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Name Marc-Andre ter Stegen
Gender Male
Ethnic German
Job German Footballer
Desc Marc-Andre ter Stegen has become one of the most decisive players for Ernesto Valverde’s side in Europe, but he is also an important figure in the dressing room. His reflexes and tranquillity place him among the best goalkeepers in the world, while he is one of the favourites to win individual accolades for yet another season

Affiliation

Org Germany National Team
Club as Player Barcelona FC
  Borussia Monchengladbach

2018 04 09 Retrieve

[Expecting the unexpected might be one way for Ter Stegen and his Barca team-mates to guard against complacency in a tie many expect to be a formality from this point] Sometimes you need a bit of luck at this stage of the Champions League to progress. We’ve had good results so far this season and our game has improved every time we’ve been on the field. Tomorrow is another step, but it won’t be easy.

2018 04 14 Retrieve

[Marc-Andre ter Stegen writes about returning to play against his boyhood club Borussia Monchengladbach] When we arrived, everything was so familiar - but also just a little bit different. For the first time ever, I entered the stadium through the visitor’s entrance. I sat in the visitors changing room, something I had never done before in my senior career. Even walking out to the warm up, I had to correct myself to step onto the other side of the pitch. When I did, I looked up at the stands and all the supporters stood up and started clapping for me. It made me very emotional. I started to get goose bumps all over, and I couldn’t hide the tears in my eyes. Eighteen years, it’s a long time. That’s how long I was at Borussia. It was my life. And I was proud that the fans there still welcomed me. Leaving the pitch that night, though, I felt the difference. Monchengladbach will always be special to me. Monchengladbach will always be the place that shaped my career and that eventually allowed me to live every kid’s dream of playing at the Camp Nou

2018 08 13 Interview

[Marc-Andre Ter Stegen on family] Spending time with my family is very high-rated. It’s what I really like to do on my holidays. But also, I like to really be far away from everything just to disconnect and to be myself. Spending some time with my wife, which during the year is a bit difficult. And then I’m working on my physical strength which is the least I can do

[q: This season is an important one in La Liga because of the significance of the departure of Ronaldo from Real Madrid. How do you think that impacts the rivalry between the two clubs?] It doesn’t change. Of course, he was a very important player for Real Madrid and he will be a very important player for Juventus as well. For us, it doesn’t really change. They have so many good players that we need to be aware of. They’ll have a good season. It’s not just about Cristiano Ronaldo, even if he had a big impact for them. As I said before, we lost Andres Iniesta, who was a big personality and a wonderful player, and I think for them it will almost be the same

[q: What makes the rivalry between Barcelona and Real Madrid so special?] During all these years, both teams were very close to each other, and Barca came up recently a bit more. They’ve won a lot of trophies. We’re big rivals, of course, but then on the other hand we have the political situation in Spain. But I think we as football players we’re always just aware of playing football and we really want just to win our games for the fans, for the supporters, for us and for the whole club

[q: Is there another rivalry out there that catches your attention like this one?] I think it’s the biggest rivalry we can find worldwide. I think there are other really big matches out there but I think Real Madrid against Barcelona is always one of the biggest there is

[q: How hard was it for you to go to Russia and stay on the bench throughout the entire tournament for Germany?] Very difficult. You need to imagine that you had a good season and then you go with expectations to reach the World Cup and then in the end you’re not playing. Of course, it’s not fun being in this situation. I knew that even if I didn’t play, I had to be supporting the team – to be there for them 100 percent. I think it was the least I could have done, and I did it 100 percent as I always do. It was unlucky that we couldn’t go further than the group stage

[q: What do you think Germany can learn from the elimination, and what can you learn from your experience in Russia?] First of all, I think it’s very difficult to say now what we learned from it because we didn’t even play one game [after the group stage]. … We need to work on many problems. I think there was a lot of discussion after we got knocked out, so we need to [examine] things a bit differently now. There was a mix of discussions involving Mesut Ozil and some other players, but I think the most important thing is that we concentrate on football and be happy to be a part of the national team. I think this got lost in the last couple of years, so what we need to do is just be happy that we can play for such a wonderful nation and that we can play in front of over 80 million people every time we are on the field

Yeah, I think there will be a change, for sure. We’ll see how it works when we’re back with the national team, but now it’s just time to focus on the club level, which is, for me at the moment, way more important than the national team. We’ll see when we are back in September with the national team, then we’ll have another opportunity to talk about the national team

