Marcel Schäfer

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Marcel Schäfer
Marcel Schäfer.jpg
Marcel Schäfer during training (2007)
birthday June 7, 1984
place of birth AschaffenburgGermany
size 184 cm
position Defense
Years station
1990-1996 SV Eintracht Straßbessenbach
1996-1999 Viktoria Aschaffenburg
1999-2003 TSV 1860 Munich
Years station Games (goals) 1
2003-2007 TSV 1860 Munich 91 0(3)
2007-2017 VfL Wolfsburg 256 (13)
2017-2018 Tampa Bay rowdies 45 0(7)
National team
Years selection Games (goals) 2
2005 Team 2006 1 0(0)
2008-2010 Germany 8 0(0)
1 Only league games are given.
Status: end of career

2 Status: end of career

Marcel Schäfer (born June 7, 1984 in Aschaffenburg ) is a former German football player and today's functionary . Since July 1, 2018, he has been the sports director of VfL Wolfsburg .

Career as a player

In the club

Clubs in the youth

At the age of six, Schäfer started playing football at SV Eintracht Straßbessenbach and moved to Viktoria Aschaffenburg at the age of twelve .

TSV 1860 Munich

Ernst Tanner , the youth coordinator of TSV 1860 Munich at the time , approached him in 1999 at a country tournament in Duisburg about a move to 1860 Munich. Schäfer decided to move and against Eintracht Frankfurt , which had also shown interest. In 1999, when he was 15, he moved to TSV 1860 Munich. His then amateur coach and later professional coach Reiner Maurer retrained him from midfielder to defender. As a 17-year-old, Schäfer was threatened with the end of his career because of a torn cruciate ligament . For the 2003/04 season, the full-back moved up to the professional squad for the first time. On the 11th match day he made his debut in the Bundesliga . He came on as a substitute for Markus Weissenberger in the 89th minute of the game against VfL Bochum . It was the only league appearance for Schäfer this season. In the following years the offensive defender established himself and became a regular player. In the first half of the 2006/07 season he was the only TSV professional who was on the pitch in every game.

VfL Wolfsburg

After missing the promotion three times in a row, Schäfer moved back to the Bundesliga for VfL Wolfsburg in July 2007 . There he scored six goals in 29 games in his first year. He scored his first Bundesliga goal on November 4, 2007 in a 3: 5 against VfL Bochum . On May 18, 2009 he was voted “Lower Saxony's Footballer of the Year” in Barsinghausen . At the end of its second year at VfL, the team became German champions for the first time . In addition to Andrea Barzagli and Christian Gentner , Schäfer was the only player who had played all of the season's games. In total, he only missed 22 minutes of playing time. In the following two seasons, Schäfer remained the most consistent regular of the Wolves and missed only two league games during this time. From January to August 2011, he was the successor to Edin Džeko , who had left the club, team captain of VfL Wolfsburg. He was followed by Christian Träsch after.

His contract ran until 2017.

Tampa Bay rowdies

Shepherd (# 4) in the Tampa Bay Rowdies (2017)

At the beginning of March 2017, Schäfer moved to the second-rate US United Soccer League for the Tampa Bay Rowdies . It was planned that Schäfer would return to VfL Wolfsburg in 2019 to work in management there. Parallel to football, Schäfer completed internships in the management of the surrounding professional franchises Tampa Bay Buccaneers , Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Rays . Schäfer described the time in Florida as a "lifelong dream" and "educational trip".

In the 2017 season, Schäfer scored seven goals in 32 games. After making thirteen appearances in the 2018 season , he ended his career in June 2018 to return to VfL Wolfsburg as sports director .

In the national team

On November 13, 2008 he was appointed for the first time by national coach Joachim Loew in the German national team for the friendly against England . In the game on November 19, 2008, he made his debut in the 1: 2 defeat, Schäfer was used from the 77th minute. He played his first international match against China on May 29, 2009 . Six more international appearances followed until August 2010; for the soccer world championship 2010 it was not considered.

Career as a functionary

Since July 1, 2018, Schäfer has been the sports director of VfL Wolfsburg under Sport Jörg Schmadtke .



In 2007 he completed an 18-month correspondence course in sports management . Then he took a distance learning course in sports marketing .

Schäfer is single and has two sons and a daughter. His father Markus Schäfer played 80 games in the 2nd Bundesliga for Viktoria Aschaffenburg from 1985 to 1989 .

social commitment

Marcel Schäfer signed up for the youth campaign iCHANCE - Read better, write better! of the Federal Association for Literacy and Basic Education . He pointed out that more than seven million adults cannot read and write properly.

Web links

Commons : Marcel Schäfer  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Interview ( Memento from December 11, 2015 in the Internet Archive ),
  2. Marcel Schäfer praises the lion training ( memento from June 13, 2010 in the Internet Archive ), from September 30, 2005
  3. Vfl "Footballer of the Year": Weghorst is up for election
  4. VfL Wolfsburg extends Schäfer until 2017 ,
  5. Tampa Bay Rowdies Sign VfL Wolfsburg Legend Marcel Schäfer, accessed on March 2, 2017
  6. Note in: Westfalenpost of March 2, 2017, Sport 2
  7. Tampa-Profi Schäfer: "Ok, that I got a financial loss here" ,, March 18, 2018, accessed on June 13, 2018.
  8. a b Early return ,, June 13, 2018, accessed on June 13, 2018.
  9. Retrieved December 12, 2013 .
  10. YouTube: Marcel Schäfer (VfL Wolfsburg) for reading and writing. Retrieved December 12, 2013 .