Steffen Tigges has moved from Borussia Dortmund to 1. FC Köln and has penned a deal at the club until the end of the 2025-26 season. The 23-year-old striker made his first steps in professional football with VfL Osnabrück and has spent the last three campaigns with Borussia Dortmund. In that time, he has played for the U20s, as well as making 15 Bundesliga appearances and featuring five times in European competition.
FC Managing Director, Christian Keller said: “We are pleased that we were able to sign Steffen Tigges. Steffen has many important qualities to play as a striker. He is able to finish inside the box, is able to hold the ball up well, is good in the air and reads the game well. He also possesses a readiness to always work and be aggressive against the ball. At the same time, Steffen can still improve and make steps in his development in all aspects of his game. That promises a lot for the future. It is also important that Steffen has recovered from his ankle injury in March. He is already in rehab training, so that we can look to integrate him into team training during pre-season.”
Steffen Tigges said: “I am looking forward to joining 1. FC Köln and I am certain that I can bring my qualities into the team and continue to develop at the highest level. The discussions with the coach and the officials convinced me straight away that it is exactly the right move for me. I am convinced that I will fit well with the team and way we play, and that we’ll have a good season. The fact that 1. FC Köln are one of the biggest clubs in Germany and have incredible support from their fans also played an important role in my move. I can’t wait to get started.”
Steffen Tigges was born on 31st July 1998 in Osnabrück and took his first footballing steps with TuS Glane. In 2011, Tigges moved to VfL Osnabrück before his 13th birthday and spent eight years at the club. At VfL he made his 3. Liga debut at the age of 17 in December 2015. In 2019, Tigges moved to Borussia Dortmund. In the 2020-21 season, the striker scored 22 goals and set up a further 15 in 35 games to help BVB earn promotion to the 3. Liga. He also made his first-team debut in that season. He has made 15 Bundesliga appearances (three goals), featured three times in the Champions League, twice in the Europa League and three times in the DFB-Pokal.