[q: What has been your initial impression of the Brazilian newcomers Malcom and Arthur?] I just got to know them recently, just a few days ago. I can mainly speak about them as a person, because it’s very difficult to assess in these two, three, four days. I think they fit very well into the locker room. Very interesting. I saw a bit in the match when they played against Roma [in Dallas], they’re very interesting football players with a lot of potential. For us, it’s very important that they feel comfortable with us and that they adapt very quickly. They’re Brazilian and speak Portuguese, which is not that far away from Spanish. It’s difficult maybe in the beginning, but step by step they’ll get used to it. I think it’s easier to adapt than a German- or an English-speaking player. … We are all at their disposal to explain what they need to know about Barca. And football is so international that everybody understands its language. There are not that many words needed

[q: Let’s talk about Lionel Messi. How hard is it stopping him in penalty kicks in practice?] I faced him once in an official match. It’s always better to have him on your team than playing against him. It’s not just about Messi. We have so many good players, but of course he can make the difference, but we have a lot of players that can make the difference as well. Every player who’s on the field can learn from Leo. It’s not just about football, we’re talking about a guy that’s mentally strong. Look at how many years he’s now played at a big level, always scoring, doing the work he’s doing every day and even getting better. This is what everybody could learn. He’s an idol in this respect for everybody, and one of the people that is working a lot on his own skills, not just looking at the others. He just wants to make himself and the team better, and everyone should think like this. It’s very easy to work with him – he’s a very humble guy, everybody has a good opinion about him – and when it comes to football, there are no words for what he’s capable of doing on the field

[q: Psychologically when it comes to defending a penalty kick, how do you try to gain an edge over the kick taker?] You prepare yourself. You know exactly what they did in the past. You know more or less where the kick will go. Of course, you can just see more or less what he’s done in the past, but you never know what he’s going to do. Everybody has a different style, so I wouldn’t want to talk about it since I’m [still] an active player. Everybody has their own style on how to face penalties as a goalkeeper – some aren’t [looking at their opponent], some do it more, some are moving and some not

[q: Were you always a goalkeeper growing up?] No, I started playing on the field and later I got to be the goalkeeper

[q: What position?] Ah, it changed. I had some different positions. At first I was a forward, and then step by step I kept moving back and now I’m here at the goal. This was my way

[q: People categorize you as a sweeper keeper, so do you think those childhood years playing different positioned may have helped?] To get a good feeling for other positions, for sure. But I was very young. It’s good to have an idea of what the others need to do, so for me at the end, it was always good to have skills with my feet. You have so many modern goalkeepers and they’re all different. There’s not just one type of modern goalkeeper. We have so many good goalkeepers in Europe. When you speak about so many goalkeepers, you speak about so many different styles, and it’s very interesting to see that every [club] has a very good goalkeeper, but different. I like to see differences and I like to talk about them

[q: How has the position evolved over the years?] Twenty years ago, you could receive the ball from your own [teammate] and lift it up. Even in this aspect, when this changed, it was very difficult to [adapt] to this change. I never had to deal with it because the rule had already been in place. From that point on, goalkeeping got more and more modern and different

[q: Soccer in the United States is growing, but it took a hit when the men’s national team didn’t qualify for the World Cup. What do you think is missing here in this country?] To be honest, I didn’t see a lot of MLS, but I know that it was very hard. You have different sports here in the U.S. – I was at the basketball game [recently] and it was totally crazy

[q: Which game?] When Miami won the [NBA Finals] trophy [in 2013]. I was in the city and I saw three games when they won it against San Antonio. [The atmosphere] was spectacular. When you compare it to football, maybe there’s some difference, but the sport is growing here and it has way more potential. And this is what we’re trying to do with the International Champions Cup. You see differences but we’re getting closer

MLS, I think physically is very good, but also in Germany, Spain and England there are things to improve. It’s very interesting for [Americans] to see the difference and what to work on. For us, the people here are very interested in football. You can fill the stadiums easily when you have a big game coming up. The people like football, it’s not that they don’t like it … it’s a bit shorter than [American] football, so for the people it gets more and more interesting

[q: What’s one of your favorite things about America? Is it the food, the movies, the music, the culture? Maybe the sports?] The music is good. I was at the basketball game. When you talk about soccer or football, you need to point out that basketball is way bigger here than in Europe

[q: Is basketball probably it for you?] I mean, I was at the big games

[q: Is there a basketball team you root for in the United States?] I was just in Miami, so if I had to pick a team it would be Miami. To be honest, I really like what LeBron James is doing. It’s very interesting to follow him a bit

