Michael Rensing

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Michael Rensing
Rensing with Fortuna Düsseldorf in 2015
Personal information
Full nameMichael Rensing
Date of birth (1984-05-14) 14 May 1984 (age 34)
Place of birth Lingen, West Germany
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Fortuna Düsseldorf
Number 1
Youth career
1988–2000 TuS Lingen
2000–2002 Bayern Munich
Senior career*
2002–2010 Bayern Munich II 114 (0)
2003–2010 Bayern Munich 53 (0)
2010–2012 1. FC Köln [1] 49 (0)
2012 Bayer Leverkusen II 1 (0)
2012–2013 Bayer Leverkusen 2 (0)
2013– Fortuna Düsseldorf 100 (0)
2017– Fortuna Düsseldorf II 2 (0)
National team
2004–2006 Germany U21 18 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 23 April 2018

Michael Rensing (born 14 May 1984) is a German footballer who currently plays as a goalkeeper for Fortuna Düsseldorf. He has also played for Bayern Munich II, Bayern Munich, 1. FC Köln, Bayer Leverkusen II, and Bayer Leverkusen.

Association football Team field sport

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.

The goalkeeper, often shortened to keeper or goalie, is one of the major positions of association football. It is the most specialised position in the sport. The goalkeeper's primary role is to prevent the opposing team from scoring. This is accomplished by the goalkeeper moving into the path of the ball and either catching it or directing it away from the vicinity of the goal line. Within the penalty area goalkeepers are able to use their hands, making them the only players on the field permitted to handle the ball. The special status of goalkeepers is indicated by them wearing different coloured kits from their teammates.

Fortuna Düsseldorf German association football club

Fortuna Düsseldorf[fɔɐ̯ˈtuːnaː ˈdʏsl̩dɔɐ̯f](listen) is a German football club in Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia. Founded in 1895, Fortuna entered the league in 1913 and was a fixture in the top flight from the early 1920s up to the creation of the Bundesliga in 1963. 2018–19 will be their 24th season in the Bundesliga, and their first since 2012–13.


Club career

Early career

Born of a German father and a Serbian mother, [2] Rensing joined Bayern in 2000 from TuS Lingen, [3] and went on to develop his talent in the club's youth sides.

Serbia Republic in Southeastern Europe

Serbia, officially the Republic of Serbia, is a country situated at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe in the southern Pannonian Plain and the central Balkans. The sovereign state borders Hungary to the north, Romania to the northeast, Bulgaria to the southeast, North Macedonia to the south, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina to the west, and Montenegro to the southwest. The country claims a border with Albania through the disputed territory of Kosovo. Serbia's population is about seven million. Its capital, Belgrade, ranks among the oldest and largest citiеs in southeastern Europe.

He made two appearances for the reserve side in the 2001–02 season [4] and spending the 2002–03 season in the German Regionalliga Süd, making 34 league appearances and a cup appearance, [5] and won a place in the UEFA Champions League squad at the start of the following campaign as he moved up the Bayern pecking order to become Oliver Kahn's deputy.

FC Bayern Munich II German association football team and the reserve team of FC Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich II are the reserve team of German association football club Bayern Munich. In 2010–11 they played in the 3. Liga, having qualified for its inaugural season in 2008, and have consistently played at the third level of German football — they played in the Regionalliga Süd from its formation in 1994 to 2008, when it was usurped by the 3. Liga. They have generally achieved at least mid-table finishes at this level, and won the Regionalliga Süd title in 2004. In 2010–11 Bayern II finished last in the 3. Liga and was thus relegated to the Regionalliga.

The 2001–02 Regionalliga season was the eighth season of the Regionalliga at tier three of the German football league system.

The 2002–03 Regionalliga season was the ninth season of the Regionalliga at tier three (III) of the German football league system.

Bayern Munich

Rensing playing for Bayern Munich in 2006 Michael Rensing.jpg
Rensing playing for Bayern Munich in 2006

Rensing made his Bundesliga debut on 21 February 2004, playing the entire 90 minutes of the 1–0 home win against Hamburger SV. [6] He also made an appearance against Schalke 04. [7]

Hamburger SV sports club in Hamburg, Germany

Hamburger Sport-Verein e.V.[hamˈbʊʁɡɐ ˌʃpɔʁt fɛɐ̯ˈʔaɪ̯n], commonly known as Hamburger SV, Hamburg or HSV[haː ʔɛs ˈfaʊ̯], is a German sport club based in Hamburg, its largest branch being its football department. Although the current HSV was founded in June 1919 from a merger of three earlier clubs, it officially traces its origin to 29 September 1887 when the first of the predecessors, SC Germania, was founded. HSV's football team had the distinction of being the only team that had played continuously in the top tier of the German football league system since the founding of the club at the end of World War I. It was the only team that played in every season of the Bundesliga since its foundation in 1963, until 2018 when the team were relegated for the first time in history.

