Moritz Volz

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Moritz Volz
Moritz Volz.jpg
Volz at Fulham in 2007.
Personal information
Full name Moritz Volz
Date of birth (1983-01-21) 21 January 1983 (age 35)
Place of birth Siegen, West Germany
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Right back
Youth career
SpVgg Bürbach
0000–1999 Schalke 04
1999–2000 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2004 Arsenal 0 (0)
2003Wimbledon (loan) 10 (1)
2004–2009 Fulham 137 (4)
2008–2009Ipswich Town (loan) 22 (0)
2010–2012 FC St. Pauli 23 (2)
2012–2015 TSV 1860 Munich 51 (0)
Total 243 (7)
National team
2003–2006 Germany U21 43 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 May 2014

Moritz Volz (born 21 January 1983) is a German former footballer, media pundit and scout.[1][2]

Volz played as a right-back with clubs Schalke, Arsenal, Wimbledon, Fulham, Ipswich Town, FC St. Pauli and TSV 1860 Munich.[3]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Volz was born in Siegen, and started his career in his native Germany at FC Schalke 04 before being spotted by Arsenal while playing for the German Youth team. He was offered a contract and joined the Gunners in the summer of 1999. Volz's debut for the Gunners came in a League Cup defeat to Ipswich Town in 2000.[4] With the club's academy Volz also won the FA Youth Cup in 2000 and 2001.[3][5] He made another appearance for Arsenal's first team a year later in a League Cup defeat to Sunderland.[6] In February 2003, he was loaned out to Wimbledon, where he impressed by scoring on his debut against Brighton[7] and going on to make nine further appearances for the Dons. He returned from loan in the summer of the same year before joining Fulham, again on loan, in August 2003.[8] The move was made permanent in January 2004.[9]

Fulham[edit]

At Fulham Volz attained cult-figure status with the fans, in part due to his commitment, passion and community involvement.[10] He was also popular with the club' faithful given that he rode his bicycle to home games. He had several nicknames at Craven Cottage such as '220 Volz', 'The Electrician', 'Mr Resistor', 'The Hoff' due to his adulation of David Hasslehoff, 'The Lightbulb' and the rather simple 'Volzy'. For the match against Aston Villa on Saturday 21 October 2006, he had 'The Hoff's written on his boots for good luck, and promptly scored his first goal in three years.[11][12][13]

Volz signed a contract extension upon December 9, 2006, which kept him at the club until 2009.[14] On 20 December 2006, he went on to score the 15,000th goal in Premier League history for Fulham against Chelsea.[15] Inevitably, this gave birth to the new nickname '15,000 Volz'. As he scored that goal Volz donated £15,000 to three charitable organisations being Kick 4 Life, The Prince's Trust and Fulham Football Club's Community charity.[16][17] In July 2008, Volz was awarded PPF Community Champion Award, which associated with The Observer newspaper.[18]

On 28 August 2008, he signed for Championship side Ipswich Town on a season-long loan deal. Volz joined the club as he hoped to help the Tractor Boys get promoted to the Premier League.[19][20] Altogether he was capped a sum of 22 times for the club.[21]

On 1 July 2009, he was released from Fulham as he came to the end of his contract and was so praised by the club for his loyal service. Volz sent a farewell message to Fulham supporters upon the club's website.[22] While on the lookout for a new team he kept training with the club to maintain his fitness and also did media work for Sky Sports at the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.[2]

On 2 January 2010, Volz got a trial with former club FC Schalke 04.[23] He joined the team at Chiclana de la Frontera for a training camp.

FC St. Pauli[edit]

As was so Volz eventually joined up with FC St. Pauli on 15 June 2010 where he signed a two-year contract.[24] He made his debut on 5 November 2010 against Schalke.

TSV 1860 Munich[edit]

Volz whilst training with TSV

Volz joined TSV 1860 Munich on 5 June 2012, signing a three-year contract.[25] At TSV he won the 2014-15 2. Bundesliga relegation playoffs, with the club thus staying within the league.[26] Volz went on to bring an end to his playing days soon afterward.[1]

International career[edit]

Although Volz was not part of the German team that reached the semi-finals of the World Cup on home soil in 2006, he was an ever-present force in Dieter Eilts' successful under-21 side. He helped the team qualify for the European Championships in summer 2006. Volz was included in the senior squad for the 17 November 2004 game in Leipzig against Cameroon but did not appear on the field.

