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Roman Petrovich Neustädter (Russian: Рома́н Петро́вич Нойште́дтер; born 18 February 1988) is a Russian professional footballer who plays for Dynamo Moscow in the Russian Premier League. Ethnically German and born in the Soviet Union, Neustädter played for Germany at various youth levels, then being capped twice by the Germany national football team in 2012 and 2013. He switched allegiance to Russia in 2016.[2]

Roman Neustädter
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Neustädter with Schalke 04 in 2015
Personal information
Full name Roman Petrovich Neustädter
Date of birth (1988-02-18) 18 February 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth Dnipropetrovsk, Ukrainian SSR, USSR[1]
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre back
Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Dynamo Moscow
Number 15
Youth career
1994–2006 Mainz 05
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 1. FSV Mainz 05 II 66 (9)
2008–2009 1. FSV Mainz 05 16 (0)
2009–2010 Borussia Mönchengladbach II 23 (3)
2009–2012 Borussia Mönchengladbach 59 (1)
2012–2016 Schalke 04 122 (7)
2016–2019 Fenerbahçe 71 (4)
2019– Dynamo Moscow 1 (0)
National team
2008 Germany U20 2 (0)
2009 Germany U21 1 (0)
2012–2013 Germany 2 (0)
2016– Russia 12 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 August 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 November 2018

Neustädter has often played as a defensive midfielder and centre back. While the former is his preferred position, he mostly played as the latter during his stint at Schalke.[3]

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Personal lifeEdit

Neustädter's mother is ethnic Russian. Neustädter's ancestors in the paternal line were ethnic Germans who lived on territories of Russian Empire and later, USSR. Following World War II, ethnic Germans were forcibly relocated by the Soviet government. Neustädter's family was relocated into Central Asia. He is the son of Peter Neustädter, a former Kyrgyz-born Kazakhstani footballer for Mainz 05 and former manager of Mainz 05 II.[4] He was born in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukrainian SSR, while his father was playing for Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.[5] He was raised by his mother and grandparents in Kyrgyzstan, while his father was still an active football player.[6] Due to his heritage and birth, he was eligible to play for Germany, Ukraine, Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan in international competitions.

On 30 May 2016, Neustädter was granted Russian citizenship, having received his new Russian passport at the Russian Consulate in Bonn.[7]

He is fluent in German, Russian, and English.[8]

Club careerEdit

Neustädter began his career in 1. FSV Mainz 05's youth team, before being promoted to Mainz 05 II in July 2006.[9] After playing in Mainz's first team during the 2008–09 season, he signed a three-year contract with Borussia Mönchengladbach.[10] With die Fohlen, Neustädter enjoyed a particularly successful 2011–12 season, finishing fourth and qualifying for the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League.

At the end of the 2011–12 season, Neustädter left Mönchengladbach and joined Schalke 04 on a free transfer, signing a four-year contract running until 30 June 2016.[11]

In July 2016, after turning down a new contract at Schalke, Neustädter signed a three-year deal at Fenerbahçe S.K. of Turkey.[12]

On 9 August 2019, he signed a one-year contract with Russian club FC Dynamo Moscow.[13]

International careerEdit

   
Neustädter training with
Germany in 2013
Neustädter playing for
Russia in 2018

Neustädter played twice for Germany U-20, making his debut as a substitute against Italy U-20 on 9 April 2008.[14] He scored a goal against Switzerland U-20 on 22 April 2008.[15]

The Football Federation of Ukraine has expressed interest in calling up Neustädter for their national team. Neustädter, who was born in Ukrainian SSR, has indicated that he would be likely to accept a call-up if asked. He would first require to obtain a Ukrainian passport in order to be eligible for national team duties.[16]

On 9 November 2012, Neustädter was called up for the Germany squad to face the Netherlands in a friendly match five days later.[17][18] He made his debut for Germany in this match as a late substitute for Schalke team-mate Lewis Holtby.

