Pogatetz with Austria in 2012
|Date of birth||16 January 1983|
|Place of birth||Graz, Austria|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|2001–2002||Bayer Leverkusen II||26||(0)|
|2002–2003||→ FC Aarau (loan)||21||(3)|
|2003–2004||→ Grazer AK (loan)||53||(2)|
|2005||→ Spartak Moscow (loan)||11||(0)|
|2013||→ West Ham United (loan)||6||(0)|
|2013–2014||1. FC Nürnberg||23||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:29, 15 May 2016 (UTC).
Emanuel Pogatetz (born 16 January 1983) is an Austrian footballer who is currently playing for Union Berlin. Pogatetz has previously played for Columbus Crew SC, FC Kärnten, Bayer Leverkusen II, FC Aarau, Spartak Moscow, Middlesbrough, Hannover 96, Vfl Wolfsburg, West Ham United, 1. FC Nürnberg and international football for Austria at under-16, under-18, under-19, under-21 and full international level. He is nicknamed "Mad Dog" for his aggressive style of play.
He had also been tracked by Fulham, but during his final match on loan at Spartak Moscow, he tackled Yaroslav Kharitonskiy, leaving the Russian with a double leg fracture. Although initially banned for 24 weeks by the Russian Football Union, the suspension was later reduced to eight weeks after Pogatetz attended a personal hearing in Moscow. As the ban commenced in June and was specified as a length of time rather than a number of matches, he ended up missing only three games for his new club Middlesbrough.
Signed by manager Steve McClaren for £1.8M, his Middlesbrough debut came on 25 August 2005 against Charlton Athletic. With Pogatetz coming on in the second half for Franck Queudrue, Middlesbrough lost 3–0. On 30 March 2006, during the first leg of Middlesbrough's 2–0 UEFA Cup quarter-final defeat against Basel, Pogatetz broke his nose, jaw and cheekbone in an accidental clash of heads with Mladen Petrić and was later warned against returning to full training for three months, for fear of losing his eyesight. He underwent successful surgery to have the fractures reset and Dr. Douglas Bryan declared himself "delighted" with Pogatetz's progress. "It is anticipated he will make a full recovery and be back with his team-mates for pre-season training," said Middlesbrough head physio Grant Downie. "The only disappointing thing for Manny [Pogatetz] is he won't be able to play football, and he was desperate to get back involved. But another blow to his face would risk severe trauma and a potentially eyesight-threatening injury."
In the 2006–07 season, Pogatetz was forced into the centre of defence due to an injury to Chris Riggott. He formed impressive partnerships at the back with both Robert Huth and Jonathan Woodgate, but was able to keep his place, even upon the returns of Woodgate and Riggott. Middlesbrough coach McClaren said "He never, ever, gives less than 300% in performance." After the 2007–08 season, Pogatetz was given the captain's armband on a full-time basis, following his taking up of the role towards the end of the season. Already known for his disciplinary problems having been booked 20 times in his first two seasons with Middlesbrough, in September 2008 he was involved in a challenge on Manchester United's Rodrigo Possebon in a League Cup game which resulted in Possebon being stretchered from the pitch and having to spend the night in hospital. United manager Alex Ferguson said of the incident "It was an absolutely terrible tackle. Pogatetz should have just walked off the field." Pogatetz was sent-off and served a three match ban.
Pogatetz returned in the 2009–10 season after a long injury layoff, on 31 October in a 1–0 loss to Plymouth Argyle, only to suffer a recurrence of his cheekbone fracture with the scores tied at 0–0. He made his return to the first team against Nottingham Forest on 21 November in a 1–1 draw. He had to wear a protective mask because of his cheekbone fracture which he picked up in the Plymouth game. He received a bang to the head in the Forest game and had to receive stitches at half time, he still completed the full 90 minutes.
West Ham United (loan)
On 28 January 2013, Pogatetz signed, on loan until the end of the season, with West Ham United. A loan fee of £500,000 was paid to Wolfsburg by West Ham for Pogatetz. His West Ham debut came on 2 February in a 1–0 home win against Swansea City when he came on as a 90th-minute substitute for Kevin Nolan. He played five more times, before returning to Wolfsburg.
Pogatetz made his international debut for Austria on 18 May 2002 in a 6–2 defeat by Germany. He came on in the 83rd minute as a substitute for Ernst Dospel. His first international goal came on 6 September 2003 in a Euro 2004 qualifying game in the Feyenoord Stadium, Rotterdam. With score at 1–0 to Netherlands, Pogatetz equalised only for the game to finish 3–1 to the Netherlands. On 12 October 2005 he was dismissed in an international game against Northern Ireland. In the 73rd minute in a 2–0 win in the Ernst Happel Stadion in Vienna. Pogatetz retaliated to a "reckless challenge" by Northern Ireland's Damien Johnson. Both were dismissed. In September 2006, Pogatetz was banned from playing for his country after he criticised the coach Josef Hickersberger and captain Andreas Ivanschitz after Austria drew with Costa Rica and lost to Venezuela in an international tournament played earlier in the month. In 2008 he was a member of the Austria team at Euro 2008 which Austria co-hosted with Switzerland. He played all three games, against Croatia, Germany and Poland, as Austria failed to make the knock-out stages of the competition.
In March 2009, Pogatetz was named captain of Austria by coach Dietmar Constantini. However, a series of injuries kept Pogatetz out of Austria's team for much of 2009 and 2010, with Christian Fuchs replacing him as captain.
|1||6 September 2003||Feyenoord Stadium, Rotterdam, Netherlands||Netherlands||1–1||3–1 Loss||Euro 2004 qualifying|
|2||20 August 2008||Stade du Ray, Nice, France||Italy||1–0||2–2 Draw||Friendly|
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