Thomas Hitzlsperger
German footballer
Thomas Hitzlsperger
Thomas Hitzlsperger is a German footballer who plays as a midfielder for Everton. Hitzlsperger spent the early part of his career playing for Aston Villa in England (accompanied by a short loan spell at Chesterfield), before returning to Germany to play for Stuttgart. In 2010 he signed for Italian side Lazio, before moving back to England to join West Ham United later that year. Hitzlsperger has also represented the German national team, earning 52 caps.
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A German footballer's coming out
The Economist - about 3 years
  THOMAS HITZLSPERGER prepared the timing and the setting for his sensational announcement. A former professional footballer for the German national team, as well as for Aston Villa, Everton and West Ham United in Britain and Lazio in Italy, Mr Hitzlsperger launched his new website on January 9th . On the same day Die Zeit, a weekly, published a long interview in which Mr Hitzlsperger revealed his homosexuality. Since his revelation Mr Hitzlsperger (pictured) has been overwhelmed by intense media interest. He received messages of support from many for his courage to break a taboo in the world of professional football. Homosexuality in some areas of German society, especially football, is far from accepted. In the late summer of 2012 Fluter, a youth magazine of Germany’s federal agency for civic education, ran an anonymous interview with a gay footballer with a team in the Bundesliga, the top domestic league. Its publication was followed by a heated public debate about homosexualit ...
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Soccer-Hitzlesperger hopes coming out will raise tolerance
Yahoo News - about 3 years
By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Thomas Hitzlsperger, the first well-known footballer from Germany to say he is gay, hopes it will one day be normal for players to talk about a boyfriend with team mates. The 31-year-old, who won 52 Germany caps and also played for Aston Villa, VfB Stuttgart, Lazio, Everton and West Ham United, has sparked a national debate at home about tolerance. "But it would be great if it were normal for a soccer player to be able to talk about his new boyfriend in the locker room and not just about a new girlfriend - and that it wouldn't be considered as anything unusual anymore." Despite soccer's global popularity, the sport has seen precious few gay players come out, especially during their active careers as fears of negative reactions from coaches, team mates and fans force them to keep their sexuality secret. Britain's most famous case was that of former Norwich City striker Justin Fashanu, who came out in a tabloid newspaper in 1990 and committed ...
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Thomas Hitzlsperger, Gay German Soccer Player, Hopes To Make Coming Out Easier
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
BERLIN (AP) — Encouraged by others who have come out as gay, retired soccer player Thomas Hitzlsperger is hoping going public will help make it easier for other sporting stars to do the same. Homosexuality is seen as a major taboo is some sports, while not so much in others. Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova, both openly gay, are two of the greatest tennis players in history. But big-time professional soccer, and the four major sports in the United States, are quite a different story — at least for now. "(There is) a long way to go because we fear a reaction and we don't know what will happen. I can't imagine playing football and doing this at the same time," Hitzlsperger said in an interview with BBC Radio 4 on Thursday. Hitzlsperger, no longer active but still regarded as the biggest name in soccer to say he is gay, spent years playing professionally in England, Germany and Italy. He also represented Germany at the 2006 World Cup. His decision to go public was hailed over ...
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Thomas Hitzlsperger becomes first high-profile gay footballer
CNN - about 3 years
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Former Germany international Hitzlsperger says he is gay - about 3 years
(Reuters) - Former international midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has become one of the few high profile sportsmen, and the first well-known German footballer, to publicly reveal that he is gay.
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Everton's Thomas Hitzlsperger wanted by Eintracht Frankfurt
Daily Mail (UK) - about 4 years
Eintracht Frankfurt want Everton midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger. The 30-year-old Germany international is out of contract this month.
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Hitzlsperger signs short-term Everton deal
Fox News - over 4 years
German midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has signed a short-term contract with Everton that runs until January.Hitzlsperger has spent time in the Premier League previously with Aston Villa and West Ham, but has been without a club since the end of last season when his contract with Wolfsburg expired
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Football transfer gossip (September 15): Everton, Sunderland, Aston Villa
Yorkshire Evening Post - over 4 years
Check out latest football transfer gossip around the leagues. Is your favourite player tipped for a move? Chelsea and Manchester City are leading the chase for one of Europe’s top prospects after making repeated checks on Benfica’s £24m-rated striker Nelson Oliveira, 20, who is currently impressing on loan with Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna. Full story: Daily Mail Manchester City hope to use new chief executive Ferran Soriano’s knowledge of Barcelona to tie up deals for highly rated winger Cristian Tello, 21, midfielder Sergi Roberto, 20, and winger Gerard Deulofeu, 18. Full story: talkSPORT Emile Heskey - available on a free since he left Aston Villa at the end of last season - is wanted by Conference side Macclesfield, who believe the former Liverpool and England striker, 34, can fire them back into the Football League. Full story: Daily Mirror Fulham are lining up a move for Standard Liege goalkeeper Sinan Bolat, 24, to replace veteran Mark Schwarzer, 39. Fu ...
