Westermann at practice with HSV in 2012
|Full name||Heiko Westermann|
|Date of birth||14 August 1983|
|Place of birth||Alzenau, West Germany|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|1994–1998||1. FC Hösbach|
|1998–2000||FC Bayern Alzenau|
|2000–2003||Greuther Fürth II||37||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:50, 28 April 2018 (UTC)
Westermann began his professional career with 2. Bundesliga club Greuther Fürth. He joined the senior squad in July 2002 but did not make his first appearance until 26 January 2003 in a 1–0 win over MSV Duisburg. He played a total of 92 games in his three seasons with the club, scoring five goals.
Following the 2004–05 season, Westermann signed for recently promoted Bundesliga club Arminia Bielefeld. In his first season, he played in every single game for Bielefeld, including 34 league and five DFB-Pokal matches. The following season Westermann remained an integral part of the team, missing only one match.
He was transferred to Schalke in 2007 for a fee of €2.8 million. He played his first game for Schalke on 24 July in a Ligapokal fixture against 1. FC Nürnberg. Schalke won 4–2 with Westermann contributing one goal. Missing Schalke's first two league games through injury, Westermann made his Bundesliga debut for the club on 26 August 2007. He was substituted on in the 79th minute for Rafinha in a third round match against VfL Wolfsburg. For the remainder of the season, Westermann started all 31 of Schalke's Bundesliga matches. He was also instrumental in Schalke's Champions League campaign, being the only outfield player for the club to play every single minute.
With new coach Fred Rutten taking charge of Schalke for the 2008–09 season, combined with his keen eye for goal, Westermann has often been positioned in midfield. The current season has been Westermann's highest scoring yet. He scored both goals in a 2–0 DFB-Pokal win over Hannover 96. He also scored a goal in three consecutive Bundesliga matches including the equalizing goal in a 1–1 draw against Werder Bremen and a game-winning goal against VfL Bochum.
In July 2010, Westermann agreed to a transfer to Hamburger SV, reportedly in the region of €7.5 million. Despite being a new signing, he was named new captain by then HSV coach Armin Veh. On 9 April 2013, following a run of bad results, including a 9–2 drubbing by Bayern Munich, Rafael van der Vaart was announced as Westermann's successor as the club's captain, in a bid to relieve him of mounting pressure. On 25 June 2015, Hamburg confirmed Westermann's contract would not be renewed for the 2015–16 campaign.
On 6 August 2015 Westermann signed a two-year deal with Real Betis, newly promoted to La Liga. He received his first ever career red card on 28 November 2015 after his second bookable offence against Levante.
He announced his departure from the club along with the end of his active player career in April 2018.
On 31 January 2008, Westermann was first called up by Germany's manager Joachim Löw for the friendly on 6 February 2008 at Vienna's Ernst-Happel-Stadion against Austria. Germany won the match 3–0 and Westermann was in the starting eleven and played 90 minutes. Westermann was part of the German team that finished in second place at Euro 2008. On 2 June 2009, Westermann scored the first international goal in Germany's 7–2 rout against United Arab Emirates national football team. He was part of Germany's preliminary selection for the World Cup 2010, but had to pull out because of an injury suffered in a friendly against Hungary. He has been capped 27 times by Germany and has scored four goals for them since 2008.
- Scores and results list Germany's goal tally first.
|1.||6 September 2008||Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein||Liechtenstein||6–0||6–0||2010 FIFA WCQ|
|2.||2 June 2009||Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||United Arab Emirates||1–0||7–2||Friendly|
|3.||7 September 2010||RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne, Germany||Azerbaijan||1–0||6–1||Euro 2012 Q|
|4.||2 June 2013||RFK Stadium, Washington, USA||United States||1–2||3–4||Friendly|
- As of matches played on 5 December 2017.
|Greuther Fürth||2002–03||2. Bundesliga||16||0||0||0||—||16||0|
|Real Betis||2015–16||La Liga||20||1||0||0||—||—||20||1|
|Jong Ajax||2016–17||Eerste Divisie||4||0||—||4||0|
|Austria Wien||2017–18||Bundesliga (Austria)||10||0||2||0||7||0||19||0|
- 1.^ Includes DFB-Pokal, Copa del Rey, KNVB Cup, and Austrian Cup.
- 2.^ Includes UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.
- 3.^ Includes DFL-Ligapokal and Relegation playoff.
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|Schalke 04 captain
Rafael van der Vaart