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Holger Badstuber

Holger Badstuber

Badstuber with Germany in 2012.
Personal information
Full name Holger Felix Badstuber[1]
Date of birth (1989-03-13) 13 March 1989
Place of birth Memmingen, West Germany
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back / Left back
Club information
Current team
Bayern Munich
Number 28
Youth career
1995–2000 TSV Rot an der Rot 1890
2000–2002 VfB Stuttgart
2002–2007 Bayern Munich
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Bayern Munich II 55 (7)
2009– Bayern Munich 104 (1)
National team
2007–2008 Germany U19 2 (0)
2008 Germany U20 3 (0)
2009–2010 Germany U21 8 (2)
2010– Germany[2] 30 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:53, 13 September 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:07, 16 October 2012 (UTC)

Holger Felix Badstuber (; born 13 March 1989) is a German footballer who plays as a centre back for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga and the German national team. He is primarily a centre back, although he is a capable left back.[3] He made his debut in the 2009–10 season in the Bundesliga, at the age of 19, playing nearly every game that year and helped the club win the league and cup double and reached the Champions League final that same year, before eventually earning a call up to the World Cup in 2010. Current Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal stated that he is the best left footed defender in Germany.[4]

Club career

From 2002 to 2007, he progressed through the youth setup at Bayern Munich. He played for Bayern's reserve team before signing professional terms in July 2009, along with team-mate Thomas Müller, having been an unused substitute in a number of first-team matches in the 2008–09 season. He made his debut in the first league game of the 2009–10 season, against Hoffenheim and has been a regular in defence. He scored his first senior goal, a powerful free kick, against Borussia Mönchengladbach on 4 December 2009. A centre back by trade, he has been playing out of position at left back. The youngster impressed in his first season, and started all league games save one in the 2009–10 Bundesliga season.

Badstuber in 2010

On 4 February 2010, Bayern Munich announced that Badstuber had signed a new contract that would keep him at the club until 2014.[5][6]

Throughout the 2010–11 season with Bayern, Badstuber endured a tumultuous relationship with coach Louis van Gaal, who despite stating that he has high trust in Badstuber, strongly criticized him following a number of poor performances. As a result of his poor form he found himself out of the starting eleven several times throughout the season. With the arrival of Jupp Heynckes however, he was reinstated at the left of central defense, where he has enjoyed a fruitful relationship with fellow international Jerome Boateng, and helped Bayern maintain 11 clean sheets in a row. Additionally, he was integral to the Bayern Munich defensive line which lead the team to the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final, beating Real Madrid, Napoli and Manchester City along the way,[7] before losing out to English side Chelsea in the final.[8]

On 3 February 2013, Badstuber signed a contract extension with Bayern, keeping him at the club until 2017.[9]

Badstuber injured his ACL against Borussia Dortmund on 1 December 2012[10] and re–injured it on 19 May 2013.[11] He returned to first–team training on 5 May 2014[12] and played in his first match since his injury on 18 July 2014 in a friendly match against FC Memmingen which Bayern won 3–0.[13] It had been 594 days[13] since the injury.

International career

Badstuber (number 28) with the Germany U-21 team in March 2010.

2010 World Cup

He was first called up to the senior team as part of the provisional squad for the 2010 World Cup. He made his debut in a warm-up match against Hungary on 29 May coming on as a substitute for Arne Friedrich,[14] and was for the first time in the starting lineup in the next game against Bosnia and Herzegovina, the last friendly prior to the World Cup. Badstuber was then selected in Germany's 23-man squad for the world cup finals in South Africa on 1 June, and being handed the squad number 14 shirt by coach Joachim Löw.[15] He started in Germany's opening group game against Australia at the Durban Stadium, playing the full 90 minutes at left-back and helping the team to a 4–0 victory, it was only his third match in the Germany jersey. Badstuber then started the next group game against Serbia on 18 June 2010 in Port Elizabeth at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. He played 77 minutes, prior to being substituted for fellow Bayern team mate Mario Gómez. He was criticised for his performance and lost his leftback position in the starting lineup to Jerome Boateng for the rest of the tournament, the 1–0 loss against the Serbs was – so far – the only match in which Badstuber played and Germany lost.

