Sandro Wagner

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Sandro Wagner
Sandro Wagner 2018.jpg
in training clothes of FC Bayern (2018)
birthday November 29, 1987
place of birth MunichGermany
size 194 cm
position Storm
Years station
1990-1995 FC Hertha Munich
1995-2006 FC Bayern Munich
Years station Games (goals) 1
2006-2008 FC Bayern Munich II 44 0(2)
2007-2008 FC Bayern Munich 4 0(0)
2008-2010 MSV Duisburg 36 (12)
2010–2012 Werder Bremen 30 0(5)
2010-2011 Werder Bremen II 18 0(7)
2012 →  1. FC Kaiserslautern  (loan) 11 0(0)
2012-2015 Hertha BSC 71 0(7)
2013-2014 Hertha BSC II 3 0(1)
2015-2016 SV Darmstadt 98 32 (14)
2016-2017 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 42 (15)
2018-2019 FC Bayern Munich 25 0(8)
2019-2020 Tianjin Teda 26 (12)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
2008-2009 Germany U21 8 0(4)
2017-2018 Germany 8 0(5)
1 Only league games are given.
Status: end of career

Sandro Wagner (born November 29, 1987 in Munich ) is a former German soccer player . After eleven years in the youth team of FC Bayern Munich , he was active for almost ten years with six different clubs in Germany, with his breakthrough in the Bundesliga at SV Darmstadt 98 and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim . After a year at FC Bayern Munich, he was under contract with Tianjin Teda in the Chinese Super League from the end of January 2019 to the end of July 2020 . At the age of 29 he first played for the senior national team and played eight international matches. As a 32-year-old, the striker ended his active career in summer 2020.



Beginnings in Munich

Wagner started playing soccer at FC Hertha Munich at the age of three and moved to the youth department of FC Bayern Munich in 1995. There he went through all youth teams and moved up to the regional league team in 2005 , in which he made his debut on May 27, 2006 (34th matchday) - in a 1-1 home game against Eintracht Trier  .

He completed the preparation for the 2007/08 season with the first team. After the failures of Jan Schlaudraff , Lukas Podolski and Luca Toni , he made his competitive debut in the professional team on July 21, 2007 in the league cup match against Werder Bremen . On July 25, 2007 he scored his first professional goal in the semi-finals of the competition in a 2-0 win against VfB Stuttgart when he was in the starting line-up.

On August 11, 2007 (1st matchday), he made his Bundesliga debut in a 3-0 home win against Hansa Rostock  - in the 87th minute for Miroslav Klose .

MSV Duisburg and Werder Bremen

On June 9, 2008, he signed a two-year contract with the then Bundesliga relegated MSV Duisburg . He played his first game for MSV on August 10, 2008 in the first round of the DFB Cup against ASV Bergedorf 85 , where he scored two goals and one assist in the 5-1 away win. On August 18, 2008 he made his debut in the 2nd Bundesliga against Hansa Rostock. There he scored another goal and prepared Cédric Makiadi's 2-1 lead . In the 2009/10 season Wagner scored five goals in the first four games of the season, but pulled a cruciate ligament rupture on September 18, 2009 in the game against Arminia Bielefeld .

On January 31, 2010, shortly before the end of the transfer period, the still injured Wagner moved to SV Werder Bremen . He signed a contract that ran until June 30, 2014. In return, Kevin Schindler was awarded to the MSV until the end of the season. He played 21 August 2010 at 1: Almost three years after his last mission in the Bundesliga (one hamburger in the game SV against Bayern Munich on September 2, 2007 1): 4 defeat in the away match against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim again a Game in the top division when he came on for Tim Borowski in the 73rd minute . He scored his first Bundesliga goal on March 6, 2011 in a 3-1 win in the away game against SC Freiburg with the goal to make it 1-0. On March 19, 2011, in a 3-1 win in the away game against 1. FC Nürnberg , he converted two penalties and scored twice for the first time in a first division game.

Wagner as a player from Werder Bremen (2011)

On January 19, 2012 Wagner switched to league rivals 1. FC Kaiserslautern on loan for a year and a half . On the weekend after his commitment, FCK played against Werder Bremen on January 21, 2012. For this encounter, however, he was not considered, both clubs had agreed on that. He only made his 90-minute debut against FC Augsburg on January 28, 2012 .

Hertha BSC

After FCK was relegated from the Bundesliga, Wagner returned to Werder Bremen after only half a year. There he was no longer considered in the professional squad and henceforth trained with the second team. In addition, he was advised to look for a new club. At the end of July 2012, Wagner finally moved to the second division Hertha BSC . He signed a contract for two seasons and received the shirt with the shirt number 33 in the squad of coach Jos Luhukay. He played his first game for Berlin on August 3, 2012 in the home game against SC Paderborn . On August 19, 2012 he made his debut for the capital club in the DFB Cup against Wormatia Worms , where he scored the only goal for Hertha in the 1: 2 defeat.

