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Stefan Wessels

This article is about the football player. For the basketball player, see Stefan Wessels (basketball).

Stefan Wessels (born 28 February 1979) is a German former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

Stefan Wessels
Wessels with 1. FC Köln in 2006
Personal information
Date of birth (1979-02-28)28 February 1979 (age 42)
Place of birth Rahden, West Germany
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Youth career
1985–1992 SV Eintracht Schepsdorf
1992–1998 TuS Lingen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2002 Bayern Munich (A) 63 (0)
1999–2003 Bayern Munich 6 (0)
2003–2007 1. FC Köln 93 (0)
2007–2008 Everton 2 (0)
2008–2009 VfL Osnabrück 21 (0)
2009–2010 FC Basel 1 (0)
2011–2012 Odense Boldklub 35 (0)
Total 221 (0)
National team
2000 Germany U21 1 (0)
2005 Germany B 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Contents

Bayern Munich

Wessels was a youth team player at Bayern Munich, who progressed through the reserve team and broke into the first-team squad in September 1999 after Bayern lost both goalkeepers Oliver Kahn and Bernd Dreher to injury. Wessels' first game was a 1–1 draw at Ibrox against Rangers in the Champions League. He performed impressively whenever called upon, but was unable to dislodge Kahn for more playing time. Wessels was involved in a hugely successful period for Bayern, including the 2001 Champions League win, but eventually left for 1. FC Köln in 2003, seeking first-team football. Between 1999 and 2003, he appeared in a total of eighteen matches for Bayern.

1. FC Köln

Wessels' time in Köln was eventful, with the club relegated in his first season, before immediately gaining promotion back to the 1st division and again being relegated to the 2. Bundesliga the following season. Showing consistently good performances, Wessels was one of the few players to stand out in the squad. However, at the beginning of the 2007–08 season, Colombian goalkeeper Faryd Mondragón signed with the club, and after a fair but intense rivalry, Wessels lost his position as the club's number 1.

Everton

On 6 August 2007, Wessels agreed to a trial in England with Premier League team Everton and subsequently signed an initial one-year contract with the club on 21 August; he was given his favoured number 33 shirt. Upon signing he said:

"I am excited to be here in England. It is the first time I have played for a club outside of Germany but the Premier League is a very exciting league and I am looking forward to my time here at Everton."

Wessels was the first German player to sign for Everton in the club's history. Following a hand-injury sustained to first choice goalkeeper Tim Howard, Wessels made his Everton debut in the 1–0 home defeat to Manchester United on 15 September 2007. He made his European debut for Everton during a 1–1 draw with Ukrainian team Metalist Kharkiv and he also played against Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday, keeping Everton's first clean sheet of the season against the latter. However, he lost his place in the team to the returning Tim Howard for the following game against Middlesbrough.

After the game on 11 May, Everton manager David Moyes revealed that Wessels and fellow team member Thomas Gravesen would leave the club after their contracts expired. David Moyes said "I would like to thank Stefan Wessels who, after today, will be leaving us. His level of professionalism has been a credit to him and he has been a great man to have around the club."

VfL Osnabrück

In June 2008, Wessels signed a two-year contract with VfL Osnabrück of the 2. Bundesliga. He started the 2008–09 season as their first-choice goalkeeper, making his competitive debut on 8 August 2008 in their 2–0 defeat at FSV Frankfurt in the first round of the DFB-Pokal and going on to make his league debut in a 2–2 draw at FC St. Pauli on 15 August 2008. He played 21 league games for VfL, but left in June 2009, after their relegation from the 2. Bundesliga.

Basel

On 23 October 2009, Wessels signed for the Swiss side FC Basel until the end of the 2009–10 season, as a replacement for injured goalkeeper Franco Costanzo. He will be coached by Thorsten Fink who he played alongside at Bayern Munich. He said "I am very pleased that it has worked out with FC Basel, and the wait has been worthwhile. I'm happy that I've signed with such a big club." He made his debut on 20 November, in a 4–2 Swiss Cup win over rivals FC Zürich at St. Jakob-Park. He then made his league debut nine days later in a 2–0 defeat to BSC Young Boys at the Stade de Suisse, Wankdorf.

In July 2010, Wessels joined West Ham United on trial, and played in the 24 July friendly match against Burton Albion, a 4–2 defeat.

Odense Boldklub

On 27 January 2011, Wessels signed a one and a half-year contract with Odense Boldklub, replacing Northern Irish goalkeeper Roy Carroll.

Wessels has represented Germany, at various youth levels, up to the under-21 team, for whom he made one appearance. He also played for Team 2006, a Germany B team assembled in preparation for the 2006 World Cup, but did not make it into the senior squad.

