Lewis Holtby

Lewis Holtby ( 2011)

Lewis Harry Holtby [ həʊltbɪ ] ( born September 18, 1990 in Erkelenz ) is a German footballer who is in the Premier League at Tottenham Hotspur under contract, but is currently playing on loan at Fulham.

  • 2.3.1 Loan to Fulham

Childhood and family

Lewis Holtby came in 1990 in Erkelenz, a small town near the border with the Netherlands, to the world. He grew up in the district Gerderath. Holtbys mother is German, his father is English. He also became followers of Everton, for whom he would love to play by his father. Besides German, he also has British citizenship.

His six years younger brother Joshua plays for the U-19 team of Borussia Mönchengladbach.


Holtby played until 2004 in the youth of Sparta Gerderath and Borussia Moenchengladbach. There he was singled out because of alleged physical deficits, and then moved to Alemannia Aachen.

Alemannia Aachen

Interim coach Jörg Schmadtke summoned the 17 -year-olds for the first time on Matchday 16 of the 2007/08 season in the professional squad and Holtby came off the bench in the 80th minute in a 2-2 draw against FC St. Pauli to its first use second division. In addition, it allowed the school holidays, that he traveled to Freiburg on 25 game against SC Freiburg with the professionals of Alemannia Aachen. He watched the game but only from the stands. On 18 May 2008, the final day of the 2007/08 season, coach Juergen Seeberger took him in the game against TuS Koblenz in the starting lineup and let him play through.

Although he still belonged to the younger year of the A- youth, he played on 15 March 2008 his first game for Aachen II in the Oberliga Nordrhein. Henceforth, he permanently belonged to the squad of amateurs.

During the season 2008/ 09 established Holtby himself. In the professional team of Alemannia, in which he drew attention to himself with some good games and Assists On 5 December 2008 Holtby scored in the match against TSV 1860 Munich his first Zweitligator and 15 February 2009 against 1 FC Nuremberg first two goals in a game. In that role he was also watched by scouts from other clubs who expressed their interest thereupon. Among the interested parties were also Bundesliga and foreign clubs.

FC Schalke 04

For the 2009/10 season Holtby moved to Bundesliga side FC Schalke 04 His first Bundesliga game he played on the opening day at the 1st FC Nuremberg.

Loan to VfL Bochum

During the winter break of the season 2009/10 Holtby was loaned for one and a half years until June 30, 2011 at VfL Bochum. For Bochum he scored 13 March 2010 in the match against Borussia Dortmund 's first goal in the Bundesliga. After the descent of Bochum at the end of the season ended Holtbys loan contract prematurely.

Loan 1 FSV Mainz 05

For the 2010/11 season he was loaned to the Bundesliga 1 FSV Mainz 05. In his first competitive game for the club he scored both goals in the DFB Cup game against the Berliner AK 07 on August 15, 2010. His league debut for the FSV he played on Matchday 1 against VfB Stuttgart, where he 1-0 by Sami Allagui prepared. In the Mainz he was a regular player and performer. At times he was the leader with this team. When 1 FSV Mainz 05 he came to a total of 30 Bundesliga appearances, scoring four goals and closed the Bundesliga season in 5th place from. This table placement was also synonymous with the qualification for the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.

Return to FC Schalke 04

After the end of the lending agreement on 30 June 2011 Holtby returned to the 2011/12 season for FC Schalke 04 back. His first goal for the Gelsenkirchen he scored 13 August 2011, when he won the scoring on the second match against 1 FC Cologne 3-1. On 15 September 2011 Holtby made ​​his debut in the European Cup 0-0 draw in their opening group game of the UEFA Europa League against Steaua Bucharest in the starting lineup. His first goal in European competition marked Holtby 20 October 2011 in the 5-0 victory in the Europa League group stage match against AEK Larnaca reduce the deficit to 1-0.

Holtby ran into this season, the Schalke 04, despite streaky start to the season ( ninth place in the table after Matchday ) from matchday 15 by going on a Champions League spot and Champions stood League qualifying place and in the end finished in third place in the table, while in the Europa League was eliminated in the quarter- final against Athletic Bilbao, on a total of 27 times. Here Holtby scored six goals. In the Europa League Holtby played nine times.

His expiring at the end of the season 2012/13 contract with Schalke 04 not extended Holtby.

Tottenham Hotspur

On January 4, 2013, the Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur announced the commitment Holtbys 1 July 2013. On 28 January 2013, the two clubs agreed on an immediate transfer. Two days after the change Holtby was on January 30, 2013 game at Norwich City his debut for his new club when he came on in the 71 minutes of play. He had his first Startelfeinsatz at the home game against Newcastle United on 9 February 2013.

Loan to Fulham

On January 31, 2014 Holtby moved to the end of the 2013/14 season on loan to Fulham.


On 8 May 2008 coach Heiko Herrlich Holtby convened for the first time in the cadre of U-18 national team of the DFB for the games against Turkey on 20 and 22 May 2008. Countries for the Games of the U-19 Juniors on 4 and September 7, 2008 against the Czech Republic Holtby was also called by national team coach Heiko Herrlich. His first international goal he scored 11 October 2008 in the 5-0 victory for the U-19 Juniors over Lithuania.

On 11 August 2009 he made his debut for the German U- 21 team at the Lobanovskiy Cup in Ukraine against Turkey, when he came on in the 59th minute when the score was 0:2 for Anis Ben -Hatira.

On September 5, 2009, he made ​​his first game against South Africa in the German U-20 national team, with whom he participated at the 2009 World Junior Championships. There, in the third group game against Cameroon, he scored the goal for 3-0; at 1:2 aet in the quarterfinals against Brazil, he scored the opening goal German.

On 7 September 2010 he scored with the U -21 against Northern Ireland in the European Championship qualifier two goals.

Since Holtby as the son of an Englishman also has British citizenship, was also the opportunity to play for the English Association until his A- compulsory international debut. But in an interview in the current sports club, he reiterated, wanting to accumulate in case of appeal for the senior national team for the German team. On 10 November 2010 he was nominated for the first time together with his former teammate Andre Schurrle for the squad of A- international match against Sweden on 17 November and stood there in the starting lineup. In the 77th minute he was substituted for Schurrle, who had also come to his international debut. On June 7, 2011 Holtby was in the European Championship qualifier against Azerbaijan to be mandatory international debut for the German national team and is therefore eligible to play only for the DFB.

After he was not considered for one and a half years, he was re-nominated by cancellations of some players with Sven Bender and Sebastian Jung for the game on November 14, 2012 in Amsterdam against the Netherlands for the A national team.


DFL - Supercup: 2011


  • On 9 September 2009 Holtby received in Hannover in the age group U- 19, the Fritz Walter Gold Medal.
  • Inclusion in the all-star team of the U-21 European Football Championships 2013