Andreas Thiel (handball player)

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Andreas Thiel
Andreas Thiel

Andreas Thiel on September 27, 2008

Player information
Nickname "Witcher"
birthday March 3, 1960
place of birth Lünen , Germany
citizenship GermanGerman German
Playing position goalkeeper
Throwing hand right
Clubs as active
from ... to society
1974-1977 GermanyGermany Alemannia Aachen
1977-1979 GermanyGermany TV Hochdorf
1979-1991 GermanyGermany VfL Gummersbach
1991-2001 GermanyGermany TSV Bayer Dormagen
2001-2001 GermanyGermany SG Flensburg-Handewitt
National team
Debut on October 24, 1980
against SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland in Zurich
  Games (goals)
GermanyGermany Germany 257 (0)
Clubs as coaches
from ... to society
2000– GermanyGermany Bayer Leverkusen (Goalkeeping Coach)
2009-2010 GermanyGermany DHC Rheinland (goalkeeping coach)
? - GermanyGermanyGerman men's / women's national team
  (goalkeeping coach)

As of February 15, 2010

Andreas Thiel (born March 3, 1960 in Lünen ) is a former German handball goalkeeper .

Thiel was active at Alemannia Aachen (1974–1977), TV Hochdorf (1977–1979), VfL Gummersbach (1979–1991), TSV Bayer Dormagen (1991–2000) and SG Flensburg-Handewitt (2001). He played 528 games for Gummersbach, Dormagen and Flensburg in the handball Bundesliga . With 256 games for the German national team, Thiel is the goalkeeper with the most international matches and, in terms of number of appearances, ranks fifth among all German national players. He took part in the Olympic Games in 1984, 1992 and 1996 . With VfL Gummersbach, Thiel was also five times German handball champion, three times German handball cup winner and twice won the European handball championship . He was voted handball player of the year seven times, the most frequently .

On May 21, 2000, Thiel, then 40 years old, played his last Bundesliga game against TuS Nettelstedt .

Because of his extraordinary reflexes in handball goals, Thiel is still known today as the witcher . In his Bundesliga career, he parried 430 seven-meter throws .

Today Thiel is goalkeeping coach for the Bayer Leverkusen handball team . Professional operates Thiel as a lawyer - he studied alongside his handball career 1980-1993 Law - a law firm in Cologne . As a lawyer, Thiel is still closely connected to the sport. He is an arbitrator at the German Sports Arbitration Court and chairman of the permanent arbitration tribunal of the license clubs in the German Table Tennis Federation . Thiel is also the legal advisor for the handball Bundesliga . On June 30, 2018, he was elected chairman of the Handball Bundesliga Women (HBF), of which he was previously a board member.

After coach Robert Nijdam left Bayer Leverkusen in December 2019, Thiel took over the coaching position together with Renate Wolf and Michael Biegler .

His younger brother Joachim Thiel also played handball in the goalkeeping position and last played until the end of the 2009/10 season at TV Hochdorf in the Regionalliga Südwest.


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. RP-Online, May 17th, 2000  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , accessed February 7, 2010.@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /  
  2. "Witcher" Andreas Thiel turns 50. In: March 3, 2010, accessed July 13, 2018 .
  3. Andreas Thiel ( Memento from October 22, 2014 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on October 14, 2014.
  4. Handball in the north, publisher: Flensborg Avis AG, edition: August 30, 2007.
  5. DHB database ( Memento from December 8, 2009 in the Internet Archive ), as of December 24, 2008.
  6. DHB database ( Memento from May 3, 2005 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on December 24, 2008.
  7. ^ Homepage of the law firm Thiel & Schaefer , accessed on December 24, 2008.
  8. HBL GmbH: contact person. Handball-Bundesliga GmbH, Cologne, accessed on July 13, 2018 .
  9. New HBF board elected: Andreas Thiel replaces Berndt Dugall as chairman. In: June 30, 2018, accessed June 30, 2018 .
  10. Surprise in Leverkusen: Michael Biegler introduced as the new coach on December 11, 2019, accessed on December 11, 2019
  11. Thomas Cattarius: The anticipation is palpable . In: . July 31, 2010.