Thomas Linke

Date of birth26 December 1969
Place of birthSommerda
NationalityGerman
Weight77 kg
Height1.82 m
PositionDefender/Centre back

An excellent central defender he began at Rotweiss Efurt before moving to Bundesliga FC Schalke in 1992. The team won the UEFA Cup in 1997 and his performances for FC Schalke earned him an international debut in November 1997 against South Africa aged 28. He then moved to Bayern Munich in 1998 where he has become a stalwart of the defence. He played at the 2000 European Championship Finals and has developed into the best man marker in the team. He is good in the air making him a threat from set plays but does lack natural pace. He is a definite to start on the left hand side of the back three favoured by Rudi Voller.

Thomas scored his first international goal in Germany's opening game in the 2002 World Cup finals - the 8-0 defeat of Saudi Arabia - but later announced he would retire from international football after the tournament.

Thomas played in the 2002 World Cup Final defeat by Brazil.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt 01 Jul 1988 01 Jul 1992
Schalke 04 01 Jul 1992 01 Jul 1998
Bayern München 01 Jul 1998

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1998-99 Bayern München UEFA Champions League 2
1
1999-00 Bayern München UEFA Champions League 2
2000-01 Bayern München Bundesliga 26
2
6
2000-01 Bayern München UEFA Champions League 15
1
2
2001-02 Bayern München Bundesliga 19
1
6
2001-02 Bayern München UEFA Champions League 4
1
2001-02 Bayern München UEFA Super Cup 1
2002-03 Bayern München Bundesliga 30
2
4
2002-03 Bayern München UEFA Champions League 6
1
1
2003-04 Bayern München Bundesliga 18
3
3
1
2003-04 Bayern München UEFA Champions League 4
2004-05 Bayern München Bundesliga 9
2
5
2004-05 Bayern München LigaPokal 1
2004-05 Bayern München UEFA Champions League
1
2006-07 Red Bull Salzburg UEFA Cup 2


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
30 Sep 1998 Bayern München v Manchester United D 2-2 UEFA Champions League Group D
09 Dec 1998 Manchester United v Bayern München D 1-1 UEFA Champions League Group D
26 May 1999 Manchester United v Bayern Munchen L 2-1 UEFA Champions League Final
21 Sep 1999 Rangers v Bayern München D 1-1 UEFA Champions League Group F
03 Nov 1999 Bayern München v Rangers W 1-0 UEFA Champions League Group F
12 Aug 2000 Bayern München v Hertha Berlin W 4-1 Bundesliga 1
19 Aug 2000 VfL Bochum v Bayern München W 0-3 Bundesliga 2
06 Sep 2000 Bayern München v VfL Wolfsburg W 3-1 Bundesliga 3
09 Sep 2000 VfB Stuttgart v Bayern München L 2-1 Bundesliga 4
16 Sep 2000 Bayern München v SpVgg Unterhaching W 3-1 Bundesliga 5
19 Sep 2000 Bayern München v Rosenborg BK W 3-1 UEFA Champions League Group F
23 Sep 2000 1.FC Köln v Bayern München W 1-2 Bundesliga 6
26 Sep 2000 Paris St Germain v Bayern München L 1-0 UEFA Champions League Group F
30 Sep 2000 Bayern München v Hansa Rostock L 0-1 Bundesliga 7
14 Oct 2000 Energie Cottbus v Bayern München L 1-0 Bundesliga 8
18 Oct 2000 Bayern München v Paris St Germain W 2-0 UEFA Champions League Group F
24 Oct 2000 Bayern München v Helsingborgs D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group F
22 Nov 2000 Bayern München v Olympique Lyonnais W 1-0 UEFA Champions League Group C
