Benny Feilhaber life and biography

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Benny Feilhaber biography

Date of birth : 1985-01-19
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Nationality : Brazilian
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2010-06-24
Credited as : Football player USA team, plays for AGF Aarhus soccer club, FIFA World Cup

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Benny Feilhaber (born January 19, 1985) is a Brazilian-American soccer midfielder, who plays for AGF Aarhus in the Danish First Division and the United States national team.

This Brazilian-born midfielder moved to America when he was just six years of age and there was never any doubt about the national team he would commit his future to. The national team call duly arrived in 2007 and Feilhaber has been a useful member of the roster in the years since, with his six appearances in the 2010 World Cup qualifying push confirming his worth.

A powerful performer, he is comfortable on the ball and his experience of tournament football should stand him in good stead this summer. He played for USA in the 2007 Gold Cup, the Olympic Games a year later and last summer's Confederations Cup, never letting the side down in any event.

Feilhaber shot to prominence in the 2005 World Youth Championships in the Netherlands and caught the attention of scouts from German outfit Hamburg. After failing to make his mark, a move to the English Premier League with Derby proved to be equally unfulfilling as they sacked their manager soon after his arrival. He has enjoyed more success in the Danish league over the last couple of years.

Hamburger SV

His performances in the tournament caught the attention of scouts from several European teams and, after representing the U.S. in the 2005 Maccabiah Games in Israel, Feilhaber signed for Hamburg in July 2005. In the 2005–06 season Feilhaber played with the Hamburg reserve team in the third division, or Regionalliga.

On October 12, 2006, Feilhaber made his Bundesliga debut, coming on as a second half substitute in a 2–1 home loss to Schalke 04. His first start came on October 22, 2006, when he played ninety minutes in a 2–1 win against Bayer Leverkusen, Hamburg's first win of the season. During the summer of 2007, Feilhaber was linked with a transfer move away from Hamburg with RC Strasbourg, Heerenveen, Celtic, FC Basel, and especially Derby County expressing interest.

Derby County
On August 9, 2007, Feilhaber obtained a work permit to play for newly promoted Premier League side Derby County. His signing was completed on August 10, 2007, and Feilhaber made his debut for the club on September 17, 2007, coming on as an eightieth minute substitute in a 1–0 win over Newcastle United.

After the sacking of manager Billy Davies and the appointment of Paul Jewell, Feilhaber saw little playing time at Pride Park. During the 2007–08 winter transfer window Feilhaber was linked with Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv and American club New England Revolution but neither deal was completed. Derby released Feilhaber on a free transfer after being relegated from the Premier League after only one season.

AGF Aarhus
On August 15, 2008, Feilhaber signed with Danish Superliga team Aarhus Gymnastikforening, commonly known as AGF. He made his debut for the club on September 1, 2008, coming on as a fifty-ninth minute substitute in a 0–3 loss to FC Nordsjælland. He scored his first Superliga goal and was named Man of the Match against Randers FC on July 27, 2009.

International career

Feilhaber was called up twice to the full U.S. national team for friendlies against Scotland on November 12, 2005, and Germany on March 22, 2006, but did not play in either game.

On November 30, 2006, he turned down an offer from Andreas Herzog to play for Austria and said that he would instead focus on earning a place on the U.S. national team.

On March 15, 2007, Feilhaber was again placed on the 24-man roster by coach Bob Bradley for friendly matches against Ecuador and Guatemala. Feilhaber made his first career start for the U.S. team in the March 25, 2007, game against Ecuador, and scored his first international goal against China on June 2, 2007. He scored the game winning goal on a volley in the 2007 Gold Cup final on June 24, 2007, against Mexico.

After being demoted to the reserves at Derby and picking up a series of injuries, Feilhaber saw less time with the senior national team. However, Feilhaber was named to the U.S. Under-23 squad that competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics. He appeared as a substitute in all three games for the U.S.

After more than a year since his last action with the senior team, Feilhaber was named to the U.S. roster for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. Along with former UCLA teammate Jonathan Bornstein and fellow UCLA alum Carlos Bocanegra, Feilhaber played in the upset of top-ranked Spain in a semi-final game on June 24, 2009. He orchestrated the second goal, rounding Gerard Pique to find Landon Donovan, who found Clint Dempsey for the finish in the center. He then appeared in the final, in which the U.S. fell to the country of his birth, Brazil 3–2.

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