Fredi Bobic

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Fredi Bobic
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Fredi Bobic (2019)
birthday October 30, 1971
place of birth MariborSFR Yugoslavia
size 188 cm
position striker
Years station
1979-1980 VfR Bad Cannstatt
1980-1986 VfB Stuttgart
1986-1990 Stuttgart Kickers
Years station Games (goals) 1
1990-1992 TSF Ditzingen 62 (32)
1992-1994 Stuttgart Kickers 62 (26)
1994-1999 VfB Stuttgart 148 (69)
1999-2002 Borussia Dortmund 56 (17)
2002 →  Bolton Wanderers  (loan) 16 0(4)
2002-2003 Hannover 96 27 (14)
2003-2005 Hertha BSC 54 0(8)
2006 HNK Rijeka 8 0(2)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1994-2004 Germany 37 (10)
1 Only league games are given.

Fredi Bobic ( Slovenian Fredi Bobič , Croatian Fredi Bobić ; born October 30, 1971 in Maribor , SR Slovenia , SFR Yugoslavia ) is a German manager and former football player . Since June 2016 he has been the head of sport at Eintracht Frankfurt . From 2010 to 2014 he was sports director of VfB Stuttgart , and from April 2013 to September 2014 he was also director of sports.

Childhood and youth

Fredi Bobic has a Slovenian father and a Croatian mother. Shortly after his birth, his parents emigrated to the Federal Republic of Germany , where he grew up in Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt in the Hallschlag district . In 1979 he started playing football in the youth of VfR Bad Cannstatt , from where he moved to the youth of VfB Stuttgart in 1980 . After six years he left VfB in the direction of the competitor Stuttgarter Kickers , with whose A-youth he won the DFB Cup in 1990, which he describes as his greatest success in the youth field. His footballing role models in childhood and youth were Hansi Müller and Marco van Basten .


Club soccer

Bobic started his career at TSF Ditzingen . In the 1991/92 season he was the top scorer in the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg with 19 goals . He then moved to the 2nd Bundesliga for the Stuttgarter Kickers (1992-1994), for which he scored 26 times in 62 games.

VfB Stuttgart

In the summer of 1994 Bobic moved to the 1st Bundesliga for VfB Stuttgart, for which he made his debut on the first day of the 1994/95 season in the game against Hamburger SV . After his substitution in the 73rd minute, Bobic scored the 2-1 winner for VfB in the last minute. In his first five Bundesliga games, he scored one goal each. This began his professional career, which probably had its climax at the time of the " Magic Triangle " with Krassimir Balakow and Giovane Élber at VfB Stuttgart. This trio caused quite a stir in the Bundesliga in the mid-1990s. In 1997 Bobic won the DFB Cup with VfB Stuttgart .

Borussia Dortmund

In 1999 he moved to Borussia Dortmund, where he scored 17 goals in 53 games in the first two seasons. In the first half of the 2001/02 season Bobic was only used three times, as coach Matthias Sammer instead of him relied on strikers Márcio Amoroso , Jan Koller and Ewerthon .

Bobic interrupted his Bundesliga career for a short guest appearance in the English Premier League . He was loaned to Bolton Wanderers for the second half of the season, for which he scored four goals in 16 games.

Hannover 96 and Hertha BSC

A few hours before the end of the transfer period in the summer of 2002, Bobic moved from Borussia Dortmund to Bundesliga promoted Hannover 96 . With 14 goals this season he played a decisive role in keeping the club up and was called back to the national team by team boss Rudi Völler after a four-year absence as a reward for his strong performance .

After the 2002/03 season Bobic moved to Hertha BSC , where he could not build on his performances from the previous season.

End of career

After his engagement in Berlin he was without a contract for several months. From January 25, 2006 he played for the Croatian club HNK Rijeka and ended his active career in the summer after the end of the season. In the final first leg of the Croatian Football Cup 2005/06 , Bobic scored the goal against NK Varaždin to make it 4-0 through which Rijeka won the Hrvatski nogometni kup despite the 5-1 defeat in the second leg due to the away goals rule .

As a club player, he played 62 games in the 2nd Bundesliga (26 goals), 285 games in the 1st Bundesliga (108 goals), 15 games in the English Premier League (four goals) and eight games in the Prva HNL, the first Croatian League (two goals).

