Steve Cherundolo

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Steve Cherundolo
Steve Cerundolo 2011.jpg
Cherundolo with Hannover in 2011
Personal information
Full nameSteven Emil Cherundolo
Date of birth(1979-02-19) February 19, 1979 (age 33)
Place of birthRockford, Illinois, United States
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing positionRight back
Club information
Current clubHannover 96
Number6
Youth career
1997–1998Portland Pilots
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1999–Hannover 96348(7)
National team
1999United States U204(0)
1999–United States85(2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 3, 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of September 13, 2012
 
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Steve Cherundolo
Steve Cerundolo 2011.jpg
Cherundolo with Hannover in 2011
Personal information
Full nameSteven Emil Cherundolo
Date of birth(1979-02-19) February 19, 1979 (age 33)
Place of birthRockford, Illinois, United States
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing positionRight back
Club information
Current clubHannover 96
Number6
Youth career
1997–1998Portland Pilots
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1999–Hannover 96348(7)
National team
1999United States U204(0)
1999–United States85(2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 3, 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of September 13, 2012

Steven Emil "Steve" Cherundolo (born February 19, 1979 in Rockford, Illinois)[1] is an American soccer defender who is the captain of Hannover 96 of the German Bundesliga, where he has spent his entire club career. He played for the United States men's national soccer team at the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups.

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Early life

Cherundolo grew up in San Diego, California and attended Mt. Carmel High School in Rancho Peñasquitos.[2] As a youth he played for the La Jolla Nomads club team which won the California State Championship six times with him on the roster.

Before joining Hannover, Cherundolo played two years of college soccer at the University of Portland, from 1997 to 1998. In his freshman season, he was named the West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year.

Career

Hannover 96

Cherundolo training with Hannover in April 2008

Cherundolo joined Hannover 96, then playing in the 2. Fußball-Bundesliga, for the end of the 1998–1999 season, and quickly received first-team action, playing in four games his first year. Coming into the 1999–2000 season, Cherundolo established himself at the right back position, starting consistently before suffering a knee injury that kept him out of the end of the season, and ended his chances of playing for the U.S. Olympic team. Cherundolo continued to establish his place in the team during the 2000–2001 season, earning playing time in eighteen games, including ten starts. In the 2001–02 season, he started thirty of thirty-four games for the team, as he helped the team gain promotion to the 1. Bundesliga. Cherundolo maintained his position in the 2002–03 season, starting thirty-three games for the team, while collecting three assists. In the 2003–04 season, Cherundolo continued his consistent play, appearing in thirty-three games for the club.

Premier League side Bolton Wanderers agreed to a deal with Hannover for Cherundolo in 2005, but he declined, opting to remain in Germany. He signed another contract extension with Hannover in the summer of 2007.

Cherundolo has established himself as a leader at Hannover, and was appointed team captain shortly before the start of the 2010–11 season.

International career

Cherundolo parlayed his success in the Bundesliga into a role with the United States national team. Cherundolo made his debut against Jamaica on September 8, 1999. Although he was on the roster for the 2002 FIFA World Cup (a late injury replacement for Chris Armas), Cherundolo himself was injured in training shortly before the event began and was unable to play. In the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Cherundolo sustained a knee injury from a tackle that prematurely ended his participation in the tournament. On March 22, 2006, Cherundolo played in a friendly match with the national team against Germany, including some teammates from Hannover 96. He scored his first international goal in the 4–1 loss. On May 2, 2006, Cherundolo was named to the U.S. roster for the FIFA World Cup in Germany. Cherundolo missed out on the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup due to another injury but returned to captain the U.S. during the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[3] Cherundolo was one of seven defenders named to the USA squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

International goals

#DateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
01.March 22, 2006Westfalenstadion, Dortmund, Germany Germany
1 – 4
1 – 4
Friendly
02.November 17, 2007Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg, South Africa South Africa
1 – 0
1 – 0
Friendly

Personal

Fans and teammates call him by his nickname "Dolo". He speaks English and fluent German.[4] Due to his long-standing tenure with Hannover, he has been given the nickname "Mayor of Hannover."[5] He married Mandy Rosier on New Year’s Eve 2009.[6]

Career statistics

Club

Statistics accurate as of September 16, 2012.[7]

Club performanceLeagueCupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeagueAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
GermanyLeagueDFB-PokalDFB-LigapokalEuropeTotal
1998–99Hannover 962. Bundesliga80000080
1999–001201000130
2000–011801000190
2001–023012000321
2002–03Bundesliga3301000340
2003–042902000310
2004–053223100353
2005–062211000231
2006–073323000362
2007–083302000350
2008–091701000180
2009–102611000271
2010–113301000340
2011–122202000110330
2012–133010004080
TotalGermany348721100703658
Career total337721100703658

International

Statistics accurate as of February 29, 2012.[8]

National teamYearAppsGoals
United States199910
200000
200180
200210
200350
200460
2005100
200671
200751
200880
200960
201080
2011130
201210
Total792

Honors

Club

Hannover 96

International

United States

References

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