Rau in 2015
|Full name||Tobias Rau|
|Date of birth||31 December 1981|
|Place of birth||Braunschweig, West Germany|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Left back|
|2005||Germany Team 2006||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
In a career blighted by injuries, he was forced to retire from professional play at only 27.
In June 2003, Rau's solid performances caught the attention of powerhouse FC Bayern Munich. However, several serious injuries and stiff competition from Frenchmen Willy Sagnol and Bixente Lizarazu restricted his chances to 19 games across all competitions (with a further seven for the reserve team).
In the summer of 2005, Rau signed with Arminia Bielefeld, where he would also be a backup and suffer severely with injuries – only an average of eight league matches in four years – being released on 30 June 2009 before announcing his retirement on 6 July.
Rau returned to active in 2012, joining Kreisliga amateurs TV Neuenkirchen.
Rau played seven times for Germany, all in 2003. His debut came on 12 February in a friendly with Spain played in Palma, Majorca, and his only goal contributed to a 4–1 home defeat of Canada on 1 June.
- "Rau ruled out for Bayern". UEFA.com. 6 April 2005. Retrieved 25 November 2009.
- "Vom Shootingstar zum Lehrling" [From shooting star to apprentice]. Die Welt (in German). 15 June 2003. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
- "Rau verlässt Arminia Bielefeld" [Rau leaves Arminia Bielefeld)] (in German). Deutsche Fußball Liga. 30 June 2009. Retrieved 30 June 2009.
- "Die harte Reise ist vorbei" [The hard journey is over]. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (in German). 25 December 2009. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
- "Germany topples Canada in men's soccer friendly". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 1 June 2003. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
- "Lehrer statt Fußballprofi" [Teacher instead of football pro] (in German). Focus. 13 August 2009. Retrieved 19 August 2009.
- "Sprung ins Lehramt" [Leap into teaching]. Die Zeit (in German). 13 August 2009. Retrieved 19 August 2009.