Thomas Helmer

Thomas Helmer in September 2010

Thomas Helmer (born 21 April 1965, Herford ) is a former German football player and current television presenter and football official. In his time was his greatest international success of the title at the European Championships in 1996.



Helmer began his career at SC Bad Salzuflen and joined in 1984 as a professional to Arminia Bielefeld. There he came on March 23, 1985 ( 24th Round ) against FC Schalke 04 Bundesliga debut to his. With a 0-3 defeat, he missed a good start in Germany's highest division. After he had been in his first game over the full 90 minutes on the field, he came later in only three other short inserts. As the team rose from 16th in the Second Division at the end of the season. After the disposal of permanent employees as Dirk Hupe and Detlef Schnier urged Helmer 1985/86 in the starting line- Westphalia and finally was able to prevail. On 2 November 1985, the defender scored his first Zweitligator. Against Tennis Borussia Berlin, he took his team a 1-0 lead, ushering in the 2-0 win. With a total of five goals he was this season along with Uwe Haas second best scorer of the Bielefeld. By finishing fourth, the team missed its chances of promotion to the Bundesliga.

Nevertheless Helmer should play perfectly in the following season. Borussia Dortmund secured in the summer of 1986, the services of the then young talent. In Dortmund Helmer prevailed at first and became a regular player. In the first years mostly as a defensive midfielder, and later in central defense Helmer was six years to the important pillars of the Dortmund game. On his first Bundesliga goal and Premiere hits for the Yellow-Blacks he had to wait until the season 1987/88. On 7 November 1987 in the 2-2 draw against VfB Stuttgart, Helmer possible only from the residue and brought his team shortly after the lead. To win it but still was not enough. On 26 June 1989, the defensive player who celebrated his first national title. The Dortmund reached the final of the DFB Cup and met on Werder Bremen. Here, the team sat at 4-1 by Helmer.

In 1992, Helmer in the hitherto most expensive transfer in Bundesliga history for DM 7.5 million to Bayern Munich. He established himself as one of Europe's best defensive player and was an indispensable pillar of the team. Matchday 32 in the Bundesliga season 1993 /94 FC Bayern Munich won by a " Phantomtor " from him 2-1 against 1 FC Nuremberg. The game was rescheduled, Bayern Munich won the replay 5-0 and secured the championship before 1 FC Kaiserslautern. At the end of his Bayern time Helmer spent two years as captain. With Bayern Munich, he won three championships ( 1994, 1997 and 1999), the 1998 DFB Cup and the 1996 UEFA Cup, when they defeated Girondins Bordeaux 2-0 and 3-1. The bitterest moment experienced Helmer 1999, when he reached the final of the Munich Champions League and only by two goals in injury time with 1:2 lost against Manchester United. He himself, however, did not come here to use. Then he finished the chapter Bayern Munich and moved to the end of his career to England to Sunderland and was briefly loaned out to Hertha BSC. After his official career in the late ex-pro in 2002 denied nor a competitive match for the then Bavarian district division side SV Seligenporten.


1987 Helmer took part with the Bundeswehr 's national team at the Military World Championship in Italy and finished second. Helmer was between 1990 and 1998 A-National player of the DFB and became European Champion in 1996. He made his debut on 10 October 1990 against Sweden. Germany coach Berti Vogts brought the Neunationalspieler time over the full 90 minutes. After the FIFA World Cup 1998 Helmer also resigned due to injury from the national team. His last game was completed by the defender on 29 June 1998 in the 2-1 win against Mexico. Already in the 38th minute of the game in progress Helmer had to have it replaced against Christian goat.

Career as a football official

Since July 19, 2011 Helmer is a member of the Supervisory Board of Arminia Bielefeld.


  • European Champion 1996
  • Vice European Champion 1992
  • UEFA Cup winners 1995/96
  • UEFA Champions League - Finalist 1998/99
  • German Champion 1993/94, 1996/97, 1998/99
  • DFB-Pokal Winner 1988/89, 1997/98
  • Finalist 1998/99


  • Man of the Year in German football in 1996

Television commitment

As early as the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, he was live on site as a reporter for Sat.1. During the 2004 European Football Championship in Portugal and the football World Cup in 2006, he reported daily to the DSF from the camp of the German team.

Helmer currently works as a presenter and sports journalist for the German private channel Sport 1.

Currently, he moderates the Under-21 internationals, Hattrick - The 2nd Bundesliga, Hattrick live and the telecoms Spieltaganalyse. In addition, he has worked as an expert and representation, as a moderator in the double pass.

Helmer was a commentator on several titles from the PlayStation 2 game series This Is Football.

Private life

Thomas Helmer lives in Hamburg and has been married since 2005 to actress Yasmina Filali, with whom he has a daughter and a son. Moreover, Helmer has two sons from his first marriage.

In addition to his commitment as an ambassador for SOS Children's Villages - 2004, he took his wife to sponsor the Children's Village in Dong Hoi (Vietnam) - Thomas Helmer support the club underreporting eV and the placebo Kickers Hamburg eV since in 2008, he also regularly takes on charity match kicking with heart to the team of Hamburg Allstars part.