25 Nov 2000 SC Freiburg v Bayern München D 1-1 Bundesliga 14
02 Dec 2000 Bayern München v Bayer Leverkusen W 2-0 Bundesliga 15
05 Dec 2000 Arsenal v Bayern München D 2-2 UEFA Champions League Group C
09 Dec 2000 1.FC Kaiserslautern v Bayern München D 0-0 Bundesliga 16
13 Dec 2000 Bayern München v Hamburger SV W 2-1 Bundesliga 17
17 Dec 2000 Hertha Berlin v Bayern München W 1-3 Bundesliga 18
27 Jan 2001 Bayern München v VfL Bochum W 3-2 Bundesliga 19
03 Feb 2001 VfL Wolfsburg v Bayern München W 1-3 Bundesliga 20
10 Feb 2001 Bayern München v VfB Stuttgart W 1-0 Bundesliga 21
13 Feb 2001 Bayern München v Spartak Moskva W 1-0 UEFA Champions League Group C
17 Feb 2001 SpVgg Unterhaching v Bayern München L 1-0 Bundesliga 22
21 Feb 2001 Spartak Moskva v Bayern München W 0-3 UEFA Champions League Group C
24 Feb 2001 Bayern München v 1.FC Köln D 1-1 Bundesliga 23
03 Mar 2001 Hansa Rostock v Bayern München L 3-2 Bundesliga 24
06 Mar 2001 Olympique Lyonnais v Bayern München L 3-0 UEFA Champions League Group C
10 Mar 2001 Bayern München v Energie Cottbus W 2-0 Bundesliga 25
14 Mar 2001 Bayern München v Arsenal W 1-0 UEFA Champions League Group C
17 Mar 2001 TSV 1860 München v Bayern München W 0-2 Bundesliga 26
31 Mar 2001 Bayern München v Werder Bremen L 2-3 Bundesliga 27
03 Apr 2001 Manchester United v Bayern München W 0-1 UEFA Champions League Quarter-final 1st leg
07 Apr 2001 Borussia Dortmund v Bayern München D 1-1 Bundesliga 28
18 Apr 2001 Bayern München v Manchester United W 2-1
Agg: 3-1
UEFA Champions League Quarter-final 2nd leg
21 Apr 2001 Eintracht Frankfurt v Bayern München W 0-2 Bundesliga 30
28 Apr 2001 Bayern München v SC Freiburg W 1-0 Bundesliga 31
01 May 2001 Real Madrid v Bayern München W 0-1 UEFA Champions League Semi-final 1st leg
05 May 2001 Bayer Leverkusen v Bayern München W 0-1 Bundesliga 32
09 May 2001 Bayern München v Real Madrid W 2-1
Agg: 3-1
UEFA Champions League Semi-final 2nd leg
12 May 2001 Bayern München v 1.FC Kaiserslautern W 2-1 Bundesliga 33
19 May 2001 Hamburger SV v Bayern München D 1-1 Bundesliga 34
23 May 2001 Bayern München v Valencia D 1-1 UEFA Champions League Final
28 Jul 2001 Borussia Mönchengladbach v Bayern München L 1-0 Bundesliga 1
04 Aug 2001 Bayern München v Schalke 04 W 3-0 Bundesliga 2
11 Aug 2001 Bayer Leverkusen v Bayern München D 1-1 Bundesliga 3
18 Aug 2001 Bayern München v FC St Pauli W 2-0 Bundesliga 4
24 Aug 2001 Bayern München v Liverpool L 2-3 UEFA Super Cup Final
08 Sep 2001 Borussia Dortmund v Bayern München W 0-2 Bundesliga 5
15 Sep 2001 Bayern München v SC Freiburg W 1-0 Bundesliga 6
17 Oct 2001 Bayern München v Spartak Moskva D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group H
31 Oct 2001 Sparta Praha v Bayern München D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group H
24 Nov 2001 Bayern München v 1.FC Nürnberg D 0-0 Bundesliga 14
02 Dec 2001 Hertha Berlin v Bayern München L 2-1 Bundesliga 15
15 Dec 2001 Hansa Rostock v Bayern München L 1-0 Bundesliga 17
18 Dec 2001 Bayern München v Borussia Mönchengladbach D 0-0 Bundesliga 18
26 Jan 2002 Schalke 04 v Bayern München L 5-1 Bundesliga 19
03 Feb 2002 Bayern München v Bayer Leverkusen W 2-0 Bundesliga 20
06 Feb 2002 FC St Pauli v Bayern München L 2-1 Bundesliga 21
