Thomas Schaaf's career
Thomas Schaaf has been named the new coach of Hannover 96. bundesliga.com takes a look at his long and successful career...
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Schaaf (r. with former coach Otto Rehhagel) is still primarily remembered for a four-decade association with SV Werder Bremen. He joined the club in 1972 and made his first team debut on 18 April 1979 at VfL Bochum. It was a debut to forget, as the Green-Whites lost 3-0 (© Imago).
Schaaf (r. with Rigobert Gruber) only became a regular in the starting XI after Bremen were relegated to the Bundesliga 2 North in 1980/81.
By 1984, Schaaf (r.with Yasuiko Okudera) was one of the first names on the Bremen teamsheet.
In 1985/86, Schaaf and Co. missed out on winning the Bundesliga title by a whisker after Michael Kutzop hit the post from the penalty spot against eventual champions FC Bayern München with one game left in the season (© Imago).
Bremen did get their hands on the league title the following season, however.
More success was to follow in 1991 with a DFB Cup triumph. Here, an emotional Schaaf (r.) celebrates with team-mate Mirko Votava (© Imago).
The next piece of silverware was not far away and Bremen were once again Bundesliga champions in 1992/93. However, Schaaf only featured in five games that season and was already laying the foundations for a career in coaching (© Imago).
After cutting his teeth as a coach in the Bremen youth set-up, Schaaf took charge of his first game with the seniors on 11 May 1999 against FC Schalke 04.
He proved a dab hand in the dugout too, not only saving the side from relegation, but also leading them to DFB Cup joy just weeks later after a penalty shootout win over Bayern (© Imago).
Schaaf's next motorcade through the city centre came thanks to an outstanding 2003/04 campaign, ensuring it was Bremen's name engraved on the championship plate - the club's last league title to date - as well as the DFB Cup.
This was as close as Schaaf got to the UEFA Cup. Bremen reached the final in Istanbul in 2009, but emerged on the wrong side of a 2-1 scoreline against FC Shakhtar Donetsk. The silver lining to the season was winning the DFB Cup again - the last major trophy added to the club's cabinet.
While all smiles here with Dortmund counterpart Jürgen Klopp...
...darker days were to come for Schaaf as Bremen struggled to click during the 2012/13 campaign. A 1-1 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt on Matchday 33 - a result that kept Bremen in the Bundesliga - brought his 40-year association with the Green-Whites to an end.
After taking a year out of the game, Schaaf was then hired by Eintracht in May 2014 as the man to replace Armin Veh.
Schaaf's swashbuckling style translated well to Frankfurt, and he led the club to a ninth-placed finish in 2014. However, he resigned in May after just one season at the club.
Schaaf succeeds Michael Frontzeck as Hannover coach during the 2015/16 winter break with the club struggling near the foot of the table.