Manuel Friedrich

Manuel Friedrich ( 2006)

Manuel Friedrich ( * September 13, 1979 in Bad Kreuznach ) is a German football player. He stands at Borussia Dortmund under contract.




A native of Guldental in Bad Kreuznach Friedrich played in his youth for the SG Guldental 07 and joined in 1995 as a midfielder for the B- juniors of 1 FSV Mainz 05, in which him about the amateurs in the closing stages of the 1999/2000 season of the jump succeeded in the internal defense of the professional team.

1 FSV Mainz 05

In his first year as a pro inexperienced Frederick still recognize deficits. Nevertheless, the 21 -year-old talent among coaches René Vandereycken, Eckhard Krautzun and Jürgen Klopp played 27 second division games. His breakthrough Manuel Friedrich in the 2001/ 02 season. With his neighbor Robert Nikolic he formed a reliable right -back. With eight goals this season Friedrich was the highest-scoring defender in the league.

Switch to Werder Bremen

After the missed Bundesliga promotion of Mainz, Friedrich joined the 2002/03 season for around 2.5 million euros to the German Bundesliga Werder Bremen. The Bremen secured him a regular place in central defense, but had a year completely renounce Friedrich due to two ACL tears in the summer and winter preparation. After his recovery, Friedrich got next 13 Regional play only a seven-minute Bundesliga use in later champions.

Return to Mainz

During the winter break 2003/ 04 Friedrich joined initially on loan back to Mainz, before he was six months bought it, the people of Bremen. The amount of the transfer was not published, but is said to have stood at around 1.4 million euros. Thus, Frederick would have been at that time by far the most expensive signing of the Mainz club's history.

In Mainz, Frederick was a constant performer. Until the winter break 2005/ 06 he was missing only once due to suspension and took over for the duration of the injury of goalkeeper Dimo Wache the captain of the 05ers function. With a rate of 83 % won duels Friedrich completed the 2005/06 season from in the statistics as combative strongest defender in the Bundesliga.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen

At the beginning of the 2007/ 08 Friedrich joined Bayer 04 Leverkusen, where he signed a three-year contract. The transfer fee is said to have stood at some three million euros. Friedrich described the move as " most difficult decision of my football career ". For the 2008/09 season, a new captain of the plant self was determined with Simon Rolfes, Friedrich his deputy. From the beginning he was a fixture in central defense by Bayer and always came in the first three years to at least 30 Season Apps.

In his second year with the team he reached the finals of the DFB Cup, which they lost against Werder Bremen. Friedrich extended his contract at Bayer during the winter break 2009/10 early in June 2013 and went again as a regular in the season 2010/11. Right at the beginning of the season it came to big game between the league leaders Borussia Dortmund and Leverkusen, which were at No. 2.

Due to blatant defensive error they lost by three goals in a short time the game. Friedrich then got a break. When he was first re-erected seven game days later from the start, the game, and thus the remainder of the season it was already a quarter of an hour with a fractured shoulder ended. In the end, Bayer claimed 2nd place in the table and was runner-up.

At the end of the 2012/13 season he left the club to end his career in Asia, as he was " the latest in this season hardly came into use ".

Borussia Dortmund

However, such a commitment did not take place, so that he had to hold at third division Rot-Weiß Oberhausen fit while he was hoping for a commitment by a club. Due to long-lasting injury to the central defender Mats Hummels and Neven Subotic Frederick was obliged to end of the season 2013/14 on November 20, 2013 Borussia Dortmund. Three days later he made ​​his debut in the 0-3 defeat at home to Bayern Munich. His first goal for Borussia Dortmund on February 8, 2014 he scored in a 5-1 away win against his former club Werder Bremen.


His strong performances since the rise in 2004 with Mainz 05 in the Bundesliga were also the leaders of the national attention to the defender. For the match against the USA in the run-up to the Football World Cup 2006 Friedrich, who had already contested several games with the team in 2006, was nominated as the first player in the Mainz club history for the German national team, but without being used.

In awarding the last free place in the squad for the World Cup 2006, the Leverkusen veteran Jens Nowotny was preferred to Friedrich - the fitness values ​​of the Mainzer were too bad. This personnel decision was one of the most controversial in the public before the World Cup, but has been relativized, as in Friedrich a mild case of mononucleosis was diagnosed shortly after the tournament.

In the test match against Sweden on 16 August 2006 Frederick made ​​his debut in the DFB team. His first goal for the national team, he scored his third start, in the European Championship qualifier on 6 September 2006 against San Marino. By 2008, he was summoned ten times, including four times in the European Championship qualifier, but could not establish permanently in the German team itself.


  • German Masters 2004 Werder Bremen
  • German Cup finalist in 2009 with Bayer Leverkusen
  • German Vice Champion 2011 with Bayer Leverkusen
  • Rise to the first FSV Mainz 05 in the Bundesliga 1 ( Third Place ): 2004