SV Darmstadt 98

After a total of 75 games in three years for Berlin, Wagner moved to Bundesliga promoted SV Darmstadt 98 for the 2015/16 season . There he received a two-year contract. The center forward played his first game when he was substituted on for Dominik Stroh-Engel on matchday one against Hannover 96 . After a double in a 2-1 win against his ex-club Werder Bremen, he established himself as a regular for the lilies. On October 27, 2015, Wagner shot SV Darmstadt with the goal to 2-1 against Hannover 96 in the round of 16 of the DFB Cup. With a total of 14 goals in 32 league games, he contributed significantly to keeping Darmstadt in the league. In an interview in April 2016, he sparked negative media coverage with the statement that “some footballers earn too little”.

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

For the 2016/17 season , Wagner was signed by TSG 1899 Hoffenheim due to his performance in the previous year . In the first round of the DFB Cup, Wagner scored his first goal for TSG on August 21, 2016 in a 6-0 away win against 1. FC Germania Egestorf / Langreder . A week later he made his debut for his new club in the Bundesliga for the first time when he played a full 90 minutes in the 2-2 draw against RB Leipzig . After 12 goals in 33 competitive games for Hoffenheim, his contract was extended to 2020 in July 2017. With fourth place, Hoffenheim reached the Champions League qualification and met the eventual finalists Liverpool there . Both games were lost and he scored a goal in the second leg at Anfield . Due to the defeats, TSG played in the Europa League . There Wagner scored a goal in three games and was eliminated with the team in the preliminary round.

Return to Munich

Wagner in training at FC Bayern (2018)

For the second half of the 2017/18 season , Wagner returned to Bayern Munich . He received a contract that ran until June 30, 2020 and was scheduled as a backup by Robert Lewandowski . Ten years after his last appearance for his youth club, he made his comeback in a 3-1 away win against Bayer 04 Leverkusen on January 12, 2018 , when he came on for Franck Ribéry in the 78th minute . Ribéry was the only player in the squad with whom Wagner had played in the 2007/08 season . On January 27, 2018, Wagner scored his first Bundesliga goal for Bayern in a 5-2 home win against his former club TSG Hoffenheim with the goal of the final result. In the second leg of the Champions League round of 16, Wagner scored his first goal in the Champions League in a 3-1 away win against Beşiktaş Istanbul . By the end of the season, Wagner had 14 appearances in the Bundesliga under Jupp Heynckes , in which he scored eight goals.

Under the new coach Niko Kovač , Wagner only made seven appearances in the Bundesliga on the first 19 match days of the 2018/19 season, six of them by substitution, and remained goalless.

Career conclusion in China

At the end of January 2019, the 31-year-old Wagner moved to the Chinese Super League at Tianjin Teda , where the German Uli Stielike was coach. Under Stielike, Wagner made 26 league appearances in the 2019 season , in which he scored 12 goals. In July 2020, he terminated his contract shortly before the start of the 2020 season . The reason given by Wagner, who had been living in Germany since the beginning of 2020, was that he was afraid to travel to China due to the COVID-19 pandemic .

End of career

Despite "several offers from Germany", Wagner decided in August 2020 to end his active career. Shortly before him, Benedikt Höwedes of the same age and André Schürrle (29), both also former Bundesliga and national players, had already taken this step.

“I really enjoyed the long journey and just want to say thank you: Thanks to all my coaches and teammates. Thanks to all the fans. We have the best stadiums in Germany and the best fans in the world. "

- Sandro Wagner at the end of his career

National team

Wagner made his first international appearance for the U-21 national team in the Duisburg MSV Arena in a 0-0 win against Israel on September 9, 2008, when he came on for Rouwen Hennings in the 68th minute . After four more games, he was nominated by coach Horst Hrubesch for the U-21 European Championship in Sweden in 2009. Until the final, he mainly had to sit on the bench. In the second preliminary round match against Finland and in the semifinals against Italy he was substituted on in the final stages. In the final against England he was on the pitch for the yellow- banned Ashkan Dejagah from the start and scored the goals to 3-0 and 4-0. His goal to make it 4-0 was voted Goal of the Month for June 2009. This was also his last game for the U21s.

Wagner with the German national team (2017)

Joachim Löw nominated Wagner for the senior national team for the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia , where Löw almost did without the entire 2014 World Cup. In preparation for the tournament, Wagner made his international A debut on June 6, 2017, in a 1-1 draw against the Danish national team in Brøndby . Four days later, on June 10, 2017, he was used in the World Cup qualifier against San Marino , in which he scored three goals. At the Confederations Cup he was used in the 3-2 victory in the first group game against Australia and won the title with the team. With the national team he qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but was not nominated for the preliminary squad of the DFB for the final round. He then resigned from the national team with immediate effect on May 16, 2018. In his first five full international matches, Wagner scored five goals, the last time Ronald Worm had achieved in the 1970s. Wagner has played a total of eight international matches.

"It is clear to me that with my way of always being open, honest and direct in addressing things, I don't seem to fit in with the coaching team."

- Sandro Wagner on his resignation from the national team

After the active career

As an expert at ZDF, Wagner accompanies live football broadcasts. He became the successor of Oliver Kahn , who moved to the board of directors of FC Bayern Munich. Wagner made his debut on August 23, 2020 in the final of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League , which was broadcast live on ZDF on free TV due to the interstate broadcasting agreement .



National team


Web links

Commons : Sandro Wagner  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

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