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Everton in for free agent Thomas Hitzlsperger
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
Everton are considering a move for out of contract midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger to plug a worrying gap in their squad aftre Darron Gibson was ruled out for another two to three weeks.
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Thomas Hitzlsperger "Bei Tempo 300 bekam ich feuchte Hände" - ZEIT ONLINE
Google News - over 5 years
Thomas Hitzlsperger erzählt, warum er nun ein anderes Auto fährt und wieso er den Verkehr in Rom liebt. ZEIT ONLINE: Herr Hitzlsperger, das Auto, so heißt es, ist des Deutschen liebstes Kind. Ihres auch? Thomas Hitzlsperger: Ich fahre gerne Auto,
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Google News - over 5 years
Wolfsburg are without starting keeper Diego Benaglio with a tendon injury, defender Arne Friedrich who is not yet fit from a long-term injury along with midfielders Thomas Hitzlsperger, Hasan Salihamidzic and Sebastian Schindzielorz as they recover
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Chelsea FC: Analysis of Fernando Torres' Failures - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Keep in mind, West Ham United were destined for relegation and were without their inspirational captain Scott Parker, and Avram Grant had played a 4-3-3 formation in which Thomas Hitzlsperger, the anchor of midfield, was a bad tackle away from being
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Wolfsburg to stand by Magath - ESPN
Google News - over 5 years
"Thanks to people like Christian Trasch, Thomas Hitzlsperger, Hasan Salihamidzic or Patrick Ochs, we will soon see a real team again.'' Schalke fans have seen the formation of a successful team over the last few weeks with three wins in a row taking
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Thomas Hitzlsperger
  • 2014
    Age 31
    On 8 January 2014, he became the highest-profile footballer to come out as gay to date.
    More Details Hide Details Hitzlsperger said that he had only realised that he was gay in the past few years. On 9 April 2011, Hitzlsperger was caught travelling in his Range Rover at on the A14 in Suffolk. On 14 July 2011, he was fined £750 and was given six penalty points on his driving licence by Bury St Edmunds Magistrates' Court. However, he was spared a driving ban as he was at the time unemployed and claimed he needed his car to drive around the country and look for a new club. VfB Stuttgart Germany
  • 2013
    Age 30
    In September 2013, aged 31, Hitzlsperger announced his retirement from football citing the strain of "many transfers and some injuries".
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    On 11 January 2013 he signed an extension to his contract, keeping him at the club until the end of the season.
    More Details Hide Details At the end of the season, he was released along with Ján Mucha.
  • 2012
    Age 29
    On 19 October 2012, Hitzlsperger joined Premier League club Everton, after a spell on trial with the club, on a short term contract until January 2013.
    More Details Hide Details He made his debut for the Toffees coming on as an 86th-minute substitute for Nikica Jelavićin a 2–1 victory against Sunderland at Goodison Park. He made his first Everton start away to Reading on 17 November.
  • 2011
    Age 28
    On 17 August 2011, Hitzlsperger signed for Bundesliga club Wolfsburg on a three-year deal, after being released by West Ham three months earlier.
    More Details Hide Details His contract was terminated at the end of the season. He played for Stuttgart and Wolfsburg 131 matches in the Bundesliga and scored 20 goals in the German top flight.
  • 2010
    Age 27
    Hitzlsperger signed a three-year deal with Premier League club West Ham United in June 2010, but due to an injury did not make his debut for the Hammers until an FA Cup fifth round match against Burnley on 21 February 2011, a game in which he scored in the 23rd minute of a 5–1 win with a "trademark thunderbolt" from 25 yards.
    More Details Hide Details Hitzlsperger made his league debut for the East London club six days later in a 3–1 win against Liverpool at the Boleyn Ground. He scored his first league goal for West Ham in the 3–0 home win against Stoke City on 5 March. At the end of the season West Ham were relegated to the Football League Championship and Hitzlsperger's contract was terminated.
    On 31 January 2010, Hitzlsperger moved to Lazio on six-month contract, for around €550,000.
    More Details Hide Details He scored his only goal for Lazio on 15 May in a 3–1 win against Udinese.
  • 2009
    Age 26
    On 1 December 2009, he was deposed as team captain by Stuttgart's new manager Markus Babbel.
