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