Markus Babbel (born September 8, 1972 in Munich) is a German
international footballer who plays as a defender.
Starting out in the German Bundesliga, his first club was Bayern
Munich, for whom he played initially from the youth squad,
forging to the first team and making eight starts, as well as
four substitute appearances in league games.
Moving to SV Hamburg in August 1992 gave Babbel the chance to
appear regularly in a first-team slot. Between this and his exit
in 1994, he managed to score his first league goal. Transferring
back to Bayern Munich, he made 167 starts, before being snapped
up by then-Liverpool F.C. manager Gérard Houllier in June 2000,
from whom, as a sometime first-teamer, he went on loan to
Blackburn Rovers in August 2003, achieving regular first team
appearances in the league, and three goals in the process.
His most recent club is VfB Stuttgart, who he joined on a free
transfer in July 2004.