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Didi Hamann
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Personal information
Full name Dietmar Hamann
Date of birth 27 August 1973 (1973-08-27) (age 36)
Place of birth    Waldsassen, West Germany
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Youth career

Wacker München
Bayern Munich
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Bayern Munich
Newcastle United
Manchester City
105 (6)
023 (4)
191 (8)
054 (0)   
National team2
Germany U21
010 (2)
062 (5)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 08:34, 28 May 2009 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 13:18, 21 September 2008 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Dietmar "Didi" Hamann (born 27 August 1973) is a German footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder. He previously played for Bayern Munich, Newcastle United, Liverpool and Manchester City. He was a member of the German national side from 1997 until 2006.


Club career

Early career

Hamann began his career at the little known Wacker München. After impressing as a junior, he joined Bayern Munich as a 16-year old in 1989 and debuted for the Bayern professional team in 1993.[1] Hamann joined a team led by Lothar Matthäus, Thomas Helmer, Christian Ziege and Oliver Kahn and played five games, mostly as a right winger. At first, Hamann was only a so-called Vertragsamateur (i.e. an amateur player who had the license for playing professional games). Still, he won his first German championship as a bench player. In the next season, Bayern suffered a major injury wave which claimed midfielders Matthäus, Swiss international Alain Sutter, talent Dieter Frey and veteran Markus Schupp, which allowed Hamann to become a regular; he played 30 Bundesliga games[1] and established himself as a valuable role player, playing either right wing or defensive midfield. He earned himself a full professional contract and was an important player in the tumultous 1995-96 campaign, in which Bayern recruited striker Jürgen Klinsmann, coach Otto Rehhagel and midfielders Andreas Herzog, Thomas Strunz and Ciriaco Sforza, but the team was torn apart by heavy internal struggles. Although Hamann was overshadowed by these new midfield recruits, he played in 20 games and provided some stability for the infighting Bayern squad. Bayern ended a disapponting second and saw Rehhagel sacked, but ended the season by winning the UEFA Cup. In the final against Girondins Bordeaux, Hamann was credited with slowing down Zinedine Zidane in the 1st of the (then) two games.

The 1996-97 season was to become Hamann's breakthrough. After being a bench player most of his career, new coach Giovanni Trappatoni made him a starting defensive midfielder, and new recruit Mario Basler took the right wing. Hamann played in 23 games, also making his debut in the German national team and won his second German championship with Bayern.[1] In private life, Hamann had to overcome a scary period when he broke down unconscious and was diagnosed with a stroke, but made a full recovery.[2] The next 97-98 season was mixed: on one hand, Hamann established himself as the starting German national midfielder next to Carsten Ramelow. He played 13 times for the "Nationalmannschaft", and in the historic 1-0 win versus England (the last match played in the old Wembley stadium), Hamann scored the only goal with a powerful 35-yard free kick past David Seaman. However, Bayern only took 2nd place, as promoted 1. FC Kaiserslautern sensationally took the German championship. Still, Bayern and Hamann secured the German Cup versus MSV Duisburg.


After playing for his country in the 1998 World Cup, he joined Newcastle United, managed at the time by Kenny Dalglish, for 5.5 million. Overcoming an early foot injury, Hamann played in 31 matches and scored five goals.[1] In July 1999 he opted to join Gerard Houllier's Liverpool, who signed him for £8million in 1999.[3] Whilst at Newcastle he played in the 1999 FA Cup Final.


Hamann established himself as an influential midfielder for Liverpool throughout his 7 years at the club. All in all, Hamann played in 191 league games and scored eight goals. In the 2000/2001 season, Hamann won his first big English trophy when Liverpool won a much-celebrated cup treble (League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup) and a place in the Champions League.[4][5]

Hamann established himself as a major first team player for Liverpool throughout his first few seasons their. Despite playing in a strongly defensive midfield role he even popped up with some crucial and brilliant goals from time to time.

