Rolfes with Leverkusen in 2014.
|Full name||Simon Rolfes|
|Date of birth||21 January 1982|
|Place of birth||Ibbenbüren, West Germany|
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|2000–2004||Werder Bremen II||100||(18)|
|2003||→ SSV Reutlingen (loan)||13||(0)|
|2010||Bayer Leverkusen II||1||(0)|
|2004–2005||Germany Team 2006||3||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 May 2015.
Rolfes started his career at Werder Bremen after progressing through their academy. He made exactly 100 league appearances for the reserve team and managed to notch 18 goals from his defensive midfield position. He spent half a season on loan at SSV Reutlingen, making 13 appearances.
Year 2005 came out to be a crucial year for Rolfes, with Bayer Leverkusen signing him and since then he has become a fan favorite, quickly winning a regular spot and not much after, captaincy in the full squad. He became somewhat of a cult hero for Leverkusen with his strong mental attributes – high working rate, teamwork, sportsmanship, and influence on the pitch. Rolfes suffered a serious knee injury on 2 July 2009, missing the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa. After he recovered from the injury, he played his first 2010–11 season match against VfL Wolfsburg, where he substituted Patrick Helmes in the 63rd minute, with Leverkusen down by 2–0. He scored the first goal three minutes after he was subbed in, won a penalty for Leverkusen that was successfully taken by Arturo Vidal, and to make things even better – he scored the last goal in the match, to give his team a 3–2 win. He was elected the player of the match. On 28 January 2011, he made another impressive performance for the "Werkself", this time against Hannover 96, getting on the scoresheet in the process. His impressive form continued with further putting impressive performances and scoring goals against Eintracht Frankfurt on 12 February in a 3–0 win, and against SV Werder Bremen in a 2–2 draw on 27 February. He announced his decision to retire from football after the 2014–15 season.
He was part of the German team that finished as runners-up at Euro 2008. Rolfes started in the quarter-finals against Portugal in Basel, which Germany won 3–2, and started the semi-finals against Turkey, also in Basel, which they also won 3–2. Rolfes scored his first goal on 6 September 2008 in a 2010 World Cup qualifier, a 6–0 win against Liechtenstein. Rolfes was set to be called up to German squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but he got injured and missed the competition and more than ten first games of the 2010–11 season for the "Werkself".
- As of 23 May 2015
|2000–01||Werder Bremen II||Regionalliga Nord||26||5||1||0||-||-||27||5|
|2002–03||SSV Reutlingen||2. Bundesliga||13||0||0||0||-||-||13||0|
|2003–04||Werder Bremen II||Regionalliga Nord||26||4||0||0||-||-||26||4|
|2004–05||Alemannia Aachen||2. Bundesliga||28||3||2||0||7||0||37||3|
As of 04:31, 19 August 2013 (UTC)
|1.||6 September 2008||Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein||Liechtenstein||0–3||0–6||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2.||11 November 2011||Olimpiysky National Sports Complex, Kiev, Ukraine||Ukraine||3–2||3–3||Friendly|
- Bayer 04 Leverkusen
- "Rolfes, Simon" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
- "Wolfsburg 2–3 Bayer Leverkusen: Simon Rolfes Brings Die Werkself Back To Life". Peace FM Online. 16 October 2010. Retrieved 19 October 2010.
- "Bayer Leverkusen skipper Simon Rolfes announces retirement". ESPN FC. 7 December 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
|Bayer Leverkusen captain