Stefan Wessels

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Stefan Wessels
Wessels, Stefan OS 08-09 WP.JPG
in the jersey of VfL Osnabrück
birthday February 28, 1979
place of birth RahdenGermany
size 189 cm
position goal
Years station
1985-1992 Eintracht Schepsdorf
1992-1998 TuS Lingen
Years station Games (goals) 1
1998-2002 FC Bayern Munich amateurs 63 (0)
1999-2003 FC Bayern Munich 6 (0)
2003-2007 1. FC Cologne 93 (0)
2005 1. FC Cologne II 2 (0)
2007-2008 Everton FC 2 (0)
2008-2009 VfL Osnabrück 21 (0)
2009-2010 FC Basel 1 (0)
2011–2012 Odense BK 35 (0)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1999 Germany U-20 2 (0)
2000 Germany U-21 1 (0)
2005 Team 2006 2 (0)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
2013-2015 JLZ Emsland (trainer team)
2013-2015 SV Meppen (goalkeeping coach)
2014-2017 Germany U-15 (goalkeeping coach)
2017– VfL Osnabrück NLZ (goalkeeping coach)
2017-2018 Germany U-18 (goalkeeping coach)
2018-2019 Germany U-19 (goalkeeping coach)
2019– Germany U-20 (goalkeeping coach)
1 Only league games are given.

Stefan Wessels (born February 28, 1979 in Rahden ) is a German goalkeeping coach and former soccer player .

Career as a player

FC Bayern Munich

After his youth at Eintracht Schepsdorf and later TuS Lingen , the goalkeeper moved to FC Bayern Munich at the age of 19 in the 1998/99 season . After he was used exclusively with the amateurs in his first season, Wessels played himself more and more in the foreground in the following years. Due to numerous failures with the professional team, he suddenly had the chance on September 21, 1999 to play in the Champions League game with Glasgow Rangers , which he took advantage of with a good performance. At 20 years and 205 days, he was the youngest German goalkeeper to have played in the Champions League. It was not until September 2011 that a younger German goalkeeper played in the Champions League with Bernd Leno . However, Timon Wellenreuther is currently the youngest German goalkeeper in the Champions League.

Benefiting from further injury problems of the regular substitute goalkeeper Bernd Dreher as well as internal club problems with Sven Scheuer , Wessels continually asserted himself as "number 2" and subsequently came to further appearances in the Bundesliga and the Champions League. Since his main competitor Oliver Kahn announced that he wanted to occupy the goalkeeper position at Bayern Munich at least until the end of the 2005/06 season and Stefan Wessels did not want to be satisfied with the role as a substitute goalkeeper, he decided to change clubs.

1. FC Cologne

For the 2003/04 season Wessels signed with Bundesliga promoted 1. FC Cologne . There he was the first goalkeeper, but could not prevent the relegation of 1. FC Köln to the 2. Bundesliga . Wessels sustained a hand injury at the end of the season that set him back. After the first four games of the 2004/05 season , he injured himself again in training and was out until the end of the year. Alexander Bade used the opportunity presented to him and played almost the entire season.

Under the new coach Uwe Rapolder , Stefan Wessels then prevailed again for the 2005/06 season , but injured himself in the second half of the season and has since been represented by Alexander Bade again. Both under coach Hanspeter Latour and initially under Christoph Daum , Stefan Wessels prevailed as a regular goalkeeper and played all of 1. FC Köln's competitive games in the 2006/07 season until his injury in early May 2007 .

As a result of a collision with Markus Kurth , Wessels suffered a broken rib in the championship game against MSV Duisburg on May 7, 2007 and was out until the end of the season. In the remaining competitive games he was replaced by the previous reserve goalkeeper Thomas Kessler . In July 2007, 1. FC Köln signed another goalkeeper, Faryd Mondragón , so that Wessels was no longer set as a regular goalkeeper.

Everton FC

In August 2007 Wessels dissolved his contract in Cologne and moved to Everton in the English Premier League for one season free of charge . There he was number 2 behind regular goalkeeper Tim Howard.As in his other posts as a professional footballer, he wore jersey number 33. Due to a finger injury by Howard, Wessels played his first game in the Premier League against top club Manchester United on September 15, 2007 (0: 1). This was followed by a UEFA Cup game against the Ukrainian team Metalist Kharkiv (1: 1), another league appearance at Aston Villa (0: 2 defeat) and a game in the League Cup at Sheffield Wednesday . In the game against Sheffield Wednesday, which was won 3-0, Stefan Wessels injured his head in the 3rd minute, but was able to continue playing with a bandage. After the end of the season, the expiring contract was not extended.

VfL Osnabrück

For the 2008/09 season, Wessels accepted an offer from the second division club VfL Osnabrück and signed a two-year contract there. With that he returned to Germany after just one year. In Osnabrück he first prevailed against his rival Tino Berbig and became a regular goalkeeper under coach Claus-Dieter Wollitz before moving back into the second line at the end of the season. At the end of the season, his contract ran out because it was only for the second division, but Osnabrück was relegated. After that, Wessels was without a club and trained in the Duisburg-Wedau sports school until September 30, 2009 in the training camp for professional footballers without a contract of the VdV .

