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Heiko Westermann (born 14 August 1983 in Alzenaumarker, Bavariamarker) is a Germanmarker footballer who plays as defender for Schalke 04 and Germany. Westermann is known for his good all-round abilities and goal scoring. He is a versatile player who can play any defensive position and has also played as a midfielder on occasion.

Club career

Greuther Fürth

Westermann began his professional career with 2. Bundesliga club Greuther Fürth. He joined the senior squad in July 2002 but didn't make his first appearance until 26 January 2003 in a 1–0 win over MSV Duisburg. He played a total of 92 games in his three seasons with the club, scoring five goals.

Arminia Bielefeld

Following the 2004–05 season, Westermann signed for recently promoted Bundesliga club Arminia Bielefeld. In his first season he played in every single game for Bielefeld, including 34 league and five DFB-Pokal matches. The following season Westermann remained an integral part of the team, missing only one match.

Schalke 04

He was transferred to Schalke in 2007 for a fee of €2.8 million. He played his first game for Schalke on 24 July in a Ligapokal fixture against 1. FC Nuremberg. Schalke won 4–2 with Westermann contributing one goal. Missing Schalke's first two league games through injury, Westermann made his Bundesliga debut for the club on 26 August 2007. He was substituted on in the 79th minute for Rafinha in a third round match against VfL Wolfsburg. For the remainder of the season, Westermann started all 31 of Schalkes Bundesliga matches. He was also instrumental in Schalke's Champions League campaign, being the only outfield player for the club to play every single minute.

With new coach Fred Rutten taking charge of Schalke for the 2008–09 season, combined with his keen eye for goal, Westermann has often been positioned in midfield. The current season has been Westermanns highest scoring yet. He scored both goals in a 2–0 DFB-Pokal win over Hannover 96. He also scored a goal in three consecutive Bundesliga matches including the equalizing goal in a 1–1 draw against Werder Bremen and a game winning goal against VfL Bochum.

National team

Westermann played his first match for the German national team in February 2008 against Austria. Germany won the match 3-0. Westermann was part of the German team that finished in second place at Euro 2008. He has since played a total of ten games for Germany. On 2 June 2009, Westermann scored the first goal in Germany's 7–2 rout against United Arab Emirates national football team.

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2002–03 Greuther Fürth 2. Bundesliga 16 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
2003–04 34 0 4 2 0 0 38 2
2004–05 33 2 3 0 2 1 38 3
2005–06 Arminia Bielefeld Bundesliga 34 2 5 0 0 0 39 2
2006–07 33 3 1 0 0 0 34 3
2007–08 Schalke 04 32 4 3 0 9 0 44 4
2008–09 33 6 3 2 8 1 44 9
2009–10 14 1 3 1 0 0 17 2
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