23 Feb 2002 Bayern München v Energie Cottbus W 6-0 Bundesliga 24
02 Mar 2002 VfB Stuttgart v Bayern München W 0-2 Bundesliga 25
09 Mar 2002 Bayern München v TSV 1860 München W 2-1 Bundesliga 26
13 Mar 2002 Manchester United v Bayern Munchen D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Phase 2 group A
16 Mar 2002 1.FC Kaiserslautern v Bayern München D 0-0 Bundesliga 27
19 Mar 2002 Bayern München v Nantes W 2-1 UEFA Champions League Phase 2 group A
30 Mar 2002 Hamburger SV v Bayern München D 0-0 Bundesliga 29
06 Apr 2002 Bayern München v Werder Bremen D 2-2 Bundesliga 30
10 Apr 2002 Real Madrid v Bayern München D 0-0
Agg: 1-2
UEFA Champions League Quarter-final 2nd leg
13 Apr 2002 1.FC Nürnberg v Bayern München W 1-2 Bundesliga 31
10 Aug 2002 Borussia Mönchengladbach v Bayern München D 0-0 Bundesliga 1
14 Aug 2002 Partizan Belgrade v Bayern München D 0-0 UEFA Champions League 3rd qualifying round 1st leg
17 Aug 2002 Bayern München v Arminia Bielefeld W 6-2 Bundesliga 2
24 Aug 2002 Hamburger SV v Bayern Munchen W 0-3 Bundesliga 3
27 Aug 2002 Bayern München v Partizan Belgrade D 0-0
Agg: 0-0
UEFA Champions League 3rd qualifying round 2nd leg
10 Sep 2002 Bayern München v TSV 1860 München W 3-1 Bundesliga 4
14 Sep 2002 1.FC Nürnberg v Bayern München W 1-2 Bundesliga 5
18 Sep 2002 Bayern München v Deportivo La Coruña D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group G
21 Sep 2002 Bayern München v Energie Cottbus W 3-1 Bundesliga 6
24 Sep 2002 RC Lens v Bayern München D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group G
28 Sep 2002 Bayer Leverkusen v Bayern München L 2-1 Bundesliga 7
01 Oct 2002 Bayern München v AC Milan D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group G
05 Oct 2002 Bayern München v VfL Bochum W 4-1 Bundesliga 8
19 Oct 2002 Hansa Rostock v Bayern München W 0-1 Bundesliga 9
03 Nov 2002 Werder Bremen v Bayern München L 2-0 Bundesliga 11
09 Nov 2002 Bayern München v Borussia Dortmund W 2-1 Bundesliga 12
13 Nov 2002 Bayern München v RC Lens D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group G
16 Nov 2002 Bayern München v VfL Wolfsburg W 1-0 Bundesliga 13
23 Nov 2002 1.FC Kaiserslautern v Bayern München W 0-2 Bundesliga 14
30 Nov 2002 Bayern München v Hertha Berlin W 2-0 Bundesliga 15
07 Dec 2002 VfB Stuttgart v Bayern München W 0-3 Bundesliga 16
14 Dec 2002 Bayern München v Schalke 04 D 0-0 Bundesliga 17
26 Jan 2003 Bayern München v Borussia Mönchengladbach W 3-0 Bundesliga 18
01 Feb 2003 Arminia Bielefeld v Bayern München D 0-0 Bundesliga 19
09 Feb 2003 Bayern München v Hamburger SV D 1-1 Bundesliga 20
15 Feb 2003 TSV 1860 München v Bayern München W 0-5 Bundesliga 21
22 Feb 2003 Bayern München v 1.FC Nürnberg W 2-0 Bundesliga 22
01 Mar 2003 Energie Cottbus v Bayern München W 0-2 Bundesliga 23
15 Mar 2003 VfL Bochum v Bayern München W 1-4 Bundesliga 25
22 Mar 2003 Bayern München v Hansa Rostock W 1-0 Bundesliga 26
05 Apr 2003 Hannover 96 v Bayern München D 2-2 Bundesliga 27
12 Apr 2003 Bayern München v Werder Bremen L 0-1 Bundesliga 28
19 Apr 2003 Borussia Dortmund v Bayern München L 1-0 Bundesliga 29
26 Apr 2003 VfL Wolfsburg v Bayern München W 0-2 Bundesliga 30
03 May 2003 Bayern München v 1.FC Kaiserslautern W 1-0 Bundesliga 31
