|Full name||Arne Friedrich|
|Date of birth||29 May 1979|
|Place of birth||Bad Oeynhausen, West Germany|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Hertha BSC (sporting director)|
|1985–1987||FC Bad Oeynhausen|
|2002||Germany Team 2006||1||(0)|
|2014–2015||Germany U18 (assistant)|
|*Club domestic league appearances and goals|
He played 82 times for the Germany national team.
Friedrich was a very versatile player, playing full-back, centre-back and occasionally a midfield position. He represented his country on 82 occasions, scoring once. He participated in Euro 2004, World Cup 2006, Euro 2008 and the World Cup 2010.
In the 2000–01 season, Friedrich signed his first professional contract. Hermann Gerland, head coach of Arminia Bielefeld at the time, scouted Friedrich while playing for Regionalliga club SC Verl. Because of his convincing performance, Gerland decided to bring Friedrich to Bielefeld, where he immediately became a regular starter.
In 2004–05, Falko Götz named Friedrich captain, a role he kept for the remainder of his time at Hertha. He renewed his contract with Hertha twice which was due to run until 2012 with a performance-based option for an additional year. He made 231 matches in the German top-flight for the club from the capital.
On 19 September 2011, he was released from his contract at Wolfsburg due to long term injury.
In March 2012, Friedrich signed with the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer. He made his competitive debut for the club in a match against the Houston Dynamo on 16 April 2012. The game ended in a 1–1 draw. Friedrich scored his first MLS goal on 12 August 2012 in a match against Philadelphia Union. Friedrich was named the club's 2012 season's Defender of the Year. At the end of 2012 season, he extended his contract with Chicago Fire until the end of 2013.
As announced on 21 January 2013, Friedrich became a US permanent resident which allowed him to no longer occupy an international slot while playing for Major League Soccer clubs. Due to recurring injuries, Friedrich did not appear in any matches in 2013.
On 21 August 2002, he made his debut for the senior team against Bulgaria with in a 2–2 draw in Sofia. His first major tournament for the national team was Euro 2004 where he appeared in all three group matches that saw the German team was eliminated. On 21 December 2004, Friedrich captained Germany in a 5–1 friendly win over Thailand in Bangkok. He has captained the team three more time since.
In 2005, Germany took part in the Confederations Cup, as upcoming World Cup hosts. Friedrich took turns with Andreas Hinkel on the right wing-back position. The following year, he was part of the 23-man squad for the 2006 World Cup. Except the match for third place, which he missed due to an injury, Friedrich started all of Germany's games.
At Euro 2008, Friedrich was once again part of the German team, but was initially intended as a substitute. Following an injury to Marcell Jansen, he started the final group game and all three knock-out stage matches. The quarter-final was one of Friedrich's best international matches where he successfully shut down Portugal national team star Cristiano Ronaldo.
In March 2009, German coach Joachim Löw explained that he now planned Friedrich as a centre-back instead of the right wing-back position.
Friedrich was part of Germany's squad in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. After a Bastian Schweinsteiger solo run, he scored his very first international goal on his 77th appearance for Germany on 3 July 2010 in the 2010 World Cup 4–0 quarter-final win over Argentina.
Career as manager and executiveEdit
On 27 November 2019, Friedrich was hired as a performance manager at Hertha BSC under manager Jürgen Klinsmann, who was hired earlier on the same day. After six months as performance manager, Friedrich took over as sporting director in summer 2020. Shortly after, in December, he was appointed interim managing director after manager Michael Preetz was let go. After a successful five months as interim managing director, Friedrich went back to his role of sporting director in July 2021 while simultaneously being appointed to the executive board of Hertha BSC.
|Club||Season||League||National cup||League cup||Continental||Total|
- Scores and results list Germany's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Friedrich goal.
|1||3 July 2010||Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa||Argentina||3–0||4–0||2010 FIFA World Cup|
- "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010: List of Players: Germany" (PDF). FIFA. 12 June 2010. p. 11. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 October 2019.
- "Verletzungsprobleme: Arne Friedrich beendet seine Karriere" [Injury problems: Arne Friedrich ends his career] (in German). Spiegel Online. 23 June 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
- Arnhold, Matthias (2 September 2015). "Arne Friedrich - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
- Langer, Sebastian (3 July 2010). "Ein Tor mit 76 Spielen Anlauf" [A goal with 76 matches warm up]. Berliner Kurier (in German). Retrieved 4 July 2010.[permanent dead link]
- Dobbert, Steffen (2 July 2010). "Ich habe Sachen gelesen, die kotzen mich an" [I have read things that make me sick]. Die Zeit (in German). Archived from the original on 5 July 2010. Retrieved 2 July 2010.
- "Germany defender Friedrich quits Wolfsburg". Sports Illustrated. 19 September 2011. Archived from the original on 4 November 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
- "Fire acquire German World Cup veteran Arne Friedrich Chicago Fire Communications". Chicago Fire Soccer Club. 7 March 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
- "Recap: Rolfe, Friedrich power Fire to 3–1 win over Philly". 12 August 2012. Archived from the original on 15 August 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
- "Fire Announce 2012 Team Award Winners". 27 October 2012.
- "Fire Re-sign Defender Arne Friedrich". chicago-fire.com. 7 November 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
- "Arne Friedrich Receives U.S. Green Card". chicago-fire.com. 21 January 2013.
- Crandall, Jeff (11 March 2013). "Defender Arne Friedrich heads to Germany for hamstring treatment". chicago-fire.com. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
- "Chicago Fire Defender Arne Friedrich Returns To Germany To Receive Treatment For Hip Injury". chicago-fire.com. 29 May 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
- "Chicago Fire Defender Arne Friedrich Announces Retirement". chicago-fire.com. 23 June 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
- Zills, Anthony (23 June 2013). "Chicago Fire defender Arne Friedrich announces retirement from professional soccer". mlssoccer.com. Archived from the original on 20 August 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
- Matthias Arnhold (19 September 2013). "Arne Friedrich - International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
- "Match Report". FIFA. 3 July 2010. Archived from the original on 7 July 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
- "Arne Friedrich wird Co-Trainer beim DFB". sport1.de. 28 August 2014.
- ""Bild": Arne Friedrich wird Teammanager bei Hertha BSC". Die Welt (in German). 27 November 2019. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
- "Arne Friedrich wird Sportdirektor bei Hertha BSC". Hertha BSC (in German). 28 June 2020. Retrieved 29 October 2021.
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