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The Story Of Thomas Tuchel Who Terminated His Career As A Footballer Due To A Chronic Injury

Thomas Tuchel’s career as a manager has been nothing short of spectacular, however, the same cannot be said of his career as a footballer

As a footballer, Thomas Tuchel played in the lower league German football where his career was characterized by setbacks and he never got the chance to play top-flight football like his idol Patrick Vieira

The Chelsea Manager who is widely dubbed as a “master tactician” was born into a humble family in Krumbach, a small town in Germany, on the 29th of August 1973. His father, Rudolf Tuchel was a football coach and his mother Gabriele was a housekeeper.

A college photo of young Thomas Tuchel and his parents

At a tender age, Thomas’ career ambition was to be a professional footballer or an aircraft pilot. The fact that his father was a football coach as of then may have had a huge impact on his ambition to become a footballer. Also, his father was his first coach and the one who taught him the basic skills of football

Thomas’ ambition of becoming a pro footballer didn’t stop him from going to school. He attended Krumbach elementary school and when he was only 6 years old, he joined TSV Krumbach, a local youth football team coached by his father. Thomas would later attend Krumbacher High School where he got the opportunity to play competitive football and showed great potentials.

At 15 years of age, Thomas halted his education in other to pursue his football career by joining FC Augsburg youth academy. His performance was brilliant during his first few years with the club, however, as time went on, his performance began to decline and at 19 years of age, the club cut all ties with him.

Despite this setback, he remained positive and soon join another German football club, Stuttgarter Kickers where he got the chance to play senior-level football in the year 1992. His performance however was not good enough to convince the club to keep him so they released him in 1994. After attending several trials, Thomas got signed by SSV Ulm

While at SSV Ulm, he was able to establish himself as a fine player and the club was happy to keep him. Four years into his contract with the club, Thomas got another blow in his career. During a football match, he sustained a chronic knee cartilage injury which forced him to bring the curtain down on his career at the age of 25.

While nursing his injury, Thomas decided to study economics and football. Later, he took coaching lessons and was privileged to be taught by Helmut Gross the developer of the famous system of Gegenpressing. when he graduated, he got a job as a youth coach with VFB Stuttgart. 

Thomas’ career as a coach, was far more fruitful compared to his career as a player. During his 5 years with VFB Stuttgart, Thomas groomed several young players like Mario Gomez and Sami Khedira who became first-team players.

He later got appointed as first-team manager at FC Augsburg II and his performance in 1 year saw him move to Bundesliga side, Mainz. He was later appointed to fill the big shoes of Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund before taking over from Unai Emery at PSG 3 years later.

As a manager, Thomas Tuchel employs a high octane style of football where his team dominates ball possession, attack in numbers, and press quickly and this has been instrumental in his success at current club Chelsea




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