Oliver Baumann has kept over 100 clean sheets in the Bundesliga while making more than 450 appearances for Freiburg and Hoffenheim. - © Oliver Zimmermann via www.imago-images.de/imago images/foto2press
Oliver Baumann has kept over 100 clean sheets in the Bundesliga while making more than 450 appearances for Freiburg and Hoffenheim. - © Oliver Zimmermann via www.imago-images.de/imago images/foto2press

Oliver Baumann: Who is the Hoffenheim goalkeeper and Germany squad member?


Having been a dependable Bundseliga shotstopper for over a decade, Oliver Baumann capped a brilliant 2023/24 season for Hoffenheim with a call-up to the Germany squad for Euro 2024.

bundesliga.com has the lowdown on the Germany goalkeeping option...

Oliver Baumann

Age: 33 (born 2 June 1990)
Club: Hoffenheim
Position: Goalkeeper
Country: Germany (11 caps for U21s, three clean sheets)

Stats correct as of 17 May 2024

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After being born a goal kick or two away from the French border in Breisach, Baden-Württemberg - just days before the 1990 World Cup started - Baumann progressed through the youth ranks of local side Freiburg. He made his Bundesliga debut in May 2010 in a 3-1 win against Borussia Dortmund, and became the first-choice goalkeeper at the Black Forest club from the following season.

Oliver Baumann first kept goal for Freiburg in the Bundesliga at the age of 19. - imago sportfotodienst

As a capable shot-stopper with a commanding presence, Baumann gave Christian Streich's Freiburg a dependable foundation as they secured fifth place in 2012/13 and qualified for the next season's UEFA Europa League. Baumann showed resilience after making three embarrassing mistakes in a single game in October 2013 as Freiburg were beaten by Hamburg. With the faith of Streich behind him, the goalkeeper kept a clean sheet in his next appearance against Nuremberg

His consistently strong performances earned him a move to Hoffenheim in May 2014, and Baumann has been dutifully serving between the sticks in Sinsheim ever since. His decade at Hoffenheim has seen him play all six matches of the club's maiden UEFA Champions League campaign in 2018/19, while he took four clean sheets in six Europa League group stage matches in 2020/21.

Baumann took on the captain's armband in 2022 and recorded more saves than any other Bundesliga goalkeeper in 2023/24. Having earned a call-up to the Germany squad for two Nations League matches in September 2020, he gained a place in Germany's Euro 2024 squad on home soil

Oliver Baumann and his Germany U21 teammates before a match against Turkey in November 2012. - imago sportfotodienst

Plays a bit like: Gregor Kobel

Baumann adds an element of security to the Hoffenheim backline with consistently solid shot-stopping that is reminiscent of Dortmund's Kobel - who began his Bundesliga career with Hoffenheim as Baumann's understudy. 

Did you know?

Baumann has embraced innovative training methods to keep his shot-stopping sharp. Back in 2017, Hoffenheim's club website reported on his use of Strobe Glasses, sunglasses that flicker the vision of the wearer on and off. The idea was that by disrupting his version, Baumann would have to focus even harder on his powers of perception in making saves.

Oliver Baumann made over 150 saves in the 2023/24 Bundesliga season - more than any other goalkeeper in the past five campaigns. - IMAGO/Oliver Zimmermann/IMAGO/foto2press

What they're saying

"I am just so pleased to be in it. It's a dream to represent my country at a home Euros. I've worked long and hard to make the picture for the national team. This call-up is definitely a highlight." - Baumann on his call-up for Germany's Euro 2024 squad

"It's brilliant. They are two players who have delivered over the entire season. They are getting a deserved reward. It gives a boost to the entire team, as everyone has played their part in it." - Hoffenheim coach Pellegrino Matarazzo on the call-ups for Baumann and Maximilian Beier 

"Oliver Baumann is not only an icon and record player for our club, he is an absolute role model. Oli has been through all kinds of highs and lows with us, but has always been a key player and loyal servant, even if he has continually reinvented himself as a goalkeeper." - Hoffenheim managing director Alexander Rosen on Baumann extending his contract to 2026 in November 2023