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Thomas Schaaf
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Personal information
Date of birth 30 April 1961 (1961-04-30) (age 48)
Place of birth Mannheim, West Germany
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Werder Bremen (manager)
Youth career
1972–1978 Werder Bremen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1995 Werder Bremen 281 (14)
National team
1987 Germany U21 2 (0)
Teams managed
1987–1988 Werder Bremen U17
1988–1995 Werder Bremen U19
1993–1995 Werder Bremen (assistant)
1995–1999 Werder Bremen II
1999– Werder Bremen
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Thomas Schaaf (born 30 April 1961 in Mannheim) is a former German football defender and current manager of Werder Bremen. He spent his entire playing career, and so far coaching career, with Werder Bremen. Schaaf has coached the team since 1999.


Playing career

Schaaf arrived at Werder Bremen's youth academy in 1972, turning professional six years later. After a slow start with the first team, twenty league appearances during four years, he eventually became an important squad member. Schaaf went on to play 262 first division matches, eventually retiring in 1994.

In his time at Werder, Schaaf helped the team to the championship in 1988 and 1993, as well as two domestic cups. In 1991-92 Cup Winners' Cup, he was on the bench for the final against AS Monaco, but replaced injured Thomas Wolter after 30 minutes, helping to the 2-0 win.

Coaching career

Still as an active player, Schaaf began his coaching career, taking care of Werder's youth sides. After this he proceeded to manage the reserve team, before succeeding Felix Magath on 9 May 1999 in the first squad, as Werder were seriously threatened with relegation until the last day of the season.

As a manager, Schaaf led Werder to the double in 2003–04, as well as the first-ever league cup, two years later. From 2004, the club managed to qualify five consecutive times to the UEFA Champions League,[1] coming short in 2008-09 but winning the cup (Schaaf’s third as a manager - fifth overall - and Werder’s sixth), thus qualifying for the Europa League.

In December 2009, he signed a new contact with Werder.[2]


Schaaf is married and has a daughter, named Valeska.




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