(born October 16, 1988 in Budapest, Hungary) is a professional footballer who currently plays for Yeovil Town - on loan from FA Premier League side Aston Villa - as either a winger or a deep-lying forward.
Stieber is widely seen to possess a lot of potential - from sources at both club and country level. He was hot property for Újpest, and had trials for Arsenal and Manchester United prior to signing for Aston Villa. He signed his first professional contract with the club on January 4 2007 and also plays for Hungary U19.
Stieber signed a two-year contract with Aston Villa in May 2005 and quickly impressed Tony McAndrew with his performances for the Academy. In total, he made 30 appearances for the Academy, scoring 4 goals in his debut season. He was part of the squad that got to the Play-offs Final of the FA Premier Academy League in May 2006, which Villa lost 3-2 against Southampton. He also made 6 substitute appearances for the Reserves in the 2005/06 season.
Stieber appeared 13 times for Aston Villa Reserves in the 2006/07 season, scoring 2 goals, against Fulham and Chelsea. He was also involved in producing a memorable hat-trick of assists, to help gain victory over Reading in a 3-0 win.
In late May 2007, Stieber guided Aston Villa to success in the 2007 HKFC Philips Lighting International Soccer Sevens, scoring a spectacular winner against City Academy Hong Kong to book a place in the knock-out stages. Stieber then went onto lead the Midlands club to victory against Urawa Red Diamonds, PSV and finally Central Coast Mariners FC to secure the trophy, in a competition which has brought notable success to Aston Villa in the past. Stieber's efforts in the competition were also rewarded with the Player of the Tournament trophy - succeeding last years winner - Gabriel Agbonlahor. After this success, Stieber was rewarded with a 3-year contract at Aston Villa - the longest given to any of the 7 contractee's - thus showing the promise and potential shown in the young Hungarian.
In July 2007, Stieber was given his first taste of first-team action, when he was called up to the senior squad for the tour of the U.S. and Canada. He made his debut against Toronto FC and heavily impressed against the Major League Soccer team, the Hungarian also appeared in a further pre-season match against Walsall, in which he assisted the first goal of the game.
Despite not making a competitive breakthrough to the senior team, 'Zoli' has so far made an extremely positive impression for Aston Villa Reserves this season, scoring against Fulham and Portsmouth and chalking up 6 assists in the opening 6 matches. This led the young midfielder to be awarded the first ever BBC Radio WM Young Player of the Month, on 20 September 2007.
On 22 November 2007, Stieber joined Coca Cola League One side Yeovil Town on loan until 1 January 2008. He has made an instant impact for the Glovers, notching 2 assists in his first 2 starts and even receiving a standing ovation for his performances at Huish Park.
* HKFC Philips Lighting International Soccer Sevens
o Winner: 2007
o Player of the Tournament: 2007
* FA Premier Academy League
o Runners-Up: 2005/06
* BBC Radio WM Young Player of the Month
o Winner: September 2007