Simon Rolfes is most remembered for his time with Bayer Leverkusen where he spent ten years, playing a key role in front of the defence. Having come through the Werder Bremen youth system, he made only one appearance for the first team. A move to Alemannia Aachen followed, in which he played a pivotal role in their surprising UEFA Cup run. Once at Leverkusen, he quickly became a fan favourite and was soon made club captain. A member of the German EURO 2008 that reached the final, he was unfortunate that a poorly-timed injury kept him out of the German 2010 World Cup squad.
Full name: Simon Rolfes
Born: 21/01/1982, Ibbenbüren, West Germany
Clubs: Werder Bremen (2000-2004), SSV Reutlingen (loan, 2003), Alemannia Aachen (2004-2005), Bayer Leverkusen (2005-2015)
International: 26 apps, 2 goals (2007-2011)
- Bundesliga (1): 2003-04
- DFB-Pokal (1): 2003-04