Scouting and Media Work[edit]

Volz wrote for The Times and worked as a pundit for Sky Sports, Setanta Sports and ITV while playing in the UK. He later worked as a colour commentator for DAZN in Germany.[2][27][5][28]

After his retirement in the summer of 2015 Volz worked as a scout for TSV 1860 and he is of current Arsenal's main German scout.[1][29]

Career statistics[edit]

[30]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2001–02 Arsenal Premier League 1 0 1 0
2002–03 1 0 1 0
2002–03 Wimbledon First Division 10 1 10 1
2003–04 Fulham Premier League 33 0 5 0 38 0
2004–05 31 0 2 1 3 0 36 1
2005–06 23 0 1 0 24 0
2006–07 29 2 4 1 1 0 34 3
2007–08 9 0 2 0 1 0 12 0
2008–09 Ipswich Town Championship 22 0 1 0 23 0
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
2010–11 FC St. Pauli Bundesliga 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
2011–12 2. Bundesliga 14 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 2
2012–13 TSV 1860 Munich 19 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 22 0
Total England 157 3 13 2 9 0 179 5
Total Germany 42 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 45 2
Career total 199 5 16 2 9 0 224 7

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Arsenal[3][5]

Individual[edit]

Fulham Player of the Month: January 2007[31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Blitz-Besuch bei St. Pauli Moritz Volz will Trainer werden". Mopo.de (in German). 
  2. ^ a b c "Free Agent-Moritz Volz". Sky Sports.com. 
  3. ^ a b c "Young Gunners keep their Cup". The Guardian.com. 
  4. ^ "Arsenal 1-2 Ipswich". BBC. 1 November 2000. Retrieved 1 January 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c "CLASS OF 2000". Arsenal.com. 
  6. ^ "Moritz Volz". Arsenal F.C. Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Brighton 2–3 Wimbledon". BBC. 11 February 2003. Retrieved 26 August 2009. 
  8. ^ "Volz signs". Fulham Official Website. 8 August 2003. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Volz signs for Fulham". Fulham Official Website. 16 January 2004. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Reading Stars". Fulham FC. 28 May 2007. Archived from the original on 29 June 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "The Hoff Inspires Volz to Score". Archived from the original on 21 December 2006. Retrieved 25 October 2006. 
  12. ^ "Moritz Volz: My Secret Vice". Four Four Two.com. 
  13. ^ "Moritz Volz: A German blessed with balance and bonhomie". Independent.co.uk. 
  14. ^ "Volz signs contract extension". Fulham Official Website. 9 December 2006. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  15. ^ "Premiership clockwatch". BBC. 30 December 2006. Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  16. ^ "15,000 Volz". Fulham Official Website. 23 March 2007. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  17. ^ "Volz Donation". Fulham Official Website. 20 April 2007. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  18. ^ "Community Champion". Fulham Official Website. 31 July 2008. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  19. ^ Derek Davis (28 August 2008). "Volz signs for Town". Green 'Un. Archived from the original on 11 December 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  20. ^ "Volz: I'm Now a True Tractor Boy". TWTD.co.uk. 
  21. ^ "Moritz Volz". Sporting-Heroes.net. 
  22. ^ "Volzy's Farewell". Fulham Official Website. 24 July 2009. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  23. ^ "Schalke testet Volz und verpflichtet Edu" (in German). Bundesliga. 7 December 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  24. ^ "Volz zu St. Pauli" (in German). sport1.de. 15 June 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  25. ^ "Löwen verpflichten Moritz Volz" (in German). TSV 1860 München. 5 June 2012. Archived from the original on 14 December 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  26. ^ "Moritz Volz". Eurosport.com. 
  27. ^ "Questions for Capello". 101 Great Goals.com. 
  28. ^ "DAZN DE". Twitter.com (in German). 
  29. ^ "Arsenal führt Scout-Liste gegen Finnland an". Laola1.de (in German). 
  30. ^ "Moritz Volz". Fulham FC. Archived from the original on 23 November 2008. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  31. ^ "Pipex Player of the Month". Fulham FC.com. 

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