S.League: German expertise at home

S.League: German expertise at home
Sports performance coach Dirk Schauenberg's (centre) Asian adventure was made possible by former Dusseldorf striker Cha Du Ri, who introduced Schauenberg to Home United coach Lee Lim Saeng.

SINGAPORE - He has been the sports performance coach of Great Eastern-Yeo's S.League side Home United since last June and Dirk Schauenberg has been to every football stadium in Singapore, most of which seat up to 5,000 fans.

Before making Singapore home, he was travelling across Germany visiting far grander venues as part of Bundesliga side Fortuna Dusseldorf's coaching team.

Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena, Borussia Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park, Schalke 04's Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen - you name it, Schauenberg's been there.

Speaking to The New Paper, the 45-year-old recalled the experience with Dusseldorf in the 2012-2013 season, when they ultimately got relegated.

"It's really cool, you know, to walk into the Allianz Arena and lead 2-1 at one point," he said, of Dusseldorf's narrow 3-2 defeat by Bayern last March.

"Okay, Jerome Boateng scored the winner very late in that match, but the feeling you get when you are leading Bayern is amazing.

"Or to go away to Borussia Dortmund (in Nov 2012), in front of 80,000 supporters, and leave with a 1-1 draw.

"I'll never forget that match. A draw at Dortmund felt like a win!"

Schauenberg always believed that he would have a career in sports.

A keen sportsman, he picked up karate as a teenager and represented Germany at the World Shotokan Karate Association Championships in 1991, winning the Kata Team (technical performance) category.

But a serious knee injury meant the black-belt exponent could no longer compete in martial arts.

The injury turned out to be a blessing for Schauenberg, as it pushed him towards a career in sports treatment.

Already armed with a Degree in Science from the University of Duisburg-Essen, he opened the Kensho Sport Performance and Health Centre in 1995, while continuing to hone his craft in Sweden and England.

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