Nils Petersen

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Nils Petersen
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Petersen with Germany in 2018
Personal information
Date of birth (1988-12-06) 6 December 1988 (age 29)
Place of birth Wernigerode, East Germany
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
SC Freiburg
Number 18
Youth career
1993–1994 FC Einheit Wernigerode
1994–2000 1. FC Wernigerode
2000–2001 FC Einheit Wernigerode
2001–2004 VfB Germania Halberstadt
2005–2006 Carl Zeiss Jena
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Carl Zeiss Jena II 23 (11)
2007–2008 Carl Zeiss Jena 41 (4)
2008–2009 Energie Cottbus II 13 (5)
2009–2011 Energie Cottbus 56 (35)
2011–2013 Bayern Munich 9 (2)
2011–2012 Bayern Munich II 3 (2)
2012–2013Werder Bremen (loan) 34 (11)
2013–2015 Werder Bremen 35 (7)
2015SC Freiburg (loan) 12 (9)
2015– SC Freiburg 97 (46)
National team
2007 Germany U19 4 (2)
2007–2008 Germany U20 3 (0)
2009 Germany U21 2 (0)
2016 Germany Olympic 6 (6)
2018– Germany 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:29, 12 May 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:31, 2 June 2018 (UTC)

Nils Petersen (born 6 December 1988) is a German professional footballer who plays as a striker for SC Freiburg and the Germany national football team.

Youth[edit]

Petersen spent his early youth developing at hometown club FC Einheit in Wernigerode and afterward continued his development at VfB Germania in Halberstadt. Later he attended the Sport School Jena, playing in their youth team, eventually leaving during the summer of 2007.

Club career[edit]

Carl Zeiss Jena[edit]

In February 2005, Carl Zeiss Jena signed Petersen to a youth contract, before promoting him to the First Team in January 2007. Before promotion to the First Team, Petersen had already gained experience playing with the reserves playing in the Oberliga.[1] Petersen made his professional debut on 4 February 2007 (20th matchday), in a 0–1 loss in an away match against 1. FC Köln.[2] He entered the match in the 89th minute as a substitute for Mohammed El Berkani.[3]

In future matches, he would serve as a "Super-Sub" coming off the bench to score decisive goals against Alemannia Aachen, Erzgebirge Aue, 1. FC Kaiserslautern, and FC Augsburg.[4]

Energie Cottbus[edit]

On 6 January 2009, Petersen switched to Energie Cottbus.[5] In his first season with the club, he made an appearance in the Bundesliga and the relegation playoff.[1] He premiered for Cottbus on the final match-day of the season in a 3–0 home victory over Bayer Leverkusen, on 23 May 2009.[6] Cottbus, finishing 16th in their Bundesliga campaign, would go on to lose in the relegation/promotion playoff against 2nd division 1. FC Nürnberg, resulting in Cottbus' relegation to 2. Bundesliga. During the first half of the 2009–10 season, Petersen rarely saw playing time for Cottbus. After the winter break, his playing time increased as he was able to score nine goals in 14 appearances, securing his place in the starting line-up.

During the 2010–11 campaign, Petersen would become the 2. Bundesliga top goalscorer, notching 25 goals in 33 appearances, helping Cottbus to a mid-table finish. In February 2011, despite interest from various Bundesliga clubs, he decided to extend his existing contract by two years until June 2014.

Bayern Munich[edit]

On 19 May 2011, FC Bayern Munich reported the signing of Petersen to a three-year contract until 30 June 2014.[7] Nils Petersen scored his first hat-trick (three goals) in the first ever game he played for FC Bayern Munich against a Trentino Selection. On 10 September 2011, having been on for just 17 minutes, Petersen came close twice, and finally scored his first Bundesliga goal against Freiburg.

