(born 6 August 1980 in Diez
) is a German footballer
who plays as a goalkeeper
for Borussia Dortmund
in the German Bundesliga
Weidenfeller made his professional debut in 1997, after earning the Best Goalkeeper Award at the 1997 FIFA U-17 World Championship
. During his youth years, he played for Sportfreunde Eisbachtal
In 1998, Weidenfeller transferred to the 1. FC Kaiserslautern
youth team where he made 40 appearances in two seasons. He was then promoted to the first team but made only six league appearances in two seasons.
Weidenfeller moved to Borussia Dortmund
in 2002 on a free transfer
as a possible replacement for Jens Lehmann
, who moved to Arsenal
in 2003. Weidenfeller had reportedly been unhappy at 1. FC Kaiserslautern
, where he was used mainly as a backup to Georg Koch
. His debut for Dortmund came on 17 December 2003 against his former club, Kaiserslautern, in a 1–0 loss.
In 2005, Weidenfeller underwent surgery following a meniscus
tear in his left knee during training.
Early in the 2007–08 season, Weidenfeller was given a three match ban and fined €10,000 for insults leveled against Schalke
striker Gerald Asamoah
. Asamoah originally reported Weidenfeller after a match on 18 August 2007 between the two clubs, where the incident... Read More