Thomas Richter (footballer, born 1980)

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Thomas Richter
Personal information
Full nameThomas Richter
Date of birth (1980-08-19) 19 August 1980 (age 39)
Place of birth Görlitz, East Germany
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1988–1990 MBB SG Augsburg
1990–1995 TSV Schwaben Augsburg
1995–2000 FC Augsburg
Senior career*
2000–2003 Borussia Mönchengladbach II 41 (0)
2003–2005 SV Elversberg 68 (0)
2005–2006 SV Darmstadt 98 30 (0)
2006–2007 Sportfreunde Siegen 34 (0)
2007–2009 SV Wehen Wiesbaden [1] 26 (0)
2009–2010 Mpumalanga Black Aces [2] 5 (0)
2010–2011 FC Homburg 33 (0)
National team
1998 Germany U-18 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Thomas Richter (born 19 August 1980 in Görlitz, East Germany [3] ) is a former German football goalkeeper.

Görlitz Place in Saxony, Germany

Görlitz is a town in the German federal state of Saxony. Located in the region of Lusatia on the Lusatian Neisse River, it is the second largest town of Lusatia after Cottbus, and the largest in Upper Lusatia. Seat of the district of Görlitz, Germany's easternmost district, its approximately 56,000 inhabitants also make Görlitz the sixth largest town of the Free State of Saxony. It lies opposite the Polish town of Zgorzelec, which was part of Görlitz until 1945. While not Lusatiophone itself, the town lies just east of the Sorbian-speaking parts of Lusatia.

East Germany Former communist state, 1949-1990

East Germany, officially the German Democratic Republic, was a state that existed from 1949 to 1990, when the eastern portion of Germany was part of the Eastern Bloc during the Cold War. Commonly described as a communist state in English usage, it described itself as a socialist "workers' and peasants' state." It consisted of territory that was administered and occupied by Soviet forces at the end of World War II — the Soviet occupation zone of the Potsdam Agreement, bounded on the east by the Oder–Neisse line. The Soviet zone surrounded West Berlin but did not include it; as a result, West Berlin remained outside the jurisdiction of the GDR.

Association football Team field sport

Association football, more commonly known as football, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.


He made his debut on the professional league level in the 2. Bundesliga for SV Wehen Wiesbaden on 23 September 2007 when he started in a game against FC Carl Zeiss Jena. Richter left the club on 30 June 2009 and signed as a free agent with South African club Mpumalanga Black Aces. [4]

SV Wehen Wiesbaden football club in Germany

SV Wehen Wiesbaden is a German association football club based in Wiesbaden, Hesse. Since the beginning of the 2007–08 season the club no longer plays its home games in Taunusstein, where they were originally located. In the summer of 2007 Wiesbaden was added to the original name of SV Wehen. The club currently competes in the 2. Bundesliga.

FC Carl Zeiss Jena association football club in Germany

FC Carl Zeiss Jena is a German football club based in Jena, Thuringia. Formed in 1903 and initially associated with the Carl Zeiss AG factory, they were one of the strongest clubs in East Germany from the 1960s to the 1980s, winning the DDR-Oberliga and the FDGB-Pokal three times each and reaching the 1981 European Cup Winners' Cup Final. Since German reunification in 1990, the club have competed no higher than the second tier. In the 2019–20 season, Jena are playing in the 3. Liga after winning promotion from the Regionalliga Nordost in 2017.

South Africa Republic in the southernmost part of Africa

South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa (RSA), is the southernmost country in Africa. It is bounded to the south by 2,798 kilometres (1,739 mi) of coastline of Southern Africa stretching along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans; to the north by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe; and to the east and northeast by Mozambique and Eswatini (Swaziland); and it surrounds the enclaved country of Lesotho. South Africa is the largest country in Southern Africa and the 25th-largest country in the world by land area and, with over 57 million people, is the world's 24th-most populous nation. It is the southernmost country on the mainland of the Old World or the Eastern Hemisphere. About 80 percent of South Africans are of Bantu ancestry, divided among a variety of ethnic groups speaking different African languages, nine of which have official status. The remaining population consists of Africa's largest communities of European, Asian (Indian), and multiracial (Coloured) ancestry.

Richter is the second German born goalkeeper who played in South Africa after Lutz Pfannenstiel (1998 for Orlando Pirates). [5]

Lutz Pfannenstiel Germ

Lutz Pfannenstiel is a German former football goalkeeper and current football board member. He is the first football player in the world to belong to a professional football club in each of the six recognised continental associations. From 2010 to 2018, he was an expert on various television channels - including ZDF, BBC, CNN, ORF, SRF, DAZN and Eurosport. Pfannenstiel has been on the board of Fortuna Düsseldorf since 16 December 2018.

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