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John Brooks
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Brooks with the US national team in 2013
Personal information
Full name John Anthony Brooks, Jr.[1]
Date of birth (1993-01-28) January 28, 1993 (age 25)
Place of birth Berlin, Germany
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
VfL Wolfsburg
Number 25
Youth career
Hertha BSC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2015 Hertha BSC II 37 (2)
2012–2017 Hertha BSC 119 (8)
2017– VfL Wolfsburg 9 (0)
National team
2010–2011 United States U20 4 (0)
2011–2015 United States U23 2 (0)
2012 Germany U20 1 (0)
2013– United States 33 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 12, 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of November 14, 2017

John Anthony Brooks, Jr. (born January 28, 1993) is a German-American soccer player who plays for VfL Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga as a defender and represents the United States national soccer team internationally.[2]

Born in Berlin, Germany, he began his career at hometown club Hertha BSC, making his professional debut in 2012 and totalling 130 games and nine goals for the club. The team won the 2. Bundesliga in 2012–13. In 2017, he transferred to VfL Wolfsburg for €20 million, a record for an American player.

Brooks represented both Germany and the United States at youth international level, qualifying for the latter through his father. He made his senior international debut in 2013 and represented the nation at three tournaments, including the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Early life

Brooks is the son of an American serviceman from Chicago, and was born and raised in Berlin, Germany. He has a map of Illinois tattooed on his left elbow and one of Berlin on his right. He has never lived in the United States.[3][4]

Club career

Hertha BSC

Brooks came through the ranks of his hometown club, Hertha BSC. He reached Hertha's reserve team halfway through the 2010–11 season, although he still had a year and a half of remaining eligibility for the U-19 team. Brooks signed a four-year professional contract with Hertha after the season, turning down interest from Bayern Munich. Brooks spent nearly all of the 2011–12 season with Hertha II, taking a brief foray back to the U-19 team. Brooks continued to grow during this time, reaching 6'4".

Hertha suffered relegation from the Bundesliga in 2012. After the departure of some players and his form in preseason, Brooks made his professional debut as a starter in Hertha's 2. Bundesliga opener on August 3, 2012, a 2–2 draw with SC Paderborn 07 at the Olympiastadion. He played 29 matches over the season as the team won the league title and promotion, and scored once in the last game of the season on May 19, 2013, a late equalizer in a 1–1 home draw with Energie Cottbus.[5]

Brooks scored in his Bundesliga debut on August 10, 2013 in Hertha BSC's 6–1 victory against Eintracht Frankfurt.[6][7] His appearances over the season were limited by injury and poor form, and he also missed time in April 2014 while recovering from the application of a large back tattoo, a decision that did not please manager Jos Luhukay.[8]

On December 17, 2014, Brooks opened the scoring for Hertha in a 4–4 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt that saw Berlin throw away a two-goal lead in the final minute.[9] During the 2014–15 Bundesliga season, Brooks won 68% of his direct duels in a total of 27 league appearances for the club, ranking third best among Bundesliga players making at least 17 appearances.[10] Brooks also had a pass accuracy of 75% while finishing top 12 in the Bundesliga in clearances per match.[11]

In 2015–16, Brooks played four matches in Hertha's run to the semi-finals of the DFB-Pokal. On December 15, he headed the second goal of a 2–0 win at 1. FC Nürnberg in the last 16 of the tournament.[12]

VfL Wolfsburg

On May 31, 2017 Brooks signed with fellow Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg.[13] The reported €20 million transfer fee is the record highest for an American soccer player.[14] He made his debut on August 13 in the first round of the DFB-Pokal away to fourth-tier Eintracht Norderstedt, but suffered a torn thigh tendon and was substituted in the first half of the 1–0 win, being ruled out for the next three months.[15] On October 28, he returned to the team to start on his league debut for the club, a 1–1 draw at FC Schalke 04.[16] Affected by injury all through his first season at the Volkswagen Arena, Brooks totalled just ten appearances before playing the full 180 minutes of the 4–1 playoff win over Holstein Kiel that kept his team in the Bundesliga for the following season.[17]

International career

Brooks with the United States in November 2013

Brooks, who holds both German and American citizenship, participated in several camps for both the U.S. U-20 and U-23 team and in one for the Germany U20 team.[18] He made his international debut for the U.S. Under-20 team in a 5–0 loss against Paraguay in September 2010.[19]

In July 2013, German magazine kicker indicated that Brooks had received a call-up from the U.S. senior national team to feature in a friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina.[20] Brooks made his senior international debut in the 4–3 victory over Bosnia. Brooks was named in the United States's final 23-man roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[21] In the opening group match against Ghana, he came on as a halftime injury substitute for Matt Besler and scored the winning goal in the 2–1 victory, a header off Graham Zusi's corner kick.[22] He became the first American to score as a substitute at the World Cup.[23]

On June 5, 2015 Brooks scored in a friendly against the Netherlands in Amsterdam as the United States fought back from a 1–3 deficit to win 4–3, their first victory against the Dutch.[24] Later that month, he was named in coach Jürgen Klinsmann's squad for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup,[25] playing four matches as the team finished fourth.

Klinsmann also called Brooks up for the Copa América Centenario, the centenary edition of the Copa América held in the United States in 2016.[26] He played all five matches as the nation lost 4–0 to Argentina in the semi-finals, but did not take part in the bronze medal match loss to Colombia.

