Fabian Giefer

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Fabian Giefer
Giefer Schalke 2015.jpg
Giefer with Schalke 04 in 2015
Personal information
Full name Fabian Giefer
Date of birth (1990-05-17) 17 May 1990 (age 26)
Place of birth Adenau, West Germany
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Bristol City
(on loan from FC Schalke 04)
Number 33
Youth career
1996–1999 1. FC Oberahr
1999–2003 TuRa Lommersdorf
2003–2009 Bayer Leverkusen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2012 Bayer Leverkusen II 44 (0)
2009–2012 Bayer Leverkusen 6 (0)
2012–2014 Fortuna Düsseldorf 64 (0)
2014– Schalke 04 2 (0)
2017– Bristol City (loan) 9 (0)
National team
2005–2006 Germany U16 4 (0)
2006–2007 Germany U17 16 (0)
2008 Germany U18 1 (0)
2010 Germany U20 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 February 2015.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 November 2010

Fabian Giefer (born 17 May 1990) is a German professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Championship side Bristol City, on loan from Schalke 04.

Club career[edit]

Bayer Leverkusen[edit]

Born in Adenau, Rhineland-Palatinate, Giefer began his football career at 1. FC Oberahr as his first youth club. He then move to TuRa Lommersdorf before moving to Bayer Leverkusen, where he started his professional career.[1] He would soon promoted to Bayer Leverkusen II.[2] Griefer played his first Bayer Leverkusen II match in the opening game of the season, in a 2-2 draw against Verl.[3] At Bayer Leverkusen II, Giefer spent the season, competing the first choice goalkeeper role with Benedikt Fernandez and Erik Domaschke, which saw him made ten appearance.[4]

Despite this, Giefer was promoted to the Bayer Leverkusen first team ahead of the 2009-10 season.[5] After being promoted to the first team, Giefer signed his first professional contract with the club and expected to fight over a first choice goalkeeper role with René Adler.[6] Following Alder's absent, He made his Bundesliga debut on 6 November 2009 against Eintracht Frankfurt, in which he kept a clean, in a 4–0 win.[7][8] Although Alder managed to regained his first choice goalkeeper role soon after, he went on to make two appearances for the side in the 2009-10 season against Hannover 96[9] and Borussia Mönchengladbach.[10]

In the 2010-11 season, Giefer continued to remain a second choice goalkeeper behind Alder. It wasn't until on 1 December 2010, he made his international debut for the UEFA Europa League, substituting Bayer's #1 goalkeeper, René Adler and the team won 1–0 against Norway's Rosenborg.[11] By the end of December, Giefer made two more appearances in all competitions: once came against Atlético Madrid[12] and another in the league against Freiburg.[13] Although he suffered an injury as the season progressed, it wasn't until on 10 April 2011 when he made his first appearance of the season, in a 2-1 win over St. Pauli.[14][15]

In the 2011–12 season, Giefer made his first appearance of the season, but was concussed during the match, which saw Bayer 04 Leverkusen lose 2-0 on 7 August 2011.[16] After the match, Giefer stated that he doesn't remember anything about the last month.[17][18][19] However, this turns out to be his only appearance, as new arrivals of David Yelldell and Bernd Leno pushed him out of the first team, as well as, his own injury concerns.[20][21] As a result, Giefer spent the most of the season, returning to play for Bayer 04 Leverkusen II side.[22]

Fortuna Düsseldorf[edit]

Giefer at Fortuna Düsseldorf in 2013.

On 4 June 2012, it was announced that Giefer will join Fortuna Düsseldorf with a two-year contract until 30 June 2014.[23] Giefer revealed he turned down a move to Bayern Munich because he wanted a first team action as Giefer would be a back-up to first choice goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer, if he did join.[24]

He made his competitive debut, in the first round of DFB-Pokal, in a 1–0 win over Wacker Burghausen, where he kept clean sheet.[25] Giefer did well in the next game against Augsburg in the opening game of the season, where he kept a clean sheet again, in a 2-0 win.[26] Having established himself as a first choice goalkeeper, Giefer kept five more clean sheets in the first six league matches until he conceded twice on 28 September 2012, in a 2-2 draw against Schalke 04.[27][28] Since then, the club's form soon slipped and began a losing streak as the season progressed. In a 3–2 loss against Augsburg on 20 January 2013, Giefer was a fault when he conceded one of the goals and after the match, he said he take a huge responsibility over his mistakes.[29] It wasn't until on 16 February 2013, Giefer would make amends when he provided assist for Axel Bellinghausen, in a 1–0 win over Greuther Fürth.[30] Despite playing the whole game in his first season, he was unable to help the club, as they were relegated to the 2. Bundesliga next season.

