Stefan Maierhofer

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Stefan Maierhofer
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Personal information
Full name Stefan Maierhofer
Date of birth (1982-08-16) 16 August 1982 (age 31)
Place of birth Gablitz, Austria
Height 2.02 m (6 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Free agent
Youth career
SV Gablitz
FC Tulln
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 First Vienna 18 (2)
2003–2005 SV Langenrohr 53 (26)
2005–2006 Bayern Munich II 42 (21)
2007 Bayern Munich 2 (0)
2007 TuS Koblenz 14 (3)
2007 Greuther Fürth 10 (2)
2008 Rapid Vienna (loan) 11 (7)
2008–2009 Rapid Vienna 38 (24)
2009–2011 Wolverhampton Wanderers 9 (1)
2010 Bristol City (loan) 3 (0)
2010–2011 MSV Duisburg (loan) 27 (8)
2011–2012 Red Bull Salzburg 39 (15)
2013 1. FC Köln 14 (1)
2014 Millwall 11 (2)
National team
2008– Austria 19 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 July 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 June 2013

Stefan Maierhofer (born 16 August 1982) is an Austrian international football striker who is currently without a club.

Maierhofer failed to make the grade with German giants Bayern Munich, making just two first team appearances. After spells with second division teams TuS Koblenz and Greuther Fürth he returned to his homeland with Rapid Vienna. He enjoyed the best goalscoring form of his career here, which earned him a move to English Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2009, where he made just ten appearances before returning to Austria.

Club career[edit]

Maierhofer was initially trained as a restaurant specialist/cook. The tall striker joined Bayern Munich's reserve team from Austrian side SV Langenrohr in July 2005, and signed a professional contract with the club one year later, eventually making two Bundesliga appearances as a late substitute, during 2006–07. In two seasons with Bayern Munich's reserve team, he scored 21 goals in 42 Regionalliga appearances and was the team's top goalscorer in both seasons.

In January 2007, Maierhofer moved to 2. Bundesliga side TuS Koblenz until the end of the season, scoring three goals in 14 league appearances. In July 2007, he signed a two-year contract with another team in the division, SpVgg Greuther Fürth, but the club sent him on a six-month loan to Austrian Bundesliga's Rapid Vienna in January 2008.

He helped Rapid win the 2008 Bundesliga title, after scoring seven goals in 11 league matches for the club, including braces in a 2–0 derby win over Austria Vienna and a 7–0 away win against the club's main title rivals Red Bull Salzburg. Consequently, Rapid decided to make the deal permanent and signed Maierhofer on a three-year contract.[1]

The 2008–09 season saw his best goalscoring return as he struck 27 goals, including two in Champions League qualifiers, helping the club end the league campaign as runners-up.

He signed for newly promoted Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers in a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee – reportedly an initial £1.8m – on 31 August 2009.[2] He scored on his debut in a 3–1 defeat at Blackburn Rovers.[3] He suffered a hernia injury which put him out of action for several months, and upon regaining fitness was no longer in contention at Wolves. He was instead sent on a one month loan to Championship club Bristol City in March 2010,[4] but failed to make an impact.[5]

During summer 2010, he was told he was no longer part of Wolves manager Mick McCarthy's plans and was instead loaned to 2. Bundesliga club MSV Duisburg on a season-long loan for the 2010–11 campaign.[6][7] He scored 12 goals during the season, including a goal in a DFB Cup semi final to take the Zebras to the final where they lost to Schalke.[8]

On 23 August 2011, Maierhofer returned to Austria when he signed for Red Bull Salzburg in a two-year deal. After a year and a half in Salzburg, Maierhofer returned to Germany, signing for 1. FC Köln in January 2013, but left in the summer.[9] On 14 March 2014, Maierhofer joined Championship side Millwall on a short-term deal until the end of the 2013–14 season.[10] Maierhofer had previously had a trial with Queens Park Rangers.[11]

International career[edit]

Maierhofer's good performances during his initial loan spell at Rapid Vienna secured him his first call-up to the Austrian national team in April 2008, when he was named to the country's preliminary squad for the UEFA Euro 2008 finals.[12] However, he would not make the final cut.

On 20 August 2008, he eventually made his international debut, in a 2–2 friendly against Italy, in Nice. He scored his first international goal when he scored inside the first minute against the Faroe Islands on 5 September 2009.

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Club League Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Austria League Austrian Cup Europe Total
First Vienna FC Regional League East 2002–03 18 2 0 0 18 2
Germany League DFB-Pokal DFB-Ligapokal Europe Total
Bayern Munich II Regionalliga Süd 2005–06 28 10 28 10
Bayern Munich Bundesliga 2006–07 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Bayern Munich II Regionalliga Süd 2006–07 14 11 2 0
TuS Koblenz 2. Bundesliga 2006–07 14 3 0 0 14 3
Greuther Fürth 2007–08 10 2 2 1 12 3
Austria League Austrian Cup Europe Total
Rapid Wien Bundesliga 2007–08 11 7 0 0 0 0 11 7
2008–09 35 23 3 2 2 2 40 27
2009–10 3 1 1 1 5 2 9 4
England League FA Cup Football League Cup Europe Total
Wolverhampton Wanderers Premier League 2009–10 8 1 0 0 1 0 9 1
Bristol City League Championship 2009–10 3 0 3 0
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Total
MSV Duisburg 2. Bundesliga 2010–11 27 8 5 4 32 12
Austria League Austrian Cup Europe Total
Red Bull Salzburg Bundesliga 2011–12 29 14 3 1 7 0 39 15
2012–13 10 1 2 1 2 0 14 2
Germany League DFB-Pokal DFB-Ligapokal Europe Total
1. FC Köln 2. Bundesliga 2012–13 14 1 0 0 14 1
Career totals Austria 106 48 9 5 12 4 127 57
Germany 101 35 7 5 0 0 0 0 108 40
England 11 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 12 1
Career statistics 218 84 16 10 1 0 12 4 247 98

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Maierhofer rewarded for Rapid progress". UEFA.com. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Wolves capture striker Maierhofer". BBC Sport. 31 August 2009. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Blackburn 3 – 1 Wolverhampton". BBC Sport. 12 September 2009. Retrieved 13 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "Bristol City sign striker Stefan Maierhofer from Wolves". BBC Sport. 15 March 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Stefan Maierhofer's emergency loan at Bristol City ends". BBC Sport. 8 April 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "McCarthy wants Maierhofer sale". BBC Sport. 14 July 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Hoff goes out on loan". wolves.co.uk. 2 August 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Schalke holt den Pott zum fünften Mal" (in German). kicker. 21 May 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "Stefan Maierhofer: Millwall sign Austrian striker". BBC Sport. 14 March 2014. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Striker Stefan signs". Millwall FC. 14 March 2014. 
  11. ^ Jones, Simon (14 March 201). "Millwall look up to Austria giant Maierhofer as Holloway bids to avoid the drop". dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "Austria's EURO 2008 squad with 3 Bundesliga players" (in German). Eurosport. 24 April 2008. [dead link]

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