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Per Mertesacker
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Personal information
Full name Per Mertesacker
Date of birth 29 September 1984 (1984-09-29) (age 33)
Place of birth    Hannover, Germany West Germany
Height 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current club England Arsenal
Number 4
Youth clubs
1988-1995
1995-2003
Germany TSV Pattensen
Germany Hannover 96
Senior clubs
Years Club App (Gls)
2003-2004
2003-2006
2006-2011
2011-
Germany Hannover 96 II
Germany Hannover 96
Germany Werder Bremen
England Arsenal
16 (1)
74 (7)
146 12)
64 (4)   
National team
2003
2004
2004-
Germany Germany U-20
Germany Germany U-21
Germany Germany
2 (0)
3 (0)
94 (3)

Per Mertesacker (born 29 September 1984) is a German footballer who plays as a centre back for Arsenal and the Germany national football team. Mertesacker is a youth product of Hannover 96 and he made his senior league debut in November 2003. Mertesacker was soon dubbed "the Defence Pole" (die Abwehrlatte) by German tabloids and gained a reputation for his good disciplinary record and went 31 Bundesliga games without being booked. Since joining Arsenal, their fans have nicknamed him the BFG, short for 'Big Fucking German', but also alluding to Roald Dahl's The BFG due to his height. He is described as an imposing, reliable, dominant and an accomplished defender.

With Werder Bremen, Mertesacker has won a DFB-Pokal title and finished runner-up in the 2008–09 UEFA Cup. With his quiet but effective game, he established himself as Germany's first choice centre-back. He has won more than 75 international caps despite his young age. Prior to playing at senior level, he played at under-20 and under-21 level. In September 2004, Jürgen Klinsmann, then-manager of Germany, called Mertesacker up to the 9 October 2004 game against Iran.

He made his debut less than two weeks after his twentieth birthday when he came on as a second-half substitute for Christian Wörns. Over the course of his final two seasons at Werder Bremen, the defender received just one yellow card in 63 league matches. He has participated in the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups and the UEFA Euros in 2008 and 2012. In 2006, the defender established the 'Per-Mertesacker-Stiftung', a charitable foundation that helps support amateur sportsmen and the poor.

Club career

Early career

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Honours

Clubs

Werder Bremen

International

Germany

External links

Arsenal FC
Arsenal F.C. squad - 2017-18

2 Debuchy · 4 Mertesacker · 6 Koscielny · 7 Sánchez · 8 Ramsey · 9 Lacazette · 10 Wilshere · 11 Özil · 12 Giroud · 13 Ospina · 14 Walcott · 16 Holding · 17 Iwobi · 18 Monreal · 19 Cazorla · 20 Mustafi · 21 Chambers · 22 Adélaïde · 23 Welbeck · 24 Bellerín · 29 Xhaka · 30 Maitland-Niles · 31 Kolašinac · 32 Akpom · 33 Čech · 34 Coquelin · 35 Elneny ·

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Germany – 2006 FIFA World Cup - Third place



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Germany – UEFA Euro 2008 - Runners-up

1. Lehmann 2. Jansen 3. Friedrich 4. Fritz 5. Westermann 6. Rolfes 7. Schweinsteiger 8. Frings 9. Gómez 10. Neuville 11. Klose 12. Enke 13. Ballack (c) 14. Trochowski 15. Hitzlsperger 16. Lahm 17. Mertesacker 18. Borowski 19. Odonkor 20. Podolski 21. Metzelder 22. Kurányi 23. Adler

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Germany – 2010 FIFA World Cup - Third place

1. Neuer 2. Jansen 3. Friedrich 4. Aogo 5. Tasci 6. Khedira 7. Schweinsteiger 8. Özil 9. Kießling 10. Podolski 11. Klose 12. Wiese 13. Müller 14. Badstuber 15. Trochowski 16. Lahm 17. Mertesacker 18. Kroos 19. Cacau 20. Boateng 21. Marin 22. Butt 23. Gómez

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Germany – UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finalists

1. Neuer 2. Gündoğan 3. Schmelzer 4. Höwedes 5. Hummels 6. Khedira 7. Schweinsteiger 8. Özil 9. Schürrle 10. Podolski 11. Klose 12. Wiese 13. Müller 14. Badstuber 15. L. Bender 16. Lahm 17. Mertesacker 18. Kroos 19. Götze 20. Boateng 21. Reus 22. Zieler 23. Gómez

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Germany – 2014 FIFA World Cup

1. Neuer 2. Großkreutz 3. Ginter 4. Höwedes 5. Hummels 6. Khedira 7. Schweinsteiger 8. Özil 9. Schürrle 10. Podolski 11. Klose 12. Zieler 13. Müller 14. Draxler 15. Durm 16. Lahm (c) 17. Mertesacker 18. Kroos 19. Götze 20. Boateng 21. Mustafi 22. Weidenfeller 23. Kramer


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