FC Augsburg recently announced the appointment of former German national team defender Stefan Reuter as Sporting Director of the club, replacing Jürgen Rollmann, whose short time in the role lasted less than three months. The Bavarian club is buried deep in the relegation zone along with SpVgg Greuther Fürth, as each club only earned Hinrunde records of one win and six draws in the first half of the Bundesliga season.
Reuter, 46, signed a contract until 2015 that is valid both for Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga play. The former German international was born in the historic Bavarian city of Dinkelsbühl, and made 69 appearances for Germany between 1987 and 1998. After beginning his youth career with hometown side TSV 1860 Dinkelsbühl, he joined 1 FC Nürnberg in 1982, earning his first senior team match in 1984. Both a right-sided defender and an occasional right midfielder, Reuter moved to Bayern München in 1998. He played a year for Juventus, and finished his career with a lengthy stay at Borussia Dortmund, playing in over 300 league matches for the Ruhr Valley side between 1992 and 2004. Reuter bring a formidable player pedigree to Augsburg, having played on five Bundesliga championship sides, along with Dortmund’s 1997 Champions League winners and played for 1990 World Cup German champion squad that defeated Argentina in the final and the 1996 German Euro champions.
Following his retirement as a player, Reuter worked in the front office at Dortmund and then held the Sporting Director’s position at 1860 München for over three years, from January, 2006 to February,2009. FCA president Walther Seinsch commented
We’re delighted to have been able to bring an expert of the calibre of Stefan Reuter on board at FC Augsburg. He agreed to take on the job at short notice, because he recognises the club’s potential
Reuter himself stated that
I’m looking forward to this new challenge at FC Augsburg and I’m confident we can attain our set targets. I was in the stadium frequently recently. The fans, the stadium, the team and the club management provide perfect conditions for establishing Augsburg as a stable Bundesliga side
According to reports, Augsburg also considered former Gladbach and Hannover Sporting Director Christian Hochstätter for the position following the dismissal of Rollmann.
In other winter news at Augsburg, the club last week signed American international defender Michael Parkhurst through June, 2015 on a free transfer from Danish club Nordsjælland. The 28 year-old defender brings international, Champions League and Olympic experience to the club.