Thorsten Legat

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Thorsten Legat
Personal information
Date of birth (1968-11-07) 7 November 1968 (age 49)
Place of birth Bochum, West Germany
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
0000–1984 TuS Vorwärts Werne
1984–1986 VfL Bochum
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1991 VfL Bochum 107 (9)
1991–1994 Werder Bremen 70 (4)
1994–1995 Eintracht Frankfurt 22 (2)
1995–1999 VfB Stuttgart 40 (0)
2000–2001 Schalke 04 4 (0)
Total 243 (15)
National team
1988 West Germany U21 1 (0)
Teams managed
2005–2006 Werder Bremen (youth)
2008–2009 TuRa Rüdinghausen
2011 Bergisch Gladbach 09 (youth)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Thorsten Legat (born 7 November 1968) is a German retired footballer who played as a midfielder.

He only competed in the Bundesliga during his 15-year senior career, amassing totals of 243 games and 15 goals and representing mainly Bochum (five years) and Stuttgart (four).

Football career[edit]

Born in Bochum, Legat started professionally at hometown's VfL Bochum, making his Bundesliga debut on 6 September 1987 (not yet 19) in a 1–1 home draw against Borussia Mönchengladbach, and became an essential first-team member in the following seasons.

After a spectacular 1990–91 – 31 matches, seven goals, being crucial in helping Bochum retain its top division status – Legat signed with SV Werder Bremen: facing stiffer competition, he still managed to play nearly 100 official games in three seasons, and also helped the club win the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in his debut campaign, although he did not play in the final against AS Monaco FC.

Legat then spent one season at Eintracht Frankfurt, playing as a defensive complement to Augustine Okocha, then moved south for VfB Stuttgart. With the latter, he began suffering from injuries, undergoing two Achilles tendon surgeries.

Additionally, Legat was involved in a racist incident with Guinean Pablo Thiam, a teammate, in early 1999.[1] He was immediately released, only appearing 40 times in four years combined, and spent two more injury-ravaged years at FC Schalke 04, subsequently retiring.

In 2005–06, Legat spent one year coaching Werder's under-19 side. The following year, he would be involved in another incident, in which he brandished a samurai sword to a group of youngsters after being threatened alongside his wife, slightly hitting one in the head.[2]



  1. ^ "Sporting Digest: Football". The Independent. 4 December 1999. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Former German star attacks with samurai sword". Sports by Brooks. 20 December 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 

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