Sebastian Kneißl

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Sebastian Kneißl
Personal information
Date of birth (1983-01-13) 13 January 1983 (age 37)
Place of birth Lindenfels, West Germany
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position(s) Midfielder, striker
Youth career
1988–1996 KSG Mitlechtern
1996–1998 FC 07 Bensheim
1998–2000 Eintracht Frankfurt
Senior career*
2000–2005 Chelsea 0 (0)
2004Dundee (loan) 11 (1)
2004–2005Westerlo (loan) 10 (0)
2005–2007 Wacker Burghausen 33 (4)
2007 Fortuna Düsseldorf 13 (2)
2007 AFC Wimbledon 1 (0)
2007–2008 Wivenhoe Town 1 (0)
2008–2009 SpVgg Weiden 18 (3)
2009–2013 1. FC Schweinfurt 05 94 (16)
2013 SV Heimstetten 13 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Sebastian Kneißl (born 13 January 1983) is a German former professional footballer, who played as a midfielder and striker.



Club career

After beginning as a youth player in Germany with KSG Mitlechtern, FC 07 Bensheim and Eintracht Frankfurt, Kneißl signed for English side Chelsea in 2000. He stayed with Chelsea for five years, and although he did not make any league appearances, [1] he spent loan spells in Scotland with Dundee, where he played in 11 league games, scoring one goal, [2] and in Belgium with Westerlo. After leaving Chelsea in 2005 he played for German clubs SV Wacker Burghausen and Fortuna Düsseldorf, before returning to England with AFC Wimbledon in September 2007, where he made one league appearance before leaving in October 2007. [3] He signed for Wivenhoe Town in December 2007, but left after just one league appearance. He next signed for SpVgg Weiden in July 2008, before moving to 1. FC Schweinfurt 05 in January 2009 on another free transfer. [4]

After retiring in October 2013, after playing for SV Heimstetten in the Regionalliga Bayern, Kneißl decided to make a comeback in the tier seven Bezirksliga in 2015–16. [5]

International career

Kneißl represented Germany at the 2002 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship, in which Germany finished second, and at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship. [6]


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