René Adler

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René Adler
René Adler, Germany national football team (01).jpg
Adler with Germany in 2011.
Personal information
Full name René Adler
Date of birth (1985-01-15) 15 January 1985 (age 30)
Place of birth Leipzig, East Germany
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Hamburger SV
Number 15
Youth career
1991–2000 VfB Leipzig
2000–2003 Bayer Leverkusen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2006 Bayer Leverkusen II 30 (0)
2006–2012 Bayer Leverkusen 138 (0)
2012– Hamburger SV 74 (0)
National team
2000–2001 Germany U15 7 (0)
2001–2002 Germany U17 15 (0)
2002–2003 Germany U18 6 (0)
2003–2004 Germany U19 9 (0)
2004–2005 Germany U20 8 (0)
2005 Germany U21 4 (0)
2008– Germany 12 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 June 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 June 2015

René Adler (born 15 January 1985) is a German footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Bundesliga club Hamburger SV and for the German national team.

Early life[edit]

Adler is the son of former East German international Jens Adler.[1]

Club career[edit]

VfB Leipzig[edit]

Adler started at age six playing for VfB Leipzig's youth side. After nine years for Leipzig, Adler joined the youth system of Bayer 04 Leverkusen in 2000.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen[edit]

After serving the youth system, Adler joined the B team in 2002. At the beginning of the 2003–04 season he became part of the clubs first team, which played in the Bundesliga. Nevertheless he didn't make an appearance and continued to play for the second team. In May 2006 he sustained a rib craze, which led to a surgery in which his rib was strenghened. Because of his injury Adler had to pause until February 2007.

He made his Bundesliga debut in dramatic fashion on 25 February 2007 against league leaders Schalke 04.[2] With starting goalkeeper Hans-Jörg Butt serving a suspension following a red card, Adler saved ten shots on goal, repelling Schalke's repeated attacks. A breakaway goal by Stefan Kießling in the 85th minute gave Leverkusen a 1–0 upset victory. Leverkusen manager Michael Skibbe praised Adler's "world-class saves".[3] He stopped Schalke's record of 13 games unbeaten, Stuttgart's record of five games unbeaten and Hamburg's four-game winning spree with a saved penalty kick against Rafael van der Vaart. On 8 March 2008 Adler made his first international appearance, losing the UEFA Cup round of last 16 first leg against RC Lens.

In the following years, Adler continued to be the first choice goalkeeper until newly signed Bernd Leno took his place due to injuries. Previously, Leverkusen wanted to renew his contract but Adler rejected those offers. In summer 2012, Adler left the club for a free transfer after twelve years with Leverkusen.

Hamburger SV[edit]

Adler signed a five-year contract at Bundesliga rivals Hamburger SV in 2012.

International career[edit]

Adler has been a club captain at all levels of competition and at the German Under-19 championships he was one of the star players of the tournament.

Adler has made four appearances for the German U-21 team under the leadership of Dieter Eilts. He was part of the German team that finished as runners-up in Euro 2008. After the retirement of Jens Lehmann and death of Robert Enke, he became first choice during the World Cup qualifying.[4] He made his debut for Germany on 11 October 2008 in a World Cup qualifier against Russia. Despite having been confirmed as Germany's main team goalkeeper for the World Cup, a serious rib injury prevented him from travelling to South Africa. He was out of contention for the national team for two years, but was recalled in November 2012 for a friendly against the Netherlands after putting in impressive performances since joining Hamburger SV. However, Adler was not selected for the German squad for World Cup 2014.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 6 June 2015
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Total
2006–07 Bayer Leverkusen Bundesliga 11 0 0 0 4 0 15 0
2007–08 33 0 1 0 10 0 44 0
2008–09 31 0 6 0 0 0 37 0
2009–10 31 0 2 0 0 0 33 0
2010–11 32 0 2 0 10 0 44 0
2011–12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Hamburger SV 32 0 1 0 0 0 33 0
2013–14 30 0 3 0 0 0 33 0
2014–15 12 0 1 0 0 0 13 0
Career total 212 0 16 0 24 0 252 0

International[edit]

As of 6 June 2015
Germany
Year Apps Goals
2008 3 0
2009 5 0
2010 2 0
2013 2 0
Total 12 0

Honours[edit]

Bayer 04 Leverkusen II
Bayer 04 Leverkusen
International
Individual
  • Best Bundesliga Goalkeeper: 2008

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rene Adler ist der geerdete Fußball-Star" (in German). Hamburger Abendblatt. 14 December 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Tactical Formation". Football-Lineups.com. Retrieved 2 March 2007. 
  3. ^ Steffen Potter (26 February 2007). "Agile Adler addles Schalke". uefa.com. Retrieved 1 December 2007. 
  4. ^ "Adler eyes qualifying success". fifa.com. 12 March 2009. 

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