10 May 2003 Hertha Berlin v Bayern München W 3-6 Bundesliga 32
17 May 2003 Bayern München v VfB Stuttgart W 2-1 Bundesliga 33
24 May 2003 Schalke 04 v Bayern München L 1-0 Bundesliga 34
01 Aug 2003 Bayern München v Eintracht Frankfurt W 3-1 Bundesliga 1
09 Aug 2003 Hannover 96 v Bayern München D 3-3 Bundesliga 2
16 Aug 2003 Bayern München v VfL Bochum W 2-0 Bundesliga 3
24 Aug 2003 Hamburger SV v Bayern München W 0-2 Bundesliga 4
13 Sep 2003 VfL Wolfsburg v Bayern München L 3-2 Bundesliga 5
17 Sep 2003 Bayern München v Celtic D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group A
20 Sep 2003 Bayern München v Bayer Leverkusen D 3-3 Bundesliga 6
27 Sep 2003 Hansa Rostock v Bayern München W 1-2 Bundesliga 7
30 Sep 2003 Anderlecht v Bayern München D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group A
21 Oct 2003 Olympique Lyonnais v Bayern München D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group A
25 Oct 2003 Bayern Munchen v 1.FC Kaiserslautern W 4-1 Bundesliga 10
01 Nov 2003 Schalke 04 v Bayern München L 2-0 Bundesliga 11
10 Dec 2003 Bayern München v Anderlecht D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group A
13 Dec 2003 Bayern München v VfB Stuttgart W 1-0 Bundesliga 16
16 Dec 2003 SC Freiburg v Bayern München W 0-6 Bundesliga 17
31 Jan 2004 Eintracht Frankfurt v Bayern München D 1-1 Bundesliga 18
08 Feb 2004 Bayern München v Hannover 96 W 3-1 Bundesliga 19
20 Mar 2004 Hertha Berlin v Bayern München D 1-1 Bundesliga 25
27 Mar 2004 Bayern München v Borussia Mönchengladbach W 5-2 Bundesliga 26
10 Apr 2004 Bayern München v Schalke 04 W 2-1 Bundesliga 28
17 Apr 2004 Borussia Dortmund v Bayern München L 2-0 Bundesliga 29
25 Apr 2004 Bayern München v TSV 1860 München W 1-0 Bundesliga 30
01 May 2004 1.FC Köln v Bayern München W 1-2 Bundesliga 31
08 May 2004 Bayern München v Werder Bremen L 1-3 Bundesliga 32
15 May 2004 VfB Stuttgart v Bayern München L 3-1 Bundesliga 33
02 Aug 2004 Werder Bremen v Bayern München D 0-0 LigaPokal Final
07 Aug 2004 Hamburger SV v Bayern München L 4-2 Bundesliga 1
14 Aug 2004 Bayern München v Hertha Berlin D 1-1 Bundesliga 2
28 Aug 2004 Bayer Leverkusen v Bayern München L 4-1 Bundesliga 3
11 Sep 2004 Bayern München v Arminia Bielefeld W 1-0 Bundesliga 4
18 Sep 2004 Borussia Dortmund v Bayern München D 2-2 Bundesliga 5
25 Sep 2004 Bayern München v SC Freiburg W 3-1 Bundesliga 6
02 Oct 2004 Werder Bremen v Bayern München W 1-2 Bundesliga 7
16 Oct 2004 Bayern München v Schalke 04 L 0-1 Bundesliga 8
23 Oct 2004 Hansa Rostock v Bayern München W 0-2 Bundesliga 9
30 Oct 2004 Borussia Mönchengladbach v Bayern München L 2-0 Bundesliga 11
09 Mar 2005 Arsenal v Bayern Munchen L 1-0
Agg: 2-3
UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd leg
13 Mar 2005 Schalke 04 v Bayern München L 1-0 Bundesliga 25


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1997-98 Germany International Friendly 2
1998-99 Germany International Friendly 1
1999-00 Germany FIFA Confederations Cup 3
1999-00 Germany International Friendly 5
1
1999-00 Germany UEFA European Championship 5
1
2000-01 Germany FIFA World Cup 3
1
1
2000-01 Germany International Friendly 2
1
2001-02 Germany FIFA World Cup 10
1
2001-02 Germany International Friendly 6