[q: He’s in Los Angeles now] Yeah, I know. Also, physically how strong he is. We always want to be at the top [as an athlete] and when you see a personality like him who is working a lot on their skills, it’s very interesting and good to see

2019 09 17 Retrieve

[Marc-Andre Ter Stegen hits back at Manuel Neuer for ‘inappropriate’ Germany comments] I would like to say something about this. You cannot say we have competition for the goalkeeper position and then expect the players to be happy with the situation if they don’t play. Football is about happiness but also disappointment

Manuel Neuer does not need to comment on my personal feelings and measure them, I’d say. It’s my own opinion. If you think about the last few years, you realise that I always behaved well and what Neuer and other people have said is not fair

His remarks were inappropriate but I don’t want to say much more. I want to end this controversy

[Ter Stegen’s immediate priority is to help sure up Barca’s defence, with the Catalans having conceded seven goals in their opening four La Liga games of 2019-20] We’re trying to stop the goals going in but things haven’t come off. It’s not what we expected. We have to improve. There have been mistakes that we can easily correct. We’ve spoken about it

2019 10 24 Retrieve

[Marc-Andre ter Stegen has criticised his Barcelona teammates after they scraped past Slavia Prague] It is necessary to talk about some things. We have to do it between ourselves, I will not say it here, but there are things to improve - a few of them. This is an internal matter as well, I don’t want to do it here

I would like to talk to those who were on the field first. They scored against us right on the first chance of the second half. This can’t happen to us, I was quite alone. He doesn’t do anything special, he takes a pass and it’s just ahead of the goal

We have things to improve, that’s a tactical thing that we didn’t go back to 100 per cent. That’s it, things that happen during a game. On a personal level I always want to be there. If I can help the team, even better. In the first half we had chances against us in which we were not well placed but these are things that happen

2019 10 25 Retrieve

[Marc-Andre Ter Stegen remarks after Barcelona’s unconvincing win in Prague] We haven’t played at the level we wanted. Luckily, we’ve taken all three points, which is obviously the most important thing. But I think we need to talk about some things

2019 11 26 Retrieve

[Ter Stegen admits to ‘ups and downs’ at Barcelona as sights are locked on Champions League crown] It was a year of many ups and downs, as often happens. Obviously, both [Barcelona] and I always strive to be as successful as possible. We won a lot of games but unfortunately couldn’t make it to the Champions League final. Nevertheless, I think we had a good year overall as a team

[He added on the lessons Barca have taken from the last 12 months] We’re always trying to improve. Last season we won the league and had a lot of ambitious goals. Unfortunately, we failed to realise them in the Champions League and Copa del Rey. But that’s football. You never know what’s going to happen, although I think we took lot of experience from it and can learn from the bad things that happened

[Pressed on whether recapturing that trophy is a main goal for 2020] Yes, always, every year. That’s an easy question to answer. At this club we always want to win every available title. Every one of them is important, and the Champions League, obviously, even more so. We’ve started well and want to go a very long way [in the competition].

2019 11 30 Retrieve

[Marc-Andre Ter Stegen explains how Germany have some distance to go before they reach their full potential] We made changes and the system is a little different. It’s not uncommon to have some highs and lows. The team is younger than before, with less experience, but we played important games against the Netherlands, which helped us develop. However, there’s still room for progression ahead of EURO 2020

2019 12 02 Retrieve

[Ter Stegen believes the victory over Atletico will boost Barcelona’s confidence for the challenges ahead] These matches make us grow as a team and that is what it is about. We knew that it is a very difficult game. It is normal that they have made chances, because they have a lot of quality. But defensively we have played well and in the end we have scored a goal that helped win an important game

2019 12 17 Retrieve

[Ter Stegen tight-lipped over Barcelona future] In football you never know what’s going to happen. I want to make the club happy and leave my mark. These are the games that you look forward to, they are the ones that get people excited. Previously, the political situation was tense and it meant that the game could not have been played. You have to understand the circumstances and play it safe. Real Madrid is always a dangerous game for us. They had some problems at the start of the season, just like us. The league has become stronger, especially physically. There are no simple games anymore

