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David Wagner (soccer)

Personal information
Full nameDavid Wagner
Height1.83 m
Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current clubBorussia Dortmund II(manager)

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David Wagner (born October 10, 1971) is a German American soccer player.

Wagner grew up in Germany, playing soccer from a young age. He eventually found himself playing at Schalke 04 with Thomas Dooley, who, like Wagner, had an American father and German mother and grew up in Germany.

On the recommendation of Dooley, Steve Sampson brought Wagner into the US national team in 1996 despite never having seen him play. Wagner had a U.S. passport, but had played for Germany’s U-18 and U-21 teams. This gave him additional credibility with Sampson but posed a problem as he could be considered ineligible to play for the United States.

In April 1997, after Canada lost to the U.S. in a World Cup qualifying match in which Wagner played, the Canadian Soccer Federation complained to FIFA that Wagner should be ineligible to play for the U.S. based on his appearances for Germany's youth teams. On May 2, 1997, FIFA announced that Wagner was eligible to play for the U.S. because his games with the German teams were exhibitions, not official matches.

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