Frank Rost

Frank Rost

Rost playing for New York Red Bulls in 2011.
Personal information
Full name Frank Peter Rost
Date of birth (1973-06-30) 30 June 1973
Place of birth Karl-Marx-Stadt, East Germany
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1981–1982 BSG Lokomotive West Leipzig
1982–1986 BSG Chemie Böhlen
1986–1991 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1992 1. FC Markkleeberg 33 (0)
1992–1995 Werder Bremen II 94 (0)
1992–2002 Werder Bremen 147 (1)
2002–2007 Schalke 04 130 (0)
2007–2011 Hamburger SV 149 (0)
2011 New York Red Bulls 11 (0)
Total 564 (1)
National team
2002–2003 Germany 4 (0)
Teams managed
2012– Hamburger SV women

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Frank Rost (born 30 June 1973 in Karl-Marx-Stadt) is a retired German footballer who last played as a goalkeeper for New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer.

He comes from a sporting family background; his father Peter won a gold medal at the 1980 Olympic Games in handball, and his mother Christina, also a handball player, won the silver at the 1976 Summer Olympics and bronze at the 1980 Games.

Club career

Rost with Schalke 04

Rost started his career at 1. FC Markkleeberg in the third German level.[1] His play with Markkleeberg led to interest from Werder Bremen who signed Rost in 1992. After playing with Werder Bremen II Rost made his Bundesliga debut during the 1995–96 season and became first-choice keeper during the 1998–99 season before moving to Schalke 04 in July 2002. He was a regular first-choice keeper at Schalke until he lost his starting position to youngster Manuel Neuer in late 2006, so in January 2007 he moved to then struggling Hamburger SV where he immediately became first-choice keeper and helped the team move from last to seventh place. His good form continued with the club, which made HSV fans to nickname him "Frost".

Apart from Jens Lehmann and Marwin Hitz, Rost is the only goalkeeper to score from open play in the Bundesliga, when he scored on 31 March 2002 against Hansa Rostock.

On 30 July 2009, Rost made his 100th international club appearance[2] in a third round Europa League qualifier. Hamburg beat Danish side Randers FC 4–0. Rost is the German record holder for UEFA Cup appearances. He has played 89 matches during his tenure in the now defunct competition. He left Hamburg at the end of the 2010–11 season, hoping to move abroad or become a coach. During his time in the Bundesliga Rost appeared in 426 league matches.

On 13 July 2011, German daily tabloid Bild reported that Rost would be joining New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer.[3] Red Bulls confirmed the signing that day.[4] In the 2011 season with New York, Rost appeared in 11 regular season matches and posted five clean sheets. The club announced in January 2012 that it had been unable to agree terms with Rost and that he would not return for the 2012 season.[5]

Rost announced his retirement on 19 February 2012.[6]

International career

Rost earned a total of four caps with the German national team, making his debut against the United States in 2002.[7]

Career statistics

Club performance

As of 27 October 2011

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Total
1995–96Werder BremenBundesliga1500040190
2002–03Schalke 043303060420
Hamburger SV1700000170
USA League Open Cup League Cup Total
2011New York Red BullsMajor League Soccer1100030140
Total USA 1100030140
Germany 426135010905701
Country 437135011205841



  1. Arnhold, Matthias (31 May 2012). "Frank Rost – Matches and Goals in Bundesliga". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  2. Haisma, Marcel (15 January 2010). "Frank Peter Rost – Matches in European Cups". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  3. "Ex-HSV-Keeper Rost: Abflug nach New York" (in German). 13 July 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
  4. "Red Bulls sign goalkeeper Frank Rost". New York Red Bulls. 13 July 2011. Retrieved 21 January 2012.
  5. "RBNY Notebook: Rost's departure leaves void in goal". 19 January 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2012.
  6. French, Scott (21 February 2012). "CHIVAS USA: Meet the new trialists". ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved 23 February 2012.
  7. Arnhold, Matthias (3 December 2015). "Frank Rost - International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tomasz Wałdoch
Schalke 04 captain
Succeeded by
Ebbe Sand
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