Sebastian Kehl facts for kids
Kehl in a charity match in 2016
|Full name||Sebastian Walter Kehl|
|Date of birth||13 February 1980|
|Place of birth||Fulda, West Germany|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|2004–2011||Borussia Dortmund II (res.)||7||(1)|
Sebastian Walter Kehl (German pronunciation: Script error: No such module "IPA".; born 13 February 1980) is a German former professional footballer who played as a defensive midfielder. He is currently the Sporting Director of Borussia Dortmund.
He amassed Bundesliga totals of 314 games and 24 goals over the course of 15 seasons, representing in the competition SC Freiburg and Borussia Dortmund. He won six major titles with the latter club, including three national championships.
Following his retirement, Kehl first worked as the “Head of First Team Football” for Borussia Dortmund before it was announced that he would be taking over as Sporting Director, following the retirement of Michael Zorc.
Born in Fulda, Hesse, Kehl joined Hannover 96's youth system in 1996 at the age of 15, going on to appear in two 2. Bundesliga seasons with the first team. In the 2000 summer he signed for SC Freiburg in the Bundesliga, making his debut in the competition on 12 August by playing the full 90 minutes in a 4–0 home win against VfB Stuttgart, and scoring his first goal on 12 December of that year to help to a 2–1 away success over VfL Wolfsburg.
Under legendary manager Volker Finke, Kehl featured mostly as a sweeper, helping the Black Forest club qualify to the UEFA Cup in his first season but suffering relegation in his second. He was no longer part of the squad, however, as he had left in the 2002 January transfer window to Borussia Dortmund, who went on to win the championship with 15 games and one goal from the player; previously, in summer 2001, he controversially agreed basic terms with FC Bayern Munich, and even accepted an advanced payment of 1.5 million Deutsche Mark, which was returned in November as Bayern threatened to take legal action.
During his tenure with Dortmund, Kehl was more often than not a starter. He contributed with 12 matches in the 2002–03 edition of the UEFA Champions League to help his team reach the second group phase, and amassed 61 league appearances from 2004 to 2006 in back-to-back seventh-place finishes.
In the first day of the 2006–07 campaign, Kehl injured his left knee in a challenge with Bayern's Hasan Salihamidžić, going on to be sidelined for several months and only recovering fully in the start of 2008–09, when he was made captain by new coach Jürgen Klopp. He eventually relapsed on his condition, also losing his importance in the starting XI after the emergence of Sven Bender and Nuri Şahin.
On 27 July 2013, Kehl played the second half of the DFL-Supercup contest against Bayern Munich, replacing Bender in an eventual 4–2 win. In September, he was put out of action for another lengthy period after injuring his ankle in training.
Kehl began hinting at retirement in March 2014, shortly after having agreed to a one-year extension to his contract. The 35-year-old confirmed it at the end of the 2014–15 season, after having taken part in 21 games to help Borussia come from behind in the table and finally qualify to the Europa League.
In April 2018, Borussia Dortmund announced that Kehl would become its players licence department director starting on 1 June.
In June 2021, Borussia Dortmund announced that Kehl would be the successor to sporting director Michael Zorc following his retirement in the summer of 2022.
Kehl earned the first of his 31 caps for the Germany national team on 29 May 2001, in a 2–0 friendly win against Slovakia in Bremen where he came on for Marko Rehmer after 45 minutes. He scored his first goal on 15 August of that year, helping to a 5–2 triumph in Hungary in another exhibition game.
Selected for both the 2002 and the 2006 World Cups, Kehl played twice (against Paraguay and United States) in the former tournament as the Mannschaft finished in second position, and started in two of his four appearances to help to the third place in the latter.
Kehl is married to Tina Kehl. They have three children.
|Hannover 96||1998–99||2. Bundesliga||8||1||1||0||—||—||9||1|
|Borussia Dortmund II||2003–04||Regionalliga Nord||1||1||—||—||—||1||1|
- Scores and results list Germany's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Kehl goal.
|1||15 August 2001||Ferenc Puskás, Budapest, Hungary||Hungary||2–0||5–2||Friendly|
|2||30 April 2003||Weserstadion, Bremen, Germany||Serbia and Montenegro||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
- Bundesliga: 2001–02, 2010–11, 2011–12
- DFB-Pokal: 2011–12
- DFL-Supercup: 2013, 2014
- UEFA Champions League runner-up: 2012–13
- kicker Bundesliga Team of the Season: 2000–01, 2008–09
In Spanish: Sebastian Kehl para niños
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