René Adler Biography

René Adler is one of the best goalkeepers in German soccer. His biography tells the story of a player who was expected to be the number one goalkeeper in Germany over several years, before an injury took him out and cost him this spot.


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René Adler was born on January 15th, 1985 in Leipzig, Germany. He is the son of Kerstin and Jens Adler.

He started his career playing for VFB Leipzig after Leipzig's youth coach saw him playing in school practice in 1991. Due to good performances, Adler moved to German Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen in 2000 to play for Leverkusen's youth and second team first.

Bayer Leverkusen

Adler lived together with his goalkeeping coach Rüdiger Vollborn, who is a really good friend of his today. He became part of the Bundesliga squad at the beginning of the season 2003/2004, but continued playing for Leverkusen's second team for the next three years.

He made his Bundesliga debut on February 25th, 2007 against Schalke, because number one goalkeeper Jörg Butt served a suspension. His performance was amazing and he was able to keep his spot in goal.

This situation changed in 2010/2011 when Adler got injured and Leverkusen signed youngster Bernd Leno to replace him.

Adler decided to leave Leverkusen in 2012 since he lost his spot in the goal. He moved to Hamburg in a free transfer because his contract expired.

Hamburger SV

René Adler signed a five-year contract. At first, Hamburg's fans were not sure about this transfer. Adler's salary was really high, and the previous year's goalkeeper, Drobny, had performed very well.

The fans' opinions changed after Adler had played his first games for Hamburg. He seemed to be even better than he was before his injury.


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Adler played for several German youth teams. He made his senior debut on October 11th, 2008 in a game against Russia. Experts expected him to be Germany's new number one goalkeeper since he seemed to be the greatest goalkeeper talent in Germany.

He was named Germany's number one in March 2010 and would have played in the World Cup, but a rib injury prevented his participation. He lost his spot to Manuel Neuer, who played a fantastic tournament.

Neuer was the new number one from then on.

Due to his good performances with Hamburg, Adler made his comeback for Germany in February 2013 against France. He is the number two now and will probably go to the World Cup in 2014.

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