Zoltán Stieber

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The native form of this personal name is Stieber Zoltán. This article uses the Western name order.
Zoltán Stieber
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Personal information
Full name Zoltán Stieber
Date of birth (1988-10-16) 16 October 1988 (age 25)
Place of birth Sárvár, Hungary
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Left Winger
Club information
Current team
Hamburger SV
Youth career
1999–2004 Goldball '94
2004–2005 Újpest
2005–2007 Aston Villa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Aston Villa 0 (0)
2007–2008 Yeovil Town (loan) 15 (1)
2009–2010 TuS Koblenz 38 (5)
2010–2011 Alemannia Aachen 34 (10)
2011–2012 1. FSV Mainz 05 7 (0)
2011–2012 1. FSV Mainz 05 II 3 (0)
2012–2014 Greuther Fürth 47 (11)
2012 Greuther Fürth II 1 (0)
2014– Hamburger SV 0 (0)
National team
2006–2008 Hungary U19 5 (0)
2008–2009 Hungary U20 3 (0)
2009 Hungary U21 1 (0)
2011– Hungary 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:08, 5 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 June 2014

Zoltán Stieber (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈzoltaːn ˈʃtiːber]; born 16 October 1988) is a professional Hungarian footballer of German descent who plays for Bundesliga side Hamburg and the Hungary national football team.

Club career[edit]

Stieber initially played for Budapest-based Goldball '94 alongside younger brother András, before moving to Hungarian giants Újpest. After impressing for the capital side, Steiber was offered trials with a selection of 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.

Aston Villa[edit]

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, Stieber 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.[1]

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.

TuS Koblenz[edit]

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.[2] 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.

Alemannia Aachen[edit]

On 26 May 2010, he left TuS Koblenz and signed for Alemannia Aachen for two years. This season he had 10 goals and 17 assists.

1. FSV Mainz 05[edit]

On 22 March 2011, it was announced that Zoltan was to sign for Bundesliga side 1. FSV Mainz 05 on a four year contract at the end of the 2010–11 season.[3]

Greuther Fürth[edit]

On 21 June 2012 it was announced that he signed for Bundesliga side Greuther Fürth on a four year contract. He scored his first Bundesliga goal against 1899 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.[4]

At the start of the new season, Stieber performed strongly, as he had 3 goals and 6 assists in just 9 games. In the last game of the season, against Dynamo Dresden, he scored a goal, and made 3 assists, at an eventual 4-0 win. In his final season for Fürth, in the 2. Bundesliga, Stieber scored 9 goals and made 11 assists in total.[citation needed]

Hambuger SV[edit]

On the 26th of May 2014, Stieber signed for Bundesliga club Hamburg.[5] In an interview with Nemzeti Sport, Stieber admitted that he had signed the most adventageous contract in his life.[6] Stieber was spotted by the Hamburg managers during the relegation play-offs of the 2013-14 Bundesliga season against Fürth. The first tie ended with a goalless draw, [7] while the second tie finished with 1-1 which resulted that Hamburg could remain in the top flight of the Bundeliga. Stieber gave the assist on the return match. [8]

International career[edit]

Stieber made his international début for Hungary, on 2 September 2011, in a 2–1 victory over Sweden.[9]

Personal Life[edit]

Zoltán's is the older brother of András Stieber, who also began his career at Goldball '94 and later played for Aston Villa.

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 5 May 2014.
Club Season League[A] Cup[B] League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Aston Villa 2007–08 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 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
2009–10 2. Bundesliga 21 0 2 1 0 0 23 1
Total 38 5 2 1 0 0 40 6
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
2013–14 2. Bundesliga 31 8 2 0 0 0 33 8
Total 47 11 2 0 0 0 49 11
SpVgg Greuther Fürth II 2012–13 Regionalliga Bayern 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Career totals 145 27 7 1 0 0 1 0 153 28
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.

International[edit]

Senior caps[edit]

Scores and results list Hungary's goal tally first.
Caps Date Venue Opponent Result Competition Scored Location
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
3 15 October 2013 Ferenc Puskás Stadium, Budapest  Andorra 2–0 FIFA World Cup 2014 Qualifier 0 Hungary

Honours[edit]

Aston Villa[edit]

Individual[edit]

  • BBC Radio West Midlands Young Player of the Month
    • Winner: September 2007
  • Top assists in 2. Bundesliga
  • Best player in 2. Bundesliga

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yeovil extend Stieber loan deal". BBC Sport. 2 January 2008. Retrieved 2 January 2008. 
  2. ^ "Stieber Zoltán az Aston Villa után Németországban folytatja". Nemzetisport. 29 January 2009. Retrieved 29 January 2009. 
  3. ^ "Stieber geht nach Mainz" (in German). Bundesliga.de. 22 March 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "German Bundesliga Player Statistics". NBC Sports. 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Hamburg: Stieber három évre aláírt - hivatalos". Nemzeti Sport. 26 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Stieber: Pályafutásom legelőnyösebb szerződését írtam alá". Nemzeti Sport. 28 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Bundesliga: Stieberék ikszeltek Hamburgban az osztályozón". Nemzeti Sport. 15 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Bundesliga: hiába a Stieber-gólpassz, benn maradt a HSV". Nemzeti Sport. 18 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Hungary 2–1 Sweden". UEFA.com. 2 September 2011. 
  10. ^ "2. Bundesliga Scorer 2010/11". kicker. 14 May 2011. Retrieved 14 May 2011. 

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