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|Full name||Thomas Kleine|
|Date of birth||28 December 1977|
|Place of birth||Wermelskirchen, West Germany|
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|SpVgg Greuther Fürth|
|–1998||SV 09/35 Wermelskirchen|
|1998–2003||Bayer 04 Leverkusen II||95||(6)|
|2001–2003||Bayer 04 Leverkusen||10||(0)|
|2003–2007||SpVgg Greuther Fürth||131||(13)|
|2007||Hannover 96 II||2||(0)|
|2010–||SpVgg Greuther Fürth||100||(2)|
|2003||Germany Team 2006||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 December 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Kleine began his career in the youth ranks of his hometown club SV 09 Wermelskirchen where he remained until 1998, when he moved to Bayer 04 Leverkusen's amateur ranks.
He played regularly with the amateurs in the lower league structures, but was unable to push his way into the full squad until the 2001–02 season. He finally made his Bundesliga debut on 19 December 2001 in a 1–3 defeat at VfL Wolfsburg.
The following season he made further progress, managing six more Bundesliga appearances and, perhaps more significantly, seven games in their Champions League campaign, facing the likes of Barcelona and Manchester United. The club eventually achieved the honour of runners-ups, although Kleine himself did not compete beyond the second group stage. The team also finished runners-up in both the league and cup.
Following this season, Kleine left for 2. Bundesliga team SpVgg Greuther Fürth, looking to become a first team regular. He was a virtual ever-present in his four seasons with the club, amassing 131 appearances and catching the eye of Bundesliga club Hannover 96, especially with nine goals in his final season. On 13 February 2007, he agreed to join Hannover 96 from the 2007–08 season onward.
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