Wollscheid with Leverkusen in 2014
|Full name||Philipp Wollscheid|
|Date of birth||6 March 1989|
|Place of birth||Wadern, Saarland, West Germany|
|Height||1.94 m (6 ft 4 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2007–2008||SV Rot-Weiss Hasborn||18||(0)|
|2008–2009||1. FC Saarbrücken||30||(3)|
|2009–2010||1. FC Nürnberg II||40||(1)|
|2010–2012||1. FC Nürnberg||52||(5)|
|2014–2015||→ 1. FSV Mainz 05 (loan)||5||(0)|
|2015||→ Stoke City (loan)||12||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:44, 20 August 2016 (UTC).
Wollscheid began his career playing amateur football for various clubs in Saarland. He progressed to semi-professional level with SV Rot-Weiss Hasborn in 2007 and then 1. FC Saarbrücken. He was released by Saarbrücken in the summer of 2009 and then joined 1. FC Nürnberg following a successful trial. After spending time playing for the second team he broke into the Nürnberg first team and became a regular in the Bundesliga. His performances for Nürnberg saw him transfer to Bayer Leverkusen in July 2012. Wollscheid was a regular under Sami Hyypiä at Leverkusen in 2012–13 and 2013–14. However he fell out of favor with new manager Roger Schmidt and joined 1. FSV Mainz 05 on loan in August 2014. Wollscheid joined English side Stoke City on loan in January 2015 which was made permanent at the end of the season.
Born in Wadern, Saarland, Wollscheid started his career in the youth teams of various local amateur sides. He made his first team debut in March 2007 for SG Noswendel-Wadern in the Landesliga – then the seventh tier of the German football league system. At the start of the 2007–08 season, he joined SV Rot-Weiss Hasborn in the fifth tier Oberliga, appearing 18 times for the club before moving to 1. FC Saarbrücken six months later. He struggled to make an impact during his 18-month spell at the club, and made many of his 30 league appearances as a substitute. Following Saarbrücken's promotion to the Regionalliga in 2009, Wollscheid decided to look for a new club.
1. FC Nürnberg
He arranged a trial with 1. FC Nürnberg, and subsequently signed a three-year deal with the club. Having not trained at a youth academy like many other young footballers, Wollscheid admitted to knowing little about tactics before he joined Nürnberg, and had little idea about how a back four operates. He spent his first season at the club playing for the club's reserve team, making 26 Regionalliga appearances and scoring one goal.
He rose to prominence during the 2010–11 Bundesliga season, making his first team debut in a 3–1 defeat against 1. FC Kaiserslautern in November 2010. He soon became a regular starter for Nürnberg and finished the year ranked third among all Bundesliga defenders, according to kicker's player ratings.
In November 2011, Wollscheid agreed a five-year deal with Bayer Leverkusen beginning from summer 2012. In the 2012–13 season under the management of Sami Hyypiä, Wollscheid played 40 times scoring three goals as Leverkusen finished in third position. He struggled with injury and form in 2013–14, making 27 appearances as Hyypiä was sacked in April 2014. His replacement Roger Schmidt opted for the pairing of Emir Spahić and Ömer Toprak and Wollscheid was free to find another club.
He ended his loan with Mainz in January 2015 and joined English Premier League side Stoke City, on another temporary deal through to the end of the season, with an option to buy him based on his performances. He made his debut for Stoke on 11 January 2015 in a 3–0 defeat away at Arsenal. In his second match against Leicester City, Wollscheid played alongside Marc Muniesa as Stoke secured a 1–0 victory. His performance earned him praise from manager Mark Hughes. However his performances dropped off and he was criticized for poor performances against Blackburn Rovers and Sunderland. He went and played a total of 14 games for Stoke in 2014–15.
On 21 May 2015 Stoke announced that they had taken up their option to buy Wollscheid for an undisclosed fee, reported to be £2.75 million on a three-year contract. Wollscheid was a key member of Mark Hughes's squad in 2015–16, playing 39 times as the Potters finished in ninth position and reached the semi-final of the League Cup.
He represented the German national under-20 football team on one occasion. On 29 May 2013, he made his international debut for Germany national team in a friendly game against Ecuador in Boca Raton, Florida.
Style of play
Like Mertesacker, Wollscheid may be big, but he will not strike the fear of God into opposing strikers. At his best, he is a gifted all round defender, with excellent positioning and relatively secure heading and tackling. He can play with both feet, and can mark equally well man to man or zonally, although he can be prone to losses of concentration.— German sports writer Kit Holden gives his opinion on Philipp Wollscheid.
|SV Rot-Weiss Hasborn||2007–08||Oberliga Südwest||18||0||0||0||—||—||18||0|
|1. FC Saarbrücken||2008–09||Oberliga Südwest||30||3||0||0||—||—||30||3|
|1. FC Nürnberg II||2009–10||Regionalliga Süd||26||1||0||0||—||—||26||1|
|1. FC Nürnberg||2010–11||Bundesliga||19||3||2||0||—||—||21||3|
|1. FSV Mainz 05 (loan)||2014–15||Bundesliga||5||0||0||0||—||—||5||0|
|Stoke City (loan)||2014–15||Premier League||12||0||2||0||0||0||—||14||0|
|Stoke City||2015–16||Premier League||31||0||2||0||6||0||—||39||0|
- As of match played 2 June 2013
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