Markus Brzenska

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Markus Brzenska
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Personal information
Full name Markus Brzenska
Date of birth (1984-05-25) 25 May 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Lünen, West Germany
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Viktoria Köln
Number 2
Youth career
0000–1993 BV Lünen 05
1993–2003 Borussia Dortmund
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2009 Borussia Dortmund II 57 (4)
2003–2009 Borussia Dortmund 86 (6)
2008–2009 MSV Duisburg (loan) 33 (2)
2009–2014 Energie Cottbus 63 (1)
2013 Energie Cottbus II 5 (1)
2014– Viktoria Köln 37 (0)
National team
2005–2006 Germany U21 15 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 August 2015.

Markus Brzenska (born 25 May 1984 in Lünen) is a German footballer who plays for Viktoria Köln.

Early life[edit]

Markus Brzenska's parents, Joachim and Halina, and his older brothers, Sebastian and Marcin, were originally from the Upper Silesian town of Bytom (German Beuthen). They immigrated to Germany as ethnic Germans (Aussiedler), settling in Lünen near Dortmund, where Markus was born a few weeks after their arrival.[1]

Career[edit]

Borussia Dortmund[edit]

Without any top level match experience, he was included in the starting line-up by coach Matthias Sammer in Borussia Dortmund's match against Bayern Munich on 9 November 2003. His debut ended in a send-off during the first half.[2]

In 2004, when coach Bert van Marwijk arrived, such like some other players with whom the coach was less familiar, Brzenska's ability was overlooked. Eventually, his effort turned things around. He returned to the first team squad during the first half of the 2004–05 season and established his place in the starting line-up since then.[3][4]

Energie Cottbus[edit]

During the 2008–09 season, he was loaned to 2. Bundesliga club MSV Duisburg. At the end of the loan, Duisburg were unable to pay the transfer fee that Dortmund were asking for, so he returned to Borussia Dortmund who then sold him to Energie Cottbus.[5]

National team[edit]

His family comes from Poland so he is eligible to play for Poland. In October 2010 he declared his intention to play for the Poland national football team.[1] He has played 15 games for the German under-21 team.[4][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kolejny zawodnik z Bundesligi chce grać w naszej kadrze" (in Polish). sport.pl. 20 October 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Bundesliga-Sonntag: Bayern deklassieren den BVB - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Sport". SPIEGEL ONLINE (in German). 9 November 2003. 
  3. ^ Müller, Oliver (11 August 2006). "Verteidiger im Angriff". Die Welt (in German). 
  4. ^ a b "Markus Brzenska Personenprofil". DFB (in German). Retrieved 24 February 2017. 
  5. ^ Karkos, Sebastian (27 July 2009). "Energie Cottbus holt Markus Brzenska aus Duisburg". BILD.de (in German). Retrieved 24 February 2017. 
  6. ^ "Germany U21 0-2 England U21". BBC Sport. 10 October 2006. Retrieved 24 February 2017. 

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