Tim Borowski

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Tim Borowski
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Borowski with Werder Bremen in 2007
Personal information
Full name Tim Borowski [1]
Date of birth (1980-05-02) 2 May 1980 (age 43) [1]
Place of birth Neubrandenburg, East Germany
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) [1]
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
1985–1996 Neubrandenburg 04
1996–1999 Werder Bremen
Senior career*
1999–2001 Werder Bremen II 58 (12)
2000–2008 Werder Bremen 169 (23)
2008–2009 Bayern Munich 26 (5)
2009–2012 Werder Bremen 41 (4)
International career
1999–2001 Germany U21 15 (0)
2002–2004 Germany B 5 (0)
2002–2008 Germany 33 (2)
Managerial career
2017 Werder Bremen youth (assistant manager)
2017–2021 Werder Bremen (assistant manager)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Tim Borowski (born 2 May 1980) is a German football manager and former player.


A midfielder, Borowski spent 11 years of his 12-year professional career with Werder Bremen, amassing Bundesliga totals of 236 games and 32 goals [2] and winning three major titles, including the 2004 national championship. He played 33 times and scored twice for the Germany national team from 2002 to 2008, representing Germany at the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2008.

Club career

Werder Bremen

Born in Neubrandenburg, Bezirk Neubrandenburg, East Germany, Borowski started his career at hometown club 1. FC Neubrandenburg 04, where he was spotted by SV Werder Bremen and signed at the age of 16 for its junior teams. He spent two full seasons with the reserves, competing mainly in Regionalliga Nord.

Borowski made his official debut for Werder on 26 August 2000, starting in a 0–1 home loss against VfL Wolfsburg for the DFB-Pokal. He was definitely promoted to the main squad early into the following campaign.

Borowski contributed with 25 games and one goal (against FC Schalke 04 in a 4–1 home win) in 2003–04 as the Hanseatic won their fourth national championship, the first in 11 years. He added career highs of ten goals and 11 assists in the 2005–06 season, helping his team to a final second position; in the latter campaign's UEFA Champions League he also scored against Juventus F.C. for a 3–2 round-of-16 first leg home win, in an eventual away goals rule exit. [3]

Bayern Munich

Borowski joined FC Bayern Munich in the 2008 summer after the move was made effective in January, in a free transfer. [4] He finished his first and only season with 30 appearances all competitions comprised. In this season, he appeared in the Champions League seven times and scored there once, he scored in the DFB-Pokal too, and in the Bundesliga five times. In the Bundesliga, he managed to establish himself in the starting eleven six times, in the DFB-Pokal twice, and in the Champions League also twice. [5] [6]

Return to Werder

Borowski returned to Werder Bremen on 22 July 2009, signing a three-year contract. After featuring in only 13 league matches in his last two years combined he was released by his main club, [7] and retired from football shortly after due to injury, aged 32. [8]

In the summer of 2014, Borowski completed his 18-month traineeship in the marketing department which he had been going through since January 2013 at Werder Bremen. [9] In April of the following year, he signed a contract until July 2018 as sports director for the reserve team. [10] [11]

International career

Borowski gained his first cap for Germany on 21 August 2002, appearing as a late substitute in a 2–2 friendly draw with Bulgaria in Sofia. [12] He was selected by manager Jürgen Klinsmann for the 2006 FIFA World Cup on home soil, filling in for captain Michael Ballack in the opener against Costa Rica (4–2 triumph).

Borowski then proceeded to collect a further four substitute appearances: in the quarter-final against Argentina he made a superb assist for Bremen teammate Miroslav Klose to score the equalizing goal for Germany, and also converted his penalty shootout attempt as it ended 4–2 for the hosts. [13] He started in the following match against Italy, leaving injured in an eventual 0–2 loss. [14]

Borowski also participated at the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup (three minutes against Brazil in the semi-finals) and UEFA Euro 2008 (two substitute appearances for the runners-up).

Post-playing career

Next to manager Florian Kohfeldt, Borowski became part of the coaching team in 2017. [15] Prior to this, he assisted at one of the club's youth level teams (U17). [16] He worked to acquire the fourth and final DFB manager license in 2020. [17]

Career statistics


Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueNational cupLeague cupContinentalTotalRef.
Werder Bremen II 1999–2000 Regionalliga Nord 29620316 [18] [19]
2000–01 27510285 [18] [19]
2001–02 211132 [19]
Werder Bremen 2001–02 Bundesliga 2612120302 [19]
2002–03 180400022242 [19]
2003–04 2515510316 [19]
2004–05 3175320604410 [19]
2005–06 31103020934513 [19]
2006–07 172001061243 [19]
2007–08 212311170324 [19]
Bayern Munich 2008–09 Bundesliga2652171357 [19]
Werder Bremen 2009–10 Bundesliga28461111456 [19]
2010–11 1201140171 [19]
2011–12 101020 [19]
Career total2944436146155839167


Appearances and goals by national team and year [18]
National teamYearAppsGoals
Germany 200220
Scores and results list Germany's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Borowski goal. [18]
List of international goals scored by Tim Borowski
17 September 2005 Weserstadion, Bremen, GermanyFlag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 2–14–2 Friendly
22 June 2006 Borussia-Park, Mönchengladbach, GermanyFlag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 3–03–0


Werder Bremen [20]


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