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Thomas von Heesen

Thomas von Heesen
Von Heesen, in 2008
Personal information
Full name Thomas von Heesen
Date of birth (1961-10-01) 1 October 1961
Place of birth Höxter, West Germany
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Lechia Gdańsk (manager)
Youth career
DJK Albaxen
1978–1980 TuS Schloß-Neuhaus
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1994 Hamburger SV 368 (99)
1994–1997 Arminia Bielefeld 38 (8)
National team
1981–1985 West Germany U21 6 (2)
Teams managed
1998–1999 Arminia Bielefeld
2000–2003 1. FC Saarbrücken
2004 Arminia Bielefeld (caretaker)
2005–2007 Arminia Bielefeld
2008 1. FC Nürnberg
2008–2010 Apollon Limassol
2011–2012 Kapfenberger SV
2015– Lechia Gdańsk

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Thomas von Heesen (born 1 October 1961) is a former German football attacking midfielder, and a current coach. He currently works for Polish side Lechia Gdańsk.

Most of his professional career was spent, as a player, with Hamburger SV, with which he won several accolades, both domestic and continental, appearing in nearly 400 official games for the club.


  • Playing career 1
  • Coaching career 2
  • Coaching record 3
  • Honour 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Playing career

Born in Höxter, North Rhine-Westphalia, von Heesen made his professional – and Bundesliga – debuts in 1980–81 with Hamburger SV, then went on to feature prominently for the club in the following two seasons, as the club won in that timeframe two leagues and the 1982–83 European Cup (during that campaign, he netted twice in just five matches, and appeared 34 minutes in the 1–0 final win against Juventus FC).

Von Heesen remained with Hamburg until 1994, with exactly 99 first division goals scored.[1] He then switched, at nearly 33, to Arminia Bielefeld, being very important in the club's return to the topflight. In the following campaign, although appearing very rarely, he found the net on 28 August 1996, in a 1–1 home draw against MSV Duisburg, for his 100th, retiring at season's end.

Coaching career

Subsequently, von Heesen took up coaching. Von Heesen became interim head coach of Arminia Bielefeld after Ernst Middendorp was sacked on 17 August 1998.[2] He was head coach for the remainder of the season when Hermann Gerland took over.[3] His final match as head coach was a 5–3 win against 1. FC Köln[4] where they won the 2. Bundesliga championship.[5] He finished his tenure with a record of 20 wins, seven draws, and six losses in 33 matches.[6] He became head coach of 1. FC Saarbrücken on 29 November 2000.[7] His first match was a 1–0 win against Stuttgarter Kickers.[8] He was head coach of Saarbrücken until 17 September 2001 when he became the Sporting Director for Aminia Bielefeld.[9] His final match as Saarbrücken's head coach was a 1–0 against MSV Duisburg.[10] He was also be interim head coach of the club from 17 February 2004 when Benno Möhlmann left for Greuther Fürth[11] to 1 March 2004 when Uwe Rapolder was appointed the new head coach[12] and from 11 May 2005 when Rapolder was sacked[13] to 11 February 2007 when he resigned.[14] He finished his second tenure with one win and one draw in two matches and his third tenure with a record of 18 wins, 16 draws, and 26 losses in 60 matches.[6]

Heesen was appointed as the head coach of 1. FC Nürnberg on 12 February 2008.[15] He resigned on 28 August 2008.[16] He finished his Nürnberg tenure with a record of four wins, eight draws, and eight losses.[17]

Two and a half weeks later, Heesen join Apollon Limassol.[18] His first match was a 2–1 win AEP Paphos on 15 September 2008.[19] He helped the club to a fifth place in his debut season. After almost two years with the club, on 29 January 2010, he was fired.[20] His final match was a 2–1 win against AEL Limassol.[21]

On 29 November 2011, he was appointed as manager of the Austrian Bundesliga side Kapfenberger SV until the end of the 2011–12 season.[22] His first match was a 0–0 draw against Rapid Wien.[23] Heesen got a three-year contract extension despite Kapfenberg being relegated.[24] On 10 November 2012, Heesen was promoted to Sporting Director and Klaus Schmidt became the new head coach.[25] His final match was a 4–2 loss to Lustenau.[26]

Coaching record

As of 3 March 2015
Team From To Record
M W D L Win % Ref.
Arminia Bielefeld 17 August 1998[2] 30 June 1999[3] 33 20 7 6 60.61 [6]
1. FC Saarbrücken 29 November 2000[7] 17 September 2001[9] 27 10 4 13 37.04 [8][10]
Arminia Bielefeld 17 February 2004[11] 1 March 2004[12] 2 1 1 0 50.00 [6]
Arminia Bielefeld 11 May 2005[13] 11 February 2007[14] 60 18 16 26 30.00 [6]
1. FC Nürnberg 12 February 2008[15] 28 August 2008[16] 20 4 8 8 20.00 [17]
Apollon Limassol 14 September 2008[18] 29 January 2010[20] 55 30 12 13 54.55 [19][21]
Kapfenberger SV 29 November 2011[22] 10 November 2012[25] 38 6 13 19 15.79 [23][26]
Total 235 89 61 85 37.87


2. Bundesliga Champions: 1998–99[5]


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External links

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