Roman Weidenfeller

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Roman Weidenfeller
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Weidenfeller with Borussia Dortmund in 2017
Personal information
Full name Roman Weidenfeller[1]
Date of birth (1980-08-06) 6 August 1980 (age 37)
Place of birth Diez, West Germany
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1985–1996 Sportfreunde Eisbachtal
1996–1998 1. FC Kaiserslautern
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2002 1. FC Kaiserslautern 6 (0)
2002–2018 Borussia Dortmund 349 (0)
National team
1999–2001 Germany U21 3 (0)
2005 Germany B 1 (0)
2013–2015 Germany 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:16, 13 May 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 08:55, 14 June 2015 (UTC)

Roman Weidenfeller (German pronunciation: [ˈʁoːman ˈvaɪdn̩ˌfɛlɐ]; born 6 August 1980) is a former German footballer who played as goalkeeper for Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund and the German national team.

He won the 2014 FIFA World Cup with Germany.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

During his youth years, he played for Sportfreunde Eisbachtal. Weidenfeller then made his professional debut in 1997, after his performances at the 1997 FIFA U-17 World Championship.

Kaiserslautern[edit]

In 1998, Weidenfeller transferred to the 1. FC Kaiserslautern youth team where he made 40 appearances in two seasons. He was then promoted to the first team but made only six league appearances in two seasons.

Borussia Dortmund[edit]

Weidenfeller with Dortmund in 2012

Weidenfeller moved to Borussia Dortmund in 2002 on a free transfer[3] as a possible replacement for Jens Lehmann, who had moved to Arsenal in 2003. Weidenfeller had reportedly been unhappy at Kaiserslautern, where he was used mainly as a backup to Georg Koch.[4] His debut for Dortmund came on 17 December 2003 against his former club, Kaiserslautern, in a 1–0 loss.

In 2005, Weidenfeller underwent surgery following a meniscus tear in his left knee during training.[5]

Early in the 2007–08 season, Weidenfeller was given a three match ban and fined €10,000 for racist insults leveled against Schalke 04 striker Gerald Asamoah.[6][7] Asamoah originally reported Weidenfeller after a match on 18 August 2007 between the two clubs, where the incident occurred after a clash between the two in the 51st minute.[8] Weidenfeller offered an apology to Asamoah following the news reports but denied making the statement.[6]

Weidenfeller won the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund in 2011 and went on to win the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal double with Borussia Dortmund in 2012.

On 6 May 2013, Weidenfeller signed a contract extension with Borussia Dortmund, keeping him at the club until 2016.[9]

On 27 July 2013, Weidenfeller won the 2013 DFL-Supercup with Dortmund 4–2 against rivals Bayern Munich.[10]

However, with manager Jürgen Klopp leaving at the end of the 2014/15 season, the replacement manager Thomas Tuchel chose new signing Roman Bürki as his first choice goalkeeper as Dortmund began the season in excellent form, winning their first eleven games under Tuchel.[11] [12] Weidenfeller would continue to play in the club's European matches.

On 5 February 2016, Weidenfeller signed a new one-year deal with Borussia, keeping him at the club until 2017.[13] On 9 May 2017, he extended his contract until 2018.[14] At the end of the season 2017–18, he finished after his substitution for goalkeeper Bürki on 34 Matchday his active career, but will continue to work in another capacity at Dortmund.[15] His farewell match will take place on September 7, 2018 in the Signal Iduna Park.

International career[edit]

Weidenfeller (left), Mesut Özil and Shkodran Mustafi after Germany's triumph at the 2014 FIFA World Cup

In November 2013, Weidenfeller was called up to the German national squad for his first time for the friendlies against Italy and England. He received his first cap when he started against England at the Wembley Stadium on 19 November 2013, making him the oldest ever German goalkeeper débutant. He then appeared for the game against Cameroon, where the game ended tied at 2–2. He made his third appearance on the next game against Armenia where Germany won 6–1. Both games were international friendlies. Weidenfeller made his first appearance for the German national team in a competitive match against Gibraltar during the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying in June 2015.[16]

