Thomas Strunz

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Thomas Strunz
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Strunz signing autographs in 2010.
Personal information
Date of birth (1968-04-25) 25 April 1968 (age 50)
Place of birth Duisburg, West Germany
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1977–1981 TuRA 88 Duisburg
1981–1986 MSV Duisburg
Senior career*
1986–1989 MSV Duisburg 94 (30)
1989–1992 Bayern Munich 59 (12)
1992–1995 VfB Stuttgart 79 (9)
1995–2000 Bayern Munich 97 (11)
National team
1990 Germany U21 2 (0)
1990–1999 Germany 41 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Thomas Strunz (born 25 April 1968) is a German retired footballer who played mostly as a defensive midfielder.

Germany Federal parliamentary republic in central-western Europe

Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a country in Central and Western Europe, lying between the Baltic and North Seas to the north, and the Alps to the south. It borders Denmark to the north, Poland and the Czech Republic to the east, Austria and Switzerland to the south, France to the southwest, and Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands to the west.

Association football team field sport

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Over the course of 12 seasons, he amassed Bundesliga totals of 235 games and 32 goals, representing in the competition Bayern Munich and Stuttgart. He won 12 major titles with the first club.

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.

FC Bayern Munich German multi-sport club, noted for its association football team

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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.

Strunz gained 41 caps for Germany, during nine years. He was part of the squad that won Euro 1996. [1]

Cap (sport) sports game

In sport, a cap is a metaphorical term for a player's appearance in a game at international level. The term dates from the practice in the United Kingdom of awarding a cap to every player in an international match of association football. In the early days of football, the concept of each team wearing a set of matching shirts had not been universally adopted, so each side would distinguish itself from the other by wearing a specific sort of cap.

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.

UEFA Euro 1996 1996 edition of the UEFA Euro

The 1996 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as Euro 96, was the 10th UEFA European Championship, a quadrennial football tournament contested by European nations and organised by UEFA. It took place in England from 8 to 30 June 1996.

Club career

Born in Duisburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Strunz started his career playing for hometown club MSV Duisburg, but moved to FC Bayern Munich aged 21. He made his Bundesliga debut on 31 August 1989 in a 4–0 home win against Hamburger SV, and proceeded to score five goals in 20 matches in his first season.

Duisburg Place in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Duisburg is a city of about 500,000 inhabitants in Germany’s Rhineland, at the confluence of the Rhine and the Ruhr. In medieval times, it was a member of the powerful Hanseatic League, and later became a major centre of iron, steel, and chemicals. For this reason, it was heavily bombed in World War II. Today it boasts the world's largest inland port, with 21 docks and 40 kilometres of wharf. The city supports a large Turkish community.

North Rhine-Westphalia State in Germany

North Rhine-Westphalia is a state of Germany.

MSV Duisburg association football club in Germany

Meidericher Spielverein 02 e. V. Duisburg, commonly known as simply MSV Duisburg, is a German association football club based in Duisburg, North Rhine-Westphalia. Nicknamed Die Zebras for their traditional striped jerseys, the club was one of the original members of the Bundesliga when it was formed in 1963.

Strunz joined VfB Stuttgart for 1992–93, netting five times in his debut campaign before returning to Bayern after three years. [2] In his two spells with the Bavarian side he won five championship medals and two German cups, adding the 1995–96 UEFA Cup in which he scored two goals in nine games. In his final two seasons he played rarely due to recurrent injuries, and retired in late 2000 as his team went on to win back-to-back league titles.

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.

Bavaria State in Germany

Bavaria, officially the Free State of Bavaria, is a landlocked federal state of Germany, occupying its southeastern corner. With an area of 70,550.19 square kilometres, Bavaria is the largest German state by land area. Its territory comprises roughly a fifth of the total land area of Germany. With 13 million inhabitants, it is Germany's second-most-populous state after North Rhine-Westphalia. Bavaria's capital and largest city, Munich, is the third-largest city in Germany.

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.

After retiring, Strunz served as general manager at VfL Wolfsburg for nearly a year, being fired on 19 December 2005 – head coach Holger Fach was sacked on the same day, and the former was awarded 2.750.000 in compensation. [3] In April 2008 he enrolled in the same capacity at lowly Rot-Weiss Essen, being fired on 12 September of the following year.

VfL Wolfsburg sportsclub from Wolfsburg

Verein für Leibesübungen Wolfsburg e. V., commonly known as VfL Wolfsburg or Wolfsburg, is a German sports club based in Wolfsburg, Lower Saxony. The club grew out of a multi-sports club for Volkswagen workers in the city of Wolfsburg. It is best known for its football department, but other departments include badminton, handball and athletics.

Holger Fach is a former German footballer. Mainly a defensive midfielder, he could also pitch in at centre back.

Euro European currency

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International career

Strunz made his debut for Germany on 10 October 1990, in a 3–1 friendly win in Sweden. He went on to represent the nation at the 1994 FIFA World Cup and the victorious UEFA Euro 1996.

During the latter competition, Strunz appeared in five of six matches (being sent off against Italy and subsequently suspended for the quarter-final), converting his penalty shootout attempt in the semi-finals and playing the entire final against the Czech Republic.

International goal

Scores and results list Germany's goal tally first.
1.7 June 1995 Vasil Levski, Sofia, Bulgaria Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 2–02–3 Euro 1996 qualifying


After retiring, Strunz worked as football pundit for German TV channel Sport1.

Personal life

Strunz's wife, Claudia, left him for fellow German international Stefan Effenberg. [4]

On 10 March 1998, he was one of the main targets in a furious press conference held by Bayern manager Giovanni Trapattoni, who addressed the media in broken German. [5] [6] The Italian press was amused by his surname pronounced repeatedly and with great vigor by the coach, since in Italian "stronzo" is a swear word literally meaning "turd", but roughly equivalent to "asshole". [7]



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  2. Arnhold, Matthias (14 January 2016). "Thomas Strunz – Matches and Goals in Bundesliga". RSSSF. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  3. "Fach fired by Wolfsburg". 19 December 2005. Retrieved 2 January 2009.
  4. "Matthaeus is 'a real quitter,' says Effenberg". Sports Illustrated. 2 May 2003. Retrieved 27 May 2008.
  5. "Short version of press conference" (in German and English). YouTube.
  6. "Long version" (in German). YouTube.
  7. "Trapattoni che parla tedesco..." [Trapattoni who speaks German...] (in Italian). Viaggio in Germania. Retrieved 26 May 2013.