|Date of birth||29 December 1967|
|Place of birth||Karl-Marx-Stadt, East Germany|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Erzgebirge Aue (manager)|
|1988–1990||1. FC Magdeburg||40||(0)|
|1997–1999||1. FC Köln||62||(5)|
|2000||VfB Admira Wacker Mödling||10||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Schuster, who lived his youth in the East Germany, was one of the first East German players to make the move into the West, starting in Eintracht Braunschweig and soon moving on to Karlsruher SC in 1991, where he established himself as a respected center-back.
A move to 1. FC Köln in 1997 proved less successful, and in the following journeyman years he played in Turkey and Austria. He then played for newly promoted Second Bundesliga club LR Ahlen in 2000, where he had a good stint, before he returned to Austria and then played in the Oberliga, the fourth-highest league with Waldhof.
He was capped three times in the German national team and before that four times in the East German national team. He made his debut for East Germany against the United States in East Berlin in March 1990.
On 30 May 2009 he was named as the new head coach of the Stuttgarter Kickers, where he signed a two-year contract until 30 June 2011, which was prematurely extended on 1 April 2010 until 20 June 2012. He guided Kickers to the Regionalliga Süd title in 2011–12, and promotion to the 3. Liga, but was sacked in November 2012 after going five games without scoring a goal. He was appointed manager of 3. liga side SV Darmstadt 98 a month later. He finished with a record of 55 wins, 35 draws, and 26 losses.
Schuster took over as SV Darmstadt 98 head coach on 28 December 2012. Despite Schuster helping Darmstadt 98 off the bottom of the league, they finished among the relegation places in the 2012–13 season, Schuster's Darmstadt avoided dropping into Germany's fourth tier, the Regionalliga Südwest, thanks to the failure of fierce local rival Kickers Offenbach in obtaining the licence for the new season due to going into administration.
In the following season, to the surprise of all experts, Darmstadt managed to get third in the league which meant a relegation-promotion play-off spot for the 2. Bundesliga. Darmstadt faced Arminia Bielefeld in the play-off and won promotion in dramatic fashion after losing 1–3 at home in the first leg but turning the deficit around in the second leg and scoring the winning 4–2 in the 122nd minute which meant promotion on away goals.
He finished with a record of 53 wins, 43 draws, and 35 losses.
He was later voted German Coach of the Year for his performance in the 2015–16 Bundesliga season.
Return to DarmstadtEdit
- As of 17 February 2019
|Stuttgarter Kickers||30 May 2009||19 November 2011||116||55||35||26||47.41|||
|Darmstadt 98||28 December 2012||2 June 2016||131||53||43||35||40.46|||
|FC Augsburg||2 June 2016||14 December 2016||16||4||5||7||25.00|||
|Darmstadt 98||11 December 2017||18 February 2019||41||13||12||16||31.71|||
|Erzgebirge Aue||26 August 2019||0||0||0||0||—|
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