Holger Badstuber is a German footballer who plays as a defender for Bayern Munich in the Bundesligaand the German national football team. Though his profile is primarily that of a centre back, he is a capable of playing left back. From 2002 to 2007, he progressed through the youth setup at Bayern Munich. He played for Bayern's reserve team before signing professional terms in July 2009. He made his debut in the first league game of the 2009–10 season, against Hoffenheim and has been a regular in defence. He scored his first senior goal, a powerful free kick, against Borussia Mönchengladbach on 4 December 2009. On 4 February 2010, Bayern Munich announced that Badstuber had signed a new contract that would keep him at the club until 2014.
He was first called up to the senior team as part of the provisional squad for the 2010 World Cup. He made his debut in a warm-up match againstHungary on 29 May coming on as a substitute for Arne Friedrich. He started in Germany's opening group game againstAustralia at the Durban Stadium, playing the full 90 minutes at left-back and helping the team to a 4–0 victory, it was only his third match in the Germany jersey. After the erratic World Cup, Badstuber improved his performances with consistency and established himself as a starting lineup defender in Löw's team. He helped Germany to win all 10 matches of the Mannschaft's qualification campaign for Euro 2012 to top group A by playing nine out of a possible ten matches. Badstuber started the first game for Germany in UEFA Euro 2012 helping the team to a clean sheet against Portugal in which the Germans won 1–0.
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