|Estimated value:||€8 million|
|Country of origin:||Germany|
|Source of Wealth:||footballer|
Thomas Helmer (born April 21, 1965, Herford, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany) – German footballer, played as a defender.
Helmer began his career at SC Bad Salzuflen and switched to Arminia Bielefeld as a professional in 1984. There he made his Bundesliga debut on March 23, 1985 (24th matchday) against Schalke 04. With a 0-3 defeat he missed out on a good debut in the German top division. After spending 90 minutes on the field in his first game, he only completed three more short missions in subsequent games. The team was promoted to the second tier at the end of the season in 16th place. After regular players such as Dirk Hoopé and Detlef Schnier left the team, Helmer entered the starting XI in Ostwestfalen in 1985/86 and ultimately won. On November 2, 1985, the defender scored his first goal. Against Borussia Berlin, he led his team 1-0, laying the groundwork for a 2-0 win. Overall, he scored five goals this season along with the second-best scorer Uwe Haas in Bielefeld. With fourth place, the team missed out on an immediate return to the Bundesliga.
On March 23, 1985, in a game against Schalke, Thomas was substituted on the field as one of the last hopes. But he couldn’t help it either, the Bielefeld players completely lost the game with a score of 0:3. The season wasn’t saved either; After the results, “Arminia” flew to the second Bundesliga, where Thomas Helmer showed himself in all his glory and the 1986/87 season began in Dortmund Borussia. He became an instant baseman there and enjoyed six good seasons, having played 190 games in total and scoring 16 goals.
In the summer of 1992, Thomas moved to Munich for 7.5 million marks because Dortmund didn’t want to strengthen their competitor and tried to sell the player to the French Lions. At that time, the Munich team had an acute problem with defenders – Hansi Pflugler ended his career and Marcus Babbel moved to Hamburg. Virtually unrivaled, Helmer immediately became a baseman for a long time. The debut in Bayern came on August 15, 1992 in the first round match against Bayer Jürdingen, which ended in Munich’s 3–0 victory. Thomas spent the whole game on the field and even managed to score in the 85th minute. In 1997 Thomas became the team’s captain, replacing the legendary Lothar Matheus and remaining captain until 1999 when he left the club.
Thomas decided to change his whereabouts: he signed a contract with England’s Sunderland despite being offered a Liverpool contract. However, Sunderland manager Peter Reid did not see him at base. At the start of the season, Thomas joined Hertha on a lease and spent five games there. In January 2000 he returned to England but was unable to play there and ended his football career.
Helmer made his full international debut for Germany on October 10, 1990 in a 3–1 win in a friendly with Sweden in Stockholm. He had great success at the UEFA European Football Championship. Germany lost surprisingly to Denmark in 1992, but things got better four years later when they beat the Czech Republic in extra time at Wembley.
Helmer also appeared in two FIFA World Cups when he retired from international football in the second round against Mexico in 1998 and was replaced at the break by Christian Ziege. It was known to replace Josip Weber in the penalty area during the 1994 World Cup, but referee Kurt Röthlisberger made no substitution this time.
Overall, Thomas played 8 years for the German national team, completed 68 games and scored 5 goals during this time. The debut took place on October 10, 1990 in a friendly match with the Swedish national team, which ended in a 3–1 victory for the national team. Helmer came out on the starting lineup and spent the entire match on the field. In 1996 he became European champion. After Helmer completed his career as a football player, he began working on television as a sportswriter. He was a sports analyst for Sat.1 at the 2004 European Championships in Portugal. At the 2006 World Cup he worked for Sport1 during the entire tournament in the German national camp.
Thomas Helmer currently works as a sports columnist and presenter at Sport1. He usually comments on the games of the German youth football team and runs three football-related analysis programs. For a number of years, Thomas Helmer has been starring in the This Is Football series of games for the PlayStation 2. Thomas is currently married to Moroccan actress Jasmine Filali and they have two children. He also has two sons from his first marriage.
|Estimated value:||€8 million|