Date of birth: 13 March 1967
Playing career: SC Verl, SC Paderborn 07, SV Lippstadt 08, Delbrücker SC
Coaching career: Delbrücker SC, Preussen Münster, SC Paderborn 07, FC Salzburg, Bayer 04 Leverkusen
• Spent most of his playing days in the lower leagues and, having earned a degree in mechanical engineering, looked set for a career outside of football.
• Quit his job as an engineer in July 2007 to take charge of Preussen Münster, leading the club into the fourth division. A year later Paderborn came calling and Schmidt impressed to such an extent that Salzburg lured him to Austria in summer 2012.
• His side were soon eliminated from the UEFA Champions League at the second qualifying round stage by Dudelange and though Salzburg earned praise for their attacking style of play, Schmidt had to settle for a runners-up finish in his first Austrian Bundesliga campaign.
• Schmidt guided Salzburg to the title in record time in the 2013/14 season – they won the league with eight games to spare − and victory in the Austrian Cup final. In the UEFA Europa League, Salzburg won ten successive matches in progressing from the play-offs to the round of 16.
• Schmidt promptly agreed a two-year deal with Leverkusen, and enjoyed a decent first campaign with the club. Underpinned by impressive home form, Bayer reached the UEFA Champions League last 16 before losing on penalties to Atlético Madrid, and finished fourth in the Bundesliga to seal a return to the competition.
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