Tomasz Zdebel

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Tomasz Zdebel
Personal information
Full nameTomasz Zdebel
Date of birth (1973-05-25) 25 May 1973 (age 46)
Place of birth Katowice, Poland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Youth career
0000–1988 GKS Katowice
1988–1990 Fortuna Düsseldorf
Senior career*
1990–1992 Rot-Weiss Essen 30 (4)
1992–1994 1. FC Köln II 47 (3)
1993–1997 1. FC Köln 57 (2)
1997–2001 Lierse 78 (9)
2001–2003 Gençlerbirliği 80 (12)
2003–2008 VfL Bochum 162 (8)
2009–2010 Bayer Leverkusen 12 (0)
2009 Bayer Leverkusen II 1 (0)
2010–2011 Alemannia Aachen 6 (0)
National team
2000–2003 Poland 14 (0)
Teams managed
2015–2017 SV Bergisch Gladbach 09
2018–2019 TV Herkenrath 09
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Tomasz Zdebel (born 25 May 1973) is a Polish-German former professional footballer [1] who played as a defensive midfielder. He was active in his active career in Germany, Belgium and Turkey. From 2000 to 2003, he played for the Polish national team.


Early years

Zdebel was born and raised in Katowice, Poland. [2] His father was a football player who worked as a miner during the week. [3] In 1988 the family emigrated to Düsseldorf. [4] [5]


Zdebel started playing football with the local club GKS Katowice. Having emigrated to Germany, he joined the youth team of Fortuna Düsseldorf. He started his senior career in 1990 at Rot-Weiss Essen. One year later the team was relegated from the Bundesliga. In 1992 Zdebel joined 1. FC Köln and played for their reserve team. In 1993, he debuted for the first team. [4]

He left Cologne in 1997 and moved to Lierse SK. In his first season the club finished seventh and qualified for the 1997–98 UEFA Champions League. The next season Lierse won the Belgian Cup. Zdebel played as central midfielder and as a defender for Lierse. [4]

In 2001, Zdebel moved to Turkey and signed with Gençlerbirliği S.K.. In 2003, he returned to Germany and joined VfL Bochum.

Coaching career

Zdebel runs a football school called Spofa-Fußballschule, alongside former footballer Andrzej Rudy. [6]

In 2012, Zdebel began working as a youth coordinator for SV Bergisch Gladbach 09. [7] After first team manager Dietmar Schacht was fired on 18 March 2015, Zdebel took over his position. [8] On 2 October 2017, Zdebel resigned from his position. [9]

On 4 November 2018, Zdebel was appointed as the manager of TV Herkenrath 09. [10] After only eight weeks, on 4 January 2019, Zdebel resigned after a massive chaos, with several players leaving the club. [11]

Career statistics

Club performanceLeagueCupLeague CupContinentalTotal
GermanyLeague DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
1990–91 Essen 2. Bundesliga 100010
1991–92 Oberliga Nordrhein 29410304
1992–93 Köln II 230230
1993–94 Köln Bundesliga 100010
1994–95 13120151
1995–96 23010240
1996–97 20110211
BelgiumLeague Belgian Cup League Cup Europe Total
1997–98 Lierse First Division 30460
1998–99 283
1999–00 202
TurkeyLeague Türkiye Kupası League Cup Europe Total
2000–01 Gençlerbirliği 1. Lig 30341344
2001–02 Süper Lig 2230020243
2002–03 28650336
GermanyLeague DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
2003–04 Bochum Bundesliga 3411010361
2004–05 281101020321
2005–06 2. Bundesliga 30220322
2006–07 Bundesliga 32120341
2007–08 26110271
2008–09 12120141
2008–09 Bayer Leverkusen 400040
2009–10 801090
2009–10 Bayer Leverkusen II Regionalliga West 1010
2010–11 Aachen 2. Bundesliga 601070
Career total4733720100

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  1. "Zdebel, Thomas" (in German). Retrieved 18 August 2010.
  2. "Elf Dinge über: Thomas Zdebel" (in German). VfL Bochum 1848 Fußballgemeinschaft e.V. 18 July 2007. Archived from the original on 31 December 2014. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
  3. ""Leistung liegt allein an uns"". RevierSport online (in German). RevierSport online GmbH. 29 March 2007. Retrieved 24 January 2005.
  4. 1 2 3 Lußem, Frank (29 March 2004). ""Ich habe alles richtig gemacht"". kicker online (in German). Olympia Verlag GmbH. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  5. Eckhardt, Michael (2 January 2009). "Koller degradiert Zdebel - Klimowicz soll kommen". WAZ (in German). FUNKE DIGITAL Media GmbH & Co. KG. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
  6. "Sommertour Nah am Ball und mit den Füßen im Fluss". Bergische Landeszeitung (in German). 30 July 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  7. "Tomas Zdebel". (in German). Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  8. "Thomas Zdebel statt Dietmar Schacht". (in German). 18 March 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  9. "Thomas Zdebel tritt in Bergisch Gladbach zurück". (in German). 2 October 2017. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  10. "TV Herkenrath trennt sich von Trainer Burhenne – Ex-Profi Zdebel übernimmt". Media-Sportservice West (in German). 4 November 2018. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  11. "Ex-FC-Profi will nicht mehr „TV Chaosrath": Jetzt haut auch der Trainer in den Sack". Express (in German). 4 January 2019. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dariusz Wosz
VfL Bochum captain
July 2006 − December 2008
Succeeded by
Marcel Maltritz