Hamann played a major part in the 2005 Champions League Final win over AC Milan. Although he was suffering a broken toe during the final,[6] Hamann's substitution for Steve Finnan was the catalyst for Liverpool's historic fightback. The team rallied after being 3-0 down to bring the game back to 3-3 and finally won in the penalty shootout; Hamann also showed a great amount of composure and bravery, as he took and converted the first LFC penalty with his broken foot.[7] This was not the only key part he played in their Champions league success. Earlier in the tournament Hamann had been forced to stand in for Liverpool's key player Steven Gerrard in the first leg of the last 16 round against Bayer Leverkusen. He excelled in the match and scored a blinder of a free-kick late on as Liverpool won the match 3-1.

Hamann won the FA Cup with Liverpool in May 2006, coming on as a substitute in the second-half. He more than played his part in another trophy win for the Reds, who were 3-2 down to West Ham United at the time he came on. Steven Gerrard scored an injury-time leveller for Liverpool to take the match to extra-time. Liverpool would go on to win the Cup on penalties after a goalless extra-time. Once again, Hamann scored the first penalty in the shoot-out.[8]

Manchester City

In June 2006, Hamann was given permission to talk to Bolton Wanderers about a potential transfer to the North West club. Hamann admitted that he would be saddened to leave Liverpool but would make "the best decision for my future". Hamann actually signed a pre-contract in June 2006, to become a Bolton Wanderers player but had a "change of heart",[9]. He joined Bolton for less than one day before a move to Manchester City.[10]

On 12 July, he instead signed for Manchester City, with City agreeing to pay £400,000 compensation to Bolton.[11] On 13 February he signed a contract until the end of the 2008–09 season and scored his first goal for the club in a UEFA Cup Qualifying First Round match against Faroe Island side EB/Streymur.[12]

On 1 July 2009, he was released by Manchester City as his contract expired.[13] Hamann announced on 16 July that he will stay in England.[14]

In July 2009, the Daily Mirror reported that Hamann was in the advanced stages of talks with Championship club Preston North End with a view to joining the club for the 2009–10 season. The Daily Mirror reported on 23 July, that Hamann was "interested in the North End switch despite a rival offer from QPR".[15]

On transfer deadline day in September 2009, BBC Sport quoted Hamann as stating: "Yes, Sven [-Göran Eriksson] phoned me the other day to see if I wanted to sign for Notts County, but I said I wasn't interested at the moment as I feel I can still play at a higher level. There are a couple of things in Germany and I'll make my mind up by the end of the week. I have spoken to a couple of teams in England but that hasn't come to anything yet. Obviously I can still sign after the deadline so maybe if teams don't get the players they want today then I will hear something".[16]

International career

Hamann since became the first Liverpool player since Roger Hunt in (1966) to play in a World Cup Final, but finished on the losing side as Brazil won the 2002 World Cup 2-0. He committed a crucial foul, from which Rivaldo shot at goalkeeper Oliver Kahn, who dropped the ball and allowed Ronaldo to score and give Brazil a 1-0 lead.

Hamann has 59 caps and has scored five goals for the national team.[1] He was part of the German squad at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Euro 2000, the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and Euro 2004. His 30 yard free kick against England was the last goal at Wembley Stadium before it was rebuilt,[17] and was also the winning goal in the 2002 World Cup qualifier.[18] After not being selected for the German squad in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, he decided to officially retire from international football.[19]

Personal life

Hamann has two daughters, Luna and Chiara. He is the brother of Matthias Hamann, who also played in the Bundesliga, mainly for Bayern rival 1860 Munich. Hamann enjoys cricket and once played for Alderley Edge CC 2nd XI vs Neston CC 2nd XI in the Cheshire County Cricket League, taking a catch in the game. He admitted he became interested in the sport during the 2005 Ashes Series. [20] [21]