FC Schalke 04 German association-football club

Fußballclub Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04 e. V., commonly known as FC Schalke 04, Schalke or abbreviated as S04, is a professional German football and multi-sports club originally from the Schalke district of Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia. The "04" in the club's name derives from its formation in 1904. Schalke has long been one of the most popular professional football teams and multi-sports club in Germany, even though the club's heyday was in the 1930s and 1940s. Schalke play in the Bundesliga, the top tier of the German football league system. As of June 2018, the club has 155,000 members, making it the second-largest sports club in Germany and the fourth-largest sports club in the world in terms of membership. Other activities offered by the club include athletics, basketball, handball, table tennis, winter sports and eSports.

Rensing saw action in four Bundesliga matches and two cup matches in 2004–05 season [3] and six Bundesliga matches in the 2005–06 season, [8] and saw his first Champions League nod for an injured Oliver Kahn against Milan on 21 February 2006 (Milan keeper Dida was injured during the match, so both sides finished with reserve goalkeepers in goal), which ended in a 1–1 draw. [9] On 15 April 2006, Rensing was involved in a strange incident prior to a match against Arminia Bielefeld. He took a warm-up shot that struck goalkeeper Oliver Kahn blackening his eye and forcing him to sit out the game. Rensing played in Kahn's place and Bayern went on to win the contest 2–0. [10] [11] In the 2006–07 season, he made a Bundesliga appearance against Borussia Mönchengladbach, [12] two cup appearances, [12] a league cup appearance [5] against Schalke 04, [13] and a Champions League match against Milan. [12]

FC Bayern Munich won the German double for the second time in three seasons, ensuring the first season for Felix Magath as manager was a successful one. With several German clubs suffering from financial difficulties at the time, the title race was a casual stroll for Bayern's star-filled squad, winning by 14 points, since sole rival Schalke 04 fell apart in the last month of the season. Among the key players in the success were Roy Makaay and playmaker Michael Ballack.

FC Bayern Munich won the domestic double, beating Werder Bremen by five points in Bundesliga, and defeating Eintracht Frankfurt 1–0 in the DFB-Pokal final, thanks to a goal from Claudio Pizarro. The season was in spite of that tainted due to a big defeat to Milan in the UEFA Champions League, losing out 5–2 on aggregate in the Last 16. At the end of the season, Bayern signed German football's wonderkid Lukas Podolski from Köln.

UEFA Champions League European association football tournament for clubs

The UEFA Champions League is an annual club football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and contested by top-division European clubs. It is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world and the most prestigious club competition in European football, played by the national league champions of the strongest UEFA national associations.

As Kahn moved towards the end of his career, Rensing gradually received more playing time, covering for Kahn in his final 2007–08 season on 10 occasions in the Bunesliga, [14] once in the Cup, [14] once in the league cup, [5] and six in the UEFA Cup. [14] Following Kahn's retirement in 2008, Rensing was given a chance as Bayern's first-choice goalkeeper, but was unable to cement his spot. He made 26 appearances in the Bundesliga, four cup matches, seven Champions League matches, and three reserve team matches. [15] Following a poor start to the 2009–10 season, his experienced teammate Hans-Jörg Butt replaced him as the Bavarian club's first-choice goalkeeper. Rensing had played on matchdays one, two, and three. [16] Although Rensing made a half-time substitute appearance for the unwell Butt in a 3–2 win at Werder Bremen on 23 January 2010 [17] and made three appearances in the DFB-Pokal, [16] and three matches for the reserve team. [16] Bayern opted not to renew his contract at the end of the season.

