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Andreas Hinkel

Andreas Hinkel (born 26 March 1982 in Backnang, Baden-Württemberg) is a German association football who currently plays for German German Bundesliga club SC Freiburg. Andreas Hinkel is a Defender (association football) Full back and has 21 caps for Germany national football team.

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Andreas Hinkel (born 26 March 1982 in Backnang, Baden-Württemberg) is a German association football who currently plays for German German Bundesliga club SC Freiburg. Andreas Hinkel is a Defender (association football) Full back and has 21 caps for Germany national football team.

Andreas Hinkel started Andreas Hinkel career with German Bundesliga side VfB Stuttgart in 2000, before moving to La Liga club Sevilla FC in 2006. In January 2008 Andreas Hinkel signed for Scottish Premier League club Celtic F.C. for £1.9 million. Andreas Hinkel left Celtic F.C. and joined Bundesliga side SC Freiburg after Andreas Hinkel contract expired in summer 2011. Andreas Hinkel had spent the entire 2010–11 Celtic F.C. season out due to a cruciate ligament injury.

Club career

Stuttgart

After finishing second with VfB Stuttgart in the 2002–03 Fußball-Bundesliga, and already established as first-choice, Hinkel took part in UEFA Champions League for the first time in Andreas Hinkel career. In March 2004, however, Andreas Hinkel suffered a knee ligament injury.

Sevilla

On 23 June 2006, Hinkel signed a four-year contract with Sevilla FC, where Andreas Hinkel won the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup. The transfer fee was estimated to be around €4 million. However, Andreas Hinkel found himself unable to dislodge Sevilla's regular right-back Daniel Alves. Hinkel played Andreas Hinkel first Celtic game in a 3–0 Scottish Cup win over Stirling Albion F.C. eight days later, and scored Andreas Hinkel first goal for Celtic a month later, in a 3–0 win over Heart of Midlothian F.C. at Celtic Park. Celtic won the SPL title on a dramatic last day of the season and earned Hinkel Andreas Hinkel first league title medal.

The following season, Hinkel won a Scottish League Cup winners medal after a 2–0 win over Rangers F.C. in the 2009 Scottish League Cup Final.

Hinkel played a vital part in Celtic's UEFA Champions League third qualifying round second-leg victory over Russian outfit FC Dinamo Moscow on 5 August 2009. The match ended 2–0 to the Hoops with Hinkel assisting Scott McDonald for the opener then hitting a long hopeful punt up the pitch which Georgios Samaras latched onto before netting a last-minute goal winner. The German also cleared two goal-bound Dinamo strikes off the line. Hinkel was seen as an inherent and important part of the team and Andreas Hinkel performances were not put into question, as shown by Andreas Hinkel 29 SPL matches.

For the first match of the 2010–11 season on 14 August, Hinkel was dropped in favour of new signing Cha Du-Ri. The following week, Andreas Hinkel suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury and was ruled out for nine months. Andreas Hinkel resumed training the following January. On 1 July 2011, Hinkel left Celtic F.C. after Andreas Hinkel contract expired.

SC Freiburg

On 6 October 2011, SC Freiburg announced that the club had signed Hinkel.

International career

Hinkel has represented Germany national football team on 21 occasions at senior level, making Andreas Hinkel debut in 2003 against Serbia national football team. Andreas Hinkel was part of the German squad during UEFA Euro 2004 (having recovered from aforementioned knee injury), but missed the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Hinkel's international involvement was kept to a minimum when at Sevilla due to lack of first team football. Hinkel has made very few appearances since then as Philipp Lahm is first-choice right back ahead of him. Hinkel was also not called up for UEFA Euro 2008 or the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Honours

Sevilla
- Copa del Rey: 1
- Supercopa de España: 1
- UEFA Super Cup: 1
- UEFA Europa League: 1

Celtic
- Scottish Premier League: 1
- Scottish League Cup: 1

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andreas_Hinkel

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