Sports director Marcel Schäfer completes the management course

Marcel Schäfer took the next step on the career ladder as a football manager. The sporting director of VfL Wolfsburg has successfully completed the “Management in professional football” course established by the DFB and DFL. There were also two former Wolfsburg players.

Marcel Schaefer
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Having passed the last exams, he did it in the first year of the “Management in professional football” course launched by DFB and DFL two years ago: Tuesday evening Ansgar Schwenken (Member of the DFL Board of Directors and Director of DFL Football Affairs and Fans) and Oliver Bierhoff (Director General of National Teams and Academy of the DFB) distributed the certificates to the 14 participants in Frankfurt. Also present was Marcel Schäfer, who already works in a responsible position as sporting director at VfL Wolfsburg.

However, the 37-year-old brought a lot with him. “The exchange between the participants was particularly valuable,” said Schäfer on “We all work with different skills in different clubs. That way you get completely new perspectives on many aspects of our work, just like through speakers and experts. ”

Haupt: “We all have an exciting moment behind us”

“Bundesliga know-how, sports know-how and managerial know-how” – this was on the resume for the past 19 months. Tobias Haupt, Head of the DFB Academy, says: “We are as proud as the 14 graduates of the pilot course can be: behind us there is an exciting moment in which we have intensified the mutual exchange, learned many new things and our insights. shared and practical experiences. ”

Still no concrete interview with VfL

For Schäfer, this ends a difficult period beyond everyday life in the Bundesliga, after all things have not been going well for VfL this season and the former professional may soon face a question about the future. At the end of January 2023, the managing director Jörg Schmadtke will leave Lower Saxony, the sporting director Schäfer is considered the logical candidate for the successor. No concrete talks have yet been held in this direction, but VfL supervisory board chairman Frank Witter has already pointed out: “He has the expertise and development where he can be expected to grow into a large and responsible role in the sports management. ”

There were also former “wolves” Gentner and Riether

Schäfer has already made many steps at a young age, in Frankfurt he received his diploma along with many well-known faces in Wolfsburg. Great champions Christian Gentner (currently still active at FC Luzern) and Sacha Riether also took part in the pilot year. Also: Timmo Hardung (Eintracht Frankfurt), Christofer Heimeroth (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Johannes Holzmüller (FIFA), Thomas Kessler (1st FC Cologne), Stefan Kießling (Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Florian Meier (1st FC Nuremberg), Julius Ohnesorge (VfL Osnabrück), Tobias Schätzle (SC Freiburg), Maximilian Vollmar (TSG Hoffenheim), Benjamin Weber and Sebastian Zelichowski (Hertha BSC).

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