Wolfsburg 2009 – Where Are They Now?
Welcome to Wolfsburg 2009 – Where Are They Now? For this article, I’ve taken inspiration from the Football Manager feature of where they review a squad from a particular season and tell you where those players are now and what they are doing. In this installment, we will take a look at the Wolfsburg side that won the Bundesliga in 2009, which was the last time they won the Bundesliga and the last time that a side that was not Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund won the Deutsche Meister.
Current Age: 34
Appearances For Wolfsburg: 321
Diego Benaglio was a long servant to Wolfsburg and was definitely a fan favourite among the Wolfsburg faithful making 321 appearances for the club. Benaglio signed for the club just 6 months before the start of their title winning season of 2008/09. In this year he made 31 appearances playing in all but a few games in the Bundesliga. He left Wolfsburg in 2017 to sign for Monaco and has played there ever since.
Current Age: 35
Club: FC Schalke 04
Appearances For Wolfsburg: 147
Sascha Riether was the main right back for Wolfsburg in the season that Wolfsburg won the Bundesliga title. He made a total of 147 appearances for the club before he signed for Köln in 2011. After 2 years of being with the club he moved to the premier league and signing on loan for Fulham before eventually joining on a permanent basis in 2013. Sascha Riether then made his return to the Bundesliga in the following year, signing for Freiburg before only making 19 appearances for the club before moving to FC Schalke 04 in 2015 where he has been ever since.
Current Age: 37
Appearances For Wolfsburg: 94
Barzagli’s muscle and physique were what made him the marshall of the Wolfsburg back line throughout their 2008/09 campaign winning season and the impressive leadership that he showed was a key part of this success that Wolfsburg earned. Funnily enough, this wasn’t the peak of Barzagli’s career. The Italian centre back featured in all 34 Bundesliga games that season and it wasn’t long until other clubs across Europe started to pay attention to his performances. Juventus signed Barzagli for just 300,000 euros which in today’s market would be an unreal fee especially for a player who is still the first choice for Juventus at centre back and has won multiple trophies.
Current Age: 37
Appearances For Wolfsburg: 58
Ricardo Costa lined up alongside Andrea Barzagli at the heart of the Wolfsburg defence during the 2008/09 season. But mainly when their other main centre back Cristian Zaccardo was out through injury. He made 11 Bundesliga appearances and went on to play 58 times for Wolfsburg before signing for Lille on loan and then Valencia on a permanent deal in 2010. After time in Qatar and Greece, he moved to Spain and signed for Granada and then Luzern in Switzerland before returning to Portugal with his current side Tondela. Despite staying on the bench for 2004 final, Ricardo Costa also boasts a Champions League winners’ medal from his time at Porto under manager Jose Mourinho.
Current Age: 36
Club: Hamrun Spartans
Appearances For Wolfsburg: 23
Zaccardo only played for Wolfsburg for one season but there’s still enough success in that season to last specific players a lifetime. Zaccardo only made 14 appearances during the Wolfsburg 2009 title winners campaign due to injuries, which allowed Ricardo Costa to feature often in the side too. He only made a total of 23 appearances in total for the club before he moved back to Italy and signed for Parma, before signing for AC Milan in 2013. Zaccardo now plays his football for Maltese side Hamrun Spartans after short stints at Carpi and Vincenza.
Current Age: 34
Appearances For Wolfsburg: 312
Marcel Schäfer was a key part of the Wolfsburg 2009 Bundesliga side and played in the left back position for pretty much the entire season where he racked up 34 appearances for the club over the course of the season. A loyal servant to Wolfsburg, Schäfer stayed there for a number of years which saw him adding a DFB Pokal winners medal to his tally in the 2014/15 season. He made the move to the United Soccer League in 2017 by signing for Tampa Bay Rowdies where he has since retired from the game. But what a career for him and definitely a fan favourite amongst Wolfsburg fans.
Current Age: 39
Appearances For Wolfsburg: 200
Josué role in the Wolfsburg 2009 squad was to provide cover for the attacking midfielders to allow them to push higher up the pitch, he acted as an excellent deep lying playmaker during the Wolfsburg 2009 winning season. Josué was the captain and leader throughout this glorious spell of success, playing 33 matches during the course of the campaign as part of his total 200 appearances for the club before he left in 2013 after spending a joyful 7 years at the club. The anchorman played for Brazil during the 2010 World Cup but his only European glory came during his time at Wolfsburg but he has now retired for the game but his services will always be a lasting memory for Wolfsburg fans.
Current Age: 36
Appearances For Wolfsburg: 92
Zvjezdan Misimović was a gifted attacking midfielder and combined with Wolfsburg strikers Edin Džeko and Grafite in the key to their title win. He had previously played at Nürnberg the season before and after impressing for them, the Wolves signed the player their replacement for Marcelinho and what a signing that turned out to be. The Bosnian made 33 appearances in the 2008/09 season, providing the league highest 20 assists and scoring 7 goals. He continued to play well the following season, but unfortunately his time at the club came to an end as he was sold to Galatasaray but hardly featured in their side and was soon moved to Dynamo Moscow in March 2011. It was from there he moved to Beijing Renhe and retired in January 2017.
Current Age: 34
Club: Eintracht Frankfurt
Appearances For Wolfsburg: 159
Hasebe was not always in the starting 11 of this Wolfsburg squad but he did still make 25 appearances in the season that Wolfsburg won the Bundesliga title. He left Wolfsburg in 2013 and he stayed in Germany, signing for Nürnberg before moving to his current club Eintracht Frankfurt the following year.
Current Age: 33
Club: VFB Stuttgart
Appearances For Wolfsburg: 129
This midfield general Christian Gentner acted as the main link between both Josué’s defensive duty and Zvjezdan Misimović’s creative play. He made 34 appearances during the 2008/09 title winning campaign and provided 10 assists. In total, he played 129 times for Wolfsburg before re-signing for Stuttgart in 2010 where he has gone on to make over 250 appearances and is now the captain of the club.
Current Age: 32
Appearances For Wolfsburg: 142
Edin Džeko is probably the most high profile name on this list now but Edin Dzeko’s goal scoring record during his time at Wolfsburg was so good that it was only a matter of time until the European big boys wanted a piece of Edin Dzeko’s work. He scored 26 goals in 32 games and formed a deadly partnership with Brazilian forward Grafite especially during the season 2008/2009. After scoring 85 goals in 142 games for Wolfsburg, the Bosnian centre forward earned his big money move to the Premier League side Manchester City where he won two English premier league titles and an FA Cup. Eventually, Dzeko would find himself struggling to establish himself in the first team so he then he signed for Roma where he has become a key member of the squad. Recently became the first player to register 50 goals in the Bundesliga, Premier League, and Serie A.
Current Age: 39
Appearances For Wolfsburg: 130
Grafite was a pivotal part of this title winning campaign in 2009. He managed to bag 28 goals in 25 games for Wolfsburg during the Bundesliga season. Over the course of his 4 year tenure with the club, we would go on to score 75 goals in 130 games before he eventually left the club, signing for Al-Ahli in 2011. Grafite continued to go goal crazy for the Dubai-based club too, he scored 71 goals over three and a half seasons. From this, he decided to stay in the Middle East by moving to the Qatari side Al Sadd in February 2015. The final move of his career was returning to his homeland of Brazil, initially with Santa Cruz and most recently Atletico Paranaense before retiring in January 2018.
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