The career of football coach Tobias Schweinsteiger, 40, is following a clear plan, he builds brick by brick according to the building block principle, and now he has put on the module with the inscription “Third League”. The brother of national player Bastian Schweinsteiger has signed with VfL Osnabrück, it is his first job as head coach of a first team; he will succeed Daniel Scherning, who has moved to Arminia Bielefeld.
Schweinsteiger played for SpVgg Unterhaching, Jahn Regensburg and – towards the end of his career – for FC Bayern Munich II second team. After that, in his first position as boss in 2019, he led the Juniors OÖ, the youth team of the Linzer ASK, out of the relegation battle of the second Austrian league.
Between July 2019 and June 2020 he worked at Hamburger SV as an assistant coach in the team of then coach Dieter Hecking. Both then moved on to 1. FC Nuremberg, where Hecking continued as a sports director and Schweinsteiger took on the role of assistant coach alongside Nuremberg coach Robert Klauß.
In his first year in Nuremberg, he also completed the football teacher training course
In professional football, Schweinsteiger learned from both the old hand Hecking and the against-the-ball coach Klauss from the Red Bull school – you couldn’t imagine it any better. In the first year in Nuremberg, he also completed the football instructor course, and in the summer of 2021 he had his license for professional football in his pocket, but he was in no hurry and was waiting for something that seemed right to him.
So now Schweinsteiger is trying his luck in Osnabrück, and the departure did not surprise those responsible in Nuremberg – they only had to look at his stringent CV to know what the next step would look like. “Tobias informed us early on that his goal is to one day want to work as the main coach in the professional field. This opportunity has now arisen for him,” said Nuremberg sports director Dieter Hecking: “We wish him the best possible with VfL Good luck and all the best for the future.”
The club wants to take the necessary time to look for a successor. Osnabrück’s sporting director Amir Shapourzadeh then made explicit reference to Schweinsteiger’s CV: “In him we have hired an ambitious head coach who has a lot of experience from various positions in different clubs.”
Schweinsteiger makes his debut on Saturday at VfB Oldenburg. He can rely on an access that is also known in Bavaria: winger Noel Niemann, 22, comes from Bundesliga relegated Arminia Bielefeld. The former sixty canceled his contract with East Westphalia; he had signed there in 2020, first he was loaned to Türkgücü Munich, then to Austria to TSV Hartberg, now it’s going back to the third division. Not every career can be as modular as Tobias Schweinsteiger’s.