Career statistics

Club statistics

As of May 18, 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League DFB-Pokal Continental Other Total Ref.
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hertha BSC II 2010–11 Regionalliga Nord 16 0 16 0 [27]
2011–12 15 0 15 0 [28]
2013–14 Regionalliga Nordost 3 2 3 2 [29]
2014–15 2 0 2 0 [29]
2015–16 1 0 1 0 [29]
Totals 37 2 37 2
Hertha BSC 2012–13 2. Bundesliga 29 1 0 0 29 1 [30]
2013–14 Bundesliga 16 2 1 0 17 2 [29]
2014–15 27 1 1 0 28 1 [29]
2015–16 23 1 4 1 27 2 [29]
2016–17 24 2 3 0 2[a] 0 29 2 [31]
Totals 119 8 9 1 2 0 130 8
Wolfsburg 2017–18 Bundesliga 9 0 1 0 1[b] 0 11 0 [32]
Career totals 165 9 10 1 2 0 1 0 178 10
  1. ^ Appearances in the Europa League
  2. ^ Appearances in the Relegation playoff

International goals

As of match played May 28, 2016. U.S. score listed first, score column indicates score after each Brooks goal[33]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 June 16, 2014 Arena das Dunas, Natal, Brazil 5  Ghana 2–1 2–1 2014 FIFA World Cup
2 June 5, 2015 Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam-Zuidoost, Netherlands 11  Netherlands 2–3 4–3 Friendly
3 May 28, 2016 Children's Mercy Park, Kansas City, United States 21  Bolivia 2–0 4–0 Friendly

Honors

Hertha BSC

References

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. June 11, 2014. p. 32. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Brooks: 'It Was Not A Hard Decision To Play For The USA'". ussoccer.com. August 14, 2013. Archived from the original on August 17, 2013. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ Powers, Scott (June 5, 2016). "USA's John Brooks return to 'hometown' Chicago for first time in 20 years". Major League Soccer. Retrieved June 17, 2018. 
  4. ^ Peralta, Eyder (June 17, 2014). "After His Game-Winning Goal, We Ask, Who Is John Brooks?". NPR. Retrieved June 17, 2018. 
  5. ^ a b "Brooks rettet die Aufstiegsparty im Olympiastadion". Der Tagesspiegel. May 19, 2013. Retrieved June 17, 2018. 
  6. ^ "Berlin : Frankfurt 6–1(2–1)". bundesliga.com. August 10, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ Honigstein, Raphael (August 12, 2013). "Hertha Berlin return with a bang and give the manager a sleepless night". The Guardian. Retrieved June 17, 2018. 
  8. ^ Uersfeld, Stephan (April 17, 2014). "Reports: Tattoo gets Brooks benched". ESPN FC. Retrieved June 17, 2018. 
  9. ^ "MEIER MAGIC RESCUES FRANKFURT IN EIGHT-GOAL THRILLER". Bundesliga. December 17, 2014. Archived from the original on June 10, 2015. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  10. ^ "John Brooks close to sealing United States spot – Jurgen Klinsmann". ESPNFC. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  11. ^ "A year removed from Ghana goal, John Anthony Brooks ready to step into bigger role for USMNT". MLS Soccer. June 3, 2015. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  12. ^ Banizo, Franco (December 16, 2015). "John Brooks scores header in German Cup win". SBI. Retrieved June 17, 2018. 
  13. ^ "Brooks signs: The central defender is making the move from Hertha BSC to VfL Wolfsburg". VfL Wolfsburg. vfl-wolfsburg.de/en. May 31, 2017. Retrieved May 31, 2017. 
  14. ^ Rosenblatt, Ryan (May 31, 2017). "John Brooks sets American record with transfer to Wolfsburg". Fox Sports. foxsports.com. Retrieved May 31, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Wolfsburg's John Brooks ruled out for at least three months". Bundesliga. August 17, 2017. Retrieved June 17, 2018. 
  16. ^ Valentine, Ben (October 30, 2017). "Americans Abroad: Brooks makes Wolfsburg return". Goal.com. Retrieved June 17, 2018. 
  17. ^ Henry, Larry Jr. (May 22, 2018). "John Brooks, Wolfsburg remain in Bundesliga after playoff victory". SBI. Retrieved June 17, 2018. 
  18. ^ "Brooks, John Anthony" (in German). bz-berlin.de. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved August 23, 2011. 
  19. ^ "U.S. U-20 MNT Drops Opening Match to Paraguay". ussoccer.com. September 6, 2010. Archived from the original on August 19, 2012. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Hertha einigt sich mit Schulz" (in German). kicker.de. July 26, 2013. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Klinsmann Names 30-Player Preliminary Roster for 2014 FIFA World Cup". U.S. Soccer. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  22. ^ Fanning, Evan (June 17, 2014). "USA vs Ghana, World Cup 2014: live". The Telegraph. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  23. ^ "USA vs. Ghana – Brooks Stunner Hands USA 2–1 Win". U.S. Soccer. June 18, 2014. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  24. ^ "U.S. rallies from two down to stun Netherlands in friendly". ESPN. June 5, 2015. Retrieved December 5, 2015. 
  25. ^ "Klinsmann Calls 23 Players to Defend Gold Cup Title". U.S. Soccer. June 23, 2015. Retrieved December 5, 2015. 
  26. ^ "Klinsmann names 23 player roster for historic Copa America Centenario". U.S. Soccer. May 28, 2016. Retrieved June 17, 2018. 
  27. ^ "John Anthony Brooks". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved November 20, 2015. 
  28. ^ "John Anthony Brooks". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved November 20, 2015. 
  29. ^ a b c d e f "John Anthony Brooks » Club matches". World Football. Retrieved November 20, 2015. 
  30. ^ "John Anthony Brooks". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved November 20, 2015. 
  31. ^ "John Anthony Brooks". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 18 May 2018. 
  32. ^ "John Anthony Brooks". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 18 May 2018. 
  33. ^ John Brooks at Soccerway

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