Thomas Schneider has been appointed as the new assistant coach of the Germany national team.
With Hans-Dieter Flick moving into a director of sport position the role had become vacant following Germany's FIFA World Cup™ win. Schneider, whose only previous coaching experience in the Bundesliga lasted only a few months with Stuttgart last season, before he was replaced by Huub Stevens, has been selected by Joachim Low to be his right-hand man from October.
"Thomas fits in very well with us," Low said. "I am 100 per cent convinced about his human qualities and his abilities as a coach. I am really looking forward to working together with him and he is going to fit in to our team perfectly."
Schneider has been out of the game since his ill-fated spell in charge of their first team during the second half of last season and he is now looking forward to returning to a new challenge with Germany.
"The task with the national team is a major challenge for me," he said. "I feel honoured that the DFB (German Football Association) and Joachim Low have shown this faith in me. I am looking forward to being able to play this role for German football."
Schneider played under Low at Stuttgart between 1996 and 1998, and he said the chemistry between the two was already right back then.
"I realised that we shared a very similar view of football," Schneider said. "And we never lost contact as the years passed by. I'm convinced we'll complement each other perfectly and have a great collaboration."
The 41-year-old will assume his new role following Germany's upcoming matches against Argentina and Scotland, and after having the opportunity to sit down with Low and discuss the future.
"That gives me enough of a run-up to the games in October so that I can prepare the upcoming tasks intensively," added Schneider.