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Marcel Schmelzer

26-Year-Old Defender     Borussia Dortmund  Bundesliga


Germany

Birthdate:  January 22, 1988    Nationality:  Germany    Height:  5' 11"    Weight:  163 lbs    

December 18, 2014    Marcel Schmelzer News

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Schmelzer performed poorly and conceded two goals as Dortmund gained only a point Wednesday in a 2-2 draw with Wolfsburg.

Much like fellow full-back Erik Durm, Schmelzer found it difficult to get to grips with Wolfsburg's fluid attacking movement. He looked out of his depth, being weak defensively and offering little going forward. Dortmund's attacks struggled as a consequence, the team conceded a late equalizer and remain in relegation trouble.

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December 15, 2014

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Schmelzer was effective in both defense and attack but failed to keep a clean sheet as Dortmund lost 1-0 Saturday to Hertha Berlin.

Schmelzer has put in some decent performances since returning from a hand injury despite much of the Dortmund team being below par. He fought hard against Hertha Berlin, making more tackles than anyone on the team and offering an effective outlet going forward. Schmelzer also had a good attempt well-saved by Hertha goalkeeper Thomas Kraft in what was an impressive overall display by the full-back.

December 6, 2014

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Schmelzer kept a clean sheet as Dortmund defeated Hoffenheim 1-0 Friday.

Schmelzer put in a fine defensive display and also contributed significantly to Dortmund's swift attacks. Apart from sending in some dangerous crosses from the left wing, he managed to have an impressive four shots on goal. It was only Schmelzer's third league appearance of the season due to groin and hand injurues but on this showing he may well keep his place in the team ahead of the inconsistent Erik Durm.

November 27, 2014

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Schmelzer featured for the first time since injury on Oct. 4 in Dortmund's 2-0 loss Wednesday to Arsenal in the Champions League.

Schmelzer was back in action after breaking his hand against Hamburg in October. He failed to keep a clean sheet but did manage to play the entire 90 minutes, defending well enough but offering little going forward. Schmelzer was on decent form before injury and will give Jurgen Klopp a good alternative to inconsistent full-back Erik Durm.

November 5, 2014

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Schmelzer made a surprise early return Tuesday following a hand injury, making the bench in Dortmund's 4-1 Champions League win over Galatasaray.

Schmelzer was ruled out for a month after breaking his hand against Hamburg in October but made a return ahead of schedule by appearing on the bench in the Champions League. Although the defender didn't make a playing return, his inclusion in the squad is a clear indication that Schmelzer is back to fitness.

October 6, 2014

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Schmelzer has been ruled out for a month with a broken hand Bundesliga.com reports.

Schmelzer has joined Dortmund's extensive injury list after breaking his left hand Saturday and undergoing an operation in the evening. It's sad news for Schmelzer who has only just returned to the starting line-up after a groin injury, impressing in recent games with his defensive displays and dangerous set-pieces. "The operation went well" he says. "Now I have to work hard in order to get back on to the pitch as soon as possible." A struggling Dortmund side badly lacking in squad numbers must be desperately hoping that he will.

October 5, 2014

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Schmelzer kept his place in the starting line-up but could not prevent Dortmund losing 1-0 Saturday to Hamburg.

Schmelzer remained in the first team after impressing Wednesday against Belgian champions Anderlecht. Unfortunately he formed part of a static defence that was too easily opened up by the Hamburg front-line. He was influential going forward however with his forward runs and free-kicks, assisting Adrian Ramos' missed point-blank header. Will have a good chance of keeping his place for the next game as he offers much more creativity than other left-back option Erik Durm.

October 2, 2014

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Schmelzer kept a clean sheet and was a constant attacking threat as Dortmund easily overcame Anderlect 3-0 Wednesday in Champions League group D.

Schmelzer returned to first team action and played well, shutting out Anderlecht on the left wing and making several dangerous runs himself. He produced some great crosses and was unlucky not to score when opposition goalkeeper Silvio Proto just managed to keep him out. A much improved performance from a player who has struggled to find form this season and stakes his claim for a starting place at the weekend.