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bayern Munich II 1998–99 Regionalliga Süd 18 0 18 0
1998–2000 Regionalliga Süd 18 0 18 0
2000–01 Regionalliga Süd 18 0 18 0
2001–02 Regionalliga Süd 9 0 9 0
Total 63 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 63 0
Bayern Munich 1999–2000 Bundesliga 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 5 0
2000–01 Bundesliga 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
2001–02 Bundesliga 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 5 0
2002–03 Bundesliga 1 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 5 0
Total 6 0 1 0 10 0 1 0 18 0
1. FC Köln 2003–04 Bundesliga 32 0 0 0 32 0
2004–05 2. Bundesliga 7 0 1 0 8 0
2005–06 Bundesliga 22 0 1 0 23 0
2006–07 2. Bundesliga 32 0 3 0 35 0
Total 93 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 98 0
Everton 2007–08 Premier League 2 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 6 0
VfL Osnabrück 2008–09 2. Bundesliga 21 0 1 0 0 0 22 0
FC Basel 2009–10 Swiss Super League 1 0 1 0 1 0 3 0
OB 2010–11 Danish Superliga 13 0 0 0 13 0
2011–12 Danish Superliga 22 0 1 0 8 0 31 0
Total 35 0 1 0 8 0 0 0 44 0
Career total 221 0 10 0 20 0 3 0 254 0

Club

Bayern Munich

1. FC Köln

FC Basel

International

Germany

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  2. "Wessels kommt in Basel unter" (in German). kicker. 23 October 2009. Retrieved23 October 2009.
  3. "Der FCB verpflichtet mit Stefan Wessels weiteren Torhüter (FC Basel sign with Stefan Wessels another goalkeeper)" (in German). FC Basel. 23 October 2009. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved25 October 2009.
  4. "Basel vs Zürich 4:2 20/11/2009". rowdie.co.uk. Retrieved6 January 2021.
  5. Axpo Super League: BSC Young Boys 2 – FC Basel 0[dead link]
  6. "West Ham take look at Germany goalkeeper". Docklands24.co.uk. Retrieved29 July 2010.
  7. "Burton Albion 4–2 West Ham United XI FT". Whufc.com. 23 July 2010. Retrieved29 July 2010.
  8. "OB skriver under med tysk keeper" (in Danish). tv2.dk. 27 January 2011. Retrieved27 January 2011.

