Thomas Schaaf

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Thomas Schaaf
Thomas Schaaf - SV Werder Bremen (1).jpg
Schaaf with Werder Bremen in 2009
Personal information
Full name Thomas Schaaf
Date of birth (1961-04-30) 30 April 1961 (age 53)
Place of birth Mannheim, West Germany
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Eintracht Frankfurt (Manager)
Youth career
BBV Union Bremen
1972–1978 Werder Bremen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1980 Werder Bremen II 59 (0)
1978–1995 Werder Bremen 281 (14)
Teams managed
1987–1988 Werder Bremen U17
1988–1995 Werder Bremen U19
1993–1995 Werder Bremen (assistant)
1995–1999 Werder Bremen II
1999–2013 Werder Bremen
2014– Eintracht Frankfurt
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Thomas Schaaf (born 30 April 1961) is a German retired footballer who played as a defender and current manager of Eintracht Frankfurt.

A true one-club man, he spent his entire playing career with Werder Bremen. He started coaching the team in 1999 and stepped down in 2013, being one of the longest-serving coaches in the Bundesliga.[1][2]

Playing career[edit]

Born in Mannheim, Schaaf arrived at SV Werder Bremen's youth academy in 1972, turning professional six years later.[3] After a slow start with the first team, where he made only 21 league appearances in four years combined – 19 of them coming in 1980–81 in the second division – he eventually became an important squad member; he made his debut in the Bundesliga on 18 April 1979, in a 0–3 away loss against VfL Bochum.

Schaaf went on to play in 260 top flight games in the following seasons, eventually retiring in 1995 at the age of 34. During his time with his only club, he helped the Hanseatic outfit win two national championships (he was already a fringe player by the time of the 1993 conquest, appearing in only five matches) and as many DFB-Pokal. In the 1991–92 edition of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, he was on the bench in the final against AS Monaco FC, but replaced injured Thomas Wolter after 30 minutes in an eventual 2–0 win in Lisbon.[4]

Managerial career[edit]

Werder Bremen[edit]

Schaaf began his managerial career while still an active player, taking care of Werder's youth sides. After this he proceeded to manage the reserve team,[5] before succeeding Felix Magath on 10 May 1999 as the senior side's coach,[6] with the club under serious threat of relegation until the last day of the season: he managed to steer the team clear out of relegation, going on to win the campaign's domestic cup immediately afterwards, defeating FC Bayern Munich in a penalty shoot-out.[7]

Schaaf led Werder to the double in 2003–04,[8] as well as the team's first-ever DFB-Ligapokal two years later. From 2004 the club managed to qualify five consecutive times for the UEFA Champions League,[9] coming short in 2008–09 but winning the cup (his third as a manager – fifth overall – and Werder's sixth), thus qualifying for the following season's UEFA Europa League.[10] That same season he also guided the club to the 2009 UEFA Cup Final, lost 1–2 to FC Shakhtar Donetsk after extra time.[11]

On 14 December 2009, Schaaf signed a new contract with Werder Bremen.[12] He led the side to the third place in the league and the playoff stages in the 2010–11 Champions League, as well as to a second straight German Cup final, which was lost to Bayern Munich.[13]

Schaaf left Werder Bremen on 15 May 2013 by mutual consent after finishing a disappointing fourteenth in the domestic championship, ending 14 years in charge of the club.[14] He oversaw 645 games as a coach during his stint, leading it to six major trophies and six appearances in the Champions League.[15] Schaaf had been with Werder Bremen for 41 years, dating back to 1972 when he signed for the club as an 11 year old youth player.[16] During the press conference where he announced his resignation, he spoke of his admiration of the club and the joy of his time spent at the Weserstadion, saying, "I had an extraordinary time here, connected with a lot of positive experiences and great successes. I would like to thank everyone who accompanied me along the way and supported me. I wish Werder Bremen a successful future."[17]

Eintracht Frankfurt[edit]

