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Alexander Merkel (Kazakh: Александр Меркель; born 22 February 1992) is a Kazakh-German professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Eredivisie club Heracles Almelo.[2]

Alexander Merkel
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Personal information
Full name Alexander Merkel
Date of birth (1992-02-22) 22 February 1992 (age 27)
Place of birth Almaty, Kazakhstan
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Heracles Almelo
Number 52
Youth career
0000–2003 JSG Westerwald
2003–2008 VfB Stuttgart
2008–2009 Milan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Milan 6 (0)
2011–2013 Genoa 19 (1)
2012Milan (loan) 1 (0)
2013–2016 Udinese 6 (0)
2014Watford (loan) 11 (1)
2014–2015Grasshopper (loan) 6 (0)
2016 Pisa 0 (0)
2016–2018 VfL Bochum 13 (0)
2018 Admira Wacker 15 (1)
2018– Heracles Almelo 32 (0)
National team
2007 Germany U15 2 (0)
2007–2008 Germany U16 15 (1)
2008 Germany U17 3 (0)
2009 Germany U18 2 (0)
2010–2011 Germany U19 2 (1)
2011 Germany U20 1 (0)
2015– Kazakhstan 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 July 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21 March 2019

Contents

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Born in Kazakhstan to parents of German ancestry,[3] Merkel moved to Germany in 1998, aged 6.[4] There he started playing football with amateur team JSG Westerwald, before joining VfB Stuttgart at the age of 11.[5]

MilanEdit

In 2008, at age 16, Merkel transferred to Italian side Milan.[6] During his time in the club's youth system, he was a member of the under-20 side who won the Coppa Italia Primavera in 2010, 25 years after the team's last success in the competition.[7]

Merkel received his first call-ups for the senior team during the 2009–10 campaign, but he was never fielded nor named on the bench.[8][9][10] At the beginning of the following season, he took part in some pre-season games, putting up good performances.[4] Merkel eventually made his first-team official debut on 8 December 2010, coming off the bench in a UEFA Champions League group stage game against Ajax, He also came off the bench against Tottenham on the 75th Minute for Kevin-Prince Boateng[11] on 6 January 2011, he also made his league debut, figuring in the starting line-up for a match against Cagliari.[12] Merkel went on to score his first professional goal on 20 January, as Milan pulled off a 3–0 win over Bari in the Coppa Italia round of 16.[13] In total, he made ten appearances, six of which were in the league, throughout the season.

GenoaEdit

At the beginning of the 2011–12 season, Merkel joined Genoa in co-ownership with Milan, for €5 million, which, in turn, signed Stephan El Shaarawy in a same type of deal, for €10 million.[14][15] Merkel made his official debut for the club in 4–3 win over Nocerina in third preliminary round of the Coppa Italia, on 20 August 2011.[16] Merkel made his first assist of the season with a left-footed cross to Marco Rossi in the Juventus 2 – 2 Genoa match. On 17 January 2012 he returned to Milan on loan from Genoa. He made his official re-debut wearing Milan's red-black shirt on 18 January, winning 2–1 over Novara in the 16th round of the 2011–12 Coppa Italia. Genoa bought the remaining 50% of his rights for another €5 million on 23 May 2012 making him a full Genoa player, as well as El Shaarawy moved to Milan for another €10 million.[17][18]

UdineseEdit

On 3 January 2013 50% registration rights of Merkel (€4 million) and Masahudu Alhassan (€1.5 million) were sold to Udinese Calcio for a total of €5.5 million, as part of Antonio Floro Flores's deal.[19] In June 2013 Udinese acquired them outright for another €1.78 million (€1.16 million and €620,000).[19]

Watford (loan)Edit

On 3 January 2014, Merkel joined Watford on loan from Udinese until the end of the season.[20]

Merkel made his debut from the start in a 1–0 defeat to Reading on 11 January 2014, but he was sent off in second half stoppage time after a lunge on Nick Blackman. Merkel scored his first goal for Watford in a 3–0 home win against Barnsley on 15 March 2014.

Grasshopper (loan)Edit

On 14 July 2014, Merkel signed for Grasshopper Zürich on a season long loan deal from parent club Udinese.[21]

PisaEdit

On 21 July 2016, Merkel joined his former Milan teammate Gennaro Gattuso, who served as manager at Pisa. However, after Gattuso suddenly left the club on 31 July 2016, Merkel was released by the club on 14 August 2016.[22]

VfL BochumEdit

On 15 August 2016, Merkel signed with Bochum.[23]

Admira WackerEdit

On 5 February 2018, Merkel signed with Austrian club Admira Wacker.[24] He signed his first goal in the match against Wolfsberger AC.

