Fabian Ernst

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Fabian Ernst
Fabian Ernst.jpg
Ernst playing for Beşiktaş in 2010
Personal information
Full name Fabian Ernst
Date of birth (1979-05-30) 30 May 1979 (age 37)
Place of birth Hannover, West Germany
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Youth career
1983–1996 Hannover 96
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1998 Hannover 96 54 (1)
1998–2000 Hamburger SV 48 (0)
2000–2005 Werder Bremen 152 (11)
2005–2009 Schalke 04 106 (1)
2009–2012 Beşiktaş 102 (7)
2012–2013 Kasımpaşa 30 (0)
2014–2015 OSV Hannover 6 (2)
Total 492 (20)
National team
1998–2001 Germany U-21 31 (0)
2002–2003 Germany Team 2006 3 (0)
2002–2006 Germany 24 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 June 2013.

Fabian Ernst (born 30 May 1979 in Hannover) is a retired German footballer who played as a midfielder. He was regarded as a two-way player who can stop the opposition and start attacks with his passing from central midfield.


He started his career with Hannover 96. From 1998 to 2000, he played for Hamburger SV in the Bundesliga, playing in 48 games, but scoring no goals.[1] The midfielder turned then to Werder Bremen, where he was a major force in the league and cup double in 2004. In 152 games in the Bundesliga, he scored 11 goals. He left after spending three and a half years at Schalke and joined Beşiktaş J.K. on 2 February 2009. The player signed a contract which lasted until 2012.[2] In his first season in Beşiktaş J.K., he scored two goals. In the end of the season, he was elected "The Best Player Of The Team" by the supporters. On 16 September 2010, Ernst headed in a last-minute goal against Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia to help his team to a winning start in the group stages of the UEFA Europa League. In the 2012–13 season, he joined Kasımpaşa S.K., another football club headquartered in Istanbul. He was also captain of the team. In June 2013, he announced that he was thinking about retirement.[3]

After a career break from the summer 2013 until the summer 2014, Ernst signed a contract with OSV Hannover although he had bids from other bigger clubs.[4]


In 2002, he played his first international game, representing Germany against Kuwait. Ernst was a member of the German squad at Euro 2004. As of the end of 2007, he has won 24 caps and scored one goal for his country.[5]

After that first season by Schalke 04, he found himself not being selected by his national squad for FIFA World Cup 2006, just like for Euro 2008 and FIFA World Cup 2010.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 9 October 2004 Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran  Iran 0–1 0–2 Friendly


Werder Bremen
Schalke 04


  • 2008–09 Golden Team Of The Year – Süper Lig


  1. ^ Arnhold, Matthias (10 March 2016). "Fabian Ernst - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga". RSSSF. Retrieved 17 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Fabian Ernst wechselt zu Besiktas". focus.de (in German). 1 February 2009. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
  3. ^ "Ernst erwägt Karriereende" (in German). kicker.de. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Ex-Profi Fabian Ernst: Von der Königsklasse auf die Asche" (in German). n24.de. 5 September 2014. 
  5. ^ Arnhold, Matthias (10 March 2016). "Fabian Ernst - International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 17 March 2016. 

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