Prior to the beginning of the 2007–08 season, Bayern Munich underwent a major restructuring of the team, releasing or retiring nine players while adding ten others to the squad, most notably Luca Toni and Franck Ribéry. The season started with Bayern winning the DFB-Ligapokal, followed by a shootout win in the DFB-Pokal against Wacker Burghausen on 6 August 2007. On the first day of the 2007–08 Bundesliga season, Bayern achieved a 3–0 victory over Hansa Rostock. As the season progressed, Bayern continued in first in the league table, eventually winning the championship. Bayern also won the 2007–08 DFB-Pokal, thereby completing the double. International success was thwarted by Zenit Saint Petersburg, however, when Bayern suffered a 4–0 defeat in the second leg of the semi-final after a draw at home. The 2007–08 season was goalkeeper Oliver Kahn's last season with Bayern.

UEFA Europa League annual association football club competition organized by UEFA since 1971

The UEFA Europa League is an annual football club competition organised by UEFA since 1971 for eligible European football clubs. Clubs qualify for the competition based on their performance in their national leagues and cup competitions. It is the second-tier competition of European club football, ranking below the UEFA Champions League.

Hans-Jörg Butt German footballer

Hans-Jörg Butt is a retired German footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

In November 2010, Rensing joined Leicester City on trial [18] but rejected the subsequent contract offer. [19]

1. FC Köln

On 21 December 2010, Rensing moved to 1. FC Köln on a six-month contract. [20] He made 17 league appearances in the 2010–11 season. [21] Following his half-season at 1. FC Köln, Rensing was voted the No.3 keeper in Germany by kicker sports magazine. [22] Due to his strong performance, Rensing's contract with 1. FC Köln was extended two years to 2013. He made 32 league appearances and an appearance in the Cup during the 2011–12 season. [23] However, he was released by Köln upon the club's relegation in 2012. He finished his Köln career with 49 league appearances. [23]

Bayer Leverkusen

Rensing signed for Bayer 04 Leverkusen in August 2012, to serve as backup to Bernd Leno. In his only season for the club, he played in two league matches and a cup match for the first team and a league match for the reserve team. [24]

Fortuna Düsseldorf

Since 1 July 2013, Rensing has played for the second division team Fortuna Düsseldorf. Before the first match of the season Rensing stormed out of training and was thus dropped from the team for that match. The argument was concerning Fabian Giefer being selected as first choice keeper above him. Because of this he was told that he would not be picked for league games due to his "Childish reaction" over the incident. He ended up playing in five matches during the 2013–14 season. [25] In the 2014–15 season, Rensing has played in 12 of the first 13 games of the season in the 2. Bundesliga, and has also played in the single DFB-Pokal game. [26] He finished the season with 24 league matches played. [26] Rensing continued being the first choice keeper during the 2015–16 season [27] with the exception of the first round cup match against Rot Weiss Essen where Lars Unnerstall played. [28] Rensing finished the 2016–17 season with 34 league appearances and two cup appearances. [29] Rensing started the 2017–18 season by starting the first three league matches and the opening round of the German Cup. [30] Rensing picked up an injury against 1. FC Kaiserslautern. [31]

International career

Having been Germany's number one goalkeeper at the U-19 level, Rensing joined the hosts' squad at the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals, although he did not get off the bench. However, he had since become the first choice at U-21, helping his team qualify for the 2006 Euro Under-21 Championship. He is eligible to play both for Germany and Serbia.

Career statistics

As of matches played on 19 June 2018.
Club [5] Season [5] LeagueCupLeague CupContinentalTotalRef.
Bayern Munich II 2001–02 Regionalliga Süd 2020 [4]
2002–03 34010350 [5]
2003–04 150150 [5]
2004–05 18040220 [3] [5]
2005–06 220220 [8]
2006–07 200200 [12]
2009–10 3. Liga 3030 [16]
Bayern Munich 2003–04 Bundesliga 2000000020 [7]
2004–05 4020000060 [5] [3]
2005–06 6000101080 [5] [8]
2006–07 1020101050 [5] [12]
2007–08 100101060180 [5] [14]
2008–09 2604070370 [15]
2009–10 40300070 [16]
1. FC Köln 2010–11 Bundesliga17000170 [21]
2011–12 32010330 [23]
Bayer Leverkusen 2012–13 Bundesliga20101040 [24]
Bayer Leverkusen II 2012–13 Regionalliga West 1010 [24]
Fortuna Düsseldorf 2013–14 2. Bundesliga 500050 [25]
2014–15 24010250 [26]
2015–16 34000340 [27]
2016–17 34020360 [29]
2017–18 301040 [5]
Fortuna Düsseldorf II 2017–18 Regionalliga West 4040 [5]
Career totals3230230301603650



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