Kirschstein playing for Fürth in 2008.
|Full name||Sascha Kirschstein|
|Date of birth||9 June 1980|
|Place of birth||Braunschweig, West Germany|
|Height||1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)|
|FC Erzgebirge Aue|
|1992–1994||SV Olympia 92 Braunschweig|
|2004–2006||Hamburger SV II||16||(0)|
|2007–2009||→ Greuther Fürth (loan)||41||(0)|
|2010–2013||FC Ingolstadt 04||49||(0)|
|2013-||FC Erzgebirge Aue||13||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 November 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Kirschstein started his professional career with Eintracht Braunschweig, making his debut in the Regionalliga North in December 2001. He moved to the league rivals Rot-Weiss Essen in the summer of 2002 and subsequently spent two seasons with club as their first-choice goalkeeper.
In 2004, Kirschstein was signed by Bundesliga side Hamburger SV to serve as understudy to Martin Pieckenhagen and Stefan Wächter. He did not play in the Bundesliga during his first season with the club, but made 12 Regionalliga Nord appearances for Hamburg's reserve team. Kirschstein eventually made his Bundesliga debut against Bayer 04 Leverkusen on 26 November 2005, following an injury to Wächter, and secured his place in the starting XI with a string of impressive performances in the second half of the season. He was initially chosen as Hamburg's first-choice goalkeeper for the 2006–07 season and also made his UEFA Champions League debut against Arsenal on 13 September 2006. However, he was sent off only 10 minutes into the game. Despite that, he remained Hamburg's first choice in the Bundesliga and made two more Champions League appearances, before eventually being replaced by Wächter in early November 2006.
During the winter break of the 2006–07 season, Hamburg signed Frank Rost as their new first-choice goalkeeper and Kirschstein was eventually sent on a two-season loan to 2. Bundesliga side Greuther Fürth in the summer of 2007. At Greuther Fürth, he established himself as the first-choice goalkeeper and only missed one league match during the entire season due to a yellow-card suspension.
On 4 April 2009, he signed a contract with SC Paderborn 07. On 24 June 2009, the contract was canceled and he signed a one-year contract for Rot-Weiss Ahlen. When Ahlen were relegated in 2010, he signed for FC Ingolstadt 04 on 19 May 2010.
- "Kirschstein, Sascha" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 17 July 2011.