Roman Weidenfeller is a German former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper for Bundesliga clubs Borussia Dortmund and FC Kaiserslautern as well as the German national team. Roman Weidenfeller made his first international appearance in a friendly match against England.
Table of Biography
Early Life and Childhood
Roman Weidenfeller was born on 6 August 1980, in Diez, West Germany his age is 42 years as of 2022 and he is known to be a German citizen by nationality and belongs to the German religion.
Similarly, Weidenfeller’s birth sign is Leo and currently, he stays in Germany. Moreover, his brother’s name is Heiko Weidenfeller his father’s name is Erhard Weidenfeller and mother’s name is Annerose Weidenfeller.
There is no information available regarding Weidenfeller’s schools, colleges, and academics. He might have done his schooling at a community school in Diez. He may have started to play football at an early age, and that’s why Weidenfeller might have skipped college.
Career and Professional Life
Regarding Weidenfeller’s career initially, during his youth years, he played for Sportfreunde Eisbachtal. In 1997, he then made his professional debut after his performances at the 1997 FIFA U-17 World Championship.
Weidenfeller joined the FC Kaiserslautern youth squad in 1998 and played 40 games in two seasons. He was later promoted to the first squad, however, he only appeared in six league games in two seasons.
Later, Weidenfeller joined Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer in 2002 as a possible replacement for Jens Lehmann, who joined Arsenal in 2003. Weidenfeller was dissatisfied at Kaiserslautern, where he was mostly employed as a backup to Georg Koch.
In a 1-0 loss to his previous club, Kaiserslautern, he made his Dortmund debut on December 17, 2003. In 2005, Weidenfeller had surgery following a meniscus tear in his left knee during training.
On May 6, 2013, Weidenfeller signed a contract extension with Borussia Dortmund, keeping him at the club until 2016. Moreover, On July 27, 2013, Weidenfeller won the 2013 DFL-Supercup with Dortmund 4–2 against rivals Bayern Munich.
Furthermore, on 5 February 2016, Weidenfeller signed a new one-year deal with Borussia, keeping him at the club until 2017. Moreover, On 9 May 2017, he extended his contract until 2018.
Weidenfeller then played in the game against Cameroon, which finished in a 2-2 tie. He made his third appearance in the next game, a 6-1 victory against Armenia. Both games were international exhibitions.
In June 2015, Weidenfeller made his debut for the German national team in a competitive match against Gibraltar during UEFA Euro 2016 qualification.
Awards and Nomination
Weidenfeller was called up to the German national team for the first time in November 2013, for a friendly match against Italy and England. On November 19, 2013, he earned his first cap against England at Wembley Stadium, making him the oldest German goalkeeper debutant.
Further, he was nominated as a reserve keeper behind Manuel Neuer for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Weidenfeller played many games in his football career. Following are his honors.
- Bundesliga: 2010–11, 2011–12
- DFB-Pokal: 2011–12
- DFL-Supercup: 2008, 2013
- UEFA Champions League Runner-up: 2012–13
- FIFA World Cup: 20
- FIFA World Cup: 2014
Additionally, he also won the Silbernes Lorbeerblatt award in his football career which is the highest sports award in Germany. Moreover, he was also cast in the movie The team(2014) which was a documentary movie about the victorious German national soccer team – called “Die Mannschaft” – and their journey to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Weidenfeller was a German former professional footballer and his net worth is around $5 million. Likewise, he received an $800k yearly salary during his professional football career.
Weidenfeller played many football matches. Moreover, during his career, he endorsed the Deichmann brand. However, he has not been seen in any collaborations with any other brands.
Roman Weidenfeller got married to his beautiful wife Lisa Weidenfeller in 2015 and they have one son named, Leonard Weidenfeller. Moreover, there is no information regarding his past affairs girlfriends, or divorce.
Weidenfeller received a three-match ban and a €10,000 fine for racial comments directed towards Schalke 04 striker Gerald Asamoah early in the 2007-08 season.
Asamoah first reported Weidenfeller following a match between the two clubs on August 18, 2007, when the event happened after a confrontation between the two in the 51st minute. Following the press reports, Weidenfeller apologized to Asamoah but denied making the comments.
Talking about his height Weidenfeller is 6 Ft 3 Inches tall and weighs 85kg. Moreover, Weidenfeller’s hair and eye color both are light brown and his shoe size is 7.
Roman Weidenfeller is very popular on social media. He has 318k followers on Instagram and owns Insta handle @romanweidenfeller. His Facebook account is Roman-Weidenfeller and has 2.m followers.