Strunz signing autographs in 2010.
|Date of birth||25 April 1968|
|Place of birth||Duisburg, West Germany|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|1977–1981||TuRA 88 Duisburg|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Thomas Strunz (born 25 April 1968 in Duisburg) is a retired German footballer who played mostly as a defensive midfielder. He currently serves as one of the main football pundits for German TV channel Sport1.
Strunz started his career playing for hometown club MSV Duisburg, but moved to FC Bayern Munich aged 21. He made his German first division debut on 31 August 1989, in a 4–0 home smashing of Hamburger SV, and proceeded to score five in 20 matches in his debut season.
After two more seasons, he joined VfB Stuttgart in 1992–93, scoring five goals in his first season, before returning to Bayern after three years. In his two spells with the Bavarian outfit, Strunz won five championship medals and two German cups, adding the 1995–96 UEFA Cup, in which he scored two goals in nine games. In his final two seasons, he barely played due to recurrent injuries, and retired during the 2000–01 season, as Bayern won back-to-back league titles.
After retiring, Strunz served as general manager at VfL Wolfsburg for nearly a year, being fired on 19 December 2005. Head coach Holger Fach was sacked on the same day. Strunz was awarded €2.750.000 in compensation. In April 2008, he enrolled in the same capacity at lowly Rot-Weiss Essen, being fired on 12 September of the following year.
During the latter competition, he appeared in five of Germany's six matches (being sent off against Italy and subsequently suspended for the quarter-final), converting his penalty shootout attempt in the semifinals and playing the entire final, against Czech Republic.
- On 10 March 1998, he was one of the main targets in a furious press conference held by then Bayern manager Giovanni Trapattoni, who addressed the media in (broken) German. The Italian press was amused as Strunz's surname was pronounced with such vigor by Trapattoni. In fact, the midfielder's surname, in Trapattoni's native Lombard dialect, is a swear word roughly equivalent to "asshole".
- Fußball-Bundesliga: 1989–90, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01
- UEFA Cup: 1995–96
- DFB-Pokal: 1997–98, 1999–2000; Runner-up 1998–99
- DFB-Ligapokal: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
- UEFA Champions League: Runner-up 1998–99
- "Fach fired by Wolfsburg". UEFA.com. 19 December 2005. Retrieved 2 January 2009.
- "Essen kündigt Strunz" [Essen sacks strunz] (in German). Transfermarkt. 12 September 2009. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
- "Matthaeus is 'a real quitter,' says Effenberg". Sports Illustrated. 2 May 2003. Retrieved 27 May 2008.
- "Short version of press conference" (in German (English subtitles)). YouTube.
- "Long version" (in German). YouTube.
- "Trapattoni che parla tedesco..." (in Italian). viaggio-in-germania.de. Retrieved 26 May 2013.