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Holger Badstuber
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Badstuber with Germany in 2012
Personal information
Full name Holger Felix Badstuber
Date of birth (1989-03-13) 13 March 1989 (age 34)
Place of birth Memmingen, West Germany
Height 1.90 m
Playing position Centre-back
Youth career
1994–2000 TSV Rot an der Rot 1890
2000–2002 VfB Stuttgart
2002–2007 Bayern Munich
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Bayern Munich II 56 (7)
2009–2017 Bayern Munich 119 (1)
2017 Schalke 04 (loan) 10 (0)
2017–2020 VfB Stuttgart 56 (4)
2020–2021 VfB Stuttgart II 28 (0)
2021 FC Luzern 14 (0)
Total 283 (12)
National team
2007–2008 Germany U19 2 (0)
2008 Germany U20 3 (0)
2009–2010 Germany U21 8 (2)
2010–2015 Germany 31 (1)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 December 2021.
† Appearances (Goals).

Holger Felix Badstuber (born 13 March 1989) is a German former professional footballer who played as a centre-back or left-back.

Badstuber made his debut in the Bundesliga for Bayern Munich in the 2009–10 season, at the age of 19. He played nearly every game that year and helped the club win the league and cup double and reached the UEFA Champions League final the same year, before eventually earning a call up to the German national team for the World Cup in 2010 and later the Euro 2012. He won over 30 caps for Germany. Former Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal stated in 2010 that Badstuber was the best left footed defender in Germany.

Club career

Bayern Munich

Youth career, reserve team, and first team debut

From 2002 to 2007, Badstuber progressed through the youth setup at Bayern Munich. He played for Bayern's reserve team before signing professional terms in July 2009. He had scored four goals in 23 appearances in the Regionalliga Süd during the 2007–08 season and three goals in 32 appearances in the 3. Liga during the 2008–09 season. Badstuber, along with teammate Thomas Müller, having been an unused substitute in a number of first-team matches in the 2008–09 season. He made his debut in the first league game of the 2009–10 season, against 1899 Hoffenheim and has been a regular in defence. He scored his first senior goal, a powerful free kick, against Borussia Mönchengladbach on 4 December 2009. A centre-back by trade, he has been playing out of position at left back. The youngster impressed in his first season, and started all league games in the 2009–10 domestic campaign.

On 4 February 2010, Bayern Munich announced that Badstuber had signed a new contract that would keep him at the club until 2014. He finished the 2009–10 season with a goal in 49 appearances.


Holger Badstuber (cropped)
Badstuber in 2010

Throughout the 2010–11 season he made 32 appearances in all competitions for Bayern. During the 2010–11 season, Badstuber endured a tumultuous relationship with coach Louis van Gaal, who despite stating that he has high trust in Badstuber, strongly criticized him following a number of poor performances. As a result of his poor form he found himself out of the starting eleven several times throughout the season. With the arrival of Jupp Heynckes, Badstuber was reinstated at the left of central defense, where he enjoyed a fruitful relationship with fellow international Jérôme Boateng, and helped Bayern maintain 11 clean sheets in a row. Additionally, he was integral to the Bayern Munich defensive line which lead the team to the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final, beating Real Madrid, Napoli and Manchester City along the way, before losing out to English side Chelsea in the final. He made 50 appearances across all competitions during the 2011–12 season.


On 3 February 2013, Badstuber signed a contract extension with Bayern, keeping him at the club until 2017.

Badstuber injured his anterior cruciate ligament against Borussia Dortmund on 1 December 2012 and re–injured it on 19 May 2013, missing the entire 2013–14 season. He had played in 18 matches up until the injury during the 2012–13 season. He returned to first–team training on 5 May 2014 and played in his first match since his injury on 18 July 2014 in a friendly match against FC Memmingen, which Bayern won 3–0. It had been 594 days since the injury.

Badstuber began the 2014–15 season as a starting player in Bayern's first three Bundesliga fixtures. However, a thigh injury sustained against VfB Stuttgart on 13 September kept him out for the rest of the year. He returned to the starting line-up for an 8–0 defeat of Hamburger SV on 14 February 2015 and re-established himself as a first choice player in Pep Guardiola's Bayern team. On 11 March 2015, Badstuber scored a goal in the 63rd minute in a Champions League match against Shakhtar Donetsk in a 7–0 win. This was his first goal since December 2009 and also his first start in Champions League since 20 November 2012 against Valencia. It was announced on 23 April 2015 that Badstuber had ruptured his quadriceps muscle in a 6–1 Champions League quarter-final second leg win against Porto and was ruled out for the rest of the season. He finished the 2014–15 season with 16 appearances. He finished the 2015–16 season with nine appearances.

Loan to Schalke

On 10 January 2017, Badstuber joined Schalke 04 on loan until the end of the 2016–17 Bundesliga season. On the same day, it was confirmed by FC Bayern that Badstuber had signed a contract extension with the club lasting until 2018. In the first half of the season, Badstuber had made only one Bundesliga appearance, one DFB-Pokal appearance, and one Champions League appearance for Bayern.

