Robert Tesche

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Robert Tesche
Robert Tesche HSV.jpg
Tesche playing for HSV in 2012
Personal information
Full name Robert Tesche
Date of birth (1987-05-27) 27 May 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Wismar, East Germany
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Birmingham City
Number 7
Youth career
1993–2001 Viktoria Mennighüffen
2001–2007 Arminia Bielefeld
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Arminia Bielefeld II 30 (6)
2007–2009 Arminia Bielefeld 48 (3)
2009–2014 Hamburger SV 63 (4)
2009–2014 Hamburger SV II 11 (2)
2013 Fortuna Düsseldorf (loan) 14 (0)
2014–2016 Nottingham Forest 46 (3)
2015 Birmingham City (loan) 12 (2)
2016– Birmingham City 19 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:42, 19 March 2017 (UTC).

Robert Tesche (born 27 May 1987) is a German professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for English Championship club Birmingham City.

Before moving to England in 2014, Tesche played for Arminia Bielefeld, Hamburger SV and Fortuna Düsseldorf before moving to England in 2014 to join Nottingham Forest. He spent the latter part of the 2014–15 season on loan at Birmingham City, and signed for that club in 2016 after being released by Forest.[1]

Club career[edit]

Arminia Bielefeld[edit]

In 1993, Wismar-born Tesche began his footballing career for VfL Viktoria Mennighüffen. In 2001–02 he moved to Arminia Bielefeld's youth department. He was considered as one of the most exciting talents of Arminia, and in 2006–07 he moved up to their reserve team. Under head coach Ernst Middendorp, Tesche made his professional debut. It was in the match against Borussia Dortmund, when he surprisingly started in the starting-XI. He was substituted in the 67th minute.

In May 2007 he signed a contract with Arminia Bielefeld, keeping him in the Westphalian city for three years. However, in the first days of July 2009, shortly after Arminia Bielefeld relegated to the 2nd Bundesliga, Tesche was offered a contract with Hamburger SV. In accordance with the board, he was allowed to move to Hamburger SV.

Hamburger SV[edit]

In summer 2009, Tesche signed a three-year contract with Hamburger SV. The transfer fee was believed to be €1 million.[2] His contract was extended for two years in summer 2011.[3]

Tesche had his Hamburg debut in the away match against VfL Wolfsburg. He was substituted on in the 90th minute, replacing goalscorer Eljero Elia.[4]

Fortuna Düsseldorf[edit]

After only playing 85 minutes in the first half of the 2012–13 Bundesliga season, Tesche transferred to Fortuna Düsseldorf on a loan until 30 June 2013.[5]

Nottingham Forest[edit]

On 14 August 2014, Tesche completed a free transfer to Nottingham Forest, where he signed a one-year contract[6] and was reunited with former Hamburg teammate Michael Mancienne. Tesche made his Forest debut against Huddersfield Town in a 2–0 win in the second round of the League Cup on 26 August, playing the full ninety minutes at the John Smith's Stadium.[7] He came second, behind goalscorer and fellow midfielder Henri Lansbury, in the fans' poll for man of the match, with 20% of votes to Lansbury's 49%.[8] Tesche made his league debut four days later against Sheffield Wednesday.[9] Tesche scored his first goal for Forest against Ipswich Town in a 2–2 draw,[10] and also scored a spectacular goal from long-range in a 1–1 draw with Charlton Athletic.[11]

Birmingham City (loan)[edit]

After Dougie Freedman replaced Stuart Pearce as manager, Tesche was unable to retain his first-team place, and on 2 March 2015, he joined fellow Championship club Birmingham City on loan until the end of the season.[12] He replaced the suspended Stephen Gleeson in the starting eleven for the next match, at home to Blackpool, and provided the assist for Andy Shinnie's match-winning header.[13] His first goal for the club, a placed shot into the bottom corner after a neat touch from Clayton Donaldson, opened the scoring at home to Rotherham United; Birmingham won 2–1, and Tesche missed late chances to increase the winning margin.[14] He played regularly for the whole of his loan spell, and scored the only goal of Birmingham's last match of the season, at Bolton Wanderers, to confirm their tenth-place finish.[15]

Return to Forest[edit]

After returning to Forest after his loan, Tesche impressed Freedman in pre-season training and was included in the starting eleven for the first match of the 2015–16, but a broken foot sustained in that match kept him out until December.[16] Once back to fitness he played regularly until the end of the season.[17] Although he had hoped for a new deal with Forest,[16] he was released when his existing contract expired at the end of that season.[1]

Birmingham City[edit]

