Tim Sebastian (footballer)
|Date of birth||17 January 1984|
|Place of birth||Leipzig, East Germany|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|1993–1996||FC Rot-Weiß Wolgast|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 November 2015.
Sebastian grew up playing in the Motor Wolgast youth system before joining Greifswalder SC in 1996. In 1999, he received an offer from FC Hansa Rostock and joined the club's youth system. On 7 November 2004, Sebastian made his debut in the Bundesliga, being named to the starting line-up by manager Juri Schlünz against VfB Stuttgart. He scored his first goal in the Bundesliga on 30 April 2005 in a 2–1 victory over Hertha BSC. In his first season with the first team he appeared in eight league games as Hansa was relegated to 2. Bundesliga at the end of the season.
Sebastian remained a key player at the club for the next few seasons and helped the club gain promotion back to the Bundesliga during the 2006–07 season. After featuring in 31 games in the top flight for Hansa during the 2007–08 season, Sebastian moved to Karlsruher SC on a free transfer. He remained at Karlsruhe for one season, appearing in 19 matches and scoring one goal, before returning the following season to Rostock.
In 2010, Sebastian returned to his hometown, joining RB Leipzig on a four-year contract and being immediately appointed captain. On 6 August 2010, Sebastian made his debut for RB Leipzig in a 1–1 draw with Türkiyemspor Berlin. He appeared in 27 league matches in his first season scoring one goal as the club finished its first season in the Regionalliga in fourth place, thus missing out on promotion. However, under coach Tomas Oral, the club succeeded in winning the 2010–11 Saxony Cup after defeating Chemnitzer FC 1–0 in the final on 1 June 2011 in front of 13,958 spectators at the Red Bull Arena. By winning the 2010–11 Saxony cup, the club won its first title in club history. It also qualified to participate in the 2011–12 DFB-Pokal. For the following seasons he was a key contributor in helping the club gain promotion from Regionalliga Nordost all the way up to the 2. Bundesliga. He extended his contract at RB Leipzig on 4 April 2014 for another year until 2015, with a possibility for another year of extension.
- "Tim Sebastian". kicker.de (in German). Retrieved 21 December 2015.
- "Tim Sebastian: So habe ich es zum Profi geschafft". FC Hansa Rostock (in German). 31 March 2008. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
- "Tim Sebastian kehrt zum F.C. Hansa zurück". FC Hansa Rostock (in German). 27 May 2009. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
- "RasenBallsport Leipzig - Türkiyemspor Berlin 1:1,". kicker.de (in German). 6 August 2010. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
- "RB Leipzig gewinnt Sachsen-Pokal". Sächsische Zeitung (in German) (Dresden: Sächsische Zeitung GmbH). 1 June 2011. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
- "Vertragsverlängerung! Tim Sebastian bleibt ein Roter Bulle!". Die roten Bullen (in German). 7 April 2014.
- "Erfahrener Verteidiger" [Veteran defender] (in German). SC Paderborn 07. 14 January 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
- Tim Sebastian profile at Soccerway
- Tim Sebastian at fussballdaten.de (German)
- Tim Sebastian at ESPN FC
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