[The goalkeeper also explained his stance on the speculation surrounding his unhappiness with the German national side] I did not play in my first Clasico - I was a little angry because I want to play in every game, of course. I improve a little every day - even if it’s only small things. My goalkeeper coach Jose de la Fuente is relatively critical and always sets new targets to get the best out of us goalkeepers. You have to respect the opinions of others. I do that and others should do it too - and that’s the end of the topic. For me, the debate [over the Germany goalkeeper position] wasn’t the big deal that the press made it into. I try to perform, to offer myself again and again and to make it difficult for the national coach. That’s all I can do

2020 01 03 Retrieve

[Barca keeper Ter Stegen expected to sit out Espanyol clash & Supercopa de Espana through injury] He’s had some tendon problems for a while and at one point we considered he could be out for a little while. That moment is now. He won’t be available tomorrow and we think it’ll be difficult for the Supercopa

[Asked if Ter Stegen needs an operation] I don’t know. We haven’t talked about that. Our idea is that these discomforts go away with time. Luis, like Leo and Vidal, came back okay and we’ll see how they are [in training]. Based on that, we’ll decide for tomorrow

[Arthur is expected to be sidelined for three weeks with a groin injury] It’s a setback that he’s not here. I won’t deny it. I don’t want it to be like last year, when he was limping. We need the player at 100 per cent.

[Valverde sees no reason why the issue could affect Vidal’s involvement in the team] I know that this has been talked about, but I think it’s a difference in criteria, but I don’t think it has to have an impact on the sporting side of things. He’s training well and it will have to be he who settles things with the club. In contractual matters, there will always be discrepancies, and this will be resolved internally. Arturo is training normally, and he has the same enthusiasm as ever

2020 01 07 Retrieve

[Low’s decision to stick with Neuer despite promises of more minutes for his understudy has annoyed Ter Stegen, who sparked a public war of words over his reserve status] It’s not easy to find an explanation. This trip with the national team has been a tough blow for me

2020 02 24 Retrieve

[Ter Stegen won’t rush into new Barcelona contract] I have two years left on my contract, my family and I are very happy here, we are at home. The intention is to continue. At the moment there are conversations, but loose ones, because there is no hurry on my part. I am very focused on my work, we have some very tough weeks ahead and we want to win. I leave the whole contract subject to my agent, who is the one who is dedicated to it and who informs me of everything

Every year the Champions League is in focus, it is a very good competition that we all have the hunger to go far in and achieving something that is very difficult. We have a game that will be very difficult but we know that we are going to put everything we have to get a good result and finish the work at Camp Nou. Let’s go step by step as that has always helped us

2020 03 26 Retrieve

[Ter Stegen has stated that he will not be rushing into any decision regarding his future] I have two years left on my contract, my family and I are very happy here, we are at home. The intention is to continue. At the moment there are conversations, but loose ones, because there is no hurry on my part. I am very focused on my work, we have some very tough weeks ahead and we want to win. I leave the whole contract subject to my agent, who is the one who is dedicated to it and who informs me of everything

2020 03 29 Retrieve

[Ter Stegen: People laugh when I tell them I don’t know anything about football] People laugh when I tell them I have no idea about football. I don’t see a lot of football, except when there are good games or when I’m particularly interested in one because I have a relationship or a friend. Sometimes they ask me for a player’s name and I have no idea. In La Liga, for example, it happens to me with names. I don’t know what they are called. But later, when they show me the video, I realise that I know exactly who it is. I remember better how they move on the field, how they kick or stand out. It is a bit strange, it happens to me when we analyse opponents

[lockdown has given people a chance to realise and appreciate the important things in life] It can be analysed from a negative point, because we cannot leave the house, but I don’t see it that way. It’s a circumstance that makes us value much more the things in which we can believe, which are more basic, but which, in the end, are also truly important. Regarding work, we are in contact every day with our trainers. It is necessary to maintain the form, although it is not yet known when we will return to play. What is normal? It is a very relative concept. I go to the supermarket, I like to walk. I try to be natural, do the things that do me good and be surrounded by the people who know me and who tell me the things I do well and the things I do wrong. My friends are the ones of a lifetime. I believe in the few, but good friends

2020 03 30 Retrieve

[Barcelona keeper Ter Stegen reveals his nutrition habits] I’m not a big fan of diets. I try to find the right balance. Everybody knows what is healthy and what’s not. Healthy food is fresh products, fresh food on the table. We try to do this. A lot of vegetables, a lot of fruit - but be careful with sugar. We aren’t 100 per cent strict with it. There are no bans, we mostly eat in a vegetarian way