After his contract with Forest expired, Tesche returned to Birmingham City on a three-year deal.[18]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 18 March 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Arminia Bielefeld II 2005–06 Oberliga Westfalen 1 0 1 0
2006–07 Oberliga Westfalen 21 4 21 4
2007–08 Oberliga Westfalen 8 2 8 2
Total 30 6 30 6
Arminia Bielefeld 2006–07[19] Bundesliga 7 0 0 0 7 0
2007–08[20] Bundesliga 15 1 2 0 17 1
2008–09[21] Bundesliga 26 2 2 0 28 2
Total 48 3 4 0 52 3
Hamburger SV 2009–10[22] Bundesliga 16 2 2 0 12[a] 2 30 4
2010–11[23] Bundesliga 11 0 1 0 12 0
2011–12[24] Bundesliga 23 2 3 0 26 2
2012–13[25] Bundesliga 4 0 0 0 4 0
2013–14[26] Bundesliga 9 0 0 0 2[b] 0 11 0
Total 63 4 6 0 14 2 83 6
Hamburger SV II 2009–10[22] Regionalliga Nord 1 0 1 0
2013–14[26] Regionalliga Nord 10 2 10 2
Total 11 2 11 2
Fortuna Düsseldorf (loan) 2012–13[25] Bundesliga 14 0 0 0 14 0
Nottingham Forest 2014–15[10] Championship 22 2 1 0 2 0 25 2
2015–16[17] Championship 24 1 1 0 0 0 25 1
Total 46 3 2 0 2 0 50 3
Birmingham City (loan) 2014–15[10] Championship 12 2 12 2
Birmingham City 2016–17[27] Championship 19 0 1 0 1 0 21 0
Total 31 2 1 0 1 0 33 2
Career total 243 20 13 0 3 0 14 2 273 22
  1. ^ Appearances in the UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Appearances in the relegation play-offs

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Nottingham Forest release Kelvin Wilson, Robert Tesche and Chris Burke". BBC Sport. 25 May 2016. Retrieved 26 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Robert Tesche: Beim HSV ist es eine andere Welt" [Robert Tesche: At HSV it's another world] (in German). bild.de. 5 July 2009. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Robert Tesche bleibt beim Dinosaurier" [Robert Tesche stays at the Dinosaur] (in German). kicker.de. 29 July 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "VfL Wolfsburg 2–4 Hamburger SV" (in Dutch). vi.nl. 23 August 2009. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Hamburger SV: Robert Tesche wird zu Fortuna Düsseldorf verliehen" [Hamburger SV: Robert Tesche out on loan to Fortuna Düsseldorf] (in German). borlife.de. 16 January 2013. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Reds bring in Tesche". nottinghamforest.co.uk. 14 August 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Huddersfield 0–2 Nott'm Forest". BBC Sport. 26 August 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Henri back with a bang". Nottingham Forest F.C. 27 August 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Sheff Wed 0–1 Nottm Forest". BBC Sport. 30 August 2014. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c "Games played by Robert Tesche in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 26 May 2016. 
  11. ^ Taylor, Paul (6 December 2014). "Nottingham Forest 1, Charlton 1 – Spectacular goal from Tesche secures a point for Reds". Nottingham Post. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "Official: Robert Tesche joins Blues on loan". Birmingham City F.C. 2 March 2015. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "Andrew Shinnie hits winner as Birmingham beat Blackpool 1–0 in Championship". Sky Sports. 4 March 2015. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  14. ^ "Robert Tesche and Clayton Donaldson earn Birmingham win over Rotherham". Sky Sports. 3 April 2015. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
    "Birmingham 2–1 Rotherham". BBC Sport. 3 April 2015. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  15. ^ Dick, Brian (2 May 2015). "Bolton Wanderers 0 Birmingham City 1". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  16. ^ a b "Robert Tesche hopes to earn new Nottingham Forest deal". Nottingham Post. 3 December 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2016. 
  17. ^ a b "Games played by Robert Tesche in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 26 May 2016. 
  18. ^ "Blues finally bag Robert Tesche". Birmingham City F.C. 24 June 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2016. 
  19. ^ "Robert Tesche 2006/07". Fussballdaten.de. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  20. ^ "Robert Tesche 2007/08". Fussballdaten.de. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  21. ^ "Robert Tesche 2008/09". Fussballdaten.de. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  22. ^ a b "Robert Tesche 2009/10". Fussballdaten.de. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  23. ^ "Robert Tesche 2010/11". Fussballdaten.de. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  24. ^ "Robert Tesche 2011/12". Fussballdaten.de. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  25. ^ a b "Robert Tesche 2012/13". Fussballdaten.de. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  26. ^ a b "Robert Tesche 2013/14". Fussballdaten.de. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  27. ^ "Games played by Robert Tesche in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 

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