Hometown: Aschaffenburg, Germany
Previous Club: VfL Wolfsburg
Marcel Schäfer signed with the Rowdies on March 1, 2017.
Schäfer, 32, joins the Rowdies after spending 10 seasons with German Bundesliga’s VfL Wolfsburg. Since signing with Wolfsburg in 2007, Schäfer has gone on to set the club record for most Bundesliga appearances by a field player (256). Originally born in Aschaffenburg, Germany, Schäfer scored 13 league goals and picked up 39 assists in his time with Wolfsburg.
Prior to his decade with Wolfsburg, Schäfer only played for one other club at the senior level, TSV 1860 Munich from 2003-2007.
In the 2008-2009 Bundesliga season, Schäfer appeared in all 34 league matches as Wolfsburg was crowned champions ahead of Bayern Munich. Schäfer also broke into the German National Team in 2008, making eight appearances for Die Mannschaft from 2008 to 2010.
Schäfer was also a part of the Wolfsburg squad that won the 2014-15 DFB Pokal (German Cup) with a 3-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund in the final. The Wolves would later go on to defeat Bayern Munich in penalties in the 2015 DFL-Supercup.