Giefer during a training match 2013 in Esens.

In the 2013-14 season, Giefer continued to be the club's first choice goalkeeper, where he kept a clean sheet, in a 1-0 win over Energie Cottbus in the opening game of the season.[31] Giefer was ever present goalkeeper at the club until he received a straight red card for conceding a penalty, in a 3-0 loss against Erzgebirge Aue on 24 November 2013.[32] After serving a suspension, Giefer returned to the first team on 9 December 2013, where he kept a clean sheet again, in a 1-0 win over Kaiserslautern.[33][34] Although he appeared at the substitute bench three times, as the season progressed, Giefer went on to make thirty-one appearances in all competitions.[35]

Schalke 04[edit]

It was announced on 6 December 2013 that Giefer will join Schalke 04 next season.[36] In May 2014, the move was confirmed, as he signed a four-year contract and was assigned the squad number 34.[37]

However, at the start of the season, Giefer suffered a setback when he suffered injuries and was sidelined for months.[38][39] After returning to training, Giefer spent the rest of the year as a substitute behind Ralf Fährmann.[40] Giefer made his Schalke 04 debut on 31 January 2015 when he kept a clean sheet, in a 1-0 win over Hannover 96[41] and made another appearance in the next game on 3 February 2015, in a 1-1 draw against Bayern Munich.[42] Giefer suffered an injury again during the match and was out for the rest of the season.[43][44]

In the 2015-16 season, Giefer continued to rehabilitate from his injury in the first half of the season.[45] After returning to full training around January, Giefer appeared on the substitute bench between February and March.[46] However, once again, Giefer suffered another injury that kept him out for the rest of the season.[47] After returning to training, Giefer made a rare appearance for the club in a year, where he played the whole game, in a 2-0 loss against Red Bull Salzburg in the UEFA Europa League match.[48]

Loan to Bristol City[edit]

On 19 January 2017, Bristol City announced the loan signing of Giefer until the end of the season.[49]

Giefer made his Bristol City debut on 21 January 2017, where he played the whole game, in a 2-0 loss against Nottingham Forest.[50] Since making his debut, Giefer was given a handful of first team appearances until he suffered an eye injury, and he subsequently lost his place to reserve goalkeeper, Frank Fielding. [51]

International career[edit]

After representing the Germany youth team for five years, Giefer was called up by Germany U20 in November 2010.[52] Giefer made his Germany U20 debut, where he played until he was sent-off, in a 2-1 win over Italy U20 on 17 November 2010.[53]

Two years on, Giefer was called up by Germany U21, but withdrew and was replaced by Kevin Trapp.[54]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 21 January 2017[55]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bayer Leverkusen II 2007–08 Oberliga Nordrhein 1 0 1 0
2008–09 Regionalliga West 10 0 10 0
2009–10 13 0 13 0
2010–11 10 0 10 0
2011–12 10 0 10 0
Totals 44 0 44 0
Bayer Leverkusen 2007–08 Bundesliga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009–10 3 0 0 0 3 0
2010–11 2 0 0 0 2 0 4 0
2011–12 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals 6 0 0 0 2 0 8 0
Fortuna Düsseldorf 2012–13 Bundesliga 34 0 3 0 37 0
2013–14 2. Bundesliga 30 0 1 0 31 0
Totals 64 0 4 0 68 0
Schalke 04 2014–15 Bundesliga 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2015–16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016–17 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Totals 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
Bristol City 2016–17 Championship 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Career totals 117 0 4 0 3 0 124 0

Personal life[edit]

In April 2016, Giefer was fined and had to collect points for dangerous driving.[56]

References[edit]

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