Paul Freier

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Paul Freier
Paul Freier.jpg
Freier playing for Leverkusen in 2008.
Personal information
Full name Slawomir Paul Freier
Date of birth (1979-07-26) 26 July 1979 (age 37)
Place of birth Bytom, Poland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
VfL Bochum U19 (assistant)
Youth career
1984–1990 ŁTS Łabędy
1990–1993 SV Holzen
1993–1996 BSV Menden
1996–1998 VfL Bochum
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2001 VfL Bochum II 68 (19)
1999–2004 VfL Bochum 117 (16)
2004–2008 Bayer 04 Leverkusen 112 (17)
2008–2014 VfL Bochum 149 (18)
2009–2011 VfL Bochum II 5 (0)
Total 451 (60)
National team
2000–2001 Germany U-21 13 (2)
2002–2007 Germany 19 (1)
Teams managed
2015 VfL Bochum U16 (assistant)
2015– VfL Bochum U19 (assistant)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.


Paul Freier (born 26 July 1979, in Bytom, Poland) is a German football coach and former football player, who was usually employed on the right wing.[1][2] He is currently the assistant manager of VfL Bochum U19.

Biography[edit]

Childhood and youth[edit]

Freier was born in 1979 in the Upper Silesian city of Bytom (German: Beuthen). At the age of five, he joined in Gliwice the club ŁTS Łabędy. At the age of eleven, he emigrated with his parents from Upper Silesia to Germany, where the family settled in Arnsberg-Holzen in the Sauerland in North-Rhine Westphalia.[3] Newly arrived there, he joined SV Holzen and three years later he moved to BSV Menden. In his youth he received an offer from Borussia Dortmund, but his father refused a move to Dortmund. In 1996, Freier joined the youth team of VfL Bochum.

First spell at Bochum[edit]

In 1998, he was part of Bochum's second team and on 5 November 1999 he made his professional debut for the first team in a 2–0 win against SV Waldhof Mannheim on matchday eleven of the 1999–2000 2. Bundesliga. In the 89th minute he replaced Delron Buckley.[4] With Bochum, he celebrated promotion to the Bundesliga. On 12 August 2000, Freier made his debut in the Bundesliga in a 1–0 win on first matchday against 1. FC Kaiserslautern.[5] On 28 April 2001, 31st match day, Freier scored his first goal in the Bundesliga in the 1–1 draw in the derby against FC Schalke 04.[6] At the end of the season, Freier had made 22 appearances and scored one goal and VfL Bochum was relegated from the Bundesliga.[7] In the 2001–02 season, Freier made 30 appearances scoring seven goals and was promoted again with the VfL Bochum to the Bundesliga.[8] In the next season, Bochum reached to the ninth place with Freier making 32 appearances and scoring seven goals.[9] In the 2003–04 season, Freier played in 27 games and scored one goal.[10] This season, the VfL Bochum placed in the final standings in front of his local rivals from Gelsenkirchen (Schalke is a district of Gelsenkirchen) and Dortmund.

Spell at Bayer Leverkusen[edit]

In four seasons at Bayer Leverkusen between 2004 and 2004 he amassed 17 goals in 112 league matches.[11]

Return to the VfL and end of the career[edit]

Freier returned to VfL Bochum at the end of the 2007–08 season, signing a five-year contract.[12]

After retiring[edit]

Six months after retiring as a player, Freier was hired as assistant coach of the U16 team of VfL Bochum.[13]

On 8 June 2015, it was confirmed that Freier was the new assistant manager of the U19 team of VfL Bochum.[14]

International[edit]

He was a member of the German national team, winning 19 caps.[15] Freier was initially named in Germany's UEFA Euro 2004 squad but had to withdraw through injury.[16] He was called up as a backup squad member for the 2006 World Cup. His only goal for Germany came in a 4–1 win over Canada in June 2003.[17]

Statistics[edit]

As of 16 May 2014[1][2]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal DFB-Ligapokal Europe Other1 Total
1997–98 VfL Bochum II Oberliga Westfalen 4 1 4 1
1998–99 26 6 26 6
1999–00 Regionalliga West/Südwest 35 11 35 11
2000–01 Oberliga Westfalen 3 1 3 1
1999–00 VfL Bochum 2. Bundesliga 6 0 0 0 6 0
2000–01 Bundesliga 22 1 3 0 25 1
2001–02 2. Bundesliga 30 7 1 1 31 8
2002–03 Bundesliga 32 7 4 3 36 10
2003–04 27 1 1 0 1 0 29 1
2004–05 Bayer Leverkusen 33 6 2 0 2 1 9 0 46 7
2005–06 29 6 2 0 0 0 1 0 32 6
2006–07 31 3 2 1 1 0 11 0 45 4
2007–08 19 2 0 0 6 1 25 3
2008–09 VfL Bochum 28 1 1 0 29 1
2009–10 28 2 2 0 30 2
2010–11 2. Bundesliga 18 2 1 0 2 0 21 2
2011–12 27 2 2 1 29 3
2012–13 21 1 2 0 23 1
2013–14 27 0 2 0 29 0
2008–09 VfL Bochum II Regionalliga West 2 0 2 0
2009–10 2 0 2 0
2010–11 1 0 1 0
Total Germany 451 60 25 6 4 1 27 1 2 0 509 68
Career total 451 60 25 6 4 1 27 1 2 0 509 68

1 2010–11 includes the 2. Bundesliga/Bundesliga promotion/relegation playoffs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Paul Freier" (in German). fussballdaten.de. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Freier, Paul" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Sellmann, Hartwig (26 June 2012). "Paul Freier vom VfL Bochum – Eine Karriere mit Höhen und Tiefen". WAZ (in German). Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "SPIELBERICHT". kicker online (in German). 5 November 1999. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Überraschung auf dem Betzenberg". kicker online (in German). 12 August 2000. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "SPIELBERICHT". kicker online (in German). Olympia Verlag GmbH. 28 April 2001. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Paul Freier". kicker online (in German). Olympia Verlag GmbH. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "Paul Freier". kicker online (in German). Olympia Verlag GmbH. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "Paul Freier". kicker online (in German). Olympia Verlag GmbH. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 
  10. ^ "Paul Freier". kicker online (in German). Olympia Verlag GmbH. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 
  11. ^ Arnhold, Matthias (17 March 2016). "Sławomir Paul Freier - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga". RSSSF. Retrieved 17 March 2016. 
  12. ^ "Freier leaves Leverkusen". Bundesliga.de. 13 May 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2008. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Freier startet Trainerkarriere" (in German). sport1.de. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  14. ^ "osz nicht mehr U19-Trainer / Reis übernimmt" (in German). reviersport.de. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 
  15. ^ Arnhold, Matthias (17 March 2016). "Sławomir Paul Freier - International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 17 March 2016. 
  16. ^ "Freier out of Euro 2004". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 29 May 2004. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  17. ^ "Germany topples Canada in men's soccer friendly". cbc.ca. 1 June 2003. Retrieved 18 December 2015. 

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