Clemens Fritz

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Clemens Fritz
Clemens Fritz - SV Werder Bremen (2).jpg
Fritz playing for Werder in 2009.
Personal information
Full name Clemens Fritz
Date of birth (1980-12-07) 7 December 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth Erfurt, East Germany
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Right back / Right wing back
Club information
Current team
Werder Bremen
Number 8
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 Rot-Weiß Erfurt 57 (14)
2001–2003 Karlsruher SC 61 (7)
2003–2006 Bayer Leverkusen 43 (2)
2006– Werder Bremen 242 (4)
National team
2001 Germany U-21 1 (0)
2002 Germany Team 2006 1 (0)
2006–2008 Germany 22 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 August 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:43, 15 October 2008 (UTC)

Clemens Fritz (born 7 December 1980) is a German footballer who plays as a right back for Werder Bremen.

Having begun his career at Rot-Weiß Erfurt and Karlsruher SC, he joined Bayer Leverkusen in 2003, playing sparingly across his three seasons at the Bundesliga club. In 2006 he moved to Werder Bremen, winning the DFB-Pokal and helping them to the UEFA Cup final in 2009. Across all competitions, he has played over 300 matches for Bremen.

In a two-year international career for Germany starting in 2006, he earned 22 caps and scored two goals. He was part of their team which finished as runners-up at UEFA Euro 2008.

Club career[edit]

Rot-Weiß Erfurt[edit]

Born in Erfurt, then in East Germany, Fritz started his footballing career playing for hometown club Rot-Weiß Erfurt in the Regionalliga.

Karlsruher SC[edit]

In the summer of 2001, he joined 2. Bundesliga club Karlsruher SC and scored five goals in 32 games. When he was signed by Bayer Leverkusen in 2003, he was loaned back to Karlsruhe to play first team football.

Bayer Leverkusen[edit]

He got onto Leverkusen's first team in the 2003–04 season second half after showing his capabilities for their reserve team. Fritz played 14 more first team games for Leverkusen that season, gaining them a UEFA Champions League place. In 2004, he broke his leg during a pre-season game against Rot-Weiss Essen, ruling him out the entire season.

International career[edit]

Having played for the Germany U-18s and U-21s, Fritz debuted with the senior team on 7 October 2006, playing the entirety of a 2–0 friendly win over Georgia at the Ostseestadion in Rostock.

On 2 June of the following year, he scored his first international goal, concluding a 6–0 rout of minnows San Marino in UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying in Nuremberg, eight minutes after entering as a substitute.[1] He added a second on 17 November, opening a 4–0 win over Cyprus in another qualifier in Hannover by heading in Lukas Podolski's cross after two minutes.[2]

Fritz was selected in the 23-man squad for the European Championship in Austria and Switzerland in 2008. He played in the first four of their six games as they reached the final before defeat to Spain.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results table. Germany's goal tally first:[3]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 2 June 2007 Frankenstadion, Nuremberg, Germany  San Marino 6–0 6–0 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
2. 17 November 2007 AWD Arena, Hannover, Germany  Cyprus 1–0 4–0 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 26 May 2015.[4]
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rot-Weiß Erfurt 2000–01 Regionalliga Süd 32 10 1 0 33 10
Karlsruher SC 2001–02 2. Bundesliga 31 5 1 0 32 5
2002–03 30 2 1 0 31 2
Total 61 7 2 0 63 7
Bayer Leverkusen 2003–04 Bundesliga 14 1 1 0 15 1
2004–05 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2005–06 29 1 1 0 2 0 32 0
Total 43 2 2 0 3 0 48 2
Werder Bremen 2006–07 Bundesliga 32 1 0 0 12 1 44 2
2007–08 23 1 0 0 8 0 31 1
2008–09 24 0 6 0 12 0 42 0
2009–10 30 1 6 0 18 0 54 1
2010–11 29 0 2 0 6 1 37 1
2011–12 32 1 1 0 33 1
2012–13 22 0 1 0 23 0
2013–14 22 0 1 0 23 0
2014–15 27 0 3 1 30 1
Total 241 4 20 1 56 2 317 7
Career total 377 23 25 1 59 2 461 26

International[edit]

[3]

Germany
Year Apps Goals
2006 3 0
2007 8 2
2008 11 0
Total 22 2

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Werder Bremen[5]

Country[edit]

Germany[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Germany clear after six-goal romp". UEFA. 3 June 2007. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Germany ease past Cyprus". UEFA. 18 November 2007. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Clemens Fritz". European Football. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "Fritz, Clemens". kicker.de (in German). Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "C. Fritz". Soccerway. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Per Mertesacker
Werder Bremen captain
2011-present
Incumbent