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Leonardo Jesus Loureiro Bittencourt (born 19 December 1993) is a German professional footballer who plays for Werder Bremen, on loan from 1899 Hoffenheim, as a midfielder.

Leonardo Bittencourt
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Bittencourt in training with Hannover 96 in 2013
Personal information
Full name Leonardo Jesus Loureiro Bittencourt
Date of birth (1993-12-19) 19 December 1993 (age 25)
Place of birth Leipzig, Germany
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Werder Bremen
(on loan from 1899 Hoffenheim)
Number 10
Youth career
2005–2010 Energie Cottbus
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Energie Cottbus II 4 (2)
2010–2012 Energie Cottbus 29 (2)
2012–2013 Borussia Dortmund II 12 (1)
2012–2013 Borussia Dortmund 5 (1)
2013–2015 Hannover 96 57 (5)
2015–2018 1. FC Köln 67 (11)
2018– 1899 Hoffenheim 22 (1)
2019–Werder Bremen (loan) 2 (0)
National team
2011 Germany U19 2 (0)
2013–2015 Germany U21 20 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:00, 22 September 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:03, 28 June 2015 (UTC)

Personal lifeEdit

Bittencourt was born in Leipzig, Germany. He is the son of Franklin Bittencourt, a Brazilian former professional player who played in Germany, and is now active as a coach.[1]

Club careerEdit

He began his career with Energie Cottbus.[2][3] On 1 December 2011, it was announced that Bittencourt had signed a four-year contract with Borussia Dortmund, effective from 1 July 2012.[1] He moved to Hannover 96 at the end of the 2012–13 season.[4]

On 13 July 2015, Bittencourt joined 1. FC Köln on a four-year deal keeping him at the club until 2019.[5]

On 28 April 2018, he played as Köln lost 3–2 to SC Freiburg which confirmed Köln's relegation from the Bundesliga.[6] After the team's relegation, Bittencourt was transferred to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim for a fee of €6 million.[7]

On 2 September 2019, SV Werder Bremen announced the signing of Bittencourt on a season-long loan deal.[8] It was reported the transfer includes an obligation for Werder Bremen to sign him permanently after the season for an estimated transfer fee of €7 million.[9]

International careerEdit

Bittencourt has represented Germany's youth teams, under 19 and under 21.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Fligge, Sascha (1 December 2011). "Bittencourt wechselt zum BVB" (in German). RuhrNachrichten.de. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
  2. ^ Leonardo Bittencourt at fussballdaten.de (in German)
  3. ^ Leonardo Bittencourt at Soccerway
  4. ^ "Hannover 96 verpflichtet Bittencourt" (in German). Hannover 96. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "LEONARDO BITTENCOURT SIGNS FOR 1. FC KÖLN". 1. FC Köln. 14 July 2015. Archived from the original on 14 July 2015.
  6. ^ https://www.bundesliga.com/en/news/Bundesliga/freiburg-cologne-line-ups-stats-pizarro-jonas-hector-nils-petersen-timo-horn-479345.jsp
  7. ^ https://www.swr.de/sport/fussball/bundesliga/1899-hoffenheim/Bundesliga-TSG-1899-Hoffenheim,bittencourt-102.html.SWR.de. Retrieved 1 July 2018
  8. ^ "Leonardo Bittencourt joins on loan from Hoffenheim". SV Werder Bremen. 2 September 2019. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  9. ^ Philippsen, Petra (2 September 2019). "Werder zaubert im Transferendspurt Bittencourt aus dem Hut". Buten und Binnen (in German). Radio Bremen. Retrieved 2 September 2019.