Thomas Schaaf

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Thomas Schaaf
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Schaaf with Werder Bremen in 2009
Personal information
Full nameThomas Schaaf
Date of birth (1961-04-30) 30 April 1961 (age 59)
Place of birth Mannheim, West Germany
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position(s) Defender
Youth career
BBV Union Bremen
1972–1978 Werder Bremen
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1978–1980 Werder Bremen II 59 (0)
1978–1995 Werder Bremen 281 (14)
Total340(14)
Teams managed
1987–1988 Werder Bremen U17
1988–1995 Werder Bremen U19
1993–1995 Werder Bremen (assistant)
1995–1999 Werder Bremen II
1999–2013 Werder Bremen
2014–2015 Eintracht Frankfurt
2015–2016 Hannover 96
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Thomas Schaaf (born 30 April 1961) is a German retired footballer who played as a defender, and a current manager.

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A true one-club man, he spent his entire playing career with Werder Bremen. He started coaching the team in 1999 and stepped down in 2013, being one of the longest-serving coaches in the Bundesliga. [1] [2]

Playing career

Born in Mannheim, Schaaf arrived at SV Werder Bremen's youth academy in 1972, turning professional six years later. [3] After a slow start with the first team, where he made only 21 league appearances in four years combined – 19 of them coming in 1980–81 in the second division – he eventually became an important squad member; he made his debut in the Bundesliga on 18 April 1979, in a 0–3 away loss against VfL Bochum.

Schaaf went on to play in 260 top flight games in the following seasons, eventually retiring in 1995 at the age of 34. During his time with his only club, he helped the Hanseatic club win two national championships (he was already a fringe player by the time of the 1993 conquest, appearing in only five matches) and as many DFB-Pokal. In the 1991–92 edition of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, he was on the bench in the final against AS Monaco FC, but replaced injured Thomas Wolter after 30 minutes in an eventual 2–0 win in Lisbon. [4]

Managerial career

1987–2013: Werder Bremen

1987–99: Early career

Schaaf began his managerial career while still an active player, taking care of Werder's youth sides. After this he proceeded to manage the reserve team which competed in the third-tier Regionalliga Nord, [5] before succeeding Felix Magath on 10 May 1999 as the senior side's coach, [6] with the club under serious threat of relegation until the last day of the season: he managed to steer the team clear out of relegation, going on to win the campaign's domestic cup immediately afterwards, defeating Bayern Munich in a penalty shoot-out. [7]

2000–04: Building up the team and the Double.

Schaaf led Werder to the double in 2003–04, [8] as well as the team's first-ever DFB-Ligapokal two years later.

2004–09: European adventures

From 2004 the club managed to qualify five consecutive times for the UEFA Champions League, [9] coming short in 2008–09 but winning the cup (his third as a manager – fifth overall – and Werder's sixth), thus qualifying for the following season's UEFA Europa League. [10] That same season he also guided the club to the 2009 UEFA Cup Final, lost 1–2 to Shakhtar Donetsk after extra time. [11]

2009–13: Final seasons

On 14 December 2009, Schaaf signed a new contract with Werder Bremen. [12] He led the side to the third place in the league and the playoff stages in the 2010–11 Champions League, as well as to a second straight German Cup final, which was lost to Bayern Munich. [13]

Schaaf left Werder on 15 May 2013 by mutual consent after finishing a disappointing fourteenth in the domestic championship, ending 14 years in charge of the club and ending his 41-year association with the club since joining as an 11-year-old youth player. [14] He oversaw 645 games as a coach during his stint, finishing with a record of 308 wins, 138 draws, and 199 losses [15] and leading it to six major trophies and six appearances in the Champions League, [16] and was linked to the organization for four decades since his days as a youth player. [17] During the press conference where he announced his resignation, he spoke of his admiration of the club and the joy of his time spent at the Weserstadion, saying, "I had an extraordinary time here, connected with a lot of positive experiences and great successes. I would like to thank everyone who accompanied me along the way and supported me. I wish Werder Bremen a successful future." [18]

2014–16: Post–Werder Bremen years

2014–15 season: Eintracht Frankfurt

On 21 May 2014, after one year out of football, Schaaf was appointed head coach of Eintracht Frankfurt, signing a two-year contract. [56] During the course of his first season he led his team to a ninth-place finish, being in charge of his 500th Bundesliga match in the process. [57] Schaaf resigned on 26 May 2015. [57] His final match was a 2–1 win against Bayer Leverkusen. [58] He finished with a record of 12 wins, 10 draws and 14 losses from 36 games and was ultimately succeeded by Armin Veh. [59]

2015–16 season: Hannover 96

Schaaf was appointed as the head coach of Hannover 96 on 28 December 2015, signing an 18–month contract [60] and being formally introduced to the media after his first training session on 4 January 2016. [60] He took over a team that was in 17th place, after they took 14 points from a possible 51 when he was hired. [60] His first match was a 2–1 home loss against SV Darmstadt 98. [61] Hannover then failed to score a goal in their next four matches. [62]

Schaaf was sacked on 3 April 2016, [63] after a 3–0 defeat to Hamburger SV. [64] He finished with a record of one win and ten losses. [65] His first [66] and only win [65] was a 2–1 win over VfB Stuttgart on 27 February 2016, [66] and Daniel Stendel took over for the rest of the season. [63]

Statistics

Player

[67]

SeasonClubDivisionLeagueCup [n 1] Europe [n 2] Total
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
1978–79 Werder Bremen Bundesliga 100010
1979–80 000000
1980–81 2. Bundesliga 19140231
1981–82 Bundesliga100010
1982–83 2111150272
1983–84 2915040381
1984–85 3214020381
1985–86 3032020343
1986–87 2942020334
1987–88 2914191423
1988–89 2325041323
1989–90 1902050260
1990–91 13010140
1991–92 1804060280
1992–93 50001060
1993–94 903030150
1994–95 30000030
Career total2811437243236118

Manager

As of 7 July 2016.
TeamFromToRecord
MWDLGFGAGDWin %Ref.
Werder Bremen II 1 July 1995 [5] 9 May 1999 [5] 137643043277187+90046.72 [20] [21] [23] [25]
Werder Bremen 10 May 1999 [15] 15 May 2013 [15] 6453081381991,218903+315047.75 [26] [28] [30] [32] [34]
[36] [38] [40] [42] [44]
[47] [49] [51] [53] [55]
Eintracht Frankfurt 21 May 2014 [56] 26 May 2015 [57] 361210145964−5033.33 [59] [58]
Hannover 96 28 December 2015 [60] 3 April 2016 [63] 111010423−19009.09 [65] [62]
Total8293851782661,5581,177+381046.44

Notes

  1. Also includes 2 (1988, 1991) DFL-Supercup games.
  2. Includes UEFA Champions League (1988–89, 1993–94), UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1991–92, 1992–93, 1994–95), UEFA Cup (1982–88, 1989–90), and 1992 European Super Cup (1 match).

Honours

As a Player

Werder Bremen

As a Manager

Werder Bremen

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