- Born: 15/06/1972
- Birthplace: Sioux City, Iowan
- Nationality: American
Marcus Hahnemann joined Everton on a short term deal in September 2011.
The American had been a free agent since being released by Wolves earlier that summer and was able to sign after the transfer deadline to boost Everton’s goalkeeping ranks.
At the age of 39, Hahnemann boasted a wealth of experience, including seven years at Reading in the Championship and Premier League.
He’s also been to two World Cups though both times were as a back-up goalkeeper.
In fact his first USA cap came as long ago as 1994 – but the nations rich seam of goalkeeping talent – currently embodied by Tim Howard – means he had garnered only nine caps.
Hahnemann played for Seattle Sounders in the days before the MLS and also turned out for the Colorado Rapids in his homeland before a trans-Atlantic switch to Fulham materialised.
He couldn’t force his way into the first team at Craven Cottage though and when Edwin van der Saar arrived in West London Hahnemann sought pastures new.
After loans at Rochdale and Reading he joined the latter permanently and eventually helped them into the Premier League.
The Royals’ first season in the top flight was a memorable one, with Hahnemann keeping 13 clean sheets on the way to an impressive eighth place finish.
He couldn’t prevent relegation the following season though and in 2009 he returned to the top flight with Wolves.
There Hahnemann shared goalkeeping duties with Wayne Hennessey but his two-year deal wasn’t renewed in 2011.
Off the pitch the American’s taste in music and motor vehicles (heavy metal and large trucks to be more precise) has raised eyebrows but he remains vaunted as a solid and dependable custodian.
Despite only featuring for Everton's first team as an unused substitute, his consistent turnouts for the reserve side surely aided the development of the youngsters in defence.
Hahnemann was released by the Blues in May 2012.