Stephan Schröck

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Stephan Schröck
Personal information
Full name Stephan Markus Cabizares Schröck
Date of birth (1986-08-21) 21 August 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Schweinfurt, West Germany
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder / Defender
Club information
Current team
SpVgg Greuther Fürth
Number 10
Youth career
1991–2001 DJK Schweinfurt
2001–2004 SpVgg Greuther Fürth
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2012 SpVgg Greuther Fürth 183 (7)
2012–2013 1899 Hoffenheim 10 (0)
2013–2014 Eintracht Frankfurt 12 (0)
2014– SpVgg Greuther Fürth 15 (1)
National team
2004 Germany U-18 2 (0)
2004–2005 Germany U-19 12 (1)
2005 Germany U-20 2 (0)
2011 Philippines 17 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 December 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 October 2014

Stephan Markus Cabizares Schröck[1] (born 21 August 1986) is a GermanFilipino footballer who plays for 2. Bundesliga club SpVgg Greuther Fürth. He represented the Germany at various youth levels before switching to the Philippines. He is a midfielder who can also operate as a right back.

Club career[edit]

SpVgg Greuther Fürth[edit]

Schröck started at SpVgg in 2001, going through the junior teams and made the leap into the professional squad in the 2004–05 season. In April 2008, Schröck signed a two-year contract extension with Greuther Fürth.[2] Two years later, in March 2010, Schröck again extended his contract for another two years.[3] Although he revealed that he could have gone to five other clubs with better financial benefits, he chose to stay to repay the backing that the club has always shown him.[4] He also wanted to reach the Bundesliga with the club and believed it would be an achievable target before his contract expired.[5] In the 2011–12 season, his final year at the club, he helped the team win the league title and gain promotion to the Bundesliga.

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim[edit]

In late March 2012, Schröck signed a three year deal with Bundesliga side TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.[6] He made his debut in a 4–0 home defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt but was sent off after 74 minutes.[7] Schröck started and put up a great performance against league leaders Bayern Munich on March 3, 2013. He came as close as anyone to scoring for Hoffenheim with a lovely shot which Starke saved well.[8]

Eintracht Frankfurt[edit]

On 27 June 2013, Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt announced that they had signed Schröck on a two-year deal.[9] He made his debut against champions FC Bayern Munich and was charged with marking Franck Ribéry.[10] Schröck became the fourth Southeast Asian player to play in the Europa League after Paul Mulders, Neil Etheridge and Jerry Lucena when he played a match against Maccabi Tel Aviv.[11] Schröck scored his first goal for Frankfurt in a Europa League match against APOEL Nicosia.[12]

Return to SpVgg Greuther Fürth[edit]

After only a season with Frankfurt, Schröck returned to Greuther Fürth.[13]

International career[edit]

Schröck was born to a German father and a Filipina mother, making him eligible to represent Germany or the Philippines at international level. He initially chose Germany, as he has represented the country at U-18, U-19 and U-20 levels.

Under previous FIFA statutes, Schröck could have switched to the Philippines until his 21st birthday but he didn't take that option, neither was he called up during this time. In early October 2008, the Philippine Football Federation wanted to get him to play for the Philippines in 2008 AFF Suzuki Cup qualification tournament.[14] However, he was not able to as he was already over the age of 21. FIFA eventually removed the age limit on players switching nations in early June 2009,[15] making him eligible again to switch to the Philippines. In July 2010, Schröck announced his intention to play for the Philippines in the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup qualification tournament in Laos,[4] but was ultimately left out of the squad as his documents had not been processed in time.[16]

It is a great honor to play for the country of my mother. It makes me really proud. I owe everything to her and all I have is because of my mother. Playing for the Philippines is my way of saying thank you to my mum.

–Stephan Schröck[17]

It was only in March 2011 where he went to the Philippines to finalize his documents and was tipped to be ready for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification first round.[18] He eventually made his full international debut for the Philippines in the first-leg of the first round World Cup qualifiers on 29 June 2011 against Sri Lanka, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–1 draw and also receiving a yellow card.[19] In the second leg on 3 July 2011, he again played the full 90 minutes in a 4–0 win.[20] However, he received another yellow card and was suspended along with team captain Alexander Borromeo for the first-leg of the second round qualifiers against Kuwait.[21] The Philippine Football Federation appealed to FIFA to rescind his suspension, but was unsuccessful.[22]

