Sporting director Marcel Schäfer extends contract until 2025.
Marcel Schäfer will lead VfL Wolfsburg’s footballing development for a further three years. The sporting director has agreed an early extension to his contract with the Green-and-Whites until 2025. The 37-year-old, who played for the Wolves for almost 10 years and won both the Bundesliga title and DFB Cup, has been responsible for sporting affairs at VfL Wolfsburg together with managing director Jörg Schmadtke since 2018.
“Proud to be part of this project”
“I first came to Wolfsburg in 2007 and even during my time in the US, I always stayed very close to the club and the city,” said Schäfer. “Everyone who knows me knows how devoted I am to VfL, so I’m delighted that my journey at VfL will be continuing. I’m proud and happy to be part of this project, and I’m looking forward to continuing my work alongside Jörg Schmadtke, to ensure that the path we started on three years ago continues its upward journey and that we conquer the challenges we face together.”
“He’s an icon”
Supervisory board chairman Frank Witter is pleased that the Wolves’ record appearance maker (312 competitive matches) is extending his stay. “Marcel has made tremendous progress here and, together with Jörg Schmadtke, has got VfL back on track after the two years in the relegation play-off, even leading us to the Champions League now. He’s an icon and someone who represents this club more than most. That’s why, for us, the contract extension was a no-brainer.”
Brought back from US early by Schmadtke
Managing director Schmadtke got Schäfer to leave the US early and come back to Wolfsburg in 2018. “We spoke at length at Frankfurt airport and quickly realised that we were on the same wavelength and were pursuing the same goals,” revealed Schmadtke. “It has been confirmed in the course of our work together that our ideas on how to get VfL back on the road to success fit very well together. Marcel has taken on the role as an official excellently and developed very well in his areas of responsibility.”