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Frank Baumann
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Personal information
Date of birth 29 October 1975 (1975-10-29) (age 34)
Place of birth Würzburg, West Germany
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1+12 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder / Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1999 Nuremberg 162 (16)
1999–2009 Werder Bremen 284 (12)
Total 446 (28)
National team
1996–1998 Germany U21 17 (1)
1999–2005 Germany 28 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Frank Baumann (born 29 October 1975 in Würzburg) is a retired German footballer, best known for his spell at SV Werder Bremen.

Either a defensive midfielder or a central defender, he was well known for his tough tackling and defensive positioning.

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Club career

Having started out as a midfielder at 1. FC Nuremberg, Baumann's talents were soon recognized in a defensive position and, after amassing more than 150 overall appearances and represented the club in all three major levels of German football, he moved in 1999 to SV Werder Bremen.

At Werder, Baumann became an instant first-choice, netting five goals in his first season; even though the club only finished ninth, it qualified for the UEFA Cup via the second place in the domestic cup, to FC Bayern Munich.

He continued to feature regularly for Werder, although he struggled with injuries in his later years. Baumann scored the goal that took Bremen to the 2009 UEFA Cup Final, in the second leg of the semifinal against Hamburger SV, from a corner conceded by after the ball had deflected off a crumpled up piece of paper thrown from the home supporters. He announced his retirement on 20 May 2009,[1] as his contract was to expire the following month.[2] On 26 May 2009, Baumann announced had become assistant general manager, joining another former player, Klaus Allofs, in his staff.[3]

International career

Baumann featured in 28 internationals, scoring two goals. His debut for Germany came in a 1–0 victory against Norway in Oslo, on 14 November 1999.

He was picked for the squads for the 2002 FIFA World Cup (appearing in the round-of-16 match against Paraguay) and UEFA Euro 2004 (two matches).

Personal life

Baumann is married to his wife Stefanie. They have a daughter, Louisa, and a son, Moritz.[4]

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