Marco Russ

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Marco Russ
Personal information
Full name Marco Russ
Date of birth (1985-08-04) 4 August 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Hanau, West Germany
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back / Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Eintracht Frankfurt
Number 4
Youth career
1989–1996 VfB Großauheim
1996–2004 Eintracht Frankfurt
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2011 Eintracht Frankfurt 163 (13)
2011–2013 VfL Wolfsburg 24 (1)
2013 Eintracht Frankfurt (loan) 10 (1)
2013– Eintracht Frankfurt 83 (8)
National team
2006 Germany U20 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 May 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 February 2017

Marco Russ (born 4 August 1985) is a German footballer who plays as a defender[1] for Eintracht Frankfurt.


Born in Hanau, Hesse, Russ advanced through the youth system at nearby Eintracht Frankfurt.[2] He made his debut in 2004, and on 29 April 2006 played in the DFB-Pokal final, a 0–1 loss to Bayern Munich at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.[3]

On 26 September 2009, he received a straight red card in the 33rd minute of a 0–3 home loss to VfB Stuttgart at the Commerzbank-Arena for a foul on Sami Khedira.[4]

In July 2011, after Frankfurt's relegation to the 2. Bundesliga, Russ became a transfer target for VfL Wolfsburg manager Felix Magath.[5] On the 16th, he became the second player that summer to make the move from Frankfurt to the Volkswagen Arena, joining Patrick Ochs by signing a three-year deal for a fee of around €3.5 million.[6]

After two seasons in Lower Saxony, Russ returned to his former club in June 2013 after an earlier loan.[7] He competed with the team in the season's UEFA Europa League, making eight appearances in all; on 19 September he scored from Tranquillo Barnetta's corner kick in a 3–0 group stage home win over FC Girondins de Bordeaux.[8]

In May 2016, Russ took a routine anti-doping test which showed high levels of the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which can be produced either by anabolic steroids or cancer. After consulting a doctor on the 18th, it was confirmed that he had a malignant tumour. However, he put himself forward to play their promotion/relegation play-off against 1. FC Nürnberg the following day.[9] In the match, he scored an own goal from Sebastian Kerk's free kick in a 1–1 home draw.[10] Russ returned to the pitch after undergoing therapy on 28 February 2017 in a DFB-Pokal match against Arminia Bielefeld.[11]

International career[edit]

Russ played one friendly for the Germany national under-20 football team in 2006.[12]


Eintracht Frankfurt


  1. ^ "Russ, Marco" (in German). Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Eintracht Frankfurt's Marco Russ diagnosed with tumor". Deutsche Welle. 19 May 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "Deutlich knapper als erwartet". Fussballdaten (in German). Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "Schiebers Doppelpack leitet ungefährdeten VfB-Sieg ein". kicker. 26 September 2009. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  5. ^ Zocher, Thomas (5 July 2011). "Wolfsburg target Russ". Sky Sports. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  6. ^ Witney, Clark (16 July 2011). "Official: Wolfsburg sign Marco Russ from Eintracht Frankfurt". Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  7. ^ "Hoffenheim's Schröck stiffens Eintracht midfield". UEFA. 27 June 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  8. ^ "Europa League: Eintracht Frankfurt ease to 3-0 victory over Bordeaux". Sky Sports. 19 September 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  9. ^ Stephan Uersfeld (19 May 2016). "Frankfurt's Marco Russ to feature in playoff despite tumour diagnosis". ESPN FC. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  10. ^ "Marco Russ: Eintracht Frankfurt captain scores own goal day after diagnosis". 20 May 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  11. ^ ""Einfach nur froh": Russ ist zurück auf dem Rasen". (in German). 28 February 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2017. 
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External links[edit]

  • Marco Russ at Eintracht Frankfurt's Official Website (German)
  • Marco Russ at (German)