Peer Mertesacker Vermögen Mertesacker began his senior career at Bundesliga club Hannover 96 after being promoted from the youth systems. He made his senior league debut in November 2003. He was quickly called “the Defence Pole” (“die Abwehrlatte”) by German tabloids, and acquired a reputation for his outstanding disciplinary record, going 31 league games without being booked.
His time at the club was marked by his ability to read play and impede opponent attacks’ build-up play, establishing himself as a quiet-but-effective defender and a key member of the Bremen team that won the 2009 DFB-Pokal and placed second in the 2009 UEFA Cup.After receiving high accolades for his performances during the 2010 FIFA World Cup,
He eventually formed a strong bond with fellow defender Laurent Koscielny, and the two would go on to help Arsenal win the 2014 FA Cup, ending a nine-year trophy drought. A year later, he would captain and score for the team as they retained the cup, before becoming the club’s outright captain in 2016. In 2017, he would win the trophy for the third time in his career. Mertesacker represented Germany at the under-20 and under-21 levels before making his senior team debut against Iran in 2004. Mertesacker established himself as Germany’s first-choice centre defender for ten years, appearing in the UEFA European Championships in 2008 and 2012, as well as the FIFA World Cups in 2006, 2010, and 2014, winning the latter. He planned to retire in the near future.
Mertesacker was born in Pattensen, a small town on the outskirts of Hanover, and grew up playing football with his brothers at the local amateur club TSV Pattensen before joining Hannover 96, where their father was a part-time coach.As a young player, Mertesacker was neither a highly regarded prospect nor did he have any ambitions.
Mertesacker began his career with Hannover 96’s development system, where he played under his father Stefan, one of the young coaches, until the age of 15. He completed his ‘Abitur’ at Carl-Friedrich-Gauß-Schule, a comprehensive school in nearby Hemmingen known for its sports program, and then completed his ‘Zivildienst’ at a centre.However, he had a dismal game and was quickly replaced by veteran Steve Cherundolo at halftime and relegated to the reserve/amateur squad.Mertesacker was not regarded as a particularly good player at the time, and he had considered switching sports.During the second half of the season, he was called back into the first squad and helped Hannover 96 avoid relegation.