The courage with which Thomas Hitzlsperger became the first German professional footballer to publicly admit his homosexuality on January 8, 2014, has been shown time and again throughout his life: when he was just 18 years old, he moved from Bayern Munich to the English Premier League as a youth player to Aston Villa, after his great successes in the Bundesliga as German champion with VfB Stuttgart and in the national team, he looked for the next challenge in the Italian Serie A at Lazio Rome.
And after the end of his extremely successful professional career, he ventured into sports journalism at ZDF, ARD and ZEIT ONLINE as well as into football management as a board member at VfB Stuttgart or today as a partner in the Danish football club Aalborg BK and owner of the restaurant "L'Escargot" in London.
His book, which he wrote with SZ reporter Holger Gertz, is an adventurous life story that began in the Bavarian countryside, led him to the three major European football leagues and made him a committed fighter for diversity and tolerance, against racism and violence in football and in society - even if not all of the hopes that Thomas Hitzlsperger associated with his historic step ten years ago have been fulfilled to date.
Thomas Hitzlsperger, born in Munich in 1982, is a former German football player. Won the German championship with VfB Stuttgart in the 2006/07 Bundesliga season, third place with the German national team at the 2006 World Cup and runner-up in 2008. Today he works as a club official at VfB Stuttgart and as a sports journalist (ZDF, ZEIT). He is also committed to fighting racism and xenophobia.
An event organized by Literatur LIVE in cooperation with Kiepenheuer & Witsch Verlag and the Thalia bookstore.