In January 2016, Neustädter met with members of the Russian Football Union in order to be able to possibly play for the Russia national team in the future.[19] On 21 May 2016, he was called up to represent Russia at UEFA Euro 2016.[20] On 1 June 2016, Neustädter made his debut for Russia, in a 2–1 friendly loss to Czechia, as a 64th-minute substitute.[21] He started Russia's first two games during the final tournament in France, where Russia failed to proceed through the group stage.[12]

On 11 May 2018, he was included in Russia's extended 2018 FIFA World Cup squad.[22] He was, however, not included into the final World Cup squad.[23]

International goalsEdit

As of 14 October 2018 (Russia score listed first, score column indicates score after each Neustädter goal)
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 14 October 2018 Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, Russia   Turkey 1–0 2–0 2018–19 UEFA Nations League B

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 20 May 2019[24]
Club performance League Cup Continental Other Total
Club League Season App. Goals App. Goals App. Goals App. Goals App. Goals
1. FSV Mainz 05 II Oberliga 2006–07 31 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 1
2007–08 25 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 5
Regionalliga 2008–09 10 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 3
1. FSV Mainz 05 2. Bundesliga 2008–09 16 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
Borussia Mönchengladbach II Regionalliga 2009–10 23 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 3
Borussia Mönchengladbach Bundesliga 2009–10 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2010–11 24 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 28 1
2011–12 33 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 38 0
Schalke 04 2012–13 31 3 2 0 8 1 0 0 41 4
2013–14 32 2 3 0 9 0 0 0 44 2
2014–15 29 2 1 0 8 0 0 0 38 2
2015–16 30 0 1 0 7 0 0 0 38 0
Fenerbahçe Süper Lig 2016–17 18 0 7 0 8 0 0 0 33 0
2017–18 32 3 9 0 3 2 0 0 44 5
2018–19 21 1 0 0 7 1 0 0 28 2
Career total 357 24 33 0 50 4 2 0 442 28

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Roman Neustädter". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  2. ^ https://sports.vice.com/ca/article/nobody-in-the-russian-team-knows-how-to-rap-squat-roman-neustadters-euro-2016-diary
  3. ^ "Mit Roman Neustädter an der Taktiktafel: Von Positionen und Räumen" (in German). Halbfeldflanke.de. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  4. ^ ""Als Mainzer geht man nicht nach Frankfurt"" (in German). spox.com. 25 June 2009. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Peter Neustädter". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  6. ^ "Роман НОЙШТЕДТЕР: "Ради сборной Украины готов расстаться с немецким паспортом"". dynamo.kiev.ua. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Russia name Euro 2016 squad with Schalke's Roman Neustadter the only pick playing outside of the country". Daily Mail. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Meet the Russia midfielder born in Ukraine but played for Germany". Mail Online. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Roman Neustädter" (in German). fsv05.de. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  10. ^ "Neustädter wird ein Borusse" (in German). kicker.de. 25 May 2009. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  11. ^ "Official: Schalke confirm summer signing of Roman Neustadter from Borussia Monchengladbach". ESPN Soccernet. 10 January 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  12. ^ a b "Fenerbahce complete signing of Schalke's Roman Neustadter". ESPN FC. PA Sport. 6 July 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  13. ^ "Роман Нойштедтер – в «Динамо»!" [Roman Neustädter at Dynamo!] (in Russian). FC Dynamo Moscow. 9 August 2019.
  14. ^ "Deutschland - Italien" (in German). dfb.de. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  15. ^ "Wormuth feiert erfolgreiches Debüt als U20-Trainer" (in German). 1asport.de. 6 September 2010. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  16. ^ "Fohlen Neustädter will für die Ukraine ran". Express.de (in German). 28 September 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  17. ^ "Mit Adler und Neustädter nach Holland". dfb.de (in German). 9 November 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
  18. ^ "Löw holt Adler zurück und beruft Neustädter". kicker.de (in German). 9 November 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
  19. ^ "Roman Neustädter hofft auf eine EM-Teilnahme" (in German). FC Schalke 04. 7 January 2016. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  20. ^ "Team Russia on Twitter: "Состав национальной сборной России на ЕВРО-2016!!! @TeamRussia #ЕВРО2016 #ОднаКоманда"". Twitter (in Russian). 21 May 2016. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  21. ^ "Czech Republic 2-1 Russia: Tomas Rosicky strikes as Czechs come back to win". Sky Sports. 1 June 2016. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  22. ^ Расширенный состав для подготовки к Чемпионату мира (in Russian). Russian Football Union. 11 May 2018.
  23. ^ Заявка сборной России на Чемпионат мира FIFA 2018 (in Russian). Russian Football Union. 3 June 2018.
  24. ^ Roman Neustädter at Soccerway

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