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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 57)
Place of birth Mannheim, West Germany
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position 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.

Association football team field sport

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, 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.

In the sport of association football, a defender is an outfield player whose primary role is to prevent the opposing team from scoring goals.

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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]

SV Werder Bremen association football club in Bremen, Germany

Sportverein Werder Bremen von 1899 e. V., commonly known as Werder Bremen, is a German sports club located in Bremen in the northwest German federal state Free Hanseatic City of Bremen. The club was founded in 1899 and has grown to 40,400 members. It is best known for its association football team.

Bundesliga association football league

The Bundesliga is a professional association football league in Germany and the football league with the highest average stadium attendance worldwide. At the top of the German football league system, the Bundesliga is Germany's primary football competition. The Bundesliga comprises 18 teams and operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the 2. Bundesliga. Seasons run from August to May. Most games are played on Saturdays and Sundays, with a few games played on weekdays. All of the Bundesliga clubs qualify for the DFB-Pokal. The winner of the Bundesliga qualifies for the DFL-Supercup.

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.

Mannheim Place in Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Mannheim is a city in the southwestern part of Germany, the third-largest in the German state of Baden-Württemberg after Stuttgart and Karlsruhe with a 2015 population of approximately 305,000 inhabitants. The city is at the centre of the larger densely populated Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region which has a population of 2,400,000 and is Germany's eighth-largest metropolitan region.

The 1980–81 2. Bundesliga season was the seventh season of the 2. Bundesliga, the second tier of the German football league system. It was played in two regional divisions, Nord and Süd. This was the final season of the original two region 2. Bundesliga, as the DFB sought to integrate the Nord and Süd divisions into a single division for the next campaign. This meant 22 teams faced the drop to the Oberliga. There were three promotion spots to the Bundesliga on offer, while the remaining teams would enter the new single league 2. Bundesliga in the next season.

2. Bundesliga association football league

The 2. Bundesliga is the second division of professional football in Germany. The 2. Bundesliga is ranked below the Bundesliga and above the 3. Liga in the German football league system. All of the 2. Bundesliga clubs qualify for the DFB-Pokal, the annual German Cup competition. A total of 125 clubs have competed in the 2. Bundesliga since its foundation.

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]

Hanseatic League Confederation in Northern Europe

The Hanseatic League was a commercial and defensive confederation of merchant guilds and market towns in Northwestern and Central Europe. Growing from a few North German towns in the late 1100s, the league came to dominate Baltic maritime trade for three centuries along the coasts of Northern Europe. Hansa territories stretched from the Baltic to the North Sea and inland during the Late Middle Ages, and diminished slowly after 1450.

The 1992–93 Bundesliga was the 30th season of the Bundesliga, Germany's premier football league. It began on 14 August 1992 and ended on 5 June 1993. VfB Stuttgart were the defending champions.

DFB-Pokal cup for German knockout football cup comptetion held BV annually

The DFB-Pokal[ˈdeː ʔɛf beː poˈkaːl] is a German knockout football cup competition held annually by the Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB). Sixty-four teams participate in the competition, including all clubs from the Bundesliga and the 2. Bundesliga. It is considered the second-most important club title in German football after the Bundesliga championship. Taking place from August until June, the winner qualifies for the DFL-Supercup and the UEFA Europa League unless the winner already qualifies for the UEFA Champions League in the Bundesliga.

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]

SV Werder Bremen II reserve association football team in Germany

SV Werder Bremen II is the reserve team of SV Werder Bremen. It currently plays in Regionalliga, the fourth level of the German football league system, and has qualified for the first round of the DFB-Pokal on nineteen occasions. It also has won the German amateur football championship three times, a joint record. Until 2005 the team played as SV Werder Bremen Amateure.

Regionalliga Nord association football league

The Regionalliga Nord is the fourth tier of the German football league system in the states of Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein, Bremen and Hamburg. It is one of five leagues at this level, together with the Regionalliga Bayern, Regionalliga Nordost, Regionalliga Südwest and the Regionalliga West. Until the introduction of the 3. Liga in 2008 it was the third tier.

Felix Magath German association football player and manager

Wolfgang Felix Magath is a German football manager and former player, who played as a midfielder. The most notable spell of his playing career was with Hamburger SV, with whom he won three Bundesliga titles, the 1977 European Cup Winners' Cup Final and the 1983 European Cup Final, scoring in both Finals. He also gained 43 international caps for the West Germany national team, winning UEFA Euro 1980 and reaching two consecutive World Cup finals.

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.

The Double, in association football, is the achievement of winning a country's top tier division and its primary cup competition in the same season. The lists in this article examine this definition of a double, while derivative sections examine much less frequent, continental instances. The Double can also mean beating a team both home and away in the same league season, a feat often noted as doing the double over a particular opponent.

The 2003–04 Bundesliga was the 41st season of the Bundesliga, Germany's premier football league.

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] 6453081381991,102878+224047.75 [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]
Total8193851782561,4421,152+290047.01

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

Player

Manager

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