Stefan Wessels
Stefan Wessels Language Watch Edit This article is about the football player For the basketball player see Stefan Wessels basketball Stefan Wessels born 28 February 1979 is a German former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper Stefan WesselsWessels with 1 FC Koln in 2006Personal informationDate of birth 1979 02 28 28 February 1979 age 42 Place of birthRahden West GermanyHeight1 90 m 6 ft 3 in Position s GoalkeeperYouth career1985 1992SV Eintracht Schepsdorf1992 1998TuS LingenSenior career YearsTeamApps Gls 1998 2002Bayern Munich A 63 0 1999 2003Bayern Munich6 0 2003 20071 FC Koln93 0 2007 2008Everton2 0 2008 2009VfL Osnabruck21 0 2009 2010FC Basel1 0 2011 2012Odense Boldklub35 0 Total221 0 National team2000Germany U211 0 2005Germany B2 0 Honours Bayern MunichWinner DFB Liga Pokal 1999Winner Bundesliga 2000Winner DFB Pokal 2000Winner DFB Liga Pokal 2000Winner Bundesliga 2001Winner UEFA Champions League 2001Runner up UEFA Super Cup 2001Winner Intercontinental Cup 2001Winner Bundesliga 2003Winner DFB Pokal 2003FC BaselWinner Swiss Super League 2010Winner Swiss Cup 2010 GermanyRunner up UEFA Under 18 Championship 1998 Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only Contents 1 Club career 1 1 Bayern Munich 1 2 1 FC Koln 1 3 Everton 1 4 VfL Osnabruck 1 5 Basel 1 6 Odense Boldklub 2 International career 3 Career statistics 4 Honours 4 1 Club 4 2 International 5 References 6 External linksClub career EditBayern Munich Edit Wessels was a youth team player at Bayern Munich who progressed through the reserve team and broke into the first team squad in September 1999 after Bayern lost both goalkeepers Oliver Kahn and Bernd Dreher to injury Wessels first game was a 1 1 draw at Ibrox against Rangers in the Champions League He performed impressively whenever called upon but was unable to dislodge Kahn for more playing time Wessels was involved in a hugely successful period for Bayern including the 2001 Champions League win but eventually left for 1 FC Koln in 2003 seeking first team football Between 1999 and 2003 he appeared in a total of eighteen matches for Bayern 1 FC Koln Edit Wessels time in Koln was eventful with the club relegated in his first season before immediately gaining promotion back to the 1st division and again being relegated to the 2 Bundesliga the following season Showing consistently good performances Wessels was one of the few players to stand out in the squad However at the beginning of the 2007 08 season Colombian goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon signed with the club and after a fair but intense rivalry Wessels lost his position as the club s number 1 Everton Edit On 6 August 2007 Wessels agreed to a trial in England with Premier League team Everton and subsequently signed an initial one year contract with the club on 21 August he was given his favoured number 33 shirt Upon signing he said I am excited to be here in England It is the first time I have played for a club outside of Germany but the Premier League is a very exciting league and I am looking forward to my time here at Everton Wessels was the first German player to sign for Everton in the club s history Following a hand injury sustained to first choice goalkeeper Tim Howard Wessels made his Everton debut in the 1 0 home defeat to Manchester United on 15 September 2007 He made his European debut for Everton during a 1 1 draw with Ukrainian team Metalist Kharkiv and he also played against Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday keeping Everton s first clean sheet of the season against the latter However he lost his place in the team to the returning Tim Howard for the following game against Middlesbrough After the game on 11 May Everton manager David Moyes revealed that Wessels and fellow team member Thomas Gravesen would leave the club after their contracts expired David Moyes said I would like to thank Stefan Wessels who after today will be leaving us His level of professionalism has been a credit to him and he has been a great man to have around the club VfL Osnabruck Edit In June 2008 Wessels signed a two year contract with VfL Osnabruck of the 2 Bundesliga 1 He started the 2008 09 season as their first choice goalkeeper making his competitive debut on 8 August 2008 in their 2 0 defeat at FSV Frankfurt in the first round of the DFB Pokal and going on to make his league debut in a 2 2 draw at FC St Pauli on 15 August 2008 He played 21 league games for VfL but left in June 2009 after their relegation from the 2 Bundesliga Basel Edit On 23 October 2009 Wessels signed for the Swiss side FC Basel until the end of the 2009 10 season as a replacement for injured goalkeeper Franco Costanzo He will be coached by Thorsten Fink who he played alongside at Bayern Munich 2 He said I am very pleased that it has worked out with FC Basel and the wait has been worthwhile I m happy that I ve signed with such a big club 3 He made his debut on 20 November in a 4 2 Swiss Cup win over rivals FC Zurich at St Jakob Park 4 He then made his league debut nine days later in a 2 0 defeat to BSC Young Boys at the Stade de Suisse Wankdorf 5 In July 2010 Wessels joined West Ham United on trial 6 and played in the 24 July friendly match against Burton Albion a 4 2 defeat 7 Odense Boldklub Edit On 27 January 2011 Wessels signed a one and a half year contract with Odense Boldklub 8 replacing Northern Irish goalkeeper Roy Carroll International career EditWessels has represented Germany at various youth levels up to the under 21 team for whom he made one appearance He also played for Team 2006 a Germany B team assembled in preparation for the 2006 World Cup but did not make it into the senior squad Career statistics EditAppearances and goals by club season and competition Club Season League Cup Continental Other TotalDivision Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps GoalsBayern Munich II 1998 99 Regionalliga Sud 18 0 18 01998 2000 Regionalliga Sud 18 0 18 02000 01 Regionalliga Sud 18 0 18 02001 02 Regionalliga Sud 9 0 9 0Total 63 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 63 0Bayern Munich 1999 2000 Bundesliga 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 5 02000 01 Bundesliga 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 02001 02 Bundesliga 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 5 02002 03 Bundesliga 1 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 5 0Total 6 0 1 0 10 0 1 0 18 01 FC Koln 2003 04 Bundesliga 32 0 0 0 32 02004 05 2 Bundesliga 7 0 1 0 8 02005 06 Bundesliga 22 0 1 0 23 02006 07 2 Bundesliga 32 0 3 0 35 0Total 93 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 98 0Everton 2007 08 Premier League 2 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 6 0VfL Osnabruck 2008 09 2 Bundesliga 21 0 1 0 0 0 22 0FC Basel 2009 10 Swiss Super League 1 0 1 0 1 0 3 0OB 2010 11 Danish Superliga 13 0 0 0 13 02011 12 Danish Superliga 22 0 1 0 8 0 31 0Total 35 0 1 0 8 0 0 0 44 0Career total 221 0 10 0 20 0 3 0 254 0Honours EditClub Edit Bayern Munich Bundesliga 1999 2000 2000 01 2002 03 DFB Pokal 1999 2000 2002 03 DFB Liga Pokal 1999 2000 UEFA Champions League 2000 01 Intercontinental Cup 2001 UEFA Super Cup runner up 2001 1 FC Koln 2 Bundesliga 2004 05 FC Basel Swiss Super League 2009 10 Swiss Cup 2009 10International Edit Germany UEFA Under 18 Championship Runner up 1998References Edit Wessels mit VfL einig in German kicker 20 June 2008 Wessels kommt in Basel unter in German kicker 23 October 2009 Retrieved 23 October 2009 Der FCB verpflichtet mit Stefan Wessels weiteren Torhuter FC Basel sign with Stefan Wessels another goalkeeper in German FC Basel 23 October 2009 Archived from the original on 27 September 2011 Retrieved 25 October 2009 Basel vs Zurich 4 2 20 11 2009 rowdie co uk Retrieved 6 January 2021 Axpo Super League BSC Young Boys 2 FC Basel 0 dead link West Ham take look at Germany goalkeeper Docklands24 co uk Retrieved 29 July 2010 Burton Albion 4 2 West Ham United XI FT Whufc com 23 July 2010 Retrieved 29 July 2010 OB skriver under med tysk keeper in Danish tv2 dk 27 January 2011 Retrieved 27 January 2011 External links EditOfficial website Stefan Wessels at fussballdaten de in German Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Stefan Wessels amp oldid 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