Erik Jendrišek

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Erik Jendrišek
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Personal information
Full name Erik Jendrišek
Date of birth (1986-10-26) 26 October 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Trstená, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Forward / Winger
Club information
Current team
Xanthi FC
Number 26
Youth career
2001–2003 Ružomberok
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Ružomberok 56 (30)
2006–2007 Hannover 96 9 (0)
2007–2010 1. FC Kaiserslautern 90 (34)
2010 Schalke 04 3 (0)
2011–2013 SC Freiburg 36 (2)
2013–2014 Energie Cottbus 29 (1)
2014 Spartak Trnava 13 (5)
2015–2017 Cracovia 83 (18)
2017– Xanthi FC 0 (0)
National team
2008– Slovakia 37 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:01, 26 June 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 May 2014

Erik Jendrišek (born 26 October 1986) is a Slovak footballer who plays for Xanthi F.C. as a forward.[1]

Club career[edit]


Jendrišek was the best youth player in Slovakia during the 2002–03 season. Playing as a professional with Ružomberok between 2003 and 2006, he scored 30 goals in 56 league games. In 2006, he won the Slovak league and cup double with the club, also being the country's top goalscorer for the 2005–06 season with 21 goals, alongside Róbert Rák.


In the summer of 2006, Jendrišek was signed by Hannover 96 on a season-long loan deal with the option of a permanent deal at the end of the season.[2] He made his competitive debut for the club on 9 September 2006 in the first round of the 2006–07 DFB-Pokal, coming on as a substitute in their 3–2 away win at Dynamo Dresden. He went on to make his Bundesliga debut on 23 September 2006 in a 1–1 draw at home to Bayer Leverkusen, once again coming on as a substitute. However, he never managed to find his place as a first-team regular with Hannover, finishing the season with only nine Bundesliga appearances on his tally, all of them as a substitute.


On 30 May 2007, Jendrišek moved to 1. FC Kaiserslautern on a three-year contract.[3] He made his Kaiserslautern debut on 4 August 2007 in their 4–0 away win against SV Wilhelmshaven in the first round of the 2007–08 DFB-Pokal. His league debut for Kaiserslautern came on 13 August 2007 in the club's opening match of the season, a 1–1 draw at home to Borussia Mönchengladbach. He quickly established himself as a regular with the club, scoring five goals in 16 league appearances during the first half of the season. He also recorded three assists during that period of the season.

The second half of the season, however, was not very successful for him as he failed to score any goals in ten league appearances, only recording one assist. Additionally, he was temporary suspended from the club's first team by coach Milan Šašić over lack of discipline. Instead of accepting a fine and return to first-team action, he chose to be relegated to the club's reserve team, where he played four fourth-division games during March and April 2008.[4] He later apologised and accepted the fine.[5] In his last match for the reserves, he scored a hat-trick in the team's 5–2 away win at TuS Mechtersheim. Shortly thereafter, he permanently returned to first-team action.

In Kaiserslautern's opening match of the 2008–09 season, a 3–3 away draw at Mainz 05, Jendrišek came on as a half-time substitute after the team went 3–0 down in the first half and went on to score two goals in two minutes midway through the second half to level the score. He scored another brace on 17 November 2008 in Kaiserslautern's 6–0 win over Hansa Rostock and went on to finish the 2008–09 season as the club's top goalscorer, scoring 14 goals in 33 league appearances.

In the 2009–10 season, he was again Kaiserslautern's top goalscorer in the league, netting 15 goals in 31 appearances as the club finished top of the 2. Bundesliga to return to the top flight after four years.

Schalke 04[edit]

On 29 April 2010, it was announced that Jendrišek will leave Kaiserslautern at the end of the 2009–10 season, moving to Schalke 04 on a three-year contract.[6] Jendrišek spent most of his time with Schalke on the substitutes' bench. In 2010, Schalke brought two new top strikers into the club, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Raúl, limiting Jendrišek's opportunity for first-team football.

Later career[edit]

On 19 January 2011, it was therefore announced that he would leave the club for fellow Bundesliga side SC Freiburg in a €900,000 deal.[7] Jendrišek scored his first goal with Freiburg in a 3–0 victory over VfL Wolfsburg on 27 August. After two years in SC Freiburg, he signed with 2. Bundesliga club Energie Cottbus. On 18 August 2014, he signed with Spartak Trnava on a year contract. [8] On 12 January 2015, he signed with Cracovia as a free transfer. On 26 June 2017, he signed a two years' conract with Super League club Xanthi F.C., on a free transfer again. [9]

International career[edit]

Jendrišek has been capped for the Slovakia national under-21 team before making his debut for the country's senior national team on 11 October 2008 in their 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against San Marino. On 11 February 2009, he scored his first senior international goal in a friendly match against Cyprus, netting the second goal in his team's 3–2 defeat.[10]

On 1 April 2009, Jendrišek scored his first competitive international goal at senior level, netting the decisive second goal in Slovakia's 2–1 away victory against the Czech Republic in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.[11]

In the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa, Jendrišek featured in all three of Slovakia's group stage matches.[12]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Slovakia's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 11 February 2009 Makario Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  Cyprus
Cyprus International Tournament 2009
2. 1 April 2009 AXA Arena, Prague, Czech Republic  Czech Republic
2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying
3 9 February 2011 Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg, Luxembourg  Luxembourg
4. 23 May 2014 NTC Senec, Senec, Slovakia  Montenegro


  1. ^ "Slovakia – Record International Players". RSSSF. 29 March 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Die Roten verpflichten Erik Jendrisek" (in German). Presseportal. 10 July 2006. Retrieved 20 August 2008. 
  3. ^ "Bernier und Jendrisek zum FCK" (in German). kicker. 30 May 2007. Retrieved 19 August 2008. 
  4. ^ "Jendrisek schockt Sasic" (in German). kicker. 1 April 2008. Retrieved 19 August 2008. 
  5. ^ "Jendrisek entschuldigt sich" (in German). Bundesliga official website. 9 April 2008. Retrieved 20 August 2008. 
  6. ^ "Knappen verpflichten Erik Jendrisek" (in German). FC Schalke 04. 29 April 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Jendrišek: "Som veľmi rád, že sa to už všetko vyriešilo"" (in Slovak). 19 January 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Spartak Trnava sa posilňuje, do kádra mieri Erik Jendrišek". 18 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Erik Jendrišek končí v Cracovii, v kariére bude pokračovať v tíme FC Xanthi" (in Slovak). 26 June 2017. Retrieved 26 June 2017. 
  10. ^ "International stats". Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  11. ^ "Jendrišek sparks Slovak joy in Prague". 2 April 2009. Retrieved 11 September 2011. [permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Jendrisek moves to Freiburg". 20 January 2011. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 

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