Off the pitch and into management – here are some people who've already made the transition.
Even though many of our students are still in their active careers, some have already started their second career. You too can already lay the foundations – and we’ll support you in doing so.
Because he never fell out of contact with his former coach Ralf Rangnick, Per ‘Pelle’ Nilsson became Rangnick's assistant at RB Leipzig directly after his graduation. After some time, however, he began to focus more on the junior sector and was initially the sporting director of the U16-U19 teams. Since last year, he has been responsible for the Talent Development department.
Clemens also completed his studies towards the end of his active time as an athlete. The long-time captain of our education partner Werder Bremen started a traineeship directly after that and is now Head of scouting and professional football at SVW.
René finished his studies during his professional career, joining the company T1tan shortly after. T1tan produces goalkeeper gloves – an area in which René certainly knows his way around. In addition to his work as an entrepreneur, he is also a commentator and expert.
Stefan is a Leverkusen loyalist through and through. He was on the pitch for the starting eleven on more than 400 occasions and scored numerous goals in the process. After the end of his active career, he ventured into management at Bayer 04, working directly with Rudi Völler as assistant to the management.
Sebastian is actually a qualified banker, but his heart and soul has always been in basketball. With the help of his degree from our programme, he has secured the basics to be successful in sports management – and has been able to prove himself in the field for some time now. As managing director of White Wings Hanau, he has insight into every area of the company and overcomes new challenges every day.
He’d travelled a lot in his career and won several international titles – but for Krešimir, everything started and ended in Würzburg. Now, after his professional athletic career has ended, he continues to work for the Bavarian Basketball Club as Manager for Sport and Scouting. In his new role, he is responsible for putting together the squad and planning game operations.
Karim completed his studies during his professional athletic career and is still our most international student today. He speaks several languages fluently and has also played for the national teams of Togo and Slovakia. He is also taking the first step in his second career in an international field. As a scout for France and Africa, he travels a lot and is constantly looking for new talent for SC Freiburg.
After her professional career ended, Myriam has remained true to football in two ways. As a player trainer, she coached the second-division team of SC Freiburg women's footballers and advanced with them to the 2nd Bundesliga in 2017. At the same time, she was responsible for personnel, IT and organisation at the Freiburg Gymnastics Association. Since the summer of 2020, she has been working for SSV Ulm 1846 as a board spokesperson and from December on she is working in the position as a Managing Director.
Cacau began his studies while his active career as a professional athlete was coming to an end. Having always been committed to the principles of tolerance and coexistence, he had been an integration ambassador for the DFB since 2010. In 2016, he finally became integration officer. In January 2021, he ended his involvement with the DFB and has since worked as managing director of the sports agency Ness & Network GmbH.
Ismail Tari was never a professional athlete himself, but always had the dream of working in the sports industry one day. With a lot of dedication and will, he has now fulfilled it. At StatsBomb, one of the largest data analysts in professional soccer, he is the Business Development Lead and thus the leading contact person for clubs, associations and media in Europe and Asia.
The former Swiss professional basketball player has already been working as a school project manager for the Basketball Academy in Bremen for some time and has now joined the player consulting agency Assistency Group after passing his exams. From now on, he will take care of all basketball players there and accompany them from contract negotiations to game analysis and career planning.