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Steve Cherundolo
Steve Cherundolo
Personal information
Full name Steven Cherundolo
Date of birth February 19, 1979 (1979-02-19) (age 30)
Place of birth    San Diego, California, United States
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7+12 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current club Hannover 96
Number 6
Youth career
1997–1998 Portland Pilots
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1999– Hannover 96 281 0(6)   
National team2
1999– United States 057 0(2)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 1 January 2010.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 1 January 2010.
* Appearances (Goals)

Steven Cherundolo (born February 19, 1979 in San Diego, California) is an American soccer player, who plays as a defender for Hannover 96 of the German Bundesliga.


Early life

Cherundolo grew up in San Diego and attended Mt. Carmel High School in Rancho Penasquitos.[1] As a youth he played for the La Jolla Nomads club team which won the California State Championship six times with him on the roster.

Before joining Hannover, Cherundolo played two years of college soccer at the University of Portland, from 1997 to 1998. In his freshman season, he was named the West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year.


Cherundolo joined Hannover 96, then playing in the 2. Fußball-Bundesliga, for the end of the 1998–1999 season, and quickly received first-team action, playing in four games his first year. Coming into the 1999–2000 season, Cherundolo established himself at the right back position, starting consistently before suffering a terrible knee injury that kept him out of the end of the season, and ended his chances of playing for the U.S. Olympic team. Cherundolo continued to establish his place in the team during the 2000–2001 season, earning playing time in eighteen games, including ten starts. In the 2001–2002 season, he started thirty of thirty-four games for the team, as he helped the team gain promotion to the 1. Bundesliga. Cherundolo maintained his position in the 2002-3 season, starting thirty-three games for the team, while collecting three assists. In the 2003–2004 season, Cherundolo continued his consistent play, appearing in thirty-three games for the club. Cherundolo is highly thought of at Hannover and serves as one of two team Deputy Captains.

English Premier League side Bolton Wanderers F.C. agreed to a deal with Hannover for Cherundolo in 2005, but he declined, opting to remain in Germany. He signed another contract extension with Hannover in the summer of 2007.

International career

Cherundolo parlayed his success in the Bundesliga into a role with the United States national team. Cherundolo made his debut against Jamaica on September 8, 1999. Although he was on the roster for the 2002 FIFA World Cup (a late injury replacement for Chris Armas), Cherundolo himself was injured in training shortly before the event began and was unable to play. In the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Cherundolo sustained a knee injury from a tackle that prematurely ended his participation in the tournament. On March 22, 2006, Cherundolo played in a friendly match with the national team against Germany, including some teammates from Hannover 96. He scored his first international goal in the 4-1 loss. On May 2, 2006, Cherundolo was named to the U.S. roster for the FIFA World Cup in Germany. Cherundolo missed out on the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup due to another injury but returned to captain the U.S. during the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[2]

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
01. March 22, 2006 Westfalenstadion, Dortmund, Germany  Germany
1 – 4
1 – 4
02. November 17, 2007 Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg, South Africa  South Africa
1 – 0
1 – 0

Career statistics


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
1998-99 Hannover 2. Bundesliga 8 0
1999-00 12 0
2000-01 18 0
2001-02 30 1
2002-03 Bundesliga 33 0
2003-04 29 0
2004-05 32 2
2005-06 22 1 1 0
2006-07 33 2 3 0
2007-08 33 0 2 0
2008-09 17 0 1 0
2009-10 14 0 1 0
Total Germany 281 6
Career Total 255 6


United States


  1. ^ All eyes on Germany, World Cup accessed July 2009
  2. ^ The Canadian Press Defender Cherundolo returns from injury for U.S. in Gold Cup accessed July 2009

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