Thomas Broich

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Thomas Broich
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Personal information
Date of birth (1981-01-29) 29 January 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Munich, West Germany
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Brisbane Roar
Number 22
Youth career
1987–1993 ASV Rott am Inn
1993–1996 TSV 1860 Rosenheim
1996–2000 SpVgg Unterhaching
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 SpVgg Unterhaching
2001–2003 SV Wacker Burghausen 78 (8)
2004–2006 Borussia Mönchengladbach 68 (4)
2006–2009 1. FC Köln 69 (4)
2009–2010 1. FC Nürnberg 7 (0)
2010– Brisbane Roar 107 (16)
National team
2002–2004 Germany U-21 7 (0)
2004–2005 Germany B 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 October 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Thomas Broich (born 29 January 1981) is a German football player who plays for Brisbane Roar in the A-League as an attacking midfielder. A documentary film about Broich titled Tom Meets Zizou was released to German cinemas in 2011, after eight years in the making.[1]

Club career[edit]

Germany[edit]

Broich played in several Bavarian youth teams such as ASV Rott am Inn, TSV 1860 Rosenheim and SpVgg Unterhaching. Later he played for the U23 team of Unterhaching and could have earned promotion to the Regionalliga Süd (Then Germany's 3rd league), but the manager did not include him in the first squad so he decided to leave. He signed a contract with SV Wacker Burghausen of the Regionalliga Süd and earned promotion to the 2. Bundesliga in 2002. During this time, he gained the reputation of a "thinking-man's player", being dubbed "Mozart" by his teammates, who often spotted him reading classic German literature and listening to classical music. With Burghausen, he became a standout midfielder and caught the eye of several top Bundesliga teams, including FC Bayern Munich.

In January 2004, he decided to sign with Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Bundesliga. Alongside Bastian Schweinsteiger and Lukas Podolski, Broich was considered to be the "bearer of hope" for the German national team and many media sources predicted that he would be a future player for the national team. However, he injured his foot in May 2004 and was unable to participate in the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship with the German team. During his injury, he struggled with the pressure to represent his country, drawing comparisons between himself and Sebastian Deisler, another German national team player who in 2003 suffered depression as a result of enormous national pressure, eventually retiring from football.[2]

At the start of the 2004–05 season, Mönchengladbach fired manager Holger Fach and hired Dutch coach Dick Advocaat. Broich became a fan favorite and his jersey surged to the top-sold in the club's fan shop. However, Broich clashed on and off the field with his new manager, Advokaat criticising "Mozart's" lack of physicality and free-spirited style, even going as far to sending him down to play with the club's second team. Despite this tough period in the Bundesliga, Broich was called up to participate in the preliminary team for the 2006 World Cup, and after a standout match against Scotland, caught the attention of the national media, including future national team coach Jogi Löw. Advocaat was eventually fired, and Broich, under new trainer Horst Köppel, returned to the starting rotation, playing a large role in helping the team avoid relegation.[2]

During the season hiatus, Broich found out that his contract with Mönchengladbach would not be extended. Borussia Dortmund were very interested in signing Broich as a replacement for Tomáš Rosický, who had signed with Arsenal[3] But it was rivals 1. FC Köln, hoping to bolster their squad to gain promotion from the second league to the Bundesliga, who were also strongly interested, who Broich signed with for the 2006–07 season. It was a season of ups and downs, with the highlight being a 4–2 DFB-Pokal win over Schalke 04, who at that time were ranked first in the Bundesliga. Broich scored the deciding goal in the 89th minute. However, back in the Second Bundesliga, he clashed with newly recruited coach Christoph Daum, whom he felt was not giving him enough playing time. Köln gained promotion to the Bundesliga, but the relationship between player and coach never improved.

Broich again started to think about playing abroad, attempting to move to the Australian A-League with Adelaide United.[4] However, he was convinced by former Mönchengladbach assistant manager and Broich-fan Michael Oenning, who now had a head coach position with 1. FC Nürnberg, to join him on his new team. Broich signed a one-year contract on 9 June 2009, but, after an early season-injury, he had a slow start and considered giving football in Germany up for good. After only seven season caps, he completed his contract with Nürnberg and again began to look south to Australia.

Brisbane Roar[edit]

On 11 May 2010, Broich signed a three.year deal with A-League club Brisbane Roar. He made his debut for the club against Everton in a pre-season Translink Cup game. He scored his first goal for the Roar in round seven against Adelaide United.[5] With six goals and 14 assists, Broich was instrumental in his debut season, which saw the Roar win their first ever Premiership and Championship.[6] Broich assisted both of Brisbane's goals in the grand final. It was his corner kick that assisted Erik Paartalu's last minute equaliser to send the final to a penalty shootout.

