Tim Borowski (born 2 May 1980) is a German retired footballer who played as a midfielder, and the current sports director of SV Werder Bremen II.
He spent 11 years of his 12-year professional career with Werder Bremen, amassing Bundesliga totals of 236 games and 32 goals and winning three major titles, including the 2004 national championship.
Borowski played 33 times for the German national team, and represented the country at the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2008.
Born in Neubrandenburg, Bezirk Neubrandenburg, East Germany, Borowski started his career at hometown club 1. FC Neubrandenburg 04, where he was spotted by SV Werder Bremen and signed at the age of 16 for its junior teams. He spent two full seasons with the reserves, competing mainly in Regionalliga Nord.
Borowski made his official debut for Werder on 26 August 2000, starting in a 0–1 home loss against VfL Wolfsburg for the DFB-Pokal. He was definitely promoted to the main squad early into the following campaign.
Borowski contributed with 25 games and one goal (against FC Schalke 04 in a 4–1 home win) in 2003–04 as the Hanseatic won their fourth national championship, the first in 11 years. He added career highs of ten goals and 11 assists in the 2005–06 season, helping his team to a final second position; in the latter campaign's UEFA Champions League he also scored against Juventus F.C. for a 3–2 round-of-16 first leg home win, in an eventual away goals rule exit.
Borowski joined FC Bayern Munich in the 2008 summer after the move was made effective in January, in a free transfer. He finished his first and only season with 35 appearances all competitions comprised, but never managed to establish himself in the starting eleven.
Return to Werder
Borowski returned to Werder Bremen on 22 July 2009, signing a three-year contract. After featuring in only 13 league matches in his last two years combined he was released by his main club, and retired from football shortly after due to injury, aged 32.
In the summer of 2014, Borowski completed his 18-month traineeship in the marketing department which he had been going through since January 2013 at Werder Bremen. In April of the following year, he signed a contract until July 2018 as sports director for the reserve team.
Borowski gained his first cap for Germany on 21 August 2002, appearing as a late substitute in a 2–2 friendly draw with Bulgaria in Sofia. He was selected by manager Jürgen Klinsmann for the 2006 FIFA World Cup on home soil, filling in for captain Michael Ballack in the opener against Costa Rica (4–2 triumph).
Borowski then proceeded to collect a further four substitute appearances: in the quarter-final against Argentina he made a superb assist for Bremen teammate Miroslav Klose to score the equalizing goal for Germany, and also converted his penalty shootout attempt as it ended 4–2 for the hosts. He started in the following match against Italy, leaving injured in an eventual 0–2 loss.
Borowski also participated at the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup (three minutes against Brazil in the semi-finals) and UEFA Euro 2008 (two substitute appearances for the runners-up).
|Werder Bremen II||1999–2000||Regionalliga Nord||29||6||2||0||–||–||31||6|
|Werder Bremen total||210||27||30||12||6||1||48||7||294||47||–|
Scores and results list Germany's goal tally first. Score column indicates score after each Borowski goal.
|1||7 September 2005||Weserstadion, Bremen, Germany||South Africa||2–1||4–2||Friendly|
|2||2 June 2006||Borussia-Park, Mönchengladbach, Germany||Colombia||3–0||3–0|
- Bundesliga: 2003–04
- DFB-Pokal: 2003–04; Runner-up 2009–10
- DFB-Ligapokal: 2006; Runner-up 2004
- UEFA European Championship: Runner-up 2008
- FIFA World Cup: Third-place 2006
- FIFA Confederations Cup: Third-place 2005