Thomas Sobotzik

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Thomas Sobotzik
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Personal information
Full name Thomas Sobotzik
Date of birth (1974-10-16) October 16, 1974 (age 42)
Place of birth Gliwice, Poland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
1. FC Oberstedten
Youth career
1980–1983 Piast Gliwice
1983–1987 Górnik Zabrze
1988 Eintracht Frankfurt
1989–1990 VfB Stuttgart
1990–1994 Eintracht Frankfurt
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 Eintracht Frankfurt 2 (0)
1995–1997 FC St. Pauli 65 (7)
1997–1999 Eintracht Frankfurt 62 (17)
1999 1. FC Kaiserslautern 3 (0)
1999–2001 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 (5)
2001–2003 SK Rapid Wien 49 (8)
2003–2004 Union Berlin 29 (7)
2004–2007 SpVgg Unterhaching 70 (0)
2007 Sandefjord Fotball[1] 12 (1)
2008–2009 FSV Frankfurt 9 (1)
2009– 1. FC Oberstedten
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Thomas Sobotzik (Polish: Tomasz Sobocki; born October 16, 1974 in Gliwice) is a German footballer from Polish part of Silesia, who currently plays for 1. FC Oberstedten.


Thomas Sobotzik started his footballing career at local club Pogon Zabrze. When he was nine years old, he moved to Górnik Zabrze. In 1987 the Sobotzik family moved to Frankfurt and soon joined Eintracht Frankfurt.[2] During his stint at VfB Stuttgart he became twice German junior champion and returned to Frankfurt in 1990. At the age of 17 he signed at professional contract. Due to a heavy knee injury he had to pause a long time in 1991.

With 20 years he finally debuted in the Bundesliga. After two seasons at FC St. Pauli a short stint at Kaiserslautern he returned both times to Eintracht. In 2001 Lothar Matthäus signed him for Rapid Wien. Via Union Berlin he came to SpVgg Unterhaching in 2004 where he captained the side in his last season at the Bavarian club.[3]

Thomas Sobotzik appeared in 134 Bundesliga matches (19 goals) und in 110 2nd Bundesliga fixtures (17 goals).

In 2007, he moved to Norwegian side Sandefjord Fotball. Sobotzik signed a one-year contract and moved to German Regionalliga team FSV Frankfurt in January 2008. After eighteen months was released from FSV Frankfurt and joined in summer 2009 to 1. FC Oberstedten.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

Sobotzik began his coaching career in 2008 as Assistant Coach of the U-17 from 1. FC Oberstedten.[5]