Broich won the Gary Wilkins Medal,[7] which is awarded to Brisbane Roar's player of the year and was runner up to Marcos Flores for the Johnny Warren Medal,[8] which is awarded to the A-League's player of the year. He finished the 2010–11 season with 12 assists, which was the highest in the league. Broich has only lost two A-League matches while playing for Brisbane, a 3–0 away loss to the Melbourne Victory on 12 September 2010 and a 1–0 home loss to the Newcastle Jets on 28 January 2012. In the 2011–12 season, Broich won the Johnny Warren Medal for player of the year and the A-League Foreign Player of the Year award.[9]

On 10 September 2012, it was announced that Broich had signed a four-year contract extension with the Roar, which means he is contracted to Brisbane until the end of the 2016–17 campaign.[10]

In the Grand Final on 4 May 2014, Broich was named joint Man of the Match along with Iacopo La Rocca as Brisbane came from a goal down to defeat Western Sydney Wanderers 2—1.[11]

Style and influence[edit]

Broich has exceptional footwork and vision.[12] Since his arrival in Australia, Broich has received praise for his footballing talents, some saying that he is the "best foreigner we've seen" in Australian football.[13][14][15] Brisbane coach Ange Postecoglou called Broich one of the best players in the A-League.[16] Broich is highly influential in the Brisbane Roar squad. When missing because of an injury, Roar managed to win only one in eight games, ending their record-breaking undefeated streak of 36 games.[17]

International career[edit]

From 2002 to 2004, Broich played seven times for the Germany U-21. In 2004 and 2005, he was a member of the "Team 2006", a team that gives players a chance to play international friendlies to gain experience for a future in the national squad.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 16 March 2014
Club Season Division League1 Cup International2 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
SV Wacker Burghausen 2001–02 Regionalliga 29 2 1 0 0 0 30 2
2002–03 2. Bundesliga 32 3 1 0 0 0 33 3
2003–04 17 3 1 0 0 0 18 3
Total 78 8 3 0 0 0 81 8
Borussia Mönchengladbach 2003–04 Bundesliga 13 2 2 0 0 0 15 2
2004–05 27 0 1 0 0 0 28 0
2005–06 28 2 1 0 0 0 29 2
Total 68 4 4 0 0 0 72 4
1. FC Köln 2006–07 2. Bundesliga 29 3 3 1 0 0 32 4
2007–08 28 1 1 0 0 0 29 1
2008–09 Bundesliga 12 0 1 0 0 0 13 0
Total 69 4 4 1 0 0 73 5
1. FC Nürnberg 2009–10 Bundesliga 7 0 2 0 0 0 9 0
Total 7 0 2 0 0 0 9 0
Brisbane Roar 2010–11 A-League 32 6 0 0 0 0 32 6
2011–12 20 3 0 0 6 1 26 4
2012–13 29 3 0 0 1 0 30 3
2013–14 23 3 0 0 0 0 23 3
Total 104 15 0 0 7 1 111 16
Career total 326 31 13 1 7 1 346 33

1 – includes A-League final series statistics
2 – includes FIFA Club World Cup statistics; AFC Champions League statistics are included in season commencing after group stages (i.e. ACL and A-League seasons etc.)

Honors[edit]

Club[edit]

Brisbane Roar

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Documentary depicts Thomas Broich's career from Germany's next-big-thing to Brisbane Roar star". dailytelegraph.com.au. 19 November 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Tom Meets Zizou
  3. ^ "Dortmund eye Broich move". Sky Sports. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Migliaccion, Val (5 May 2009). "Reds could take Thomas Broich". adelaidenow.com.au. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Brisbane defeat Adelaide". A-League. 17 September 2010. Retrieved 23 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "Broich having immediate impact – Brisbane Roar's Postecoglou". sports.yahoo.com. 27 September 2010. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  7. ^ http://www.brisbaneroar.com.au/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&id=39382[dead link]
  8. ^ Bernard, Grantlay (7 March 2011). "United's Marcos Flores wins Johnny Warren medal". Herald Sun. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  9. ^ FitzGibbon, Liam (10 April 2012). "Brisbane Roar import Thomas Broich wins Johnny Warren Medal at A-League awards function in Sydney". foxsports.com.au. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "Roar re-sign six stars". footballaustralia.com.au. 10 September 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "Brisbane cement dynasty as A-League continues upward trajectory". ESPNFC. 5 May 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  12. ^ Heming, Wayne (10 October 2012). "Thomas Broich warns former Roar coach Ange Postecoglou to expect 'few surprises' in Brisbane return". adelaidenow. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  13. ^ "Brisbane Roar star Thomas Broich is best import ever in Australian game, says Andy Harper". Fox Sports Aus. 13 October 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "Brisbane’s Broich quickly becoming A-League’s best import". tribalfootball.com. 21 October 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  15. ^ Knight, Matt (9 November 2010). "Thomas Broich". FourFourTwo.com. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  16. ^ "Broich Roars as A-League’s boom import". theroar.com.au. 27 September 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  17. ^ Monteverde, Marco (9 January 2012). "The wait is over for Brisbane Roar fans and marksman Besart Berisha with Thomas Broich back this week". foxsports.com.au. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  18. ^ "Thomas Broich wins A-League's Johnny Warren medal for a second time". ABC News. 28 April 2014. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 

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