Werder Bremen[edit]

On 29 June 2012, SV Werder Bremen agreed to a one-year loan deal with Bayern Munich for Petersen.[8] After a successful season on loan at Werder, it was announced on 23 May 2013 that he had penned a four-year contract with the club for an undisclosed fee.[9]

SC Freiburg[edit]

Petersen playing for Freiburg, 2017

After having only earned seven caps and most of them as a substitute during the first half of the 2014–15 season, Petersen was loaned to SC Freiburg for the second leg of the campaign.[10] On 31 January 2015, in his league debut versus Eintracht Frankfurt, he scored a hat-trick, despite just coming on as a substitute for the second half, ultimately helping his team turning a 0–1 deficit into a 4–1 victory.[11] He subsequently made appearances on matchdays 19 and 20.[12] Christian Streich, Freiburg's head coach, stated that Petersen was "an option for the squad."[13] He finished the 2014–15 season by scoring nine goals in 12 matches for Freiburg.[1]

On 28 June 2015, Petersen joined newly relegated Freiburg on a permanent deal, for an undisclosed fee.[14] On 27 July 2015, he marked his season debut by scoring a hat-trick in a 6–3 victory over Nürnberg.[15] On 9 August 2015, he continued his good form by scoring his second hat-trick in three games, in a 5–0 win at fifth-tier side HSV Barmbek-Uhlenhorst in the first round of the DFB-Pokal.[16] He finished the 2015–16 season by scoring 25 goals in 34 matches.[17]

Petersen made his 100th top flight appearance on 29 October 2016 by coming on in the second half of the 3–1 away win against his former side Werder Bremen.[18] He scored his first Bundesliga hat-trick later on 10 December 2017, including two penalties in the injury time, in the 4–3 win at 1. FC Köln.[19]

In the 2017–18 season, Petersen was the top scoring German in the Bundesliga with 15 goals, finishing second to only Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich.

International career[edit]

Petersen (right) celebrating a goal

Petersen was a member of the Germany U19, scoring a goal against Russia during the UEFA U-19 European Championship and the Germany U20, before being called up on 6 August 2009 for the German U21.[20]

Petersen was part of Germany Olympic Squad for Rio's Olympic along with Lars and Sven Bender as one of three allowed players over the age of 23. On 4 August 2016, he came on as a substitute in the 84th minute for Davie Selke in a 2–2.[21] Three days later, in the 83rd minute, he was again substituted on for Selke.[22] On 10 August 2016, he started and scored five goals in a 10–0 win against Fiji.[23] On 13 August 2016, against Portugal, he again replaced Selke,[24] in the 78th minute.[24] On 17 August 2016, in the semi-final against Nigeria, Petersen came on for Max Meyer in the 84th minute[25] and scored his sixth goal of the tournament five minutes later.[25] On 20 August 2016, Petersen entered the pitch as a 76th-minute substitute for Selke in the Gold medal match.[26] He was the only player who failed to score in the shootout in the Gold medal match and Germany won the silver medal.[26][27]

On 15 May 2018, he was named in Germany's provisional 2018 FIFA World Cup squad.[28] Petersen was then handed his first cap in a friendly versus Austria on 2 June in preparation for the World Cup,[29] but was left off of Löw's final squad for the tournament.[30]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 28 April 2018
Petersen playing for Werder Bremen in 2012
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total Ref.
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Carl Zeiss Jena 2006–07 2. Bundesliga 3 0 0 0 3 0 [2][1]
2007–08 20 4 4 1 24 5 [1][4]
2008–09 3. Liga 18 0 2 1 20 1 [1]
Totals 41 4 6 2 0 0 0 0 47 6
Carl Zeiss Jena II 2006–07 NOFV-Oberliga Süd 5 1 5 1 [2]
2007–08 12 5 12 5 [4]
Totals 17 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 6
Energie Cottbus II 2008–09 Regionalliga Nord 13 5 13 5 [1]
Energie Cottbus 2008–09 Bundesliga 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 [1]
2009–10 2. Bundesliga 22 10 1 0 23 10 [31]
2010–11 33 25 5 3 38 28 [32]
Totals 56 35 6 3 0 0 1 0 63 38
Bayern Munich 2011–12 Bundesliga 9 2 2 2 4 0 15 2 [1]
Bayern Munich II 2011–12 Regionalliga Süd 3 2 3 2 [1]
Werder Bremen 2012–13 Bundesliga 34 11 1 0 35 11 [33]
2013–14 28 7 1 0 29 7 [34]
2014–15 7 0 1 0 8 0 [1]
Totals 69 18 3 0 0 0 0 0 72 18
SC Freiburg 2014–15 Bundesliga 12 9 0 0 12 9 [1]
2015–16 2. Bundesliga 32 21 2 4 34 25 [17]
2016–17 Bundesliga 33 10 1 1 34 11 [1]
2017–18 30 15 3 3 2 1 35 19 [1]
Totals 107 55 6 8 2 1 0 0 114 64
Career totals 315 127 23 15 6 1 1 0 345 143

