Thomas Kleine (2012 )
In his youth he played from 1983 to 1998 for the SV Wermelskirchen before he moved to the amateurs of Bayer 04 Leverkusen. He played in the 2001/02 season his first ten league games for Bayer 04 Leverkusen. 2003/ 04 he moved to second division side SpVgg Greuther Fuerth and was two and a half years captain of the team. In four years he played 130 games and scored a total of second division with 13 goals. He was the most prolific defender of the Second League in the season 2006/07. In July 2007, he joined Hannover 96 in the Bundesliga. For Hanover, he completed nine games, scoring one goal. After only half a year he moved again: As of January 27, 2008 Small played for Borussia Mönchengladbach. With the Borussia he was second division champions in the 2007/ 08 season and thus promotion to the 1st Bundesliga, where he scored two goals, even with eight inserts.
In April 2010 it was announced that the Borussia would not extend the expiring contract with Small. In summer, the defender returned to the second division club SpVgg Greuther Fürth, where he signed a contract until 30 June 2012 and again became captain of the team. At the end of the season 2011/12 was the first time the rise firmly in the Bundesliga.
In the German national Thomas Kleine came only on 30 April 2003 in Ankara for use as the team played against the 2006 A2 Team Turkey 0-0.
- German Championship: runner-up 2002
- DFB - Cup: Finalist 2002
- UEFA Champions League: Finalist 2002
- Master of the 2nd Bundesliga: 2008 with Borussia Mönchengladbach
- Master of the 2nd Bundesliga: 2012 with Greuther Fürth