Sebastian Kehl

Sebastian Kehl
Sebastian Kehl.jpg
Kehl with Borussia Dortmund in 2007
Personal information
Full nameSebastian Walter Kehl[1]
Date of birth (1980-02-13) 13 February 1980 (age 38)
Place of birthFulda, West Germany
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing positionDefensive midfielder
Youth career
1985–1994SV Lahrbach
1994–1996Borussia Fulda
1996–1998Hannover 96
Senior career*
1998–2000Hannover 9632(2)
2000–2001SC Freiburg40(4)
2002–2015Borussia Dortmund274(20)
2004–2011Borussia Dortmund II7(1)
National team
1996–1999Germany U1819(3)
1998Germany U191(0)
1999–2001Germany U2111(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Sebastian Walter Kehl (German pronunciation: [zeˈbasti̯a(ː)n ˈkeːl];[2][3] born 13 February 1980) is a retired German footballer who played as a defensive midfielder.

He amassed Bundesliga totals of 314 games and 24 goals over the course of 15 seasons, representing in the competition Freiburg and Borussia Dortmund. He won six major titles with the latter club, including three national championships.

A German international for five years, Kehl appeared for the nation in two World Cups – finishing second in the 2002 edition – and Euro 2004.

Club career

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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6] He eventually relapsed on his condition,[7][8] also losing his importance in the starting XI after the emergence of Sven Bender and Nuri Şahin.[9]

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.[10] In September, he was put out of action for another lengthy period after injuring his ankle in training.[11]

Kehl in action for Borussia Dortmund in 2013

Kehl began hinting at retirement in March 2014, shortly after having agreed to a one-year extension to his contract.[12] The 35-year-old confirmed it at the end of the 2014–15 season,[13] after having taken part in 21 games to help Borussia come from behind in the table and finally qualify to the Europa League.[14]

In April 2018, Borussia Dortmund announced that Kehl would become its players licence department director starting on 1 June.[15]

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