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Stefan Effenberg
Personal information
Full name Stefan Effenberg
Date of birth 2 August 1968 (1968-08-02) (age 41)
Place of birth    Niendorf, West Germany
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Bramfelder SV
Victoria Hamburg
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1987–1990
1990–1992
1992–1994
1994–1998
1998–2002
2002–2003
2003–2004
Borussia M'gladbach
Bayern Munich
Fiorentina
Borussia M'gladbach
Bayern Munich
Wolfsburg
Al-Arabi
Career
073 (10)
065 (19)
056 (12)
118 (23)
095 (16)
019 0(3)

426 (83)   
National team
1988–1990
1991–1998
West Germany U21
Germany
005 0(1)
035 0(5)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Stefan Effenberg (born 2 August 1968 in Niendorf, Hamburg) is a former German footballer.

A central midfielder, he possessed leadership skills, powerful shooting ability, physical strength, but also a fearsome and controversial character.[1] Fans voted him one of the eleven greatest Bayern players of all time.[2]

In the German first division alone, Effenberg collected 109 yellow cards, an all-time worst at the time of his retirement.

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Club career

Effenberg started his professional career with Borussia Mönchengladbach, being an undisputed first-choice by age 20. This prompted the interest from league giants FC Bayern Munich, and he proceeded to score 19 goals in his first two seasons combined, but the club did not win any silverware whatsoever.

After legendary Lothar Matthäus (who also represented M'gladbach) returned to Bayern in 1992, Effenberg moved to ACF Fiorentina, being relegated in his first season, on a side that also included Dane Brian Laudrup and Argentine Gabriel Batistuta.

Effenberg then moved again to Borussia, where he amassed a further 118 league matches, with 23 goals, being then re-signed by Bayern. The second spell with the Bavarians was much more successful, as he collected three leagues in a row, and also the 2000–01 UEFA Champions League, scoring in regulation period from the penalty spot in a triumph against Valencia CF (1–1, penalty shootout win). During the latter tournament, he also won the Most Valuable Player award.[3]

After an unassuming spell at VfL Wolfsburg,[4] Effenberg ended his career in Qatar with Al-Arabi Sports Club. Subsequently, he had the odd appearance as a color commentator for German TV.

International career

Effenberg played 35 games for the German national team and scored five goals. His debut came on June 5, 1991, in a Euro 1992 qualifier against Wales, as he played the last 20 minutes of a 0–1 away loss. He would be an everpresent fixture during the final stages, even netting in the second group stage match, a 2–0 win over Scotland.

However, Effenberg's international career was marked by controversy and several years in the international wilderness, after the German Football Association refused to consider him for selection following an incident at the 1994 FIFA World Cup. In the group game against South Korea, Effenberg had gestured in an inappropriate manner ("gave the finger") to fans at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas when he got substituted after a subpar performance; the Germans were then only one goal up, after leading 3–0.[5] Because of this incident, coach Berti Vogts decided to drop Effenberg from the German national team for the remainder of the tournament.[6][7]

Effenberg was briefly re-instated to the national team four years later for a couple of friendly matches in September. These games proved to be his last caps and also Vogts' final matches in charge of the national team.

International goals

Scores and results table. Germany's goal tally first:
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 15 June 1992 Idrottsparken, Norrköping, Sweden  Scotland 2-0 2-0 UEFA Euro 1992
2. 9 September 1992 Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark  Denmark 2-1 2-1 Friendly
3. 14 April 1993 Ruhrstadion, Bochum, Germany  Ghana 2-1 6-1 Friendly
4. 14 April 1993 Ruhrstadion, Bochum, Germany  Ghana 4-1 6-1 Friendly
5. 19 June 1993 Silverdome, Detroit, USA  England 1-0 2-1 U.S. Cup

Honours

Club

Country

Individual

Controversies/Personal

Effenberg had a history of attracting attention and ire from fans and other players alike with his behaviour. In 1991, prior to a UEFA Cup game against then-semi-professional Cork City, Effenberg told the press he was sure of a victory, saying Cork City midfielder Dave Barry was "like (his) grandfather". Barry got his retribution by scoring the opening goal in the team's 1–1 draw at Musgrave Park.[8]

In the late 1990s, Effenberg was rarely out of the tabloids, especially when he left his wife Martina and revealed an affair with Claudia Strunz, who at that time was the wife of former team mate Thomas Strunz. Later, the player published a controversial autobiography, notorious for its blatant contents - which included lashing out at some other football professionals, namely club and national side mate Matthäus.

In 2001, Effenberg was fined after being found guilty of assaulting a woman in a nightclub.[9] The following year, he implied that unemployed people in Germany were in fact too lazy too look for work, and demanded they took benefit cuts. The interview issued in Playboy.[10]

Strunz and Effenberg were married in 2004,[11] and the player also had three children from his first marriage; the couple then relocated to Florida.[12]

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Simple English

Stefan Effenberg
Personal information
Full name Stefan Effenberg
Date of birth 2 August 1968 (1968-08-02) (age 42)
Place of birth    Hamburg, West Germany
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Midfielder (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1987-1990
1990-1992
1992-1994
1994-1998
1998-2002
2002-2003
2003-2004
Borussia Mönchengladbach
Bayern Munich
Fiorentina
Borussia Mönchengladbach
Bayern Munich
Wolfsburg
Al-Arabi
National team
1991-1998 Germany

Stefan Effenberg (born 2 August 1968) is a former German football player. He has played for Germany national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
GermanyLeague
1987/88Borussia MönchengladbachBundesliga151
1988/89293
1989/90296
1990/91Bayern MunichBundesliga329
1991/923310
ItalyLeague
1992/93FiorentinaSerie A305
1993/94Serie B267
GermanyLeague
1994/95Borussia MönchengladbachBundesliga307
1995/96317
1996/97291
1997/98288
1998/99Bayern MunichBundesliga318
1999/00272
2000/01204
2001/02172
2002/03WolfsburgBundesliga193
CountryGermany 37071
Italy 5612
Total 42683

International career statistics

[2]

Germany national team
YearAppsGoals
199140
1992122
1993113
199460
199500
199600
199700
199820
Total355

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