Heracles AlmeloEdit

On 29 July 2018, Merkel signed with Eredivisie side Heracles Almelo.[25]

International careerEdit

Merkel made his international debut for Germany U-15 in a 4–1 win against Switzerland and has since represented Germany at all levels of youth international football up to under-19. In a December 2010 interview, he stated that he "dreams" of going on to play for the senior team one day.[5]

In another December 2010 interview he said that he is interested in representing Russia.[26] Russian Football Union president Sergey Fursenko and Russia's coach Dick Advocaat both commented saying that he can't be called up as he does not actually possess Russian citizenship. Merkel noted that naturalization should not be a problem, considering that an American-born Jon Robert Holden played for the Russia national basketball team.[27]

In February 2011, Merkel's adviser Arthur Beck, father of German international Andreas Beck, confirmed the player's renewed wishes to be capped for Germany.[28]

In March 2015, Merkel decided to play for Kazakhstan national football team.[29] He made his debut against Iceland in a qualifying match for Euro 2016.

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 27 May 2018[22]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Milan 2010–11 Serie A 6 0 2 1 2[a] 0 10 1
Genoa 2011–12 Serie A 13 0 1 0 14 0
2012–13 6 1 1 0 7 1
Total 19 1 2 0 0 0 21 1
Milan (loan) 2011–12 Serie A 1 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
Udinese 2012–13 Serie A 5 0 0 0 5 0
2013–14 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Watford 2013–14 Championship 11 1 0 0 11 1
Grasshopper 2014–15 Super League 6 0 2 0 3[b] 0 11 0
Udinese 2015–16 Serie A 1 0 0 0 1 0
Pisa 2016–17 Serie B 0 0 0 0 0 0
VfL Bochum 2016–17 2. Bundesliga 11 0 0 0 11 0
2017–18 2 0 1 0 3 0
Total 13 0 1 0 0 0 14 2
Admira Wacker 2017–18 Bundesliga 15 1 0 0 15 1
Career total 77 3 9 1 5 0 91 4
  1. ^ Appearances in the Champions League
  2. ^ One appearance in the Champions League and two in the Europa League

InternationalEdit

As of match played 24 March 2019[30]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Kazakhstan 2015 1 0
2019 2 0
Total 3 0

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Alexander Merkel at WorldFootball.net
  3. ^ "Doppel-Pass: Moskau lockt "sowjetische" fußballer". sueddeutsche.de (in German). Süddeutsche Zeitung. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2011.
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  5. ^ a b "Alexander Merkel: 'Milan ist ein Weltverein'". dfb.de (in German). Deutscher Fußball-Bund. 16 December 2010. Archived from the original on 25 May 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2010.
  6. ^ "E il multietnico Merkel resta in prima squadra". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 2 August 2010. p. 6. Retrieved 9 December 2010.
  7. ^ "Il Milan del futuro vola con Verdi e Zigoni". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 15 April 2010. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
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  10. ^ Enzo Vasta (12 January 2010). "I convocati contro il Novara: Verdi a disposizione". milannews.it (in Italian). Retrieved 9 December 2010.
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  13. ^ "Match: AC Milan v Bari". ESPNsoccernet. ESPN. 20 January 2011. Retrieved 21 January 2011.
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  16. ^ "Il tabellino di Genoa-Nocerina". asgnocerina.it (in Italian). Associazione Sportiva Giovanile Nocerina. 20 August 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
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  19. ^ a b Genoa CFC SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 31 December 2013 ‹See Tfd›(in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA ‹See Tfd›(in Italian)
  20. ^ "Archived item". Archived from the original on 13 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  21. ^ http://www.wiesbadener-kurier.de/sport/national-und-international/fussball/auslandsfussball/merkel-wechselt-zu-grasshopper-zuerich_14328564.htm
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  23. ^ "VfL verpflichtet Alexander Merkel" (in German). VfL Bochum. 15 August 2016. Archived from the original on 18 August 2016. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  24. ^ "Merkel signed with Admira Wacker". Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  25. ^ "Merkel signed with Heracles Almelo". Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  26. ^ Полузащитник "Милана" Александр Меркель: Хочу сыграть в России на ЧМ-2018 (in Russian). Sovetsky Sport. 11 December 2010.
  27. ^ Про сборную России я уже все сказал! (in Russian). Sovetsky Sport. 14 February 2011.
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