Without Schröck, the Philippines lost 3–0 to Kuwait in the first-leg.[23] Believing the deficit could be overturned, he came back for the second leg against the wishes of his club.[24] He would score the opening goal from 25 yards deep into first-half injury time, but wouldn't be enough to help the Philippines make a come back as they eventually lost 2–1.[25]

Schröck scored his second international goal less than a minute into the second half of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualifier against Cambodia. The Philippines would go on to win 8–0.[26] Two days later, he was awarded by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) as the MVP in the 1–0 win over Turkmenistan,[27] helping the Philippines qualify for the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup.[28]

On 4 August 2014, Schrock announced he was "resigning" from the Philippines national team, effectively announcing his international retirement to "pursue new challenges".[29] He then revealed that he resigned as a protest against coach Thomas Dooley and was effectively giving an ultimatum, saying he would no longer play for the country while Dooley remained coach. Schrock went on to criticize the team management, claiming there were internal problems in the Philippine Football Federation and labelled the team a "chicken farm", a German expression meaning highly disorganized, before saying he felt the veteran players were not being respected.[30]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list the Philippines' goal tally first.[31]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 28 July 2011 Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila  Kuwait
2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier
2. 24 March 2013 Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila  Cambodia
2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualifier
3. 15 October 2013 Panaad Stadium, Bacolod  Pakistan
2013 Philippine Peace Cup



SpVgg Greuther Fürth

National team[edit]


  • Philippine Sportswriters Association Footballer of the Year (Mr. Football Award): 2013[32]

Personal life[edit]

On 28 May 2011 in Germany, Schröck married his childhood sweetheart, Pina.[33]


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  2. ^ "Schröck weiter für "Kleeblätter" auf dem Rasen". (in German). FOCUS Magazine. 25 April 2008. Retrieved 31 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Schröck bleibt Greuther Fürth treu". (in German). FOCUS Magazine. 16 March 2010. Retrieved 22 March 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Funk, Martin (29 July 2010). "Schröck wird Nationalspieler...". (in German) (Bild). Retrieved 31 August 2010. 
  5. ^ Funk, Martin (23 August 2010). "So wird Schröck der nächster Millionen-Deal". (in German) (Bild). Retrieved 31 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Schröck to join Hoffenheim". Fußball-Bundesliga. 28 March 2012. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Hoffenheim vs. Entracht Frankfurt 0 - 4". Soccer Way. Global Sports Media. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "1899 performance raises hopes". Hoffenheim 0 - 1 Bayern Munich. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
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  15. ^ "FIFA removes age limit on players switching nationality". IM Scouting. 4 June 2009. Retrieved 31 August 2010. 
  16. ^ "Etheridge in for Philippines No. 1". (ASEAN Football Federation). 18 October 2010. Retrieved 18 October 2010. 
  17. ^ Moore, Roy (28 June 2011). "Countdown in Sri Lanka: The final countdown". Roymondous blog. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  18. ^ Tupas, Cedelf P. (6 March 2011). "Azkals leave for Japan training Monday". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  19. ^ "Match report: Sri Lanka – Philippines". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  20. ^ "Match report: Philippines – Sri Lanka". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  21. ^ "2 Azkals suspended for next match". (Alto Broadcasting System-Chronicle Broadcasting Network). 4 July 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  22. ^ Flores, Celest R. (22 July 2011). "FIFA denies plea to rescind suspension of Philippine Azkals' Borromeo, Schrock". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  23. ^ "Match report: Kuwait – Philippines". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  24. ^ Tupas, Cedelf P. (28 July 2011). "Faith continues to fule Azkals' campaign". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  25. ^ Tupas, Cedelf P. (28 July 2011). "Azkals fall to Kuwait". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  26. ^ "Cambodia 0-8 Philippines". (Asian Football Confederation). 25 March 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  27. ^ "Match Summary: Philippines v Turkmenistan". Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  28. ^ "Philippines 1-0 Turkmenistan". Asian Football Confederation. 27 March 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  29. ^ "Azkals star Stephan Schrock ‘resigns’ from national team duty". InterAkyson. 4 August 2014. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  30. ^ Pöhlmann, Florian (2 August 2014). "Schröck: "Ich musste jetzt Rückgrat zeigen"". Nürnberger Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  31. ^ "Stephan Schröck". National Football Teams. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  32. ^ Jasmine Payo (2014-01-19). "PSA recognition for Schrock, lady spikers". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  33. ^ Santiago, Francis (2 July 2011). "Honeymoon can wait for Fil-German". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 

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