Thomas Schaaf

Thomas Schaaf in 2012

Thomas Schaaf ( born April 30, 1961 in Mannheim ) is a German football coach and former football player.


Schaaf lost his father early. In 1965 his mother moved with him and his brother to Bremen. They lived on Brommyplatz within sight of the Weser Stadium. He became a member at SV Werder Bremen in 1972.

He has the technical college and graduated at the German Sport University Cologne training as a football coach. He is married and has one daughter. The family lives in Stuhr.

Since 2004, Schaaf engaged as ambassadors for the Center for Grieving Children and Youth in Bremen. In addition, Schaaf was 2008 for the Bremen-based German Society for Sea Rescue as so-called " boat steward " in use.

Playing career

Schaaf is since 1 July 1972 Member at Werder Bremen; to 1979 as a youth player, then until 1995 as a professional. He denied the Werder Bremen jersey 262 Bundesliga and 19 second division games, twice won the German Cup (1988 and 1993), twice the DFB Cup (1991 and 1994) and the European Cup Winners' Cup (1992).

Coaching career

From 1988 to 1995 Schaaf worked alongside his role as a player and as a youth coach at Werder Bremen and later rose to the coach of the amateur team.

Since May 10, 1999, he was coach of the first team, prevented the descent and led them a month later to win the DFB Cup. With this Cup victory, he was the third coach after Ludwig Janda and Aki Schmidt, who had already won the trophy before even as a player. By winning the " Doubles ", ie the German championship and the DFB Cup in one season, the 2003/04 season was the most successful year Schaaf in the club's history of Werder Bremen.

In the following years Schaaf reached with SV Werder resistant to participate in the UEFA Champions League: 2004/ 05, 2006/ 07 and 2009/10 Bundesliga third, 2005/06 and 2007/ 08 as runners-up. In the 2008 /09 season he was with Werder in the UEFA Cup final and won the DFB-Pokal. This Werder qualified for the newly-created UEFA Europa League the following season in which the club was eliminated in the second round.

It joined for Werder Bremen less successful seasons in the Bundesliga. When the club in the season 2010/11 fell by a negative series to the brink of relegation struggle, created a public discussion about the coach, the pages of the club, many times the trust was pronounced. The former manager of Werder, Allofs, dismissed calls for a replacement back: you will not make the mistake of other clubs, just to " have a psychological effect for maybe two weeks," through a coaching change.

In the season 2012/13 came again to a coach talk after Werder Bremen had fallen deeper and deeper into the relegation battle in the spring. The new manager Thomas gauge stood first, before Schaaf. Schaaf even offered the first indirectly on 20 April his resignation. On May 14, 2013, a few days after Werder had secured the league, Schaaf and Werder Bremen parted with immediate effect by mutual agreement. Schaaf's contract would have expired in 2014.

At the time of his retirement Schaaf was by far the longest-serving coach of Bundesliga club; he is in the history of German professional football one of the coaches of the longest-running (14 years and 5 days) worked for an association.

He is regarded as very factual and competent coach who had formed in 1999 from an unsettled team, a team that has played for many years at a high level, and at times was an opponent of Bavaria for the championship.

On September 7, 2013 Schaaf was coach of the " Werder Allstars " at the farewell match of Torsten Frings in the Weser stadium. In October, he worked for the UEFA in a coach training course in Nyon ( Switzerland ).


As a player

  • German champion: 1988, 1993
  • Runner-up: 1983, 1985, 1986, 1995
  • DFB Cup winner: 1991, 1994
  • Vice Cup winners: 1989, 1990
  • DFB - Supercup: 1988, 1993, 1994
  • European Cup Winners' Cup: 1992
  • UEFA Cup: Semi-finals in 1988 and 1990

As a coach

  • German Masters: 2004
  • Runner-up: 2006, 2008
  • DFB Cup winner: 1999, 2004, 2009
  • Vice Cup winners: 2000, 2010
  • DFL League Cup: 2006
  • UEFA Champions League: Eighth 2005 and 2006
  • UEFA Cup: 2009 final, semi-final in 2007


  • Determined in 2004 after championship and DFB Cup win with Werder Bremen voted Trainer of the Year and the journal ' kicker ' Man of the Year in German football
  • 2008 Inclusion in the Mall of Fame in Bremen ( palm)
  • Since 2010 Honorary Member of the SV Werder Bremen