Strunz signing autographs in 2010.
|Date of birth||25 April 1968|
|Place of birth||Duisburg, West Germany|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|1977–1981||TuRA 88 Duisburg|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Born in Duisburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Strunz started his career playing for hometown club MSV Duisburg, but moved to FC Bayern Munich aged 21. He made his Bundesliga debut on 31 August 1989 in a 4–0 home win against Hamburger SV, and proceeded to score five goals in 20 matches in his first season.
After two more seasons, Strunz joined VfB Stuttgart for 1992–93, netting five times in his debut campaign, before returning to Bayern after three years. In his two spells with the Bavarian side, he 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 in late 2000, as his team went on to win 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, and the former was awarded €2.750.000 in compensation. In April 2008, he enrolled in the same capacity at lowly Rot-Weiss Essen, being fired on 12 September of the following year.
During the latter competition, he appeared in five of 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 the Czech Republic.
- Scores and results list Germany's goal tally first.
|1.||7 June 1995||Vasil Levski, Sofia, Bulgaria||Bulgaria||2–0||2–3||Euro 1996 qualifying|
- On 10 March 1998, he was one of the main targets in a furious press conference held by Bayern manager Giovanni Trapattoni, who addressed the media in broken German. The Italian press was amused by his surname pronounced repeatedly and with great vigor by the coach, since in Neapolitan dialect "strunz" is a swear word literally meaning "turd", but roughly equivalent to "asshole".
- Bundesliga: 1989–90, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01
- UEFA Cup: 1995–96
- DFB-Pokal: 1997–98, 1999–2000; Runner-up 1998–99
- DFB-Ligapokal: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
- UEFA Champions League: Runner-up 1998–99
- "Thomas Strunz – International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
- "Fach fired by Wolfsburg". UEFA.com. 19 December 2005. Retrieved 2 January 2009.
- "Matthaeus is 'a real quitter,' says Effenberg". Sports Illustrated. 2 May 2003. Retrieved 27 May 2008.
- "Short version of press conference" (in German (English subtitles)). YouTube.
- "Long version" (in German). YouTube.
- "Trapattoni che parla tedesco..." [Trapattoni who speaks German...] (in Italian). Viaggio in Germania. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
- Thomas Strunz at fussballdaten.de (German)
- Thomas Strunz at National-Football-Teams.com
- Thomas Strunz – FIFA competition record