Bernd Schneider

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Bernd Schneider
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Bernd Schneider in 2006.
Personal information
Full name Bernd Schneider
Date of birth 17 November 1973 (1973-11-17) (age 41)
Place of birth Jena, East Germany
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1980–1983 BSG Aufbau Jena
1983–1991 FC Carl Zeiss Jena
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1998 FC Carl Zeiss Jena 158 (21)
1998–1999 Eintracht Frankfurt 33 (4)
1999–2009 Bayer Leverkusen 263 (35)
2009 Bayer Leverkusen II 8 (1)
Total 462 (61)
National team
1999–2008 Germany 81 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Bernd Schneider (born 17 November 1973 in Jena, Germany) is a former German footballer. He has played for Germany national team.

Club career[change | change source]

[1] Schneider started his professional career at local Carl Zeiss Jena, going on to help the East German outfit to remain five consecutive seasons in the second division; his debut came on 13 August 1991, playing ten minutes in a 1–3 loss at Darmstadt 98.

Schneider then played one season at Eintracht Frankfurt, subsequently moving to Bayer Leverkusen, and establishing himself as an important player for both club and country. In 1999–2000 and 2001–02, he was helpful in Bayer's 2nd place finish in the Fußball-Bundesliga. He also appeared 19 times in the side reached the 2002 Champions League Final.

More a creator than a finisher, Schneider scored a career-best ten league goals in the 2003–04 season, making him the highest-scoring midfielder in that year's competition, alongside Johan Micoud; Leverkusen finished third and, during the following season, Schneider extended his contract a few more years.

After two more seasons in which he scored ten goals and achieved 18 assists in 60 matches, Schneider began suffering back-to-back injuries: first the calf, then the back, not appearing for almost the entire 2008–09 season due to the injuries. He only managed to return to action on 16 May 2009, playing the last 20 minutes of a 5–0 home win against Borussia Mönchengladbach. The following month, he announced his retirement because he couldn't fully recover from the injuries.

International career statistics[change | change source]

[2]

Germany national team
Year Apps Goals
1999 5 0
2000 0 0
2001 2 0
2002 14 1
2003 10 0
2004 14 0
2005 14 0
2006 16 2
2007 5 1
2008 1 0
Total 81 4

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