Dirk Schuster

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Dirk Schuster
Dirk Schuster.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1967-12-29) December 29, 1967 (age 47)
Place of birth Karl-Marx-Stadt, East Germany
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
SV Darmstadt 98 (Manager)
Youth career
1985–1986 FC Karl-Marx-Stadt
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1988 Sachsenring Zwickau 12 (1)
1988–1990 1. FC Magdeburg 40 (0)
1990–1991 Eintracht Braunschweig 35 (4)
1991–1997 Karlsruher SC 167 (3)
1997–1999 1. FC Köln 62 (5)
1999–2000 Antalyaspor 29 (0)
2000 VfB Admira Wacker Mödling 10 (0)
2001–2002 LR Ahlen 50 (6)
2002–2004 SV Wilhelmshaven 36 (4)
2004–2006 SV Waldhof Mannheim 66 (4)
2006 ASV Durlach
2007 Alemannia Wilferdingen
National team
1990 East Germany 4 (0)
1994–1995 Germany 3 (0)
Teams managed
2007 ASV Durlach
2009–2012 Stuttgarter Kickers
2012– SV Darmstadt 98

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

Dirk Schuster (born 29 December 1967) is a retired German football player who is now manager of SV Darmstadt 98.


Dirk Schuster in 1990

Schuster, who lived his youth in the DDR, was one of the first East German players to make the move into the West, starting in Eintracht Braunschweig and soon moving on to Karlsruher SC in 1991, where he established himself as a respected center-back.[1]

A move to 1. FC Köln in 1997 proved less successful, and in the following journeyman years he played in Turkey and Austria.[2] He then played for newly promoted Second Bundesliga club LR Ahlen in 2000, where he has a good stint, before he returned to Austria and then played in the Oberliga, the fourth-highest league with Waldhof.[3]

International career[edit]

He was capped three times in the German national team and before that four times in the East German national team.[4][5] He made his debut for East Germany against the United States in East Berlin in March 1990.[6]

Managerial career[edit]

ASV Durlach[edit]

Schusters first coaching job was as interim coach for ASV Durlach between the 16th october 2006 and 10th January 2007.[7]

Stuttgarter Kickers[edit]

On May 30, 2009 he was named as the new head coach of the Stuttgarter Kickers, where he signed a two year contract until the 30th june 2011,[8] which was prematurely extended on 1st of April 2010 until the 20th June 2012.[9] He guided Kickers to the Regionalliga Süd title in 2011–12, and promotion to the 3. Liga, but was sacked in November 2012 after going five games without scoring a goal. He was appointed manager of 3. liga side SV Darmstadt 98 a month later.

SV Darmstadt 98[edit]

Despite Schuster helping Darmstadt 98 off the bottom of the league, they finished among the relegation places in the 2012–13 season, Schuster's Darmstadt avoided dropping into Germany's fourth tier, the Regionalliga Südwest, thanks to the failure of fierce local rival Kickers Offenbach in obtaining the licence for the new season due to going into administration.

In the following season, to the surprise of all experts, Darmstadt managed to get third in the league which meant a relegation-promotion play-off spot for the 2. Bundesliga. Darmstadt faced Arminia Bielefeld in the play-off and won promotion in dramatic fashion after losing 1-3 at home in the first leg but turning the deficit around in the second leg and scoring the winning 4-2 in the 122nd minute which meant promotion on away goals.

In the following season Schuster managed to surprise everyone for a second time by finishing 2nd in the league and achieving back-to-back promotion to the Bundesliga after a 33 year absence.



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