Throughout his active football career, Thomas Hitzlsperger was esteemed and admired as a reliable key player.
He knew early on what he wanted to achieve in life. Driven by the dream of becoming a professional football player, he transferred from his home club, VfB Forstinning, to FC Bayern München when he was seven years old.
The training on the Säbener Strasse training ground laid the foundation for his professional career, which spanned 13 years and which began in England. Thomas Hitzlsperger played for Aston Villa in the Premier League for five years. Because of his fierce shot, he was known as “Hitz the Hammer” and he became a crowd favourite with the Aston Villa supporters.
The next stages in his professional career were VfB Stuttgart, Società Sportiva Lazio, West Ham United, VfL Wolfsburg, and FC Everton.
Born in Munich, he spent the most successful period of his career at VfB Stuttgart, the Swabian club in the south-west of Germany that is one of the original Bundesliga clubs. Winning the German Championship in 2007 was the highlight of the career. A multitude of injuries forced the left-footed midfielder to end his career in the summer of 2013.
Not least because the years in Stuttgart were so successful and charged with emotions, Thomas Hitzlsperger returned to Stuttgart only a few years after his retirement.
Today, Thomas Hitzlsperger is Chairman of the Board of VfB Stuttgart 1893 AG.
In addition, he is the ambassador for diversity of the DFB (German Football Association).