Puede that Stefan Ortega Moreno (Hofgeismar, 6-11-1992) Don’t be a goalkeeper well known by the general public. However, Manchester City’s interest in him is still Spanish-German goal of Arminia Bielefeld has put more than one on the track.
Ortega, whose contract ends and is free, will arrive at the Etihad as Ederson’s second. A maneuver that could facilitate the exit, either as assigned or transferred, by Zack Steffenwho is looking for minutes to get to the World Cup: except for surprise, being the starting goalkeeper for the USA.
Debut in First with 27 years
City’s interest in Ortega is not accidental. Arminia Bielefeld’s academy player, he was called up to the Germany U19 in 2010… but he didn’t make his debut. The debut in the Bundesliga was also resisted.
His two stages at Arminia (2011-14 and 2017-22) and his time at 1860 Munich (2014-17) took place, for the most part, since he made his professional debut in 2011, between the Second and Third Division.
On September 19, 2020, at the age of 27, 10 months and 10 days, he finally made his debut in the ‘fussball’ elite. Ortega, who had already been key in Arminia’s return to the Bundesliga after an 11-year absence, was one of the mainstays on which ‘Die Blauen’ stayed last year.
“People start talking about me and that makes me proud. At the beginning of my career there were many negative aspects. I did things wrong and accepted the criticism, but I managed to change it and I’m at a good age for a goalkeeper,” he admitted shortly after his debut in Primera.
People start talking about me that makes me proud
One of the best goalkeepers in the Bundesliga
Arminia has not been able to repeat a ‘miracle’ this season, but, despite relegation, Ortega has claimed to be one of the goalkeepers with the most cache in Germany.
I don’t say it, the numbers say it. Ortega is the goalkeeper who has made the most saves (124) in the Bundesliga and the second with the best percentage of success (73.3%). It is also the second highest PSxG-GA metric.
The metric that measures the ‘Expected goals a goalkeeper should have conceded based on the quality of the shots he has received’ underlines that Ortega should have received 7.4 more goals than he has conceded. Only Manuel Riemann, the Bochum goalkeeper, has avoided more ‘expected goals’ against: 10.4.
What’s more, not only City wants it. He has done so well that Stefan Ortega has repeatedly sounded like Substitute for Manuel Neuer at Bayern. Bayer Leverkusen is another of the teams that has been interested in the Spanish-German.
Germany cited him as a reserve in Euro 2020
Ortega’s good performance was rewarded with an emergency call from the ‘Mannschaft’. Andreas Kpke included him in the reserve list for Euro 2020 in case of injury to Manuel Neuer, Bernd Leno and Kevin Trapp.
The moment I got the call from Germany I was very surprised, speechless.
“The moment the call came I was very surprised, speechless. It’s a good statement of intent for the rest. You don’t have to play for the best clubs to be called up by the national team,” Ortega explained. “Stefan has had an incredible season. He has very good qualities and he won the call”acknowledged his ‘colleague’ Kevin Trapp.
Stefan Ortega is the son of a German mother and a Spanish father. I grew up admiring Oliver Kahn and Iker Casillas, but his first idol was his father: Pepe.
“He was also a goalkeeper, even though he’s only 1.65 [re]. My father is my hero and I sat behind the goal to see him and, shortly after, I began to imitate him, ” recognized ‘Sport 1’.
I have Spanish roots, my girlfriend lived in Barcelona for two years. It would be a dream to be able to play in LaLiga
Now it is City and before it was Bayern, Leverkusen, Ajax or PSV… but Ortega has another dream to fulfill: “I have Spanish roots, my girlfriend lived in Barcelona for two years. It would be a dream to be able to play in LaLiga. It is a competition that I have followed a lot since I was a child. If Real Madrid calls me, I won’t say no”, he commented between laughs to ‘Sport 1’.