Career statistics

As of 2 February 2009.
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal Premiere Ligapokal Europe Total
1993-94 Bayern Munich Bundesliga 5 1 0 0 - 0 0 6 1
1994-95 30 0 1 0 - 6 0 37 0
1995-96 20 2 2 0 - 7 0 29 2
1996-97 23 1 4 0 - 2 0 30 1
1997-98 28 2 5 3 2 0 8 1 41 6
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1998-99 Newcastle United Premier League 23 4 7 1 1 0 0 0 31 5
1999-00 Liverpool Premier League 28 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 30 1
2000-01 30 2 5 1 5 0 13 0 53 3
2001-02 31 1 2 0 1 0 13 0 47 1
2002-03 30 2 1 0 1 0 9 0 41 2
2003-04 25 2 4 0 1 0 5 1 35 3
2004-05 30 0 0 0 3 0 10 1 43 1
2005-06 17 0 2 0 1 0 11 0 31 0
2006-07 Manchester City Premier League 16 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 19 0
2007-08 29 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 34 0
2008-09 9 0 1 0 0 0 8 1 18 1
Total Germany 106 6 12 3 2 0 23 1 143 10
England 268 12 29 2 16 0 69 2 383 17
Career Total 374 18 41 5 18 0 92 4 525 27

Career honours


  1. ^ a b c d e Dietmar Hamann - Fußballdaten, (German)
  2. ^ Dietmar Hamann erlitt leichten Schlaganfall, April 8, 1997.
  3. ^ "Big signings — Seven players arrive in the summer of 1999". Retrieved 2009-07-01.  
  4. ^ "Blues shot down as Liverpool lift cup". BBC Sport. 2001-02-25. Retrieved 2009-07-01.  
  5. ^ "Uefa Cup final clockwatch". BBC Sport. 2001-05-16. Retrieved 2009-07-01.  
  6. ^ Top 10 Didi facts,
  7. ^ "AC Milan 3-3 Liverpool (aet)". BBC Sport. 2005-05-25. Retrieved 2009-07-01.  
  8. ^ "Liverpool 3-3 West Ham (aet) Liverpool win 3-1 on penalties". BBC Sport. 2006-05-13. Retrieved 2009-07-01.  
  9. ^,,1004~866346,00.html
  10. ^ "Allardyce upset by Hamann choice". BBC Sport. 2006-07-13. Retrieved 2009-07-01.  
  11. ^ "Hamann makes switch to Man City". BBC Sport. 2006-07-12. Retrieved 2009-07-01.  
  12. ^ "EB Streymur 0-2 Man City". BBC. 17 July 2008. Retrieved 9 November 2009.  
  13. ^ "Man City allow quartet to leave". BBC Sport. 2009-07-01. Retrieved 2009-07-01.  
  14. ^ Hamann will in England bleiben
  15. ^ Preston North End chasing Didi Hamann -
  16. ^ Stevenson, Jonathan (2009-09-01). "Live – Transfer deadline day". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2009-09-01.  
  17. ^ "Wembley milestone". BBC Sport. 2007-06-01. Retrieved 2009-07-01.  
  18. ^ "Wembley's sad farewell". BBC Sport. 2000-10-07. Retrieved 2009-07-01.  
  19. ^ "Hamann leaves international scene". 2006-05-20. Retrieved 2009-07-01.  
  20. ^ "Dietmar Hamann: Man for all seasons". The Independent. 2006-10-14. Retrieved 2009-07-01.  
  21. ^ BBC | Radio Five Live Sports Extra | Test Match Special blog

External links

Simple English

Dietmar Hamann
Personal information
Full name Dietmar Hamann
Date of birth 27 August 1973 (1973-08-27) (age 37)
Place of birth    Waldsassen, West Germany
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth clubs
1989-1993 Bayern Munich
Senior clubs
Years Club
Bayern Munich
Newcastle United
Manchester City
National team
1997-2005 Germany

Dietmar Hamann (born 27 August 1973 in Waldsassen) is a German football player. He has played for Germany national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
GermanyLeague DFB-Pokal Premiere Ligapokal EuropeTotal
1993/94Bayern MunichBundesliga5100-0061
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
1998/99Newcastle UnitedPremier League234711000315
1999/00LiverpoolPremier League281200000301
2006/07Manchester CityPremier League161201000190
CountryGermany 10661232023114310
England 2681229216069338217
Total 3741841518092452527

International career statistics

[1] [2]

Germany national team


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