Thomas Schneider (footballer)

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Thomas Schneider
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Schneider in 2013
Personal information
Full nameThomas Schneider
Date of birth (1972-11-24) 24 November 1972 (age 46)
Place of birth Rheinhausen, West Germany
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Germany (assistant)
Youth career
1979–1983 TSV Höfingen
1983–1991 VfB Stuttgart
Senior career*
1991–1994 VfB Stuttgart II 34 (2)
1991–2003 VfB Stuttgart 133 (7)
2003–2005 Hannover 96 8 (0)
Teams managed
2007–2009 FC Dingolfing (youth)
2009–2010 FC Dingolfing
2011–2013 VfB Stuttgart (youth)
2013–2014 VfB Stuttgart
2014– Germany (assistant coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Thomas Schneider (born 24 November 1972) is a German professional football manager and former defender, who is assistant manager to Joachim Löw for the German national team. Schneider had previously been manager of Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart.

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

Joachim Löw German footballer

Joachim Löw is a German football coach, and former player. He is the head coach of the Germany national team, which he led to victory at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.

Germany national football team mens national association football team representing Germany

The Germany national football team is the men's football team that has represented Germany in international competition since 1908. It is governed by the German Football Association, founded in 1900. Ever since the DFB was reinaugurated in 1949 the team has represented the Federal Republic of Germany. Under Allied occupation and division, two other separate national teams were also recognised by FIFA: the Saarland team representing the Saarland (1950–1956) and the East German team representing the German Democratic Republic (1952–1990). Both have been absorbed along with their records by the current national team. The official name and code "Germany FR (FRG)" was shortened to "Germany (GER)" following the reunification in 1990.


Playing career

Schneider joined VfB Stuttgart as a 10-year-old, and progressed through the youth teams, making his breakthrough in the 1991–92 season. He made two appearances that year, deputising for Uwe Schneider (no relation) as the club won the Bundesliga title. He spent the next couple of years back in Stuttgart's reserve team, and it wasn't until August 1994 that he made his third Bundesliga appearance, when he replaced Marc Kienle in a 2–2 draw with 1. FC Köln at the Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion. Over the next seven years he established himself as a regular member of Stuttgart's first-team, playing alongside experienced defenders such as Thomas Berthold, Zvonimir Soldo and Frank Verlaat, and such were his performances that he was almost called up to the German national team by then coach Berti Vogts. In 1997 Stuttgart won the DFB-Pokal, and Schneider played in the final, replacing Matthias Hagner for the last 20 minutes of the victory over FC Energie Cottbus. The following year he was in the starting line-up for the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Final, but Stuttgart lost 1–0 to Chelsea.

VfB Stuttgart German sports club

Verein für Bewegungsspiele Stuttgart 1893 e. V., commonly known as VfB Stuttgart, is a German sports club based in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg. The club is best known for its football team which is part of Germany's first division Bundesliga. VfB Stuttgart has won the national championship five times, most recently in 2006–07; the DFB-Pokal three times; and the UEFA Intertoto Cup a record three times.

Uwe Schneider is a German former footballer. Since 2008 he works as an athletic director for FC 08 Villingen.

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.

Injury caused Schneider to miss the entire 2001–02 season, and after only four appearances the following year, he left VfB Stuttgart, after 20 years, to join Hannover 96, then managed by Ralf Rangnick, who had coached him at Stuttgart. He spent two seasons with Hannover, and only made eight appearances, and was forced to retire early in the summer of 2005, due to illness brought on by a tick bite that had been spotted too late.

Hannover 96 German sports club

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Ralf Rangnick German footballer and manager

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Managerial career

Early career

In 2007 Schneider took up the coaching of the under-19 team of Bayernliga side FC Dingolfing, and managed the first-team for the 2009–10 season. After attending the Hennes Weisweiler coaching academy in Cologne, he returned to VfB Stuttgart in 2011, to coach the club's under-17 side.

Bayernliga football league in Germany

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Hennes Weisweiler German football player and manager

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Cologne Place in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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VfB Stuttgart

On 26 August 2013, Schneider became the head coach of VfB Stuttgart's first team, replacing Bruno Labbadia, who was on a 3-game losing streak. [1] Schneider was sacked by Stuttgart on 9 March 2014 and replaced by Huub Stevens. [2] Schneider was sacked after a 2–2 draw against Eintracht Braunschweig, who was in last place at the time. However, manager Fredi Bobic was quoted saying that VfB Stuttgart and Schneider will work together again in the future. [3] Prior to the draw, Stuttgart had lost eight consecutive matches. [3] Schneider was the sixth coaching casualty during the 2013–14 season. [2]

Huub Stevens Dutch football player and manager

Hubertus Jozef Margaretha "Huub" Stevens is a Dutch football manager and former defender.

The 2013–14 Bundesliga was the 51st season of the Bundesliga, Germany's premier football league. The season began on 9 August 2013 and the final matchday was on 10 May 2014. The winter break started on 23 December 2013 and ended on 24 January 2014. Bayern Munich were the defending champions. Bayern officially clinched the championship on 25 March 2014 after defeating Hertha BSC, on the 27th match day of the season. This breaks their previous record from last season, where Bayern clinched the Bundesliga on match day 28.

German national team

On 2 September 2014, Germany's manager Joachim Löw appointed Schneider as assistant coach, following former assistant Hansi Flick's promotion to sporting director.

Hans-Dieter Flick German footballer

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Coaching record

As of 8 March 2014.
GWDLWin %Ref.
VfB Stuttgart 26 August 2013 [1] 9 March 2014 [2] 235612021.74 [4]



VfB Stuttgart


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    1. 1 2 "Ex-Profi Schneider übernimmt das Ruder". kicker (in German). 26 August 2013. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
    2. 1 2 3 "VfB Stuttgart entlässt Schneider und holt Stevens". Die Welt (in German). 9 March 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
    3. 1 2 "Nun soll Stevens den VfB retten". kicker (in German). 9 March 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
    4. "VfB Stuttgart" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 29 January 2014.