Badstuber made his debut for the Königsblauen on 4 February 2017 against his parent club, playing 59 minutes as Bayern were held to a 1–1 draw in Munich. On 1 March 2017, Badstuber was sent off for two yellow card offences on his second return to the Allianz Arena as Schalke lost 3–0 to Bayern in the quarter-final of the DFB-Pokal.

VfB Stuttgart

Badstuber playing for Stuttgart in 2018

On 4 August 2017, a few weeks after being released by Bayern Munich, Badstuber announced his return to VfB Stuttgart, the club for whom he played as a young teenager, on a free transfer. He finished the 2017–18 season with two goals in 28 appearances.

On 10 July 2018, Badstuber extended his contract with Stuttgart until June 2021.

FC Luzern

On 12 July 2021, Badstuber signed with Swiss club FC Luzern. On 16 December 2021, Badstuber and FC Luzern came to a mutual agreement to terminate the contract.


On 5 September 2022, Badstuber announced his retirement from football. Overall he played almost 200 matches in the first two levels of the German league pyramid and the Swiss top-flight.

International career

2010 World Cup

He was first called up to the senior team as part of the provisional squad for the 2010 World Cup. He made his debut in a warm-up match against Hungary on 29 May coming on as a substitute for Arne Friedrich, and was for the first time in the starting lineup in the next game against Bosnia and Herzegovina, the last friendly prior to the World Cup. Badstuber was then selected in Germany's 23-man squad for the World Cup finals in South Africa on 1 June, and being handed the squad number 14 shirt by coach Joachim Löw. He started in Germany's opening group game against Australia at the Durban Stadium, playing the full 90 minutes at left-back and helping the team to a 4–0 victory, it was only his third match in the Germany jersey. Badstuber then started the next group game against Serbia on 18 June 2010 in Port Elizabeth at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. He played 77 minutes, prior to being substituted for fellow Bayern teammate Mario Gómez. He was criticised for his performance and lost his leftback position in the starting lineup to Jérôme Boateng for the rest of the tournament, the 1–0 loss against the Serbs was – so far – the only match in which Badstuber played and Germany lost.

Euro 2012

Holger Badstuber, Germany national football team (07)
Badstuber with Germany in 2011

After the erratic World Cup, Badstuber improved his performances with consistency and established himself as a starting lineup defender in Löw's team. He helped Germany to win all ten matches of the Mannschaft's qualification campaign for Euro 2012 to top group A by playing nine out of a possible ten matches, he was only spared in the – for qualification irrelevant – last match against Belgium. During the campaign Badstuber scored his first goal, the 5–1 against Azerbaijan, he headed home a corner kick by Mesut Özil. In a friendly 3–3 draw on 11 November 2011 against Ukraine, in the international inauguration match of the new Kiev Olympic Stadion, Löw's experimental formation featured only three defenders, Badstuber was as named the single centre-back. This was interpreted as a signal that out of many possible candidates, Badstuber had established himself as Löw's most important player in Germany's central defense. Badstuber started the first game for Germany in UEFA Euro 2012 helping the team to a clean sheet against Portugal in which the Germans won 1–0.

Due to the fact that Badstuber was injured in December 2012 and only returned to training late during the 2013–14 season, he was not called up for the final 2014 World Cup squad and replaced with youngster Shkodran Mustafi.

Euro 2016

On 19 March 2015, Badstuber was called up to the national team for a friendly match against Australia and a Euro 2016 qualifier against Georgia. He played against Australia on 25 March 2015. This was his first international match since his injury. He had last played in a 4–4 draw against Sweden. Badstuber did not fly to Georgia for the European qualifier because of a problem with the hip flexor and later was not included to Euro 2016. In the end the match against the Australians became his final international match.

Career statistics


Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National cup Continental Other Total Ref.
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bayern Munich II 2007–08 Regionalliga Süd 23 4 23 4
2008–09 3. Liga 32 3 32 3
2016–17 Regionalliga Bayern 1 0 1 0
Total 56 7 56 7
Bayern Munich 2009–10 Bundesliga 33 1 4 0 12 0 49 1
2010–11 Bundesliga 23 0 3 0 5 0 1 0 32 0
2011–12 Bundesliga 33 0 5 0 12 0 50 0
2012–13 Bundesliga 12 0 1 0 4 0 1 0 18 0
2013–14 Bundesliga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Bundesliga 10 0 2 0 4 1 0 0 16 1
2015–16 Bundesliga 7 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 9 0
2016–17 Bundesliga 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Total 119 1 17 0 39 1 2 0 178 2
Schalke 04 (loan) 2016–17 Bundesliga 10 0 1 0 1 0 12 0
VfB Stuttgart 2017–18 Bundesliga 27 2 1 0 28 2
2018–19 Bundesliga 10 0 2 0 1 0 13 0
2019–20 2. Bundesliga 19 2 2 0 21 2
Total 56 4 5 0 1 0 62 3
VfB Stuttgart II 2020–21 Regionalliga Südwest 28 0 28 0
FC Luzern 2021–22 Swiss Super League 14 0 3 0 1 0 18 0
Career total 283 12 26 0 41 1 3 0 353 13


Scores and results list Germany's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Badstuber goal.
List of international goals scored by Holger Badstuber
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 7 September 2010 RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne, Germany  Azerbaijan 5–1 6–1 UEFA Euro 2012 qualification


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