Tom Starke

Tom Starke, 2009

Tom Strong ( born March 18, 1981 in Freital ) is a German goalkeeper who is under contract with the Bundesliga side FC Bayern Munich since 2012.



Strong began playing at age seven in the spa town Hartha handball and played in his second year in goal. He also came to success as a long-distance runner at Spartakiads.

In the fall of 1988, he began playing football since the ESR steel Freital urgently player was looking for. D- youth coach Kandora decided to make it into the goal. After a two-week trial in 1989, he played from then on in the youth department of Dynamo Dresden. Reiner Calmund brought him in 1999 to Bayer 04 Leverkusen. With Leverkusen 's youth in 2000 he was German champion and the amateur team 2001 league champions. During the 2003/ 04 season he was loaned to the Hamburger SV. His league debut came on 13 March 2004 (24th Round ) in a 2-0 win at home to Hertha BSC, when he came on in the 52nd minute for Stefan Wächter. His second league game he played on May 1, 2004 ( 31 Matchday); in the away game against Werder Bremen he suffered in 90 minutes six goals.

In January 2006, Strong joined the second division side SC Paderborn 07, who signed him as a goalkeeper. After two seasons and 47 league games Strong joined the 2007/08 season for the Bundesliga club MSV Duisburg, which he descended to the end of the season in the 2nd Bundesliga and there completed two seasons.

The return to the Bundesliga he succeeded to the 2010/11 season with the change to the newly promoted TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, for which he signed a contract until June 2013 dated.

After the signing of Tim Wiese as the new goalkeeper for the 2012/13 season, the TSG Hoffenheim Strong granted the permission to leave the club despite ongoing contract until 2013 free transfer. In the summer 2012 Strong was hired by Bayern Munich and received a three -year contract. As a second goalkeeper and successor of Jörg Butt, who ended his career, he takes the place behind goalkeeper Manuel Neuer at the Munich. His first competitive match for Bayern Munich, he completed on 31 October 2012 in a 4-0 victory at home to 1.FC Kaiserslautern in the second round of the DFB Cup. His first try in the Bundesliga for Bayern Munich, he completed on March 3, 2013 ( 24th Round ) in the 1-0 away win against his former club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. On April 13, 2013 ( 29 Matchday) he played against 1 FC Nuremberg, saved a penalty by Timmy Simons and thus the "zero" in the 4-0 victory of Bavaria. On April 27, 2013, was against SC Freiburg again without conceding a goal.

In his first season for Bayern Munich, he won the Triple: the German Cup, the Champions League and the DFB Cup.

Due to an injury of the root goalkeeper Manuel Neuer Strong was used in the DFL - Supercup game in 2013, which lost the FC Bayern 2:4 to Borussia Dortmund.


When from 17 to July 24, 2000 staged in Germany U-18 European Championship Strong graduated from all three group games and was with the U-18 national team third in the tournament.

On 20 December 2000 he made his debut in Buenos Aires in the national jersey of the U-20 national team, which lost 0-1 against the host selection. 2001 Strong played six more matches: against Spain (1-2 on 9 February in Las Palmas ) and Italy (2-0 on March 1 in Madeira), against Brazil, Canada and Iraq, the three group matches in the U- 20 World Cup in Argentina, and against France in the quarter- final, which they lost 2:3.

His debut in the national team U-21 selection, he announced on 12 February 2002 in Belfast, who won against the host U- 21 team 1-0. His last twelve international matches he played on 27 April 2004 in Salonika, which was lost with 1:2 against the Greek U- 21 team.


  • FIFA Club World Cup: 2013
  • UEFA Champions League: Winner 2013, Finalist 2002
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2013
  • German Cup (2): Master 2013, 2014
  • DFB Cup: Winner 2013, Finalist 2002
  • German A- Junior Champion: 2000
  • Master of the Oberliga Nordrhein: 2001
  • Middle Rhine Cup winners: 2003, 2007
  • Third in the U-18 European Championship in 2000


His younger brother Manuel plays for ZFC Meuselwitz in the Regionalliga West as a midfielder.