Born in Germany, Sebastian Kehl plays as a defensive midfielder. A left-footed football player, Kehl began his playing career at Hannover 96, in 1998. For two years, Kehl learnt the ropes at Hannover, playing off and on, on his way to earning over 35 caps for Hannover, with 2 goals to his credit.
It was quite evident, even at that time, that there was something truly special about the way Kehl would play football. However, injuries were a constant problem throughout his career. A move to SC Freiburg in 2000-01, was seen as his first big move up the ladder. Kehl was a regular at Freiburg and played 40 games in the season, scoring four times, before the big names at Borussia Dortmund came calling.
After starting off with the reserve side, on his way back from injury, Kehl went on to win the 2002 World Cup runners’ up medal with the German national team. This came after a Bundesliga champion’s medal in 2001-02. After six games and two goals for the reserve team, Kehl became a regular with the first team squad at Dortmund.
Over time, Kehl became indispensible to the Dortmund lineup, and took over the captaincy. He led Dortmund to the 2007-08 DFB-Pokal finals, where they repeated their 2003 losing performance. With over 30 caps for the German national team and almost 200 for Borussia Dortmund, Kehl’s leadership has seen Dortmund rise to the top of the table.