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  • 2008
    Age 25
    On 22 July 2008, he was appointed the new captain by manager Armin Veh following the departure of Fernando Meira.
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  • 2007
    Age 24
    On 14 August 2007, Hitzlsperger extended his contract until the summer of 2010.
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    In June 2007, Hitzlsperger split after an eight-year relationship from his longtime girlfriend, Inga, just one month before they were due to get married.
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  • 2006
    Age 23
    He scored his first international goals on 6 September 2006, in a European Championship qualifying game against San Marino.
    More Details Hide Details Hitzlsperger came on as a second-half substitute to score Germany's 9th and 11th goals in the 13–0 win, a record victory in European Championship qualifying matches. Germany's coach Joachim Löw included Hitzlsperger in his squad for the finals of Euro 2008, but did not start him in any of the three group games. Hitzlsperger came on as a second-half substitute in the victories over Poland and Austria, and did not feature at all in the defeat to Croatia. In the knockout stages however, he started all three matches, helping his team to overcome Portugal in the quarter-finals and setting up Philipp Lahm for a 90th-minute winner against Turkey in the semifinal. Germany were defeated 1–0 by Spain in the final, in which Hitzlsperger was substituted in the second half. Hitzlsperger remained first choice in 2010 World Cup qualifying, playing in all matches save one and scoring a goal, but he missed out on his nation's World Cup squad in June 2010. His international career ended on 11 August 2010 – with his 52nd cap.
    Hitzlsperger also represented the German national team, earning 52 caps and being selected for the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Following a series of injuries, he retired from football in September 2013. After his retirement, he came out as gay, the highest-profile footballer to do so.
  • 2005
    Age 22
    Hitzlsperger signed for VfB Stuttgart in the summer of 2005, having left Aston Villa on a Bosman free transfer.
    More Details Hide Details He became a regular for Stuttgart, particularly in his second season in which the team won the Bundesliga title. Hitzlsperger made a large contribution to their success, playing in 30 of the team's 34 league matches and scoring seven times. He scored a crucial equaliser in the 27th minute of Stuttgart's final match of the season against Energie Cottbus – had Stuttgart lost that match, Schalke 04 would have won the title. In the end, a 63rd-minute goal by Sami Khedira secured the title for Stuttgart.
  • 2004
    Age 21
    He was then called up to the senior side by Jürgen Klinsmann and made his debut in a 2–0 win against Iran in Tehran on 9 October 2004, replacing Bernd Schneider in the 68th minute.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared at the 2005 Confederations Cup, and also at the 2006 World Cup, where he failed to make it into Klinsmann's starting eleven, playing just 11 minutes of the third-place play-off match against Portugal.
  • 2002
    Age 19
    Hitzlsperger moved into the Aston Villa first team following the arrival of new manager Graham Taylor. On 14 December 2002, his last-minute 30-yard strike past Russell Hoult sealed a 2–1 win over rivals West Bromwich Albion.
    More Details Hide Details He later played a significant part in the Aston Villa side that finished sixth under David O'Leary, before falling out of favour the following season. Hitzlsperger left Aston Villa as a fan favourite, and stated that he might return to the club when the opportunity comes. He gained the nickname (The Hammer) during his time at Villa Park, due to his powerful left-foot shot from long-range. A fluent speaker of English, he acquired an unusual Brummie-German hybrid accent during his spell at Villa.
    On 20 April 2002, away to already relegated Leicester City, he hit the post after five minutes, from which Peter Crouch opened the scoring from the rebound; Hitzlsperger later scored his first senior goal in the 2–2 draw, from a solo run.
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  • 2001
    Age 18
    Whilst at Aston Villa, Hitzlsperger was briefly loaned out to Second Division club Chesterfield during the 2001–02 season, making his debut in a 1–0 home win against Kidderminster Harriers in the Football League Trophy second round.
    More Details Hide Details On 21 November, his link was extended for another month. In all he made six appearances for the Spireites, five of which were in the league. He was recalled by Aston Villa during the second month of the loan spell however, as the Birmingham club had several players injured or suspended.
    He made his Aston Villa debut in a 3–0 home defeat to Liverpool on 13 January 2001 as an 84th-minute substitute for Jlloyd Samuel; it was his only appearance during his first season in England.
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  • 2000
    Age 17
    After a short trial with Celtic in August 2000, Hitzlsperger joined Aston Villa on a free youth transfer from Bayern Munich.
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  • 1988
    Age 5
    After joining the VfB Forstinning youth team in 1988, Hitzlsperger signed to the Bayern Munich Junior Team, but agreed to leave at the end of the 1999–2000 season.
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  • 1982
    Born on April 5, 1982.
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