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Thom receiving the East German Footballer of the Year award in 1988
|Date of birth||7 September 1965|
|Place of birth||Rüdersdorf bei Berlin, East Germany|
|East Germany U21||3||(0)|
|2003-2007||Hertha BSC (assistant)|
|2008-2010||Holstein Kiel (assistant)|
|2010-||Hertha BSC (U17 coach)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Andreas Thom (born 7 September 1965 in Rüdersdorf, Germany) is a former German football player who played as a forward for Dynamo Berlin, Bayer Leverkusen, Celtic and Hertha Berlin. He played 51 times for East Germany throughout the 1980s and played 10 times for the unified German national team in the early 1990s. He is now retired from playing and works as a youth coach at Hertha BSC.
Thom began his professional career with Dynamo Berlin. In his time there, he won the GDR Premier League in 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1988, and the GDR Cup in 1988 and 1989, scoring the only goal of the game in the latter final. In 1988 Thom was the top scorer in East Germany and that same year also voted the East German Footballer of the Year.
On 16 December 1989, Thom became the first East German to sign for a Bundesliga club when he joined West German side Bayer Leverkusen for a transfer fee of 2.5 million Deutsche Mark (approx £900,000). The transfer also placed Thom amongst the highest earners in the Bundesliga and made him the highest paid player at Bayer Leverkusen. Thom made his historic debut for his new club on 17 February 1990, and scored the opening goal in a 3-1 win over FC Homburg. Thom spent over 5 years at Bayer Leverkusen, and picked up a winner's medal on 12 June 1993 win they defeated Hertha Berlin II 1-0 in the final of the German Cup.
Thom signed for Glasgow club Celtic in July 1995 for a then club record fee of £2.2million. On 30 November 1997, Thom picked up another winner's medal when he played in the Celtic side that defeated Dundee United 3-0 in the Scottish League Cup Final. Thom moved back to Germany in January 1998 to sign for Hertha Berlin, although his 15 league appearances for Celtic earlier that season saw him pick up a Scottish League championship medal when Celtic clinched the league title in May 1998.
Thom played for the East Germany national football team between 1984 and 1990, making 51 appearances and scoring 16 goals. He made his debut in a friendly against Algeria on 10 October 1984. He scored the first of his 16 international goals on 6 February 1985 in another friendly, a 3-2 win over Ecuador. Thom played regularly for East Germany up to the reunification of Germany in 1990.
After the reunification of Germany, he played for the unified team in a further 10 matches and scored 2 goals. He made his only appearance in the finals of a major international tournament in 1992 when he came on as a substitute for Stefan Effenberg in the final of Euro 1992 against Denmark (Germany lost 2-0).
After the sacking of Huub Stevens as head coach at Hertha BSC in December 2003, Thom briefly took over for 3 games until Hans Meyer was appointed later that month. Thom became assistant coach at the club and held that position under Meyer's successor, Falko Götz. On 10 April 2007, Thom was sacked along with Götz due to the poor performance of Hertha BSC.
On 15 December 2008 it was announced that Thom would become assistant coach at lower league Holstein Kiel in January 2009. Under head coach Falko Götz, Thom helped Holstein Kiel win promotion from the Regional North League to the national third division in 2009. On 15 February 2010 Holstein Kiel sacked Andreas Thom.
Since the 2010/11 season, Thom has managed the Under-17 team of Hertha BSC.
- East German Champion (5): 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988
- East German Cup (2): 1988, 1989
- German Cup (1): 1993
- Scottish League champion (1): 1998
- Scottish League Cup (1): 1997
- East German Footballer of the Year (1): 1988
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- Bundesliga stats
- Andreas Thom - Goals in International Matches and Andreas Thom - Matches in Oberliga in the RSSSF archive