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Patrick Helmes
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Personal information
Date of birth 1 March 1984 (1984-03-01) (age 25)
Place of birth    Cologne, West Germany
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Bayer Leverkusen
Number 9
Youth career
TuS Alchen
SpVgg Bürbach
Sportfreunde Siegen
Sportfreunde Siegen
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Sportfreunde Siegen
Bayer Leverkusen
051 (22)
065 (35)
036 (21)   
National team2
Germany B
Germany U-21
001 0(0)
009 0(3)
012 0(1)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 19 December 2009 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 7 April 2009 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Patrick Helmes (born 1 March 1984 in Cologne) is a German football striker who plays for Bayer Leverkusen. Until September 2007 he was captain of 1. FC Köln.





As a youth player, Helmes was active in local clubs in Freudenberg, Westphalia and Siegen. He joined 1. FC Köln in 1997, at the age of 13. However, he was regarded as too unstable and sent away in 2000. He subsequently went back to Sportfreunde Siegen, where he had already spent some time as a youth player. In 2004/05, he scored 21 goals for his team in the third division, which made him top scorer of the league, helping his team to promotion to the second division.


He then joined his old club Köln again, where he made his Bundesliga debut in 2005 and scored his first goal in his second game, against rivals Bayer Leverkusen. After his club was promoted to the second division, Helmes became one of the most important players for his side, scoring 7 times in his first 5 games of the season and keeping Köln at the top of the table. However, he scored the last of those goals with a broken foot. The injury kept him out of the squad for the following 4 months, during which his team performed extremely poorly and lost all chances to return to the first division.

Patrick did not hide his intention of joining another team. Even though he confirmed that he will join Bayer Leverkusen in 2008–09 season, Köln coach Christoph Daum still named him captain of the squad in summer 2007. He was later replaced as captain, but nevertheless had a good second half of the season, for which kicker sportsmagazine named him best striker of Germany's second division, ahead of Oliver Neuville, Chinedu Obasi and Demba Ba.[1]


At Leverkusen, Helmes had a good start in the 2008–09 season, despite his injury in June and was out of action for three weeks.[2] Forming a duo with Stefan Kießling, he scored six goals in the first five games of the season, among them a hattrick against Hannover 96. Only months after signing until 2012, his contract was extended and is now valid until 2013.[3] At the end of his first season at Leverkusen, Helmes had scored 21 goals in 34 league games, and 3 goals in 6 appearances in the DFB-Pokal where his team reached the final losing to Werder Bremen. Just about two weeks after the final, a cruciate ligament in Helmes' right knee tore while Helmes was playing football with friends, and he had to be operated.[4]

National Team

Helmes was nominated for the national team for the first time by Joachim Löw. He made his international debut for Germany in a friendly against Denmark on March 28, 2007, being substituted for Jan Schlaudraff in 80th minute. He made two more short appearances afterwards, before he was nominated for the starting squad for the first time on September 12, 2007 in a friendly against Romania held at RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne, in which he was joined by fellow Cologne local hero Lukas Podolski. He was included in Löw's 26 man provisional Euro 2008 squad but was eventually left out in favour of Oliver Neuville.

After the Euro, he had a few more appearances as a substitute. Helmes scored his first goal for the national team on 19 November 2008 in a friendly against England.

Personal life

Helmes father is Uwe Helmes, a former professional football player who later managed Siegen, among others. As of 2008, he is working as a scout for Leverkusen.

Helmes' nickname is Moppel, a German diminutive for pug, often used to describe a chubby kid.[5]


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