The thing I miss the most is being on the pitch with my colleagues, my friends and playing in front of people, competing at the highest level. It’s difficult to hold back in the most important weeks of the season and to maintain the fitness level on your own. I pay a lot of attention to maintaining my level physically. There’s not much going on with the ball right now. I do different stuff. Right now I am working with a fitness app, doing challenges every day and finishing them

You should always try to see some positives in any situation, like being with your family now. We love being at home and we really enjoy our time together

2020 04 04 Retrieve

[Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen gives his perspective of the COVID-19 crisis] It can be analysed from a negative point, because we cannot leave the house, but I don’t see it that way. It’s a circumstance that makes us value much more the things in which we can believe, which are more basic, but which, in the end, are also truly important

2020 04 18 Retrieve

[Barcelona star Ter Stegen looking at the bright side of lockdown] In every negative situation, like the coronavirus pandemic, there are positives. We can be with our families and especially now, as he is growing so fast. It’s nice to be with him. In the beginning, it was challenging because of the lack of sleep. We had to find a way to do it and now Dani and I are doing very well

[Ter Stegen is sharing night-time duties with his wife as they tend to Ben’s needs] Normally it’s Dani, but now that I’m at home and I can make my own schedule, she made me as well. She said, ‘Maybe we can make it one night you, one night me’. It’s only one time which is nice, he lets us sleep easily. It’s one time, it’s nothing big. Then he goes back to sleep which is absolutely fine. I’m good, my family is doing good. We are at home as everybody should be and trying to spend some time together, trying to make things a bit easier even though it’s not a fun situation

[Just as with Ben’s nappy needs or middle-of-the-night feeds, Ter Stegen is attentive to Barcelona’s demands] We try to do whatever they say to do or what is necessary to do

2020 05 03 Retrieve

[Ter Stegen confirms Barcelona renewal has been put on hold] We have already had the first conversations. But as I said, we have parked it. There are much more important things. I am very happy here and the sporting situation is good, the team is doing well. What more can I ask for?

People laugh when I tell them I have no idea about football. I don’t see a lot of football, except when there are good games or when I’m particularly interested in one because I have a relationship or a friend. Sometimes they ask me for a player’s name and I have no idea

2020 06 01 Retrieve

[Marc-Andre ter Stegen says Borussia Dortmund’s Mario Gotze would definitely fit in the Spanish league due to his ability to handle the ball] Mario is a player who can handle the ball and advance the game. He would definitely fit in the Spanish league. Whether his goal is to play football - I don’t know. When we talk to each other, we never talk about football. For me, it is only important that he makes the right decision and that he is happy. It would suit a lot of clubs and can make a difference for many clubs

[Ter Stegen’s future at Camp Nou has also been the subject of speculation] We started discussions, then the corona issue came up, that’s not a situation where you have to talk about a contract. It’s about things that are much more important than football we decided to postpone it. I’m not without a contract in the summer. Basically, I feel good because my family is happy. You never know what’s going to happen in a few years

2020 06 01b Retrieve

[The Barcelona goalkeeper has expressed his belief that a move to Spain could suit the German playmaker when he leaves Westfalenstadion] Mario Gotze is a player who can handle the ball and advance the game. He would definitely fit in the Spanish league. Whether his goal is to play football - I don’t know. When we talk to each other, we never talk about football. For me, it is only important that he makes the right decision and that he is happy. It would suit a lot of clubs and can make a difference for many clubs.

[The 28-year-old, who has less than two years left to run on his existing contract, says negotiations stalled due to the coronavirus outbreak, but he remains content his current surroundings due to a stable balance between football and family] We started discussions, then the corona issue came up, that’s not a situation where you have to talk about a contract. It’s about things that are much more important than football we decided to postpone it. I’m not without a contract in the summer. Basically, I feel good because my family is happy. You never know what’s going to happen in a few years

2020 06 02 Retrieve

[Ter Stegen contract talks halted by pandemic but Barcelona goalkeeper insists he’s going nowhere] It’s not possible for me to leave this summer. There were already the first meetings between my agent and the club [regarding a contract extension], then the coronavirus issue came up and it was not time to discuss a contract. At a time when many people are concerned about their lives, we decided to postpone it. I feel good in Barcelona, ​​also because my family feels good.

[Ter Stegen believes Barca are in peak physical condition] Physically, we have rarely been at such a high level. And mentally we will be much more focused on the matches left. Despite being in a good position, Real Madrid will not give us anything. New football will, of course, be different, we do not have to fool ourselves, a game without an audience is not the most attractive thing, but the ball will roll and that is what pleases us.