Schaaf was appointed head coach of Eintracht Frankfurt on 21 May 2014.[18] He signed a contract to 2016.[18]

Honours[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Player[edit]

[19]

Season Club Division League Cup[n 1] Europe[n 2] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1978–79 Werder Bremen Bundesliga 1 0 0 0 1 0
1979–80 0 0 0 0 0 0
1980–81 2. Bundesliga 19 1 4 0 23 1
1981–82 Bundesliga 1 0 0 0 1 0
1982–83 21 1 1 1 5 0 27 2
1983–84 29 1 5 0 4 0 38 1
1984–85 32 1 4 0 2 0 38 1
1985–86 30 3 2 0 2 0 34 3
1986–87 29 4 2 0 2 0 33 4
1987–88 29 1 4 1 9 1 42 3
1988–89 23 2 5 0 4 1 32 3
1989–90 19 0 2 0 5 0 26 0
1990–91 13 0 1 0 14 0
1991–92 18 0 4 0 6 0 28 0
1992–93 5 0 0 0 1 0 6 0
1993–94 9 0 3 0 3 0 15 0
1994–95 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Career total 281 14 37 2 43 2 361 18

Manager[edit]

As of 30 August 2014
Team From To Record
G W D L Win % Ref.
Werder Bremen II 1 July 1995[5] 9 May 1999[5] 137 64 30 43 46.72
Werder Bremen 10 May 1999[20] 15 May 2013[20] 632 308 138 186 48.73 [20]
Eintracht Frankfurt 21 May 2014[18] Present 3 2 1 0 66.67 [21]
Total 772 374 169 229 48.45

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Also includes 2 (1988, 1991) DFL-Supercup games.
  2. ^ Includes UEFA Champions League (1988–89, 1993–94), UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1991–92, 1992–93, 1994–95), UEFA Cup (1982–88, 1989–90), and 1992 European Super Cup (1 match).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Twenty of football's great one-club men". Soccer Lens. 3 April 2011. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Thomas Schaaf and Werder Bremen part ways". Deutsche Welle. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Der SV Werder und Thomas Schaaf trennen sich" [SV Werder and Thomas Schaaf go their separate ways] (in German). SV Werder Bremen. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "1991/92: Bremen shine in Stadium of Light". UEFA. 1 June 1992. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "Werder Bremen II – Coaches from A-Z". Worldfootball. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "SV Werder Bremen" (in German). Fussballdaten.de. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Werder Bremen ist DFB-Pokalsieger" [Werder Bremen is Cup winner]. kicker (in German). 13 June 1999. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Werder Bremen win Bundesliga title". CNN. 8 May 2004. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Simply the best for Schaaf". UEFA.com. 11 October 2007. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "Werders Triumph dank Özil" [Werders has Özil to thank for win]. kicker (in German). 30 May 2009. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Jadson the difference as Shakhtar triumph". UEFA. 20 May 2009. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Schaaf commits future to Bremen". UEFA.com. 14 December 2009. Retrieved 16 December 2009. 
  13. ^ "Erneute Bayern-Party in Berlin" [New Bayern-Party in Berlin]. kicker (in German). 15 May 2010. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  14. ^ Lars Wallrodt; Kai Niels Bogena (15 May 2013). "Der bockige Abgang einer Bremer Trainerlegende" [The shaky dismissal of a Bremen coaching legend]. Die Welt (in German). Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  15. ^ "Schaaf steps down as Bremen coach". ESPN FC. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  16. ^ "Thomas Schaaf's 14-year tenure in Bremen ends". Bundesliga. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  17. ^ "SV Werder, Thomas Schaaf part ways". SV Werder Bremen. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  18. ^ a b c Marwedel, Jörg (21 May 2014). "Der ewige Bremer wird Frankfurter". Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  19. ^ "Thomas Schaaf" (in German). Fussballdaten. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  20. ^ a b c "Werder Bremen" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  21. ^ "Eintracht Frankfurt" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 

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