Frank Rost

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Frank Rost
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Rost playing for New York Red Bulls in 2011.
Personal information
Full nameFrank Peter Rost
Date of birth (1973-06-30) 30 June 1973 (age 46)
Place of birth Karl-Marx-Stadt, East Germany
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position(s) Goalkeeper
Youth career
1981–1982 BSG Lokomotive West Leipzig
1982–1986 BSG Chemie Böhlen
1986–1991 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig
Senior career*
1991–1992 1. FC Markkleeberg 33 (0)
1992–1995 Werder Bremen II 94 (0)
1992–2002 Werder Bremen 147 (1)
2002–2007 Schalke 04 130 (0)
2007–2011 Hamburger SV 149 (0)
2011 New York Red Bulls 11 (0)
National team
2002–2003 Germany 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Frank Rost (born 30 June 1973) is a German former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper.


He comes from a sporting family background; his father Peter won a gold medal at the 1980 Olympic Games in handball, and his mother Christina, also a handball player, won the silver at the 1976 Summer Olympics and bronze at the 1980 Games.

Club career

Early career and Werder Bremen

Born in Karl-Marx-Stadt, Rost started his career at 1. FC Markkleeberg in the third German level. [1]

His play with Markkleeberg led to interest from Werder Bremen who signed Rost in 1992. After playing with Werder Bremen II Rost made his Bundesliga debut during the 1995–96 season and became first-choice keeper during the 1998–99 season. At the end of this season he helped Bremen win the 1998–99 DFB-Pokal. The final against Bayern Munich went to penalties and Rost scored a penalty himself before saving from Lothar Matthäus to win Bremen the cup. [2]

Rost was the second goalkeeper (after Jens Lehmann) to score from open play in the Bundesliga, when he scored on 31 March 2002 against Hansa Rostock. His goal was one of two goals Werder Bremen scored in the last minutes of the match to complete a comeback from a 3–1 deficit and win 4–3. [3] [4] At the end of the 2001–02 season the club finished in sixth place and qualified for the UEFA Cup.

Schalke 04

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Rost with Schalke 04

Rost moved to Schalke 04 in July 2002. He was a regular first-choice keeper at Schalke until he lost his starting position to youngster Manuel Neuer in late 2006.

Hamburger SV

In January 2007 Rost moved to then struggling Hamburger SV where he immediately became first-choice keeper and helped the team move from last to seventh place. His good form continued with the club, which made HSV fans to nickname him "Frost".

On 30 July 2009, Rost made his 100th international club appearance [5] in a third round Europa League qualifier. Hamburg beat Danish side Randers FC 4–0. Rost is the German record holder for UEFA Cup appearances. He has played 89 matches during his tenure in the now defunct competition. He left Hamburg at the end of the 2010–11 season, hoping to move abroad or become a coach. During his time in the Bundesliga Rost appeared in 426 league matches.

New York Red Bulls and retirement

On 13 July 2011, German daily tabloid Bild reported that Rost would be joining New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer. [6] Red Bulls confirmed the signing that day. [7] In the 2011 season with New York, Rost appeared in 11 regular season matches and posted five clean sheets. The club announced in January 2012 that it had been unable to agree terms with Rost and that he would not return for the 2012 season. [8]

Rost announced his retirement on 19 February 2012. [9]

International career

Rost was part of the East German national team at the 1989 FIFA U-16 World Championship, appearing in four matches. [10] Rost earned a total of four caps with the German national team, making his debut against the United States in 2002. [11]

Career statistics


Source: [12]

Werder Bremen 1995–96 Bundesliga 1500040190
1996–97 00000000
1997–98 20000020
1998–99 28030110420
1999–00 3404090470
2000–01 3400000340
2001–02 3412020381
Schalke 04 2002–03 Bundesliga3303060420
2003–04 27020100390
2004–05 31050140500
2005–06 32020140480
2006–07 702020110
Hamburger SV 2006–07 Bundesliga1700000170
2007–08 34040100480
2008–09 34050140530
2009–10 34020130490
2010–11 3001000310
New York Red Bulls 2011 Major League Soccer 1100030140
Career total437135011205841


Source: [13]


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