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René Adler
Personal information
Date of birth 15 January 1985 (1985-01-15) (age 25)
Place of birth Leipzig, East Germany
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Bayer Leverkusen
Number 1
Youth career
1991–2000 VfB Leipzig
2000–2003 Bayer Leverkusen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2007 Bayer Leverkusen II 28 (0)
2003– Bayer Leverkusen 97 (0)
National team
2005 Germany U-21 4 (0)
2008– Germany 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:10, 21 February 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:15, 3 March 2010 (UTC)

René Adler (born 15 January 1985 in Leipzig) is a German footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Bayer Leverkusen and the German national team.



He started at age six playing for VfB Leipzig's youth side. After nine years for Leipzig, Adler joined the youth system of Bayer 04 Leverkusen.[1]


Club career

He made his Bundesliga debut in dramatic fashion on 25 February 2007 against league leaders Schalke 04.[2] With starting goalkeeper Butt serving a suspension, Adler saved ten shots on goal, repelling Schalke's repeated attacks. A breakaway goal by Stefan Kießling in the 85th minute gave Leverkusen a 1-0 upset victory. Leverkusen manager Michael Skibbe praised Adler's "world-class saves".[3] His strengths are his quick reactions. He stopped Schalke's record of 13 games unbeaten, Stuttgart's record of five games unbeaten and Hamburg's four-game winning spree with a saved penalty kick against Rafael van der Vaart.

International career

Adler has been a club captain at all levels of competition and at the German Under-19 championships he was one of the star players of the tournament, attracting attention from clubs such as Feyenoord, Arsenal and Chelsea.

Adler has made four appearances for the German U-21 team under the leadership of Dieter Eilts. He was part of the German team that finished as runners-up in Euro 2008. After the retirement of Jens Lehmann and death of Robert Enke, he became first choice during the World Cup qualifying.[4] He made his debut for Germany on 11 October 2008 in a FIFA World Cup 2010 qualifier against Russia. He has been confirmed as Germany's main team goalkeeper by Joachim Löw.

Career statistics

Club performance

As of 21 February 2010 (2010 -02-21)

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Total
2006–07 Bayer Leverkusen Bundesliga 11 0 0 0 4 0 15 0
2007–08 33 0 1 0 10 0 44 0
2008–09 31 0 6 0 0 0 37 0
2009–10 22 0 2 0 0 0 24 0
Career Total 97 0 9 0 14 0 120 0


National Team

Personal Honours


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