|Full name||Zoltán Stieber|
|Date of birth||16 October 1988|
|Place of birth||Sárvár, Hungary|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Left Winger|
|Current club||Greuther Fürth|
|2007–2008||→ Yeovil Town (loan)||15||(1)|
|2011–2012||→ Mainz 05 II||3||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 November 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Zoltán Stieber (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈzoltaːn ˈʃtiːber]; born 16 October 1988 in Sárvár) is a professional Hungarian footballer of German descent who plays for Bundesliga side SpVgg Greuther Fürth and the Hungary national football team.
Stieber initially played for Budapest-based Goldball '94 alongside younger brother András, before moving to Hungarian giants Újpest. After impressing for the capital side, 'Zoli' was offered a trial with 3 top-flight English clubs. He had an unsuccessful trials with Arsenal and Manchester United prior to signing a youth contract with Aston Villa where he played for four years.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Statistics
- 4 Honours
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Stieber signed a two-year contract with Aston Villa in May 2005 and quickly impressed Tony McAndrew with his performances for the Academy. In total, he made 30 appearances for the Academy, scoring 4 goals in his debut season. He was part of the squad that got to the Play-offs Final of the FA Premier Academy League in May 2006, which Villa lost 3–2 against Southampton. He also made six substitute appearances for the Reserves in the 2005–06 season.
Stieber appeared 13 times for Aston Villa Reserves in the 2006–07 season, scoring two goals, against Fulham and Chelsea. He was also involved in producing a memorable hat-trick of assists, to help gain victory over Reading in a 3–0 win.
In late May 2007, Stieber guided Aston Villa to success in the 2007 HKFC Philips Lighting International Soccer Sevens, scoring a spectacular winner against City Academy Hong Kong to book a place in the knock-out stages. Stieber then went onto lead the Midlands club to victory against Urawa Red Diamonds, PSV and finally Central Coast Mariners FC to secure the trophy, in a competition which has brought notable success to Aston Villa in the past. Stieber's efforts in the competition were also rewarded with the Player of the Tournament trophy – succeeding last years winner – Gabriel Agbonlahor. After this success, Stieber was rewarded with a three-year contract at Aston Villa – the longest given to any of the seven contractee's – thus showing the promise and potential shown in the young Hungarian.
In July 2007, Stieber was given his first taste of first-team action, when he was called up to the senior squad for the tour of the U.S. and Canada. He made his debut against Toronto FC and impressed against the Major League Soccer team, the Hungarian also appeared in a further pre-season match against Walsall, in which he assisted the first goal of the game.
Despite not making a competitive breakthrough to the senior team, 'Zoli' made a positive impression for Aston Villa Reserves that season, scoring against Fulham and Portsmouth and chalking up 6 assists in the opening 6 matches. This led the young midfielder to be awarded the first ever BBC Radio West Midlands Young Player of the Month, on 20 September 2007.
On 22 November 2007, Stieber joined Coca Cola League One side Yeovil Town on loan until 1 January 2008 and scored his first goal days before his loan spell ran out, in the 2–1 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion. He made an immediate impact for the Glovers and his loan deal was extended until the end of January.
Like the previous season, Stieber was again involved with the first-team prior to the beginning of the new campaign. In early July 2008, Stieber was called up to a 21-man squad for the tour of Switzerland, but only played 20 minutes – all in the 6–0 victory over FC Wil 1900. Further appearances against Lincoln City, Walsall and Reading followed, the majority of which were played in an unaccustomed left-back role. Stieber never saw competitive first-team action at Villa Park, so the club allowed him to participate in trials at other clubs.
Stieber trained with Blackpool for a short period and was also offered a trial by Norwich City. However, he decided to join TuS Koblenz on 29 January 2009 after a successful trial. Zoltán signed a 30 month contract until 30 June 2011. He made his 2. Bundesliga début on 30 January 2009, replacing Frank Wiblishauser in the 64th minute. That match ended in a 0–0 draw with Rot-Weiß Oberhausen. His first time in the starting eleven came on 6 February 2009, against FSV Frankfurt. His first 2. Bundesliga goal and assist on 13 February 2009 in a match against SV Wehen Wiesbaden.
1. FSV Mainz 05
SpVgg Greuther Fürth
On 21 June 2012 it was announced that he signed for Bundesliga side SpVgg Greuther Fürth on a four year contract. He scored his first Bundesliga goal against Hoffenheim and went on to score against Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Dortmund in a season that ultimately saw SpVgg relegated from the German top flight.
In the new season, Stieber showed an amazing performance, as he had 3 goals and 6 assists in just 9 games. In the last game, against Dynamo Dresden, he scored a goal, and made 3 assists, at an eventual 4-0 win.
- As of 8 November 2013
|Aston Villa||2007–08||Premier League||0||0||0||0||0||0||–||0||0|
|Yeovil Town (loan)||2007–08||League One||15||1||0||0||0||0||–||15||1|
|TuS Koblenz||2008–09||2. Bundesliga||17||5||0||0||0||0||–||17||5|
|Alemannia Aachen||2010–11||2. Bundesliga||34||10||2||0||0||0||–||36||10|
|1. FSV Mainz 05||2011–12||Bundesliga||7||0||1||0||0||0||1||0||9||0|
|1. FSV Mainz 05 II||2011–12||Regionalliga West||3||0||0||0||0||0||–||3||0|
|SpVgg Greuther Fürth||2012–13||Bundesliga||16||3||0||0||0||0||–||16||3|
|SpVgg Greuther Fürth||2013–14||2. Bundesliga||14||5||2||0||0||0||–||16||5|
- A. ^ The "League" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the Football League and the Fußball-Bundesliga.
- B. ^ The "Cup" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the DFB-Pokal.
- Scores and results list Hungary's goal tally first.
|1||2 September 2011||Ferenc Puskás Stadium, Budapest||Sweden||2–1||UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifier||0||Hungary|
|2||11 October 2011||Ferenc Puskás Stadium, Budapest||Finland||0–0||UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifier||0||Hungary|
- HKFC Philips Lighting International Soccer Sevens
- Winner: 2007
- Player of the Tournament: 2007
- FA Premier Academy League
- Runners-Up: 2005–06
- BBC Radio West Midlands Young Player of the Month
- Winner: September 2007
- Top assists in 2. Bundesliga
- Winner: 2010–11 (17 assists)
- "Yeovil extend Stieber loan deal". BBC Sport. 2 January 2008. Retrieved 2 January 2008.
- "Stieber wird ein Schängel". Transfer Markt. 29 January 2009. Retrieved 29 January 2009.
- "Stieber Zoltán az Aston Villa után Németországban folytatja". Nemzetisport. 29 January 2009. Retrieved 29 January 2009.
- "Stieber wird ein Alemanne" (in German). transfermarkt.de. 26 May 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
- "Stieber geht nach Mainz" (in German). Bundesliga.de. 22 March 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
- "German Bundesliga Player Statistics". NBC Sports. 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
- "Hungary 2–1 Sweden". UEFA.com. 2 September 2011.
- "2. Bundesliga Scorer 2010/11". kicker. 14 May 2011. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
- Zoltán Stieber career stats at Soccerbase
- Zoltán Stieber at fussballdaten.de (German)
- Zoltán Stieber at transfermarkt.de (German)