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Sebastian Toni Deisler (born 5 January 1980 in Lörrachmarker) is a former professional football player, and a former international player for Germany. During his career, Deisler was employed as right winger and attacking midfielder.

Having been hailed as the future of German football at the turn of the millennium, Deisler's career proved a disappointment as the midfielder never managed to really tap his full potential due to several cruciate ligament ruptures and other major injuries as well as depression. Deisler retired from professional football in January 2007 at the age of 27.

Club career

Borussia Mönchengladbach

Deisler joined his first club, FV Turmringen, when he was only six. At age 15, he was scouted and signed by the Fußball-Bundesliga outfit Borussia Mönchengladbach and played for the club at junior level from 1995 to 1998. He started his professional career at the club in 1998, subsequently making 17 Bundesliga appearances and scoring one goal in the league during the 1998-99 season which saw the Foals finish last.

Hertha BSC

As Borussia Mönchengladbach were relegated at the end of the season, Deisler moved on to Hertha BSC who offered a participation in the 1999-2000 Champions League. Although only 19 at his arrival and handicaped by a cruciate ligament rupture in 1999, Deisler established himself in the Hertha BSC midfield and was about to become Dariusz Wosz's replacement as the central figure in Hertha's offence when he tore a synovial membrane in his right knee in October 2001 and missed the rest of the season.

Almost simultaneously, German tabloid Bild made known that an agreement had been reached between the player and FC Bayern Munich. Deisler was to join Bayern at the beginning of the 2002-03 season and had received a sum of DEM 20 million from the club. Deisler faced immense critique from the fans and the media for not having announced the agreement earlier as well as accepted the payment. Deisler later stated that he was asked to keep silent by the Hertha BSC manager Dieter Hoeneß to avoid unrest.

Bayern Munich

Deisler arrived at Bayern in summer 2002 having injured his right knee and suffered a further operation in May. Unfortunately, Deisler's time at the club continued in the like manner so that the midfielder only managed 62 league appearances in four and a half years. Due to his injuries, he was unable to establish himself as a constant starter over a longer period of time. At the same time, Deisler struggled to endure the pressure he was exposed to at Bayern and developed a depression for which he was treated as a stationary patient in a Munich clinic from November 2003 on. After several months, Deisler rejoined the squad, but suffered a relapse in October 2004 and received ambulant treatment.

Deisler looked to finally break into Bayern first squad from 2004-05 on and was able to play for most part of 2005. After Michael Ballack's departure to Chelsea, Deisler was about to become the chief in the FC Bayern midfield. However, he damaged the synovial membrane in his right knee again in March 2006 and missed the World Cup on home soil. Although Deisler came back in November, he felt exhausted and citing he had no confidence of ever regaining the needed stability in his often-injured knee, he announced his retirement on 16 January 2007. Bayern manager Uli Hoeneß stated that Deisler's contract, which ran until 30 June 2009, would not be dissolved but instead be in abeyance. Deisler later stated that he came to the conclusion that he was not made for the football business.

International career

Deisler played for the German national team between 2000 and 2006, winning 36 international caps and scoring three goals. He made his debut for the team in a friendly match against the Netherlands on 23 February 2000 and was also part of the German squad at the Euro 2000 finals four months later, appearing in all three group matches before the Germans disappointingly exited the competition in the first round. On 2 September 2000, he scored his first goal for Germany as he netted the first goal in their 2-0 win over Greece in the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifying.

Due to injuries, he missed the finals of both the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups, the latter being held in Germany, as well as the Euro 2004. In 2005, he appeared in all of the German team's five matches at the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup in Germany. His last match for the German national team was a friendly against Italy on 1 March 2006.



All-Time Club Performance
Club Season Domestic League Domestic Cup European Competition Total
App Goals App Goals App  Goals App Goals
Bayern Munich 06-07 4 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
05-06 16 0 3 0 6 3 25 3
04-05 23 4 4 0 5 0 32 4
03-04 11 4 2 0 1 0 14 4
02-03 8 0 2 0 0 0 10 0
Total 02-07 62 8 11 0 13 3 86 11
Hertha BSC 01-02 11 3 1 0 1 0 13 3
00-01 25 4 0 0 4 0 29 4
99-00 20 2 1 0 8 0 29 2
Total 99-02 56 9 2 0 13 0 71 9
Borussia Mönchengladbach 98-99 17 1 2 0 0 0 19 1
Total 98-99 17 1 2 0 0 0 19 1
Career Totals 98-07 135 18 15 0 26 3 176 21

  • Note: In April 2004, Deisler played four times for Bayern Munich's reserve squad in Regionalliga S√ľd, the third tier of German football, scoring one goal.

National team

All-Time National Team Performance
National Team Year Friendlies International
App Goals App Goals App  Goals
Germany 2006 1 0 0 0 1 0
2005 8 0 5 0 13 0
2004 2 0 0 0 2 0
2003 0 0 1 0 1 0
2002 3 1 0 0 3 1
2001 2 0 5 1 7 1
2000 4 0 5 1 9 1
Total 20 1 16 2 36 3


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National Team

Personal life

Deisler has a Brazilian partner named Eunice Dos Santos Santana and a son named Raphael. Deisler and Eunice are not married.

The level of formal education he reached is technical college. He describes basketball, food, music and movie as his hobbies.

In September 2007 Deisler stated that he was writing a book.


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