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. 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.[2]

International career[edit]

He was capped three times in the German national team and four times in the East German national team.[3][4]

Coaching career[edit]

Schusters first coaching job was as interim coach for ASV Durlach between October 16, 2006 and January 10, 2007.[5] On May 30, 2009 he was named as the new head coach of the Stuttgarter Kickers, where he signed a two years contract until June 30, 2011,[6] which was on April 1, 2010 prematurely extended until June 30, 2012.[7] He guided Kickers to the Regionalliga Süd title in 2011–12, and promotion to the 3. Liga, but was sacked in November 2012 after five games without a goal. A month later he was appointed manager of third Bundesliga SV Darmstadt 98. Despite finishing among the relegation places in the 2012-13 season, Schuster's Darmstadt avoided dropping into Germany's fourth tier thanks to the failure of fierce local rival Kickers Offenbach to obtain a licence for the new third Bundesliga season.



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