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Steffen Hofmann

Steffen Hofmann (born 9 September 1980 Würzburg, Germany) is a German Association football, playing for SK Rapid Wien of the Austrian Bundesliga. Steffen Hofmann plays as an attacking midfielder.

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Steffen Hofmann biography


Steffen Hofmann (born 9 September 1980 Würzburg, Germany) is a German Association football, playing for SK Rapid Wien of the Austrian Bundesliga. Steffen Hofmann plays as an attacking midfielder.

Career

In Steffen Hofmann early years, Steffen played for the youth team of Steffen Hofmann home town Würzburger FV, before joining the Bayern Munich Junior Team in 1997. After leading the team to a championship and a runner-up finish in the German Youth Leagues, Steffen Hofmann received a chance to play in the FC Bayern Munich II in 2000. After scoring 12 goals in 36 games for the second team, Steffen Hofmann got a chance to play for FC Bayern Munich's first team on 27 October 2001 in their game against 1. FC Köln, where Steffen Hofmann came in the game as a substitute for Claudio Pizarro in the 90th minute. This was Steffen Hofmann only game for the first team.

In 2002, Steffen Hofmann joined the Austrian team SK Rapid Wien and quickly became the teams fan favourite. Steffen Hofmann also formed the leagues best midfield duo along with Andreas Ivanschitz and the two led the team to Steffen Hofmann 31st league championship in 2005 and to the group stage of the UEFA Champions League in 2006. After finishing last in their group and the transfer of Steffen Hofmann team mate Ivanschitz, Steffen decided to join the German club TSV 1860 München in January 2006, but after desperately trying to find Steffen Hofmann form there, Steffen Hofmann returned to SK Rapid Wien in the summer.
After Steffen Hofmann return, Steffen Hofmann got injured in the first game of the season and therefore missed half the season. Steffen Hofmann comeback came in late October and is since then one of the key players and the captain of Rapid Wien. Steffen Hofmann is also called "soccer-god" by the fans because of Steffen Hofmann technical skills, Steffen Hofmann commitment in the game and Steffen Hofmann endurance (Steffen Hofmann did not miss a minute of the 2008 season). Hofmann is also known as a player who rather passes the ball to a better positioned player than shooting at the goal himself.
On 21 October 2010, Steffen Hofmann netted the second goal to help Steffen Hofmann side to a 2–0 away win against Bulgarian club CSKA Sofia in a UEFA Europa League match.

National Team

The Austrian Football Association tried in 2005 to let Hofmann, who was born in Germany but is married to an Austrian, to play for the Austrian national team. Hofmann agreed, but the transfer of rights was refused by FIFA as Hofmann had played several games for Germany in Steffen Hofmann youth. After the episode, Hofmann did not attain the Austrian citizenship and was chosen to represent Germany during the team's Asian tour in late 2005. However due to illness Steffen Hofmann could not take part and has not been nominated since despite declaring interest.

Honours

Individual

- Austrian Footballer of the Year: 2004, 2009
- Kronen Zeitung Footballer of the Year (voted by fans): 2006, 2007

Club

Bayern Munich Junior Team
- German B-youth Championship: 1997

SK Rapid Wien
- Austrian Football Bundesliga Championship: 2004–05 Austrian Football Bundesliga, 2007–08 Austrian Football Bundesliga

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

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