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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 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

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 06 01 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