Rausch playing for Russia in 2017
|Full name||Konstantin Viktorovich Rausch|
|Date of birth||15 March 1990|
|Place of birth||Kozhevnikovo, Tomsk Oblast, Soviet Union|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|2008–2009||Hannover 96 II||15||(0)|
|2015||VfB Stuttgart II||8||(2)|
|2016–2018||1. FC Köln||40||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 November 2020|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2018
Konstantin Viktorovich Rausch (Russian: Константин Викторович Рауш, German: Konstantin Rausch; born 15 March 1990) is a Russian-German professional footballer of German ancestry who plays as a left back for Russian Premier League side Dynamo Moscow and the Russia national team. He has also operated as a left midfielder.
Rausch was born in Kozhevnikovo, Tomsk Oblast, Russian SFSR to German parents. His family emigrated to Germany from Russia in 1996. His first friend in Germany could not pronounce "Konstantin" and instead called him "Kocka", a nickname still used by his teammates and coaches. Rausch is dual citizen of Russia and Germany.
Shortly after moving to Germany, Rausch started playing football at the local club, TuS Lachendorf. At the age of twelve he received an offer to join the youth team of Bundesliga side Hannover 96. He decided he was not mature enough for such a big club and instead joined another local side, SV Nienhagen. He finally joined Hannover two years later, rejecting offers from Werder Bremen and Feyenoord.
When 96 first choice left full back Michael Tarnat and his replacement Christian Schulz were injured, Rausch debuted against VfB Stuttgart on 30 March 2008. He was aged 18, which made him the youngest player ever, to appear in Hannover's first squad. Rausch had a good game, but had to be substituted at half time after straining a muscle. Two days later, he signed his first professional contract, running until 2010. While Hannover favoured a longer contract, Rausch did not want to tie himself for too long.
International youth teams
Rausch played for various German youth teams as a left full back or wing back, accumulating more than 30 appearances. His biggest success was a bronze medal at the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup, where he started in every game except for one, which he missed following a red card. After the tournament, he was awarded a Fritz Walter Medal in silver as the second most promising German football player of his age.
In March 2011, Russian media quoted Rausch to be interested in playing for the Russia national team, but that the Russian Football Union never approached him. On 16 August 2017, he was called up for Russia for a friendly game against a club side Dynamo Moscow, which did not count as a full international match. He made his full international debut on 7 October 2017 in a friendly game against South Korea.
- As of 6 December 2019
|Hannover 96 II||2007–08||Oberliga Nord||11||0||–||–||11||0|
|VfB Stuttgart II||2014–15||3. Liga||9||2||–||–||9||2|
|1. FC Köln||2016–17||Bundesliga||28||0||3||1||–||31||1|
|FC Dynamo Moscow||2017–18||Russian Premier League||10||0||0||0||–||10||0|
- As of 14 November 2017
- FC VERPFLICHTET KONSTANTIN RAUSCH‚ fc-koeln.de, 25 May 2016
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- "Konstantin Rausch signs for VfB". vfb.de. VfB Stuttgart. 5 May 2013. Archived from the original on 23 January 2016. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
- "Konstantin Rausch signs for Darmstadt". vfb.de. VfB Stuttgart. 6 July 2015. Archived from the original on 10 July 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
- Константин Рауш перешел в «Динамо» (in Russian). FC Dynamo Moscow. 21 January 2018.
- "National team player Konstantin Rausch". DFB. Archived from the original on 6 February 2012. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
- Konstantin Rausch – FIFA competition record
- "DFB ehrt Nachwuchsspieler der Saison mit Medaille" (in German). tor24.de.[dead link]
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- Расширенный состав сборной России (in Russian). Russian Football Union. 16 August 2017.
- Уверенно победили Южную Корею (in Russian). Russian Football Union. 7 October 2017.
- Расширенный состав для подготовки к Чемпионату мира (in Russian). Russian Football Union. 11 May 2018.
- Заявка сборной России на Чемпионат мира FIFA 2018 (in Russian). Russian Football Union. 3 June 2018.
- "Rausch, Konstantin Константин Викторович Рауш". National Football Teams. Retrieved 30 January 2018.