Pokal match against Karlsruher SC, the first goal at Ingolstadt's new Audi Sportpark. He retired at the end of the 2012–13 season.

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leitl, Stefan" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 

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