Tim Leibold

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Tim Leibold
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Leibold playing for 1. FC Nürnberg in 2019
Personal information
Full name Tim Leibold
Date of birth (1993-11-30) 30 November 1993 (age 29)
Place of birth Böblingen, Germany
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Left-back
Team information
Current team
Sporting Kansas City
Number 14
Youth career
2000–2006 VfB Stuttgart
2006–2009 TSF Ditzingen
2009–2011 SGV Freiberg
Senior career*
2012–2013 SGV Freiberg 33 (5)
2013–2015 VfB Stuttgart II 54 (1)
2015–2019 1. FC Nürnberg 102 (8)
2019–2022 Hamburger SV 78 (5)
2023– Sporting Kansas City 8 (0)
International career
2013 Germany U20 5 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 11 June 2023
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 6 December 2013

Tim Leibold (born 30 November 1993) is a German professional footballer who plays left-back for Sporting Kansas City. He began his career with VfB Stuttgart before joining 1. FC Nürnberg in 2015, where he experienced his breakthrough.


Club career

Early years

Leibold played for VfB Stuttgart until he was 12 years old. During his youth career, he played for TSF Ditzingen and SGV Freiberg where he also played for the adult team in the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg. In the 2012–13 season he played 33 matches and scored 5 goals. One year later he changed teams again and went back to VfB Stuttgart II, where he played for the second team in the 3.Liga.

On 20 July 2013, Leibold played his first match for VfB Stuttgart II [1] as a professional in 2013–14 season against Borussia Dortmund II.

1. FC Nürnberg

For the 2015–16 season Leibold moved to 1. FC Nürnberg [2] in the 2.Bundesliga. On 6 May 2018 he scored as Nurnberg won 2–0 against SV Sandhausen to clinch promotion to the Bundesliga. [3]

Hamburger SV

For the 2019–20 season Leibold moved to Hamburger SV, where he signed a four-year contract. [4] Under head coach Dieter Hecking, Leibold was an undisputed starter and did not miss a single minute of the playing time during the season. In addition to scoring one goal, he made the most assists of the season with 16 assists. [5] In particular, he convinced with good performances in the first half of the season, after which he was rated by the German sports magazine kicker behind Moritz Heyer of VfL Osnabrück as the second best defender in the league. [6] In the second half of the season, Leibold's performance and that of the entire team, which had been on pace for a direct promotion place after the first half of the season, decreased. At the end of the season, HSV missed promotion to the Bundesliga in 4th place for a second season in a row. Leibold made it into the kicker team of the season. [7] The player himself took on responsibility with the words "We screwed it up ourselves, that's why we don't complain that we didn't get promoted" and named several late draws and defeats as a reason for the failure. According to Leibold, the team was "simply too immature in the end," the "knockouts" meant that by the end of the season "their heads were empty, their legs too heavy". [8]

For the 2020–21 season, Leibold was appointed team captain by the new head coach Daniel Thioune, thereby succeeding Aaron Hunt. [9]

He would be relegated to vice-captain by Tim Walter after Sebastian Schonlau would be appointed team captain right after leaving SC Paderborn 07. [10]

Sporting Kansas City

On 12 January 2023, it was announced Leibold had signed with MLS side Sporting Kansas City on a 3-year deal.

Leibold made his debut on the 28th February 2023 in a match against Portland Timbers where he was substituted on for the last 17 minutes of the match. Sporting KC lost the match 1-0.

Leibold made his first start on the 12th March 2023 in a goal-less draw at home to LA Galaxy. [11] [12]

International career

On 10 October 2013, Leibold celebrated his first match for the Germany U20 national team at the Tournament of 4 nations versus Turkey. During this tournament, he played four more matches while Germany won the tournament.

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