Manuel Friedrich

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Manuel Friedrich
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Friedrich with Dortmund in 2014.
Personal information
Full name Manuel Friedrich
Date of birth (1979-09-13) 13 September 1979 (age 37)
Place of birth Bad Kreuznach, West Germany
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1992–1995 SG Guldental 07
1995–1998 Mainz 05
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 Mainz 05 II 55 (11)
2000–2002 Mainz 05 63 (8)
2002–2004 Werder Bremen II 13 (2)
2003 Werder Bremen 1 (0)
2004–2007 Mainz 05 116 (8)
2007–2013 Bayer Leverkusen 147 (11)
2013–2014 Borussia Dortmund 11 (1)
2014 Mumbai City 14 (1)
National team
2006–2008 Germany 9 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 June 2015.

Manuel Friedrich (born 13 September 1979) is a German footballer who plays as a central defender.

He amassed Bundesliga totals of 258 games and 16 goals over the course of 12 seasons, representing in the competition Werder Bremen, Mainz 05, Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund.

Club career[edit]

Mainz / Werder Bremen[edit]

Born in Bad Kreuznach, Friedrich started playing football at SG Guldental 07, making his professional debuts with 1. FSV Mainz 05 which he had joined in 1995 – the club was then in the second division. However, he had to wait until 26 February 2000 to make his competition debut, in a home match against FC Energie Cottbus.

In the following two seasons Friedrich was a defensive stalwart, scoring an astonishing eight goals – no penalties – in the latter as Mainz finished fourth, just one point shy of promotion.

Those stellar performances attracted attention from the Bundesliga, and Friedrich signed with SV Werder Bremen, but his time there would be anything but successful as he only appeared once in the league in two years combined, the final seven minutes of the 4–1 home triumph against FC Schalke 04 on 23 August 2003. In that second season he also featured for the reserve squad, in Regionalliga Nord; 2002–03 had already been totally lost to an anterior cruciate ligament injury.[1]

In late January 2004 Friedrich returned to Mainz, still contributing with 17 matches en route to top level promotion. On 23 May he scored one of four goals in the league, netting the second in the decisive 3–0 home win against SV Eintracht Trier 05 on the final day of the campaign (promotion attained on goal difference). In the following three seasons combined he rarely missed a game, adding four goals, but Mainz would be relegated in 2007.

Bayer Leverkusen[edit]

In July 2007 Friedrich moved to Bayer 04 Leverkusen, continuing to be an everpresent defensive unit and contributing – early in his first year – to consecutive home wins against Karlsruher SC (3–0) and VfL Bochum (2–0).[2] He scored ten league goals in his first three seasons combined.

Friedrich could only appear in 19 games in 2010–11 due to injury, with Leverkusen finishing in second position and qualifying to the UEFA Champions League. In that competition, on 23 November 2011, he headed home in the last-minute to help the hosts come from behind against Chelsea to win it 2–1.[3]

Borussia Dortmund[edit]

After an unsuccessful trial with Bangkok Glass F.C. in Thailand,[4][5] Friedrich joined Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer on 20 November 2013, following injuries to fellow stoppers Mats Hummels and Neven Subotić.[6] He made his debut for his new team three days later, playing the full 90 minutes in a 0–3 home loss to FC Bayern Munich.[7]

Friedrich scored his first goal for BVB on 8 February 2014, netting his team's third in a 5–1 away demolition of former club Werder. It was his 16th goal in the German top division.[8]

Mumbai City[edit]

On 22 August 2014, Friedrich signed with Mumbai City FC of the Indian Super League.[9]

International career[edit]

In March 2006, Friedrich was called up to Germany's squad for a friendly against the United States, thus becoming the first Mainz player to ever represent the national side.[10] However, he did not receive any playing time in the match, and was not part of the 23-man squad at the 2006 FIFA World Cup either.

On 16 August 2006 Friedrich made his full debut, playing the entire second half of another friendly, the 3–0 with Sweden in Gelsenkirchen. He subsequently featured the full 90 minutes in the German team's opening two Euro 2008 qualifiers against the Republic of Ireland and San Marino, scoring his first international goal in the latter, the 12th in a 13–0 victory over the group underdogs.[11]

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1 6 September 2006 Stadio Olimpico, San Marino  San Marino 0–12 0–13 Euro 2008 qualifying



Bayer Leverkusen[12]
Borussia Dortmund[12]


  1. ^ "Banovic blow for Bremen". 21 August 2002. Retrieved 29 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "Friedrich, Manuel" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Leverkusen stun Chelsea to progress". 23 November 2011. Retrieved 24 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Manuel Friedrich: Nächstes Ziel Thailand?" [Manuel Friedrich: Next destination Thailand?] (in German). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Manuel Friedrich: Dortmund instead of Thailand". Thai-Fussball. 21 November 2013. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Dortmund holt Manuel Friedrich" [Dortmund gets Manuel Friedrich] (in German). Fussball Europa. 21 November 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Goetze haunts Dortmund". ESPN FC. 23 November 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Lewandowski at the double". ESPN FC. 8 February 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Mumbai City FC sign former German international Manuel Friedrich". 22 August 2014. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "Klinsmann makes Kehl call". 14 March 2006. Retrieved 29 June 2010. 
  11. ^ "Records tumble as Germany soar". 6 September 2006. Retrieved 29 June 2010. 
  12. ^ a b "M. Friedrich – Trophies". Soccerway. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 

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