FC Basel

On October 23, 2009 Wessels signed a contract with the Swiss first division club FC Basel until the end of the season. He was signed because the goalkeeper Franco Costanzo was injured. Until his recovery, Wessels was to act as the second goalkeeper after the actual substitute goalkeeper Massimo Colomba . He represented this for the first time on November 20, 2009 in the second round of the Swiss Cup in the home game against FC Zurich (4-2). On November 29, 2009 (17th matchday) - in the 2-0 defeat at Young Boys Bern - he made his debut in the Swiss Super League . With the 2-0 win over the closest rivals Young Boys Bern on May 16, 2010 (36th matchday), FC Basel under coach Thorsten Fink (Wessels' former team-mate) secured the Swiss championship for the 13th time and also won a week previously the Swiss Cup. Stefan Wessels contributed one stake each.

Odense BK

In mid-January 2011 Wessels signed a one and a half year contract with the Danish first division club Odense BK . Before that, he had kept himself fit at various clubs and at the VDV camp in Duisburg, after initially not finding a new club for the 2010/11 season. He made his league debut on the 20th match day on March 7, 2011 in the 1: 2 defeat in the away game against AC Horsens . After a crisis in autumn, he played a strong season in spring 2012 and thus contributed to staying up. On May 24, 2012 it was announced that Stefan Wessels is leaving Odense BK.

National team

After Wessels had played twice for the U-20 national team in 1999 (debut on January 26th in Maspalomas in a 5-3 (0-0 after ) penalty shoot-out against Portugal), he also took part in the 1999 World Junior Championship participated in Nigeria, but was not used. On October 6, 2000 Wessels played in Derby in the 1-1 draw against England, his only game for the U-21 national team . For the perspective team of the DFB , Team 2006 , Wessels played two encounters: on September 6, 2005 in a 1-1 draw against the "A 2 national team" of Turkey, when he came on for Simon Jentzsch in the 46th minute , and on November 15, 2005 in Mattersburg in the 5-2 victory over Austria, where he came on for Roman Weidenfeller in the 46th minute .

Career as a coach

In July 2012, Stefan Wessels announced that he would only be open to clubs for which he did not have to change his place of residence in Osnabrück and equated this with a likely end to his playing career.

On December 16, 2012, Wessels announced that he will be the new goalkeeping coach at the Emsland youth performance center from January 2013. He took care of the talents of the U-15 to U-23 youth teams. In the 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons he was the goalkeeping coach of the regional league club SV Meppen .

Wessels has trained the goalkeepers of the German U-15 juniors for three years from 2014 . In 2017 he moved up as a goalkeeping coach to the U-18 national team , which included the 2000 class. He accompanied this class in the following years, so that he was also the goalkeeping coach of the U-19 (2018/19) and the U-20 national team (2019/20). Since 2017, Wessels has also been active in the VfL Osnabrück's youth training center as a goalkeeping coach and head of the basic area (U-11 to U-13).

further activities

Wessels founded the association "BaKoS 'Die Osnabrücker Ballschule eV'", where he is active as a trainer, "to bring the fun of movement and ball games closer to children between 3 and 10 years of age."


FC Bayern Munich :

1. FC Cologne :

Everton FC :

VfL Osnabrück :

  • 2nd Bundesliga: 21 games
  • DFB Cup : 1 game

FC Basel :

Odense BK :


Web links

Commons : Stefan Wessels  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. FC Basel 1893: FCB signs another goalkeeper with Stefan Wessels. FC Basel , October 23, 2009, archived from the original on September 27, 2011 ; Retrieved October 23, 2009 .
  2. See “Beilage Beruf” in: Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung , September 13, 2011.
  3. Morten Wamsler: OB siger farvel til fem spillere. Odense BK , May 24, 2012, accessed May 24, 2012 (Danish).
  4. Ex-Bayern keeper Stefan Wessels stops. sid report on , July 16, 2012, accessed on June 18, 2015 .
  5. Mirko Nordmann: Stefan Wessels new goalkeeping coach in the youth training center Emsland. December 19, 2012, accessed June 18, 2015 .
  6. a b Stefan Wessels strengthens the coaching team in the JLZ Emsland. ( Memento from February 17, 2013 in the web archive )
  7. Trainer, supervisor & player: The current regional league squad of SV Meppen in the 2013/2014 season . ( Memento of the original from December 14, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Website of SV Meppen; Retrieved June 19, 2015. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  8. a b Markus Krücken: The interview: What is ex-FC keeper Stefan Wessels doing? Express , June 18, 2015.
  9. Wessels on Köpke call: "Sure, that I had to agree" ,, January 28, 2019, accessed on July 20, 2020.
  10. Stefan Wessels - Trainer Profile ,, accessed on July 20, 2020.
  11. Stefan Wessels reports on his goalkeeping career ,, accessed on July 20, 2020.
  12. Continuity and new accents: The personnel situation in the performance center ,, August 8, 2019, accessed on July 20, 2020.