Konstantin Rausch

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Konstantin Rausch
Konstantin Rausch.jpg
Rausch with Hannover 96 in 2012
Personal information
Full name Konstantin Rausch
Date of birth (1990-03-15) 15 March 1990 (age 25)
Place of birth Kozhevnikovo, Tomsk Oblast, Russian SFSR
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Left back / Left midfielder
Club information
Current team
VfB Stuttgart
Number 34
Youth career
1996–2002 TuS Lachendorf
2002–2004 SV Nienhagen
2004–2008 Hannover 96
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Hannover 96 II 15 (0)
2008–2013 Hannover 96 150 (9)
2013– VfB Stuttgart 25 (2)
National team
2005–2006 Germany U16 5 (0)
2006–2007 Germany U17 24 (0)
2007–2008 Germany U18 4 (0)
2008–2009 Germany U19 10 (0)
2010–2011 Germany U21 8 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 December 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 August 2011

Konstantin Rausch (Russian: Константин Викторович Рауш; born 15 March 1990) is a Russian-born German footballer. He is a left back who has also played left midfielder. He plays for VfB Stuttgart.

Personal life[edit]

Rausch was born in Kozhevnikovo, Tomsk Oblast, Russian SFSR. His family emigrated to Germany from Siberia when he was five years old. His first friend in Germany couldn't pronounce "Konstantin" and instead called him "Kocka", a nickname still used by his teammates and coaches.[1]


Early years[edit]

Shortly after moving to Germany, Rausch started playing football at the local club, TuS Lachendorf. At the age of twelve he received an offer to join the youth team of Bundesliga side Hannover 96. He decided, he was not mature enough for such a big club and instead joined another local side, SV Nienhagen. He finally joined Hannover two years later, rejecting offers from Werder Bremen and Feyenoord Rotterdam.[2]

Hannover 96[edit]

When 96 first choice left full back Michael Tarnat and his replacement Christian Schulz were injured, Rausch debuted against VfB Stuttgart on 30 March 2008. He was aged 18, which made him the youngest player ever, to appear in Hannover's first squad. Rausch had a good game, but had to be substituted at half time after straining a muscle. Two days later, he signed his first professional contract, running until 2010.[3] While Hannover favoured a longer contract, Rausch did not want to tie himself for too long.[4]

VfB Stuttgart[edit]

After the end of his contract with Hannover on 1 July 2013, Rausch moved to VfB Stuttgart on a free transfer. On 5 May 2013, Konstantin Rausch signed a contract until June 2016 with VfB Stuttgart.[5]

International career[edit]

International youth teams[edit]

Rausch played for various German youth teams as a left full back or wing back, accumulating more than 30 appearances.[6] His biggest success was a bronze medal at the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup, where he started in every game except for one, which he missed following a red card.[7] After the tournament, he was awarded a Fritz Walter Medal in silver as the second most promising German football player of his age.[8]

Senior team[edit]

In March 2011, Russian media quoted Rausch to be interested in playing for the Russia national football team, but that nobody from Russian Football Union has talked to him about it.[9]



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