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Thomas Hitzlsperger

Thomas Hitzlsperger (born 5 April 1982 in Munich) is a Germany Association footballer who plays as a midfielder. Thomas Hitzlsperger plays for Fußball-Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg after signing a three-year deal on 17 August 2011. Hitzlsperger spent the early part of Thomas Hitzlsperger career playing for Aston Villa F.C. in England (accompanied by a short loan spell at Chesterfield F.C.), before returning to Germany to play for VfB Stuttgart. In 2010 Thomas Hitzlsperger signed for Italy side S.S. Lazio, before moving back to England to join West Ham United F.C. later that year. Hitzlsperger has also represented the Germany national football team, earning 52 caps.

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Thomas Hitzlsperger biography


Thomas Hitzlsperger (born 5 April 1982 in Munich) is a Germany Association footballer who plays as a midfielder. Thomas Hitzlsperger plays for Fußball-Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg after signing a three-year deal on 17 August 2011. Hitzlsperger spent the early part of Thomas Hitzlsperger career playing for Aston Villa F.C. in England (accompanied by a short loan spell at Chesterfield F.C.), before returning to Germany to play for VfB Stuttgart. In 2010 Thomas Hitzlsperger signed for Italy side S.S. Lazio, before moving back to England to join West Ham United F.C. later that year. Hitzlsperger has also represented the Germany national football team, earning 52 caps.

Club career

Aston Villa

Hitzlsperger, the youngest child of Ludwig and Anneliese Hitzlsperger, grew up in Forstinning alongside Thomas Hitzlsperger five brothers and one sister, In August 2000 Thomas Hitzlsperger joined Aston Villa F.C. on a free transfer from the Bayern Munich Junior Team. Thomas Hitzlsperger had spent a short trial period with Celtic F.C. after leaving Bayern Munich, but Thomas Hitzlsperger opted to join Aston Villa.

Thomas Hitzlsperger made Thomas Hitzlsperger Aston Villa debut in a 3–0 home defeat to Liverpool F.C. on 13 January 2001; it was Thomas Hitzlsperger only appearance during Thomas Hitzlsperger first season in England. Whilst at Aston Villa, Hitzlsperger was briefly loaned out to Chesterfield F.C. during the 2001–02 in English football season, making Thomas Hitzlsperger debut against Kidderminster Harriers F.C. in the LDV Vans Trophy. In all Thomas Hitzlsperger made six appearances for the Spireites, five of which were in the league. Hitzlsperger moved into the Aston Villa first team following the arrival of new manager Graham Taylor (footballer). Thomas Hitzlsperger would go on to play a significant part in the Aston Villa side that would finish 6th under David O'Leary, before falling out of favour the following season. Thomas Hitzlsperger left Aston Villa as a fan favourite, and stated that Thomas Hitzlsperger might return to the club when the opportunity comes. Hitzlsperger gained the nickname (The Hammer) during Thomas Hitzlsperger time at Villa Park, due to Thomas Hitzlsperger powerful left-foot shot from long-range. A fluent speaker of English, Thomas Hitzlsperger acquired an unusual Birmingham/German hybrid accent during Thomas Hitzlsperger spell at Villa.

Stuttgart

Hitzlsperger signed for VfB Stuttgart in the summer of 2005, having left Aston Villa F.C. on a Bosman free transfer. Thomas Hitzlsperger became a regular for Stuttgart, particularly in Thomas Hitzlsperger second season in which the team won the Bundesliga title. Hitzlsperger made a large contribution to their success, playing in 30 of the team's 34 league matches and scoring seven times. Thomas Hitzlsperger scored a crucial equaliser in the 27th minute of Stuttgart's final match of the season against FC Energie Cottbus – had Stuttgart lost that match, FC Schalke 04 would have won the title. In the end, a 63rd minute goal by Sami Khedira secured the title for Stuttgart.

On 14 August 2007, Thomas Hitzlsperger extended Thomas Hitzlsperger contract until the summer of 2010. On 22 July 2008, Hitzlsperger was appointed the new captain of VfB Stuttgart by manager Armin Veh following the departure of former club captain Fernando Meira. On 1 December 2009, Thomas Hitzlsperger was deposed as team captain by Stuttgart's new manager Markus Babbel.

Lazio

On 31 January 2010, Hitzlsperger moved to S.S. Lazio on six-month contract, for around €550,000. Thomas Hitzlsperger scored Thomas Hitzlsperger only goal for Lazio on 15 May in a 3–1 win against Udinese Calcio.

West Ham United

On 5 June 2010, Hitzlsperger signed a three-year deal with Premier League club West Ham United F.C. after passing a medical at Boleyn Ground. Thomas Hitzlsperger finally made Thomas Hitzlsperger debut for the Hammers in an FA Cup fifth round match against Burnley F.C. on 21 February 2011 and scored in the 23rd minute. ESPN named Thomas Hitzlsperger man of the match for Thomas Hitzlsperger debut performance. Hitzlsperger made Thomas Hitzlsperger league debut for the Hammers against Liverpool. West Ham won 3–1 and Hitzlsperger played 90 minutes during which Thomas Hitzlsperger shot twice from long range. Thomas Hitzlsperger scored Thomas Hitzlsperger first Premier League goal for West Ham in the 3–0 home win against Stoke City F.C. on 5 March 2011. Thomas Hitzlsperger second league goal for the Hammers came on 7 May 2011 in a crucial game against Blackburn Rovers. However, despite Thomas Hitzlsperger central midfield efforts along with Jonathan Spector, West Ham lost 3–2 against Wigan Athletic after being 2–0 up on the penultimate week of the season to see West Ham relegated into the Football League Championship. At the end of the season Thomas Hitzlsperger had Thomas Hitzlsperger contract terminated and left the club.

On 22 July 2011, it was confirmed that Hitzlsperger has had talks with Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.. This came to nothing when Thomas Hitzlsperger signed for German side VfL Wolfsburg on a three-year contract.

Wolfsburg

On 17 August 2011, Hitzlsperger signed for Fußball-Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg on a three-year deal, after being released by West Ham three months earlier.

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

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