Per Mertesacker

  • Date of birth : 29/09/1984
  • Position : Defender
  • Country : Germany Germany
 
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Per Mertesacker

Per Mertesacker

A tall, lean central defender, Per Mertesacker has been a stalwart for Germany since 2004, appearing in two FIFA World Cups as well as UEFA EURO 2008, where he was a losing finalist. After five impressively consistent seasons with SV Werder Bremen, he has found the going rather tougher in England with Arsenal FC.

• Joined the youth ranks of home-town club Hannover 96 at the age of 11 and graduated to the first team, making his Bundesliga debut against 1. FC Köln in November 2003 and holding down a regular berth in central defence over the next two seasons.

• His first cap for Germany came ten days after his 20th birthday − in the Iranian capital of Teheran − and he was ever-present at the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup, scoring his first international goal on his competitive debut, a 4-3 win against Australia in Frankfurt.

• Started and finished every match bar the third-place play-off at the 2006 World Cup, despite carrying a leg injury that subsequently required surgery.

• Joined Bremen after the World Cup and scored the winning goal in a 2006/07 UEFA Champions League group game at home to Chelsea FC − his first in Europe − before helping the club into the last four of the UEFA Cup later that season.

• Helped Bremen reach the finals of the UEFA Cup and German Cup in 2009 but injury denied him participation in both showpieces; amassed 147 Bundesliga and 53 European appearances for the club before leaving for Arsenal in late August 2011.

• Ever-present for Germany at UEFA EURO 2008 and the 2010 FIFA World Cup, he is the only player not to have missed a minute of final tournament action under current Nationalmannschaft coach Joachim Löw.

UEFA honours
UEFA European Championship: runner-up 2008

Last updated: 02/03/12 10.28CET

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General info

  • Name: Per Mertesacker
  • Position: Defender
  • Date of birth (Age): 29/09/1984 (29)
  • Country: Germany
  • Squad number: 4
  • Club: Arsenal ( ENG)

  • Height: 198cm
  • Weight: 90kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA Champions League 2014/15

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Champions League (Group stage)
    27/09/06: Bremen 1-1 Barcelona
  • National team: UEFA European Under-21 Championship (Qualifying round)
    12/10/04: Germany 2-0 Austria

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

TeamPGS
Germany210
Germany U-2110
Total220

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
ClubPGS
Arsenal260
Bremen252
Total512
UEFA Europa League
ClubPGS
Bremen281
Total281
Last updated: 05/11/2014 01:09 CET
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