christian ziege - fact file

2001 - 2004            defender/midfielder

Born on 1st February 1972 in Berlin, Germany.

Position :  Defender/Midfield

Height : -  1.86m  (6' 1")

Weight : -  -  82kgs    (12st 12lbs)

Following an unhappy spell being unable to break into the Liverpool side, Ziege decided that his future lay away from Anfield.  In July 2001, Tottenham signed the German international for around 4 million.

Starting his career in lower league clubs in Germany, he soon attracted the attention of Bayern Munich, only leaving there to go to AC Milan.  Found pushed into the shadows in Italy, Middlesbrough took him on and he did well there for a season until Liverpool made great efforts to prise him away from the Riverside.  It is surprising then, that having paid 5.5 million for the player, that they then proceeded to play him only sporadically and he eventually did not fit into the pattern that they were to play.  Some controversy surrounded his move to Anfield and later, a claim that the Merseyside club had been tipped off about a clause in his contract allowed them to sign him for less than his true vale, thus incurring a fine from the FA.

With the World Cup 2002 in Japan and Korea, Ziege needed to be playing first team football to ensure he was included in the German squad and thus he went up for transfer.  A proposed move back to Germany with FC Schalke 04 fell through, allegedly because they could not meet his wage demands, although the official excuse was he was not the type of player they were looking for.  Tottenham then was his only outlet and he showed in the friendlies in pre-season for 2001-02 that he could add an attacking dimension on the left wing to match that of Carr on the right.  His addition to the squad also strengthened the weakness that had been evident on the flank for a number of years.

Won his 60th cap in August 2001 as a sub in a friendly against Hungary and went on to start in all the German World Cup 2002 games apart from the Final, in which he made an appearance from the subs bench.

Started the 2002-03 season injured from a pre-season match, but returned quickly to add his crossing skills to the side.  He also scored some cracking goals (free-kick against Arsenal and a scorcher against WBA), before suffering a seemingly innocuous knock against Charlton Athletic at Christmas, which saw him rushed into hospital after the game.  One emergency operation later and he had been saved from losing his leg and maybe his life after the muscle had gone into a case of compartmentalisation syndrome.  This ruled him out for the rest of the season, but his good progress, considering the doctors thought he might not play again, saw him feature in the last game of the season at home to Blackburn Rovers.

Just when he had been training throughout the summer to build up his leg, he took a knock against Wycombe Wanderers and the muscle had produced some pain, which kept him out for almost another three months.  Spurs missed his supply line from the left in his absence, but returned to the side late in the season which coincided with a poor run at the end of the 2003-04 season.

Christian was allowed to leave the club in the summer of 2004 to join German side Borussia Moenchengladbach on a free transfer.

Ziege was a true professional and brought his experience and quality to the Tottenham side, when it would have been easy for him to go through the motions and pick up his wage packet.  His crossing and free-kicks were the most stand-out contributions, but his general help to other players and the level of performance make him one of the better imports Spurs have signed through the years.

NICKNAME :  Zagger

Career Record
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
FC Sudstern 08 Berlin (Germany) 1978 ?? ??  ?? ??
TSV Rudow Berlin (Germany) 1981 ?? ??  ?? ??
Hertha 03 Zehlendorf (Germany) 1985 ?? ??  ?? ??
Bayern Munich (Germany) 1st August 1990 - ??  ?? ??
AC Milan (Italy) 1st August 1997 ?? ??  ?? ??
Middlesbrough 31st July 1999 4,000,000 ??  ?? ??
Liverpool 25th August 2000 5,500,000 ??  ?? ??
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 27th July 2001 4,000,000 ??  55 10
Borussia Moenchengladbach (Germany) 9th June 2004 ?? ??  ?? ??
- ?? ?? ??  ?? ??

German international
68 full caps;  9 goals
11 Youth caps; ?? goals
German Championship winners medal 1993-94, 1996-97 (Bayern Munich)
UEFA Cup winners medal 1995-96 (Bayern Munich)
European Championship winners medal 1996 (Germany)
German Championship winners medal  (Bayern Munich)
Italian Championship winners medal 1998-99 (AC Milan)
UEFA Cup winners medal 2000-01 (Liverpool)
FA Cup winners medal 2000-01 (Liverpool)
League Cup winners medal 2000-01 (Liverpool)
League Cup runners-up medal 1999-2000 (THFC)

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Married his Hungarian wife Hilda on 4th January 2994, but they were separated after a year and divorced in 1996.

Married his second wife Pia on 23rd December 1997.
Pia had a daughter Katharina, who was 9 years old, from a previous relationship.
A son Alessandro-Christian was born on 13th February 1998 and a daughter Maria in May 1999.

When playing at Middlesbrough, the family lived in the village of Yarm, just outside Middlesbrough.

Christian enjoyed playing tennis, billiards and backgammon; enjoyed using his computer and watching Formula 1 motor racing.
While he was with Bayern Munich, Ziege collected American baseball caps and gridiron football caps.  His collection was donated to a children's hospital.

Christian and his family enjoy Italian food and he loves to spend time with them.

As a young boy, Ziege bet his father a crate of lemonade that he would open day play for AC Milan.

His motto is "Don't dream through your life, live your dreams !"
His lucky charm is a gold cross on a chain he wears around his neck.

On the advice of his chiropractor, he wore a brace on his teeth during his time at AC Milan, which converted his physical strength into faster running speed.

He has the following tattoos to commemorate his children ...
A sun with a letter K under it on his right upper arm for Katharina
A picture of his son on his left upper arm
The name of Maria on his wrist

Christian donates money to his old clubs - TSV Rudow Berlin and Hertha 03 Zehklendorf - for youth projects.
He also supports Peter Maffay's Musical fairy story "Tabaluga" and the Munich "Arche Noah" (NOah's Ark) project, which helps sick children of families who have financial problems.



What they said about Christian Ziege
Manager Glenn Hoddle ... on Ziege's injury on Boxing Day 2002, which lead to decompartmentalisation  30.12.2008 (The Times)

"If left untreated, I don't want to think about what might have happened.  Complications with blood supply can be very dangerous.  Phoning our doctor saved him.  It was a dead leg, he had ice on it after the game and we didn't worry about it, but it grew to double the size."
The surgeon has done a fantastic job and his health has to come first and foremost, but it will be very difficult for him to come back this season."

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What Christian Ziege said about ...
... the leaving of Middlesbrough ...  .. ()

"A few idiots have adorned my house in Middlesbrough with rotten eggs.  There was also a murder threat in the mailbox."

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Season League FA Cup League Cup UEFA Cup
2001-02 - - - -
2002-03 - - - -
2003-04 7 + 1 as a sub (0 goals) 1 (1 goal) 1 (0 goals) -

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