Felix Wiedwald

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Felix Wiedwald
Felix Wiedwald - SV Werder Bremen (1).jpg
Personal information
Full name Felix Wiedwald
Date of birth (1990-03-15) 15 March 1990 (age 27)
Place of birth Thedinghausen, West Germany
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Leeds United
Number 13
Youth career
1997–1999 TSV Achim
1999–2009 Werder Bremen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Werder Bremen II 39 (0)
2011–2013 MSV Duisburg 47 (0)
2013–2015 Eintracht Frankfurt 12 (0)
2015–2017 Werder Bremen 59 (0)
2017– Leeds United 11 (0)
National team
2009 Germany U20 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:29, 13 September 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2011

Felix Wiedwald (German pronunciation: [ˈfeːlɪks ˈviːtˌvalt]; born 15 March 1990) is a German footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Leeds United in the Championship. He has also represented Germany U20's at international level.

Career[edit]

Early Career[edit]

After progressing through the academy of TSV Achim and subsequently Werder Bremen, Wiedwald made his debut for the Bremen B Side Werder Bremen II in the 2–2 away game at FC Carl Zeiss Jena in the 3rd division on 26 September 2009. He became Werder Bremen II first choice goalkeeper.

Duisburg[edit]

After joining Duisburg initially as number 2 goalkeeper to Florian Fromlowitz, Wiedwald played his first 2. Bundesliga match for MSV Duisburg on 18 November 2011 in a 3–0 home win against Eintracht Braunschweig.[1]

Eintracht Frankfurt[edit]

In the summer of 2013, Wiedwald joined Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt, where he became the number 2 goalkeeper to regular goalkeeper Kevin Trapp. On 12 December 2013, he made his debut for Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League match against Apoel Nicosia.

He made his debut in the Bundesliga on 2 February 2014, when he came on in the game against Bayern Munich for the injured Kevin Trapp. In September 2014, Wiedwald held off competition from experienced former German international Goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand to be the clubs temporary first choice goalkeeper after an injury to regular number one Kevin Trapp.[2][3]

Werder Bremen[edit]

On 26 May 2015, Werder Bremen announced their signing of Wiedwald as he returned to his childhood club after spending four years at other clubs.[4] While Raphael Wolf, his main competitor, struggled with injuries Wiedwald went into the 2015–16 season as Werder's first choice goalkeeper.[5]

At the beginning of the 2016–17 season, Wiedwald shared the number one position with Jaroslav Drobny, however established himself in the second half of the season, with Wiedwald starting 26 games for Bremen over the season as they finished 8th in the Bundesliga. After impressing during the latter half of the season and reaching a clause after playing 20+ games, on the 11 May 2017, Wiedwald's contract at the club was automatically extended.[6]

After Bremen signed goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka on 27 June 2017 as the new number one goalkeeper for the 2017–18 season, Wiedwald was subject of enquiries from Ligue side 1 FC Nantes and Championship side Leeds United.[7]

Leeds United[edit]

On 30 June 2017, Wiedwald signed for Leeds United of the English Championship on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.[8][9] On 6 August 2017, the first matchday of the 2017–18 season, he made his Leeds United debut in the 3–2 victory against Bolton Wanderers.[10] In the following three league matches on 12, 15, and 19 August he kept four successive clean sheets – in two 0–0 draws against Preston North End and Fulham F.C.[11][12], in a 2–0 victory against Sunderland[13] and a 2-0 victory against Nottingham Forest on 26 August.[14]

International career[edit]

On 13 November 2009, Wiedwald made his debut for Germany U20's against Austria Under 20's side.

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 1 October 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Werder Bremen II 2009–10[15] 3. Liga 15 0 0 0 15 0
2010–11[15] 24 0 0 0 24 0
W Bremen II total 39 0 0 0 39 0
Duisburg 2011–12[15] 2. Bundesliga 20 0 0 0 20 0
2012–13[15] 27 0 2 0 29 0
Duisburg total 47 0 2 0 49 0
Eintracht Frankfurt 2013–14[16] Bundesliga 1 0 0 0 1[a] 0 2 0
2014–15[17] 10 0 1 0 11 0
E Frankfurt total 11 0 1 0 1 0 13 0
Werder Bremen 2015–16[18] Bundesliga 34 0 5 0 39 0
2016–17[19] 24 0 1 0 25 0
W Bremen total 58 0 6 0 64 0
Leeds United 2017–18[20] Championship 11 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 12 0
Leeds United total 11 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 12 0
Career total 166 0 9 0 1 0 1 0 177 0
  1. ^ Appearance in the Europa League

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brosinski beschert Reck den ersten Sieg". kicker.de. 19 November 2011. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Frankfurt sign ex-Germany keeper Hildebrand". DW. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Eintracht Frankfurt commits Timo Hildebrand" (in German). Eintracht Frankfurt. 14 September 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "Werder sign Felix Wiedwald and Ulisses Garcia". werder.de. SV Werder Bremen GmbH & Co KGaA. 26 May 2015. Retrieved 29 September 2017. 
  5. ^ Müller, Thiemo (14 July 2015). ""Boxer" Wiedwald ist der Chef im Ring" (in German). Kicker. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  6. ^ Knips, Björn; Sander, Carsten (11 May 2017). "Felix Wiedwald bleibt - „definitiv"". WerderStube (in German). Retrieved 27 June 2017. 
  7. ^ Klemm, Hans-Günter (27 June 2017). "Wiedwald on the way to Leeds" (in German). Kicker. Retrieved 27 June 2017. 
  8. ^ "Felix Wiedwald: Leeds United sign Werder Bremen goalkeeper for undisclosed fee". BBC Sport. 30 June 2017. Retrieved 30 June 2017. 
  9. ^ "Whites bring in goalkeeper". Leeds United. 30 June 2017. Retrieved 30 June 2017. 
  10. ^ "REPORT: BOLTON WANDERERS 2-3 LEEDS UNITED", Leeds United Official Site, 6 August 2017 
  11. ^ "Leeds 0-0 Preston North End". BBC Sport. 12 August 2017. Retrieved 12 August 2017. 
  12. ^ "Leeds 0-0 Fulham". BBC Sport. 12 August 2017. Retrieved 12 August 2017. 
  13. ^ "Sunderland vs Leeds". Sky Sports. 19 August 2017. 
  14. ^ "Nottingham Forest 0-2 Leeds: Kemar Roofe and Ezgjan Alioski seal win". Sky Sports. Retrieved 23 August 2017. 
  15. ^ a b c d Felix Wiedwald at Soccerway. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  16. ^ "Games played by Felix Wiedwald in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 July 2017. 
  17. ^ "Games played by Felix Wiedwald in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 July 2017. 
  18. ^ "Games played by Felix Wiedwald in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 July 2017. 
  19. ^ "Games played by Felix Wiedwald in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 July 2017. 
  20. ^ "Games played by Felix Wiedwald in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 July 2017. 

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