Bernd Schneider (footballer)
Schneider training for Germany in 2006
|Full name||Bernd Schneider|
|Date of birth||17 November 1973|
|Place of birth||Jena, East Germany|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|1980–1983||BSG Aufbau Jena|
|1983–1991||Carl Zeiss Jena|
|1991–1998||Carl Zeiss Jena||158||(21)|
|2009||Bayer 04 Leverkusen II||8||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Bernd Schneider (born 17 November 1973) is a retired German footballer. He was mainly a midfielder but could play anywhere on the left and right flanks. After retiring in June 2009, he took up an advisory role at his first club, Carl Zeiss Jena, and a scouting position at Bayer Leverkusen.
Nicknamed Schnix by fans and teammates, Schneider started out at his hometown club Carl Zeiss Jena and made a name for himself during his decade-long stint at Bayer Leverkusen. He earned the nickname "The White Brazilian" for his dribbling and passing skills as well as his accurate free kicks and corners. Although mostly a provider of goals rather than a finisher, he was capable of scoring, especially from long distance.
Schneider started his professional career at local Carl Zeiss Jena, going on to help the East German outfit to remain five consecutive seasons in the second division; his debut came on 13 August 1991, playing ten minutes in a 1–3 loss at Darmstadt 98.
Schneider then played one season at Eintracht Frankfurt, subsequently moving to Bayer Leverkusen, and establishing himself as an essential player for both club and country. In 1999–2000 and 2001–02, he was instrumental in Bayer's runner-up league finishes, serving 11 decisive passes in the latter season, as well as netting five goals himself; he also appeared 19 times as the side reached the 2002 Champions League Final.
More a creator than a finisher, Schneider scored a career-best ten league goals in the 2003–04 season, making him the highest-scoring midfielder in that year's competition, alongside Johan Micoud; Leverkusen finished third and, during the following season, Schneider renewed his link for a further four years.
After two more seasons in which he scored ten goals and achieved 18 assists in 60 matches, Schneider began suffering consecutive injuries: first the calf, then the back, being sidelined almost the entire 2008–09 due to the latter. He only managed to return to action on 16 May 2009, playing the last 20 minutes of a 5–0 home win against Borussia Mönchengladbach. The following month, he announced his retirement after failing to fully recover from the injury.
- Bundesliga Runner-up 1999–2000 & 2001–2002
- DFB-Pokal Runner-up 2001–02 & 2008–09
- UEFA Champions League Runner-up 2002
- FIFA World Cup Runner-up 2002
- FIFA World Cup 3rd Place 2006
- Confederations Cup 3rd Place 2005
Since then, Schneider has established himself as a vital squad member due to his work rate and versatility. He was ever-present at the 2002 World Cup, where he scored his first goal in their 8–0 thrashing of Saudi Arabia in the group stages, and at the Euro 2004. At the World Cup on home soil, along with Ballack, Torsten Frings and Bastian Schweinsteiger, they formed a formidable midfield and all played their part in the national team's unexpected success. He captained the team in their opening game against Costa Rica as Ballack was out injured. In the final group stage match, he was instrumental in Germany's 3–0 win over Ecuador which guaranteed them maximum points as group winners.
- Scores and results table. Germany's goal tally first:
|1.||1 June 2002||Sapporo Dome, Sapporo, Japan||Saudi Arabia||8–0||8–0||2002 World Cup|
|2.||16 August 2006||Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany||Sweden||1–0||3–0||Friendly|
|3.||6 September 2006||Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino||San Marino||13–0||13–0||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
|4.||12 September 2007||Rhein Energie Stadion, Cologne, Germany||Romania||1–1||3–1||Friendly|
Schneider and his wife Carina have one daughter, Emely and a son, Giovani.
- "Der "weiße Brasilianer" Bernd Schneider tritt ab ("The White Brazilian" Bernd Schneider retires)" (in German). sueddeutsche.de. 26 June 2009. Retrieved 26 June 2009.
- "Four more years for Schneider". UEFA.com. 11 February 2005. Retrieved 26 June 2009.
- "Injured Schneider takes another break". UEFA.com. 14 December 2007. Retrieved 26 June 2009.
- "Leverkusen's Schneider takes first steps back". UEFA. 4 January 2009. Retrieved 26 June 2009.
- "Germany salutes retiring Schneider". UEFA.com. 26 June 2009. Retrieved 28 June 2009.
- "Injury forces Schneider to quit". FIFA.com. 27 June 2009.
- "Fascher geht – Comeback von van Eck" (in German). mdr.de. 29 May 2009. Retrieved 26 June 2009.[dead link]
- "Bernd Schneider bittet Bayer 04 um Vertragsauflösung". bayer04.de (in German). 26 June 2009. Retrieved 26 June 2009.
- "Schneider stresses home advantage". FIFA. 14 June 2006.
- "Schneider ruled out of Euro 2008". FIFA. 2 May 2008.
- "Schneider: Ich gebe die Nationalelf nicht auf" (in German). bild.de. Retrieved 26 June 2009.
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