Bernd Schneider (born November 17, 1973 in Jena) is a German
football player. He currently plays for Bayer Leverkusen, which
he helped to reach second place in the 1. Bundesliga in 2000 und
2002. In addition, he plays for the German national team,
including for the side that reached second place in the 2002
World Cup. National team coach Jürgen Klinsmann has also
selected him for the 2006 World Cup.
On the field Schneider goes by the nickname "Schnix", and is
known for his versatility - although he prefers the center-right
midfield, he can also play as a central or defensive midfielder,
or even as a defender. He is also known for his strong technical
skills, which allow him to create good shooting situations for
his teammates. But even though he is seldom a finisher, he has
in the past proven a strong force on goal (for example, at Bayer
Leverkusen he scored ten goals in the 2003/04 season, making him
one of the highest-scoring midfielders in the Bundesliga.