Euro 2012

After the erratic World Cup, Badstuber improved his performances with consistency and established himself as a starting lineup defender in Löw's team. He helped Germany to win all 10 matches of the Mannschaft's qualification campaign for Euro 2012 to top group A by playing nine out of a possible ten matches, he was only spared in the – for qualification irrelevant – last match against Belgium. During the campaign Badstuber scored his first goal, the 5–1 against Azerbaijan, he headed home a corner kick by Mesut Özil. In a friendly 3–3 draw on 11 November 2011 against Ukraine, in the international inauguration match of the new Kiev Olympic Stadion, Löw's experimental formation featured only three defenders, Badstuber was as named the single centre back, this was interpreted as a signal that out of many possible candidates Badstuber has established himself as Löw's most important player in Germany's central defense.[16]

Badstuber started the first game for Germany in UEFA Euro 2012 helping the team to a clean sheet against Portugal in which the Germans won 1–0.

Career statistics


As of 13 September 2014
Club performance League Cup Continental Other Total Ref.
Club League Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Other Total
Bayern Munich II Regionalliga Süd 2007–08 23 4 23 4 [17]
3. Liga 2008–09 32 3 32 3 [18]
Bayern Munich II totals 55 7 55 7
Bayern Munich Bundesliga 2009–10 33 1 4 0 12 0 49 1 [19]
2010–11 23 0 3 0 5 0 1 0 32 0 [20]
2011–12 33 0 5 0 12 0 50 0 [21]
2012–13 12 0 1 0 4 0 1 0 18 0 [22]
2013–14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 [23]
2014–15 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 [24]
Bayern Munich totals 104 1 14 0 33 0 2 0 153 1
Career totals 159 8 14 0 33 0 2 0 208 8

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 7 September 2010 RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne, Germany  Azerbaijan 5–1 6–1 UEFA Euro 2012 qualification
Correct as of 27 January 2011



Bayern Munich[25]




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  2. ^ "The Team". Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Holger Badstuber".  
  4. ^ Whitney, Clark (13 December 2010). "If Holger Badstuber Is Fit, He Will Always Play For Me – Bayern Munich Coach Louis Van Gaal". Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Bayern Munich trio sign new deals". 4 February 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Van Buyten commits future to Bayern".  
  7. ^ "Bayern and Chelsea renew rivalry". 26 April 2012. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Chelsea 1–1 Bayern". BBC Sport. 19 May 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "Sonne für Badstuber" (in German). Bild. 3 February 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "Kroos und Götze machen das Remis klar". kicker (in German). 1 December 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  11. ^ Rößner, Jörg; Wolff, Julien (19 May 2013). ""Das könnte Badstuber sogar die WM kosten"". Die Welt (in German). Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "Badstuber absolviert erstes Mannschaftstraining". Die Welt (in German). 5 May 2014. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "Bayern siegt bei Badstuber-Comeback" (in German). kicker. 18 July 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  14. ^ "Löw experimentiert in Ungarn".  
  15. ^ "World Cup 2010: Germany omit Andreas Beck from squad". BBC Sport. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
  16. ^ "Holger Badstuber" (in German). 12 November 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  17. ^ "Badstuber, Holger" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  18. ^ "Badstuber, Holger" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  19. ^ "Badstuber, Holger" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  20. ^ "Badstuber, Holger" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  21. ^ "Badstuber, Holger" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  22. ^ "Badstuber, Holger" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  23. ^ "Badstuber, Holger" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  24. ^ "Badstuber, Holger" (in Deutsch). Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  25. ^ a b "H. Badstuber". Soccerway. Retrieved 20 July 2014. 

External links

  • Official website (German)
  • German national team profile (German)
  • Bayern Munich profile
  • Holger Badstuber at (German)
  • Holger Badstuber – FIFA competition record
  • Holger Badstuber – UEFA competition record
  • Holger Badstuber at
  • Holger Badstuber at ESPN FC
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