He was nominated as a reserve keeper behind Manuel Neuer for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, where the German team won the title a fourth time, but Weidenfeller wasn't used in any match.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Borussia Dortmund[17]

International[edit]

Germany[17]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 13 May 2018.
Club Season League Cup1 Continental2 Other3 Total Ref.
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Kaiserslautern 2000–01 Bundesliga 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 [18]
2001–02 3 0 1 0 4 0 [19]
Totals 6 0 1 0 1 0 8 0
Kaiserslautern II 2001–02 Regionalliga Süd 12 0 12 0 [20]
Borussia Dortmund II 2002–03 Regionalliga Nord 7 0 7 0 [21]
2003–04 4 0 4 0 [21]
2004–05 2 0 2 0 [21]
Totals 13 0 13 0
Borussia Dortmund 2002–03 Bundesliga 11 0 2 0 1 0 14 0 [21]
2003–04 17 0 2 0 6 0 2 0 27 0 [21]
2004–05 26 0 1 0 27 0 [21]
2005–06 24 0 1 0 2 0 27 0 [21]
2006–07 34 0 2 0 36 0 [22]
2007–08 14 0 0 0 14 0 [23]
2008–09 32 0 3 0 2 0 37 0 [24]
2009–10 30 0 3 0 33 0 [25]
2010–11 33 0 2 0 8 0 43 0 [26]
2011–12 32 0 4 0 6 0 1 0 43 0 [21]
2012–13 31 0 4 0 13 0 1 0 49 0 [21]
2013–14 30 0 3 0 9 0 1 0 43 0 [21]
2014–15 25 0 0 0 7 0 32 0 [27]
2015–16 1 0 0 0 13 0 14 0 [28]
2016–17 7 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 11 0 [29]
2017–18 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 [30]
Totals 349 0 29 0 69 0 6 0 453 0
Career totals 380 0 30 0 70 0 6 0 486 0
  • 1.^ Includes German Cup.
  • 2.^ Includes UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, and UEFA Intertoto Cup.
  • 3.^ Includes German League Cup and German Super Cup.

International statistics[edit]

As of 13 June 2015[31]
Germany national team
Year Apps Goals
2013 1 0
2014 3 0
2015 1 0
Total 5 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 16. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Roman Weidenfeller". bvb.de. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "Roman Weidenfeller". Sky Sports. Retrieved 20 August 2008. 
  4. ^ Seery, Philip. "BVB win Weidenfeller chase". Sky Sports. Retrieved 20 August 2008. 
  5. ^ Ives, Chris. "Keeper blow for BvB". Sky Sports. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Scurr, Andrew (23 August 2007). "Dortmund keeper handed ban". Sky Sports. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "Weidenfeller banned over racist remarks". Yahoo! Sports UK. 23 August 2007. Retrieved 20 August 2008. [dead link]
  8. ^ Ives, Chris (20 August 2007). "Weidenfeller faces DFB rap". Sky Sports. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Dortmund's Weidenfeller signs contract extension". UEFA.com. 6 May 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Dortmund prevail over Bayern in Supercup thriller". bundesliga.com. 27 July 2013. Archived from the original on 6 November 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  11. ^ "Roman Weidenfeller dropped as Borussia Dortmund number one - Goal.com". www.goal.com. 
  12. ^ "Borussia Dortmund 3–0 Bayer Leverkusen". 20 September 2015 – via www.bbc.co.uk. 
  13. ^ "BVB extend Roman Weidenfeller's contract until 2017". Borussia Dortmund. 5 February 2016. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  14. ^ http://www.bvb.de/eng/News/Overview/Weidenfeller-extends-contract-until-2018 Weidenfeller extends contract until 2018
  15. ^ "Über den Sommer hinaus: Weidenfeller bleibt dem BVB erhalten". kicker. 10 April 2018. 
  16. ^ Jogi setzt wieder auf Herrmann. Bild.de (in German). Retrieved 13 June 2015.
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  21. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Roman Weidenfeller » Club matches". World Football. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
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