Marco Bode

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Marco Bode
Personal information
Full name Marco Bode
Date of birth (1969-07-23) 23 July 1969 (age 47)
Place of birth Osterode am Harz, West Germany
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Werder Bremen (chairman)
Youth career
0000–1988 VfR Osterode
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1990 Werder Bremen (A) 42 (19)
1989–2002 Werder Bremen 379 (101)
Total 421 (120)
National team
1989 West Germany U-21 4 (2)
1995–2002 Germany 40 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Marco Bode (born 23 July 1969 in Osterode am Harz) is a former German footballer.[1] A true one club man, Bode spent his entire professional career at Werder Bremen. He played as a left winger and forward.

Club career[edit]

He played his first football with home club VfR Osterode, before moving to the amateur team of Werder Bremen in 1988.[2] He was discovered by Otto Rehhagel and soon moved to the professional team.

Between 1989 and 2002 he was active in 379 games for Werder, in which he scored 101 goals, making him the then-record Bremen goal-scorer. He can since been overtook by fellow Werder Bremen legend Claudio Pizarro. Despite some offers by major European clubs such as Bayern Munich, he remained loyal to Werder Bremen, retiring somewhat early after the 2002 World Cup. Bode also won renown because he was a particularly fair and decent player who only was booked ten times in his entire Bundesliga career and never got sent off. He was also known for his smart, sundry TV interviews.

International career[edit]

In the seven years following 1995, he also played in 40 games for the German national football team, scoring 9 goals. He took part in the UEFA Euro 1996 final and in the final of the 2002 World Championships.[3] At the 2002 FIFA World Cup Bode was a surprise substitution from manager Rudi Völler in the crucial third group match against Cameroon with the match still at 0–0.[4] Being close to retirement the German fans felt Bode's selection was dubious, however Bode silenced the doubter by scoring the opening goal of an eventual 2–0 win for Germany propelling them into the knockout stages as group winners. It would be Bode's final goal[5] and he made his last appearance in the World Cup final as Germany fell to Brazil.[6]



Werder Bremen




Werder Bremen records
  • Werder's most successful Bundesliga scorer: 2nd with 101 goals
  • Werder's Bundesliga players with most appearances: 4th with 379 appearances[7]
  • Werder's player with most international matches: 4th with 40 caps[8]


  1. ^ "Bode, Marco" (in German). Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
  2. ^ Arnhold, Matthias (29 February 2012). "Marco Bode - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Euro 2000 Profile". BBC Sport. 23 May 2000. Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "World Cup 2002 Profile". BBC Sport. 7 May 2002. Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
  5. ^ Arnhold, Matthias (16 December 2002). "Marco Bode - International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Marco Bode". FIFA. Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "Werders Bundesliga-Spieler mit den meisten Einsätzen" (in German). SV Werder Bremen. Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
  8. ^ "Länderspieleinsätze im Dienste von Werder Bremen" (in German). SV Werder Bremen. Retrieved 30 December 2010. 

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