Alexander Meier

Alexander Meier (born 17 January 1983) is a German footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or as a forward for Western Sydney Wanderers in the A-League. He was the 2014–15 Bundesliga top scorer with 19 goals in 26 games.

Alexander Meier
Personal information
Full name Alexander Meier
Date of birth (1983-01-17) 17 January 1983
Place of birth Buchholz, West Germany
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Forward
Club information
Current team
Western Sydney Wanderers
Number 14
Youth career
1988–1989 JSG Rosengarten
1989–1990 TuS Nenndorf
1990–1995 TSV Buchholz 08
1995–1998 Hamburger SV
1998–1999 MSV Hamburg
1999–2001 Hamburger SV
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 FC St. Pauli 25 (7)
2003–2004 Hamburger SV 4 (0)
2004 Hamburger SV II 6 (0)
2004–2018 Eintracht Frankfurt 336 (119)
2019 FC St. Pauli 16 (6)
2019– Western Sydney Wanderers 8 (1)
National team
2006 Germany U21 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 October 2019

Career

Early career

Meier began his professional career with FC St. Pauli in 2002. In the 2001–02 season, Meier appeared on matchdays 32 and 33.[1] In the 2002–03 season, he became a regular fixture appearing in 23 league matches and two cup matches.[2] He signed his first professional contract on 10 April 2003.[3] He moved to local rivals Hamburger SV in 2003; signing a three–year contract.[4] Borussia Mönchengladbach also inquired about Meier.[3] In his only season, he made four league appearances for the first team and six appearances for the reserve team.[5]

Eintracht Frankfurt

2004–09

Meier signed for Eintracht Frankfurt on 1 July 2004,[6] and made his debut for the club in a 2. Bundesliga match against Alemannia Aachen,[7] which finished in a 1–1 draw[7] with him scoring the goal for Frankfurt.[7] He then played in the next four matches without scoring.[8] He then scored in two consecutive matchdays when Frankfurt defeated Rot-Weiß Oberhausen 6–2 and drew Rot-Weiss Essen 4–4.[8] In between matchdays, he scored against Greuther Fürth in the DFB-Pokal.[9] He would not scored again until matchday 21 when he scored from the penalty spotagainst LR Ahlen.[8] He scored three goals against Energie Cottbus on matchday 33 on 15 May 2005.[10] He scored nine goals in 34 league matches and one goal in three cup matches.[8]

He made his season debut on matchday one in a 4–1 loss to Bayer Leverkusen[11] on 4 August 2005.[12] His first goal of the season came on 14 October 2005 against MSV Duisburg in a 1–0 win.[13] He then scored the following week on 21 October 2015 in a 6–3 win against 1. FC Köln.[14] He then scored two goals against Schalke 04 in a 6–0 cup win on 25 October 2005.[15] The scoring streak stopped on matchday 10 against Werder Bremen.[11] The following week, Meier scored two goals against Arminia Bielefeld.[11] He scored against Hamburger SV and Bayern Munich in back–to–back matchdays.[11] however, Frankfurt lost to Hamburg 2–1[16] and Bayern Munich 5–2.[17] Meier started, and played 90 minutes, in the cup final.[18] Meier scored seven goals in 33 league matches and three goals in five cup matches.[11]

Meier made his season debut in a 1–1 draw against Schalke on matchday one.[19] He also made his European debut on matchday one of the UEFA Cup group stage in a 2–1 loss to Palermo.[19] On 23 September 2006, in a 1–1 draw against VfB Stuttgart,[20] Meier scored his first goal of the season.[19] He also scored a goal in each of the following two weeks against Hamburg and Hannover 96.[19] On 2 November 2006, in the UEFA Cup group stage, Meier was sent–off for a second bookable offence in a 1–1 draw against Celta de Vigo.[21] He scored six goals in 29 league matches and one goal in four cup matches.[19] He failed to score in any of his three UEFA Cup matches.[19]

On 5 August 2007, Meier made his season debut in a 4–1 cup win against Union Berlin.[22] He scored three goals in the match.[22] He made his league debut on 11 August 2007 against Hertha BSC.[23] He scored a goal each on matchdays two and three and two on matchday five.[24] Meier came up with a knee injury against Borussia Dortmund in a cup match.[25] Then on 4 March 2008, it was announced that Meier would have knee surgery.[26] He had not played since October 2007[26] and finished the season with four goals in 11 league matches and three goals in two cup matches.[24]

Meier made his season debut on matchday one on 17 August 2008 in a 2–0 loss to Hertha BSC,[27] his second match on 20 September 2008 in a 1–0 loss to Schalke,[28] and his third match on 23 September 2008 in a 2–1 cup loss to Hansa Rostock.[29] He didn't play again until a 2–1 loss to Hertha BSC on matchday 18.[30] He finished the season with three goals in 19 league matches.[30] He didn't score in his only cup match.[30]

2014–present

Meier finished the 2014–15 season with 19 goals in 26 games[31] despite his campaign being cut short by injury with seven games remaining. This made him the league's top scorer, with two more than Bayern Munich pair Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski.[32]

In the 2015–16 season, Meier scored 12 goals in 19 games.[33] In February 2016, Meier suffered a knee injury which caused him to pause until the end of the season.

On 14 July 2016, Eintracht Frankfurt confirmed that Meier has extended his contract until 30 June 2018.[34] He finished the 2016–17 season with five goals in 25 appearances.[35]

His only appearance during the 2017–18 season was on matchday 33 against Hamburger SV.[36] He scored a goal in the match.[36]

On 28 May 2018, Eintracht Frankfurt announced that the expiring contract of Alexander Meier would not be extended.[37]

Return to St. Pauli

In January 2019, Meier returned to former club FC St. Pauli having agreed a contract until the end of the season.[38] On 23 May 2019 the club announced, that he would leave at the end of the season.[39]

Career statistics

As of match played on 18 October 2019.
ClubSeasonLeagueCupEuropeOtherTotalRef.
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
St. Pauli2001–02Bundesliga 200020 [1]
2002–032. Bundesliga 23720257 [2]
Totals25720277
Hamburger SV2003–04Bundesliga 40000040 [5]
Hamburger SV II2003–04Regionalliga Nord 6060 [5]
Eintracht Frankfurt2004–052. Bundesliga 349313710 [8]
2005–06Bundesliga 337533810 [11]
2006–07Bundesliga 296413[lower-alpha 1]0367 [19]
2007–08Bundesliga 11423137 [24]
2008–09Bundesliga 19310203 [30]
2009–10Bundesliga 3410323712 [40]
2010–11Bundesliga 24230272 [41]
2011–122. Bundesliga 3217203417 [42]
2012–13Bundesliga 3116103216 [43]
2013–14Bundesliga 228206[lower-alpha 2]73015 [44]
2014–15Bundesliga 2619112720 [31]
2015–16Bundesliga 1912102[lower-alpha 3]02212 [33]
2016–17Bundesliga 21540255 [35]
2017–18Bundesliga 110011 [36]
Totals33611932119720379137
St. Pauli2018–192. Bundesliga 16600166 [45]
Western Sydney Wanderers2019–20A-League 210021 [46]
Career totals38913334119720434151
  1. Appearances in UEFA Cup
  2. Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  3. Appearances in Bundesliga relegation play-offs

Honours

Club

Eintracht Frankfurt

Individual

References

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