Rausch with Hannover 96 in 2012
|Full name||Konstantin Rausch|
|Date of birth||15 March 1990|
|Place of birth||Kozhevnikovo, Tomsk Oblast, Russian SFSR|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Left back / Left midfielder|
|2008–2009||Hannover 96 II||15||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 March 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
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.
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.
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. While Hannover favoured a longer contract, Rausch did not want to tie himself for too long.
International youth teams
Rausch played for various German youth teams as a left full back or wing back, accumulating more than 30 appearances. 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. After the tournament, he was awarded a Fritz Walter Medal in silver as the second most promising German football player of his age.
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