Tobias Rau

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Tobias Rau
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Rau in 2015
Personal information
Full name Tobias Rau
Date of birth (1981-12-31) 31 December 1981 (age 41)
Place of birth Braunschweig, West Germany
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Left back
Youth career
1986–1996 Sportfreunde Ölper
1996–1999 Eintracht Braunschweig
Senior career*
1999–2001 Eintracht Braunschweig 60 (1)
2001–2003 VfL Wolfsburg 48 (1)
2003–2005 Bayern Munich 13 (0)
2005–2009 Arminia Bielefeld 32 (0)
International career
2002 Germany U21 9 (1)
2003 Germany 7 (1)
2005 Germany Team 2006 1 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Tobias Rau (born 31 December 1981) is a German former professional footballer who played as a left back.


In a career blighted by injuries, he retired from professional play at only 27.

Club career


Rau was born in Braunschweig, Lower Saxony. After making his professional debut at the third level of the German league pyramid with hometown club Eintracht Braunschweig, [1] he moved to the professionals with VfL Wolfsburg.

Rau amassed 52 official appearances for the latter side. [2] His Bundesliga debut came on 18 August 2001, starting and featuring 52 minutes in a 1–1 home draw against SC Freiburg.

Bayern Munich

In June 2003, Rau's solid performances caught the attention of powerhouse FC Bayern Munich. However, several serious injuries [3] and stiff competition from Frenchmen Willy Sagnol and Bixente Lizarazu [4] restricted his chances to 19 games across all competitions (with a further eight for the reserve team). [2]

Arminia Bielefeld

In the summer of 2005, Rau signed with Arminia Bielefeld, where he would also be a backup and suffer severely with injuries – only an average of eight league matches in four years – being released on 30 June 2009 [5] before announcing his retirement on 6 July. [6]

International career

Rau played seven times for Germany, all in 2003. [7] His debut came on 12 February in a friendly with Spain played in Palma, Majorca, and his only goal contributed to a 4–1 home defeat of Canada on 1 June. [8]

Personal life

In July 2009, shortly after retiring, Rau announced his return to school to start a career as a teacher despite having offers from clubs abroad and from the 2. Bundesliga. [9] [10]

Rau returned to playing football in 2012, joining Kreisliga amateurs TV Neuenkirchen.

Career statistics

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition [2] [11]
ClubSeasonLeagueNational CupContinentalTotal
Eintracht Braunschweig 1999–2000 Regionalliga Nord 261261
2000–01 Regionalliga Nord340340
VfL Wolfsburg 2001–02 Bundesliga 22110231
2002–03 Bundesliga27020290
Bayern Munich 2003–04 Bundesliga80201 [lower-alpha 1] 0110
2004–05 Bundesliga50102 [lower-alpha 1] 080
Bayern Munich II 2003–04 Regionalliga Süd 2020
2004–05 Regionalliga Süd501060
Arminia Bielefeld 2005–06 Bundesliga14020160
2006–07 Bundesliga501060
2007–08 Bundesliga10020120
2008–09 Bundesliga300030
Arminia Bielefeld II 2006–07 Oberliga Westfalen 4040
2007–08Oberliga Westfalen1010
Career Total1662120301812
  1. 1 2 Appearance(s) in the UEFA Champions League

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