Olaf Rebbe joins PAOK
PAOK FC announces that it has reached an agreement with Olaf Rebbe, who joins the club as Sports Director.
Olaf Rebbe was born on May 1, 1978 in Weiblingen, Germany and he entered the world of football from an early age. However, at the age of just 20, he saw his dream of a career as a player shattered by a serious injury and was forced to find another way to stay involved in his favorite sport.
And so he focused on the organizational aspects in an effort to turn his misfortune into an advantage by looking to tomorrow and beyond. He became the president of Auetal and took it upon himself to run an entire club. At the same time, he never stopped aiming high.
He later joined Borussia Dortmund, where he studied marketing and communication, going on to work with two other clubs during his internship. Specifically, Rebbe traveled to the United Kingdom and worked with Celtic and Arsenal, after which he returned to his homeland to join Werder Bremen.
There he was essentially the right hand of the great Klaus Allofs, who was the general manager. Officially, Rebbe’s title was Marketing Director, but his responsibilities were purely about football.
In 2006 he worked in an organizational role for the World Cup, and in 2012 he followed Allofs to Wolfsburg as his assistant. After three years there, he took over the duties of Football Director, while following the departure of Allofs in January 2017, he became the team’s Sporting Director.
Although only 38 years old at the time, he created some great initiatives and dealings which reaped many benefits for the club, such as the transfer of Julian Draxler to Paris Saint-Germain for 40 million euros.
He remain at Wolfsburg until the summer of 2018 with the team preserving its Bundesliga status in the playoffs with a goal from Adelino Vieirinha . After his departure, he immediately found employment at Huddersfield, where he remained until the beginning of 2019.
A low-key executive, with clear goals and dreams, and with a specific philosophy, Rebbe arrives at the Dikefalos tou Vorra to take over the rebuilding of the team for the coming years.