International[edit]

As of 2 June 2018[35]
Germany
Year Apps Goals
2018 1 0
Total 1 0

Honours[edit]

International[edit]

Germany

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Lomaias unglückliches Debüt" (in German). kicker. 4 February 2007. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
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  5. ^ "Energie holt Petersen" (in German). kicker. 6 January 2009. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Cottbus überrennt Bayer" (in German). kicker. 23 May 2009. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Petersen ist der erste Neue" (in German). Süddeutsche Zeitung. 19 May 2011. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Nils Petersen to play for Werder on loan next season". Footballcracy. 30 June 2012. Archived from the original on 2 July 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "Nils Petersen seals permanent transfer to Werden Bremen from Bayern Munich". Sky Sports News. 23 May 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Nils Petersen wechselt zum SC Freiburg" [Nils Petersen moves to SC Freiburg] (in German). SV Werder Bremen. 22 December 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
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  13. ^ Hofmann, Benni (19 March 2015). "Petersen "ist definitiv eine Option für den Kader"" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  14. ^ "Petersen wechselt nach Freiburg" (in German). sport1. 28 June 2015. Retrieved 27 July 2015. 
  15. ^ "SC Freiburg – 1. FC Nürnberg 6:3 (2. Bundesliga 2015/2016, 1. Round)". worldfootball.net. HEIM:SPIEL Medien GmbH & Co. KG. 27 July 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015. 
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  18. ^ "Phenomenal Philipp inspires Freiburg to first away win". Bundesliga.com. 29 October 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2018. 
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  21. ^ "Gnabry und Ginter retten deutscher Elf ein Remis" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  22. ^ "In letzter Sekunde: Gnabry rettet Deutschland" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  23. ^ "10:0! Fünferpacker Petersen & Co. fertigen Fidschi ab" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  24. ^ a b "Halbfinale! Starkes Deutschland besiegt Portugal" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  25. ^ a b "Finale! DFB-Elf spielt in Rio um Olympia-Gold" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  26. ^ a b "Gold für Brasilien: Maracana explodiert dank Neymar!". kicker. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  27. ^ "Neymar's golden penalty sees Brazil to victory". fifa.com. 20 August 2016. 
  28. ^ Penfold, Chuck (15 May 2018). "Germany's Joachim Löw unveils preliminary World Cup squad, signs new deal". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 15 May 2018. 
  29. ^ "Manuel Neuer passes fitness test but Germany slump to defeat in Austria". dw.com. 2 June 2018. Retrieved 2 June 2018. 
  30. ^ "Finaler WM-Kader: Löw streicht Leno, Tah, Sané und Petersen" [Final World Cup squad: Löw removed Leno, Tah, Sané and Petersen]. DFB.de (in German). German Football Association. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 4 June 2018. 
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  33. ^ "Nils Petersen". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
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  35. ^ "Germany – N. Petersen – Profile with news, career statistics and history". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 2 June 2018. 

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