|Full name||Tobias Rau|
|Date of birth||31 December 1981|
|Place of birth||Braunschweig, West Germany|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Left back|
|2005||Germany Team 2006||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
In a career blighted by injuries, he was forced to retire at only 27.
After making his professional debuts in the lower leagues with hometown Eintracht Braunschweig, Rau moved to VfL Wolfsburg in the first division, where he amassed more than 50 official appearances; his league debut came on 18 August 2001, in a 1–1 home draw against SC Freiburg.
Rau's solid performances caught the attention of league powerhouse FC Bayern Munich. However, several serious injuries and stiff competition from Frenchmen Willy Sagnol and Bixente Lizarazu restricted his chances to 13 league appearances (with a further seven matches for the amateur side).
In July 2005, Rau moved to Arminia Bielefeld, where he would also be a backup and suffer severely with injuries (only an average of eight league contests in four years), being released on 30 June 2009, before announcing his retirement on 6 July.
- "Rau: "Auf die Privilegien eines Profis kann ich verzichten"" [Rau: "I can renounce my privileges as a professional"] (in German). Transfermarkt. 19 August 2009. Retrieved 19 August 2009.
- "Rau ruled out for Bayern". UEFA.com. 6 April 2005. Retrieved 25 November 2009.
- "Rau verlässt Arminia Bielefeld" [Rau leaves Arminia Bielefeld)] (in German). DFL. 30 June 2009. Retrieved 30 June 2009.
- "Lehrer statt Fußballprofi" [Teacher instead of Football Pro] (in German). Focus.de. 13 August 2009. Retrieved 19 August 2009.
- "Sprung ins Lehramt" [Leap into teaching] (in German). Zeit.de. 13 August 2009. Retrieved 19 August 2009.