Birth date 13 Mar 1989 (31 years)
Nationality Germany Germany
Height 189 cm
Position Defender
Number 28
Team history
VfB Stuttgart 2017 - present
Schalke 04 2017 (loan)
Bayern 2009 - 2017
Kleine Bayern (little Bayern) 2007 - 2009

Holger Badstuber is a young German football player who currently features as a defender for the German Bundesliga giants, Bayern Munich. He is a versatile footballer who can play either as a defender or as a midfielder. He is also a part of the German national football team. His Bayern Munich coach, Louis van Gaal even stated the Holger is the best left footed defender in Germany.

Holger Badstuber developed at the youth academy of German powerhouse Bayern Munich and played for the club’s B team since 2002. He made his debut in the first league match in 2009-10 season for this team against Hoffenheim and has been a regular in defence. This time, he scored his first senior goal, a powerful free kick in a match held against Borussia Monchengladbach on 4 December 2009.

On 4th February 2010, the team of Bayern Munich announced that Holger had signed a new contract which would keep him with the club till 2014.

Throughout the 2010-11 season with the team of Bayern Munich, Holger had an exciting time with Louis van Gaal, the coach of the team. The coach, despite stating that he had high trust in Holger, strongly criticized him for many poor performance later. As a result of this, he found himself out of the eleven men squad many times throughout the season. But when Jupp Heynckes arrived, Holger was reinstated at the left of central defense, where he had a fruitful relationship with Jerome Boatend, his fellow international player, helping Bayern maintain 11 clean sheets. Also, Holger was vital to the team defensive line, leading the team to the champions league final in 2011-12 season, beating Real Madrid, Manchester City and Napoli.

Career Highlights

Holger won the Bundesliga Championship in 2009-10. In 2009-10, he won the DFB Pokal and the DFL Supercup in 2010. In 2009-10, he was the runner up of UEFA Champions League. Whilst with the Germany team, he won bronze medal and was placed in third place at the FIFA World Cup in 2010.