From Kazakhstan Encyclopedia
Template:Use dmy dates Template:Infobox football biography Heinrich Schmidtgal (Kazakh: Генрих Шмидтгаль; born 20 November 1985 in Esik, Kazakh SSR) is Kazakhstani footballer who currently is on a free agent.
Schmidtgal emigrated with his parents at the age of two from the former Soviet Union and settled in Schloss Holte-Stukenbrock in East Westphalia in North Rhine-Westphalia. He started to play football at FC Hövelriege and move from there to the youth of SC Verl. On 27 August 2003, the second matchday of the Oberliga Westfalen, he made his debut for the first team in the 2–3 defeat against FC Gütersloh. In this season, where he was still a youth player, he came to a total of ten appearances. In the next season, he achieved a place in the starting eleven and came to 29 appearances. He showed above average performance and thus aroused the interest from clubs in higher leagues, among those VfL Bochum who signed him. Schmidtgal had previously for promotion to the Regionalliga, the then third division, the Verl side.
In Bochum, he played for the second team and did only train with the first team, which was playing in the Bundesliga.
SpVgg Greuther Fürth
For the 2011/12 season he joined SpVgg Greuther Fürth with a two-year contract.
In 2013, he moved on to Fortuna Düsseldorf.
In June 2015 he signed a two-year contract with FSV Frankfurt.
In 2008 Bernd Storck, the newly appointed manager of the Kazakhstan national team, researched German players born in Kazakhstan. This research revealed Sergei Karimov, Juri Judt, Konstantin Engel and Heinrich Schmidtgal. On 3 September 2010, Schmidtgal made his debut for the Kazakhstan national team in a Euro 2012 qualifier against Turkey. Schmidtgal was not entitled by UEFA rules to play for the Kazakhstan national team in second qualifier game against Austria in Vienna, as Schmidtgal had not yet completed obtaining Kazakhstani citizenship and was only in possession of preliminary id (a provisional document not valid outside Kazakhstan). This issue was later resolved by Schmidtgal gaining dual citizenship (German-Kazakhstani).
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