1
2002-03 Germany UEFA European Championship 1
2004-05 Germany International Friendly 1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
15 Nov 1997 Germany v South Africa W 3-0 International Friendly
22 Feb 1998 Saudi Arabia v Germany W 0-3 International Friendly
02 Sep 1998 Malta v Germany W 1-2 International Friendly
24 Jul 1999 Brazil v Germany L 4-0 FIFA Confederations Cup Group B
28 Jul 1999 Germany v New Zealand W 2-0 FIFA Confederations Cup Group B
30 Jul 1999 USA v Germany L 2-0 FIFA Confederations Cup Group B
04 Sep 1999 Finland v Germany W 1-2 UEFA European Championship Group 3
08 Sep 1999 Germany v Northern Ireland W 4-0 UEFA European Championship Group 3
09 Oct 1999 Germany v Turkey D 0-0 UEFA European Championship Group 3
14 Nov 1999 Norway v Germany W 0-1 International Friendly
23 Feb 2000 Netherlands v Germany L 2-1 International Friendly
29 Mar 2000 Croatia v Germany D 1-1 International Friendly
26 Apr 2000 Germany v Switzerland D 1-1 International Friendly
03 Jun 2000 Germany v Czech Republic W 3-2 International Friendly
07 Jun 2000 Germany v Liechtenstein W 8-2 International Friendly
12 Jun 2000 Germany v Romania D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Finals Group A
20 Jun 2000 Portugal v Germany L 3-0 UEFA European Championship Finals Group A
16 Aug 2000 Germany v Spain W 4-1 International Friendly
02 Sep 2000 Germany v Greece W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 9
07 Oct 2000 England v Germany W 0-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 9
15 Nov 2000 Denmark v Germany L 2-1 International Friendly
27 Feb 2001 France v Germany L 1-0 International Friendly
02 Jun 2001 Finland v Germany D 2-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 9
06 Jun 2001 Albania v Germany W 0-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 9
15 Aug 2001 Hungary v Germany W 2-5 International Friendly
01 Sep 2001 Germany v England L 1-5 FIFA World Cup Europe group 9
10 Nov 2001 Ukraine v Germany D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Europe play-off
14 Nov 2001 Germany v Ukraine W 4-1 FIFA World Cup Europe play-off
13 Feb 2002 Germany v Israel W 7-1 International Friendly
27 Mar 2002 Germany v USA W 4-2 International Friendly
17 Apr 2002 Germany v Argentina L 0-1 International Friendly
09 May 2002 Germany v Kuwait W 7-0 International Friendly
14 May 2002 Wales v Germany L 1-0 International Friendly
18 May 2002 Germany v Austria W 6-2 International Friendly
01 Jun 2002 Germany v Saudi Arabia W 8-0 FIFA World Cup Finals group E
05 Jun 2002 Germany v Republic of Ireland D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Finals group E
11 Jun 2002 Cameroon v Germany W 0-2 FIFA World Cup Finals group E
15 Jun 2002 Germany v Paraguay W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Finals 2nd round
21 Jun 2002 Germany v USA W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Finals quarter-final
25 Jun 2002 Korea Republic v Germany W 0-1 FIFA World Cup Finals semi-final
30 Jun 2002 Brazil v Germany L 2-0 FIFA World Cup Final
07 Sep 2002 Lithuania v Germany W 0-2 UEFA European Championship Group 5
18 Aug 2004 Austria v Germany W 1-3 International Friendly


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.