Thomas Strunz

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Thomas Strunz
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Strunz signing autographs in 2010.
Personal information
Date of birth (1968-04-25) 25 April 1968 (age 47)
Place of birth Duisburg, West Germany
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1977–1981 TuRA 88 Duisburg
1981–1986 MSV Duisburg
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1989 MSV Duisburg 94 (30)
1989–1992 Bayern Munich 59 (12)
1992–1995 VfB Stuttgart 79 (9)
1995–2000 Bayern Munich 97 (11)
Total 329 (62)
National team
1990 Germany U21 2 (0)
1990–1999 Germany 41 (1)

* 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.

Club career[edit]

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.[1] In April 2008, he enrolled in the same capacity at lowly Rot-Weiss Essen, being fired on 12 September of the following year.

International career[edit]

Strunz made his debut for Germany on 10 October 1990, in a 3–1 friendly win in Sweden. He went on to represent the nation at the 1994 FIFA World Cup and the victorious UEFA Euro 1996.

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.

International goal[edit]

Scores and results list Germany's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 7 June 1995 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria  Bulgaria 2–0 2–3 Euro 1996 qualifier


  • 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 German.[3][4] The Italian press was amused by Strunz's surname pronounced repeatedly and with great vigor by Trapattoni,since in Neapolitan dialect "strunz" is a swear word literally meaning "turd", but roughly equivalent to "asshole".[5]





  1. ^ "Fach fired by Wolfsburg". 19 December 2005. Retrieved 2 January 2009. 
  2. ^ "Matthaeus is 'a real quitter,' says Effenberg". Sports Illustrated. 2 May 2003. Retrieved 27 May 2008. 
  3. ^ "Short version of press conference" (in German (English subtitles)). YouTube. 
  4. ^ "Long version" (in German). YouTube. 
  5. ^ "Trapattoni che parla tedesco..." (in Italian). Retrieved 26 May 2013. 

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