National team

Fredi Bobic as national player on a Faroe Islands postage stamp (2003 game)

For the national team he played 37 games between 1994 and 1998 and 2002 and 2004, in which he scored ten goals. His first international match was against Hungary on October 12, 1994 in Budapest . He was nominated by national coach Berti Vogts for the 1996 European Football Championship in England , where he was used in the preliminary round matches against the Czech Republic and Italy and in the quarter-finals against Croatia . Bobic played 19 times under Vogts in the national dress and scored two goals before playing his last international match against Saudi Arabia on February 22, 1998 . He celebrated his comeback after good performances in the Bundesliga at Hannover 96 under team boss Rudi Völler in a friendly against the Netherlands at the end of 2002, in which he also scored the only German goal (final score: 1: 3). He then became an integral part of the national team and an important player in the European Championship qualification. In the 18 international matches under Rudi Völler, Bobic scored eight goals. Bobic took part with the national team at the 2004 European Championship in Portugal , where he was used in the preliminary round matches against the Netherlands and Latvia , but could not record a goal. After the European championship and Rudi Völler's resignation, Bobic was no longer called up to the national team, which was partly due to the motivation of the new national coach Jürgen Klinsmann to want to integrate young players into the national team, and partly to poor performance at Hertha BSC. So his appearance against Latvia on June 19, 2004 was his last in the national jersey.

For winning the European Football Championship he received the Silver Laurel Leaf .


Club teams

* Bobic was only active for Borussia Dortmund in the first half of the season

National team


After the active career

On June 11, 2005, Fredi Bobic was named "Fire Brigade Ambassador " by the President of the German Fire Brigade Association , Hans-Peter Kröger , in recognition of his commitment to the "Help for Helpers" foundation .

In the 2006/07 season he worked in the expert team at the pay TV channel Premiere .

In 2007 he had an appearance in the music video From the Same Star by Ich + Ich with the words "We are all made of stardust". As early as 1997 he had recorded a single CD with Gerhard Poschner and Marco Haber under the name Das tragische Dreieck with the title Stand up . A music video was also shot.

In 2008 he starred in the series Torpiraten on the television channel Nickelodeon . There he was the committee leader of the Cup of Champions.

In addition, Bobic was a football expert for the Austrian private broadcaster ATV on some days of the Bundesliga .

Managerial career

Fredi Bobic (2013)

From the end of March 2009 to July 2010 Bobic was managing director for sports and marketing at the Bulgarian club Chernomoretz Burgas . Originally his contract was valid until summer 2014, together with coach Krassimir Balakow he should lead the club to the top of the national team.

On July 27, 2010, Bobic became sports director of VfB Stuttgart and, together with his colleague Jochen Schneider, formed the new sports management of VfB. On January 20, 2012, he extended his contract to the end of June 2016. On April 10, 2013, he was appointed to the board of VfB Stuttgart as “Director of Sport” with immediate effect. After the resignation of President Gerd E. Mäuser , Bobic's promotion to the board of directors, which otherwise only consisted of CFO Ulrich Ruf , became necessary in order to maintain the board's ability to act. On September 24, 2014, VfB Stuttgart parted ways with Bobic.

On June 1, 2016, Bobic was appointed head of sport at Eintracht Frankfurt . The contract was initially valid for three years until June 30, 2019. On August 9, 2018, his contract was prematurely extended for another four years until June 30, 2023.


Bobic is married and has two daughters. He is a trained retail salesman ; After his career as a professional footballer, he completed a further training course in football management. Due to the origins of his parents, Bobic learned the Serbo-Croatian language , and besides German he speaks fluent English and some French . In addition to football, he is also very interested in other sports such as basketball and American football .

Web links

Commons : Fredi Bobic  - collection of images


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  2. Playground planning in Dessauer Strasse. Weeber + Partner Institute for Urban Planning and Social Research, July 10, 2010, accessed on August 19, 2013 .
  3. Federal Archives: Sports Awards (Silver Laurel): Awarding of the silver laurel leaf to the German national football team, signature BArch B 122/29165
  4. Use of statistics at
  5. Kicker names Fredi Bobic “Man of the Year” ,, accessed on December 23, 2018
  6. Press release of the German Fire Brigade Association e. V.
  7. Bobic: New job in Burgas , kicker online from March 25, 2009
  8. Fredi Bobic is the new sports director ( Memento from November 30, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) from July 27, 2010 on
  9. Triple contract extension from January 20, 2012 on
  10. Change in the board of directors ( memento from December 13, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) from April 10, 2013 on
  11. VfB Stuttgart separates from Fredi Bobic ( Memento from October 15, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) VfB Stuttgart September 24, 2014
  12. Fredi Bobic becomes the new sports director of Eintracht Frankfurt Fußball AG Eintracht Frankfurt May 25, 2016
  13. Fredi Bobic and Axel Hellmann extend board contracts. August 9, 2018, accessed June 27, 2019 .
  14. Professional athletes at the IST
  15. BOBIC »Fifa has one on the waffle!