Central midfielder who earned a Bundesliga title with VfB Stuttgart in 2007 and helped Germany to a third-place FIFA World Glass finish in 2006. He performed youngsters soccer for VfB Forstinning in 1988-1989. From 2001 to 2005, he performed for Aston Villa. His parents are called Ludwig and Anneliese. Midfielder Peter Whittingham was his teammate on Aston Villa.