Joshua Kimmich

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Joshua Kimmich
2015-05-01 Joshua Kimmich.jpg
Kimmich in 2015
Personal information
Full name Joshua Walter Kimmich[1]
Date of birth (1995-02-08) 8 February 1995 (age 22)[1]
Place of birth Rottweil, Germany
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Defender[3]
Club information
Current team
Bayern Munich
Number 32
Youth career
0000–2007 VfB Bösingen
2007–2013 VfB Stuttgart
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2015 RB Leipzig 53 (3)
2015– Bayern Munich 56 (6)
National team
2011 Germany U17 2 (0)
2013 Germany U18 5 (0)
2013–2014 Germany U19 9 (1)
2014– Germany U21 14 (2)
2016– Germany 22 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:22, 22 September 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:10, 4 September 2017 (UTC)

Joshua Walter Kimmich (born 8 February 1995) is a German professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Bayern Munich and the Germany national team.

Club career

Early career

Kimmich played youth football for VfB Stuttgart before joining RB Leipzig in July 2013. VfB Stuttgart secured an option to rebuy.[4] He made his 3. Liga debut for the club on 28 September of that year, as a substitute for Thiago Rockenbach in a 2–2 draw with SpVgg Unterhaching. He scored his first professional goal in an 3–2 win against 1. FC Saarbrücken on 30 November 2013.[5]

Bayern Munich

Kimmich during training with Bayern Munich

2015–16 season

On 2 January 2015, Kimmich agreed to join Bayern Munich on a five-year contract, for a reported fee of €7 million.[6] He made his debut for the club on 9 August, starting in the first round of the DFB-Pokal against FC Nöttingen.[7] His Bundesliga debut came the following month on 12 September when entered play as a late substitute at home against FC Augsburg.[8] Four days later, Kimmich made his first appearance in the UEFA Champions League in Bayern's tournament opener away at Olympiakos and he started in the Bundesliga for the first time three days thereafter, playing 90 minutes against SV Darmstadt 98 in a 3–0 win.[9][10]

Kimmich ended his first season at Bayern having made 23 league appearances, included in which were 15 starts.[11][12] He also played the full 120 minutes in Bayern's 2016 DFB-Pokal Final defeat of Borussia Dortmund at the Berlin Olympiastadion on 21 May.

2016–17 season

Kimmich during training with Bayern Munich

Kimmich started the 2016–17 season by coming on as a substitute in a 2–0 win against Borussia Dortmund in the 2016 DFL-Supercup.[13]

On 9 September, he scored his first goal for FC Bayern in a 2–0 Bundesliga, away win at FC Schalke 04.[14] Four days later, he scored his first two Champions League goals in a 5–0 home win against FC Rostov.[15] On 24 September, Kimmich recorded his fourth goal in four matches with the winning strike in the 88th minute of a 1–0 win at Hamburger SV.[16]

International career

On 17 May 2016, Kimmich was named in Germany's preliminary 27-man squad for UEFA Euro 2016.[17] On 31 May 2016, he was named in the final 23-man squad and given the shirt number 21.[18]

On 21 June 2016, Kimmich was selected to start for Germany in their final Euro 2016 group match against Northern Ireland, replacing Benedikt Höwedes at right-back.[19] Kimmich remained Germany's first choice right back as they reached the semi-finals and was named in UEFA's Team of the Tournament.[20]

On 4 September 2016, Kimmich scored his first goal for the German national team in a 3–0 victory over Norway during 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification.[21]

On 17 May 2017, Kimmich was included in Joachim Löw's Germany squad for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. He started in all five of the teams matches at the tournament, registering two assists, as Germany won its first Confederations Cup title.[22]

Style of play

Horst Hrubesch has praised Kimmich for his versatility. "Joshua has enormous quality and is versatile in both attacking and defensive roles", Hrubesch said, when talking about Kimmich. Amin Younes complimented Kimmich's defensive awareness as well in an interview, after the U21 EURO group stage. "Winning the ball back superbly. He does that really well", Younes told to the media. During the U21 competition, Philip Röber of UEFA.com, described Kimmich's playing style on the website and compared him to İlkay Gündoğan.[23]

At Leipzig, he was part of an extremely attack-minded team in which his ball-winning qualities in front of a high back four shone through. In the Germany U21 side, he has a deeper role, but he has also caught the eye as a tidy defensive midfielder. Kimmich has great timing in his tackles, can dribble and does not mind putting in the legwork.

Kimmich himself has cited Bastian Schweinsteiger as his inspiration.[23]

Career statistics

Club statistics

As of matches played on 22 September 2017
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total Ref.
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
RB Leipzig 2013–14 3. Liga 26 1 0 0 26 1 [24]
2014–15 2. Bundesliga 27 2 2 0 29 2 [25]
Totals 53 2 2 0 55 3
Bayern Munich 2015–16 Bundesliga 23 0 4 0 9 0 0 0 36 0 [11]
2016–17 27 6 4 0 8 3 1 0 40 9 [13][26]
2017–18 6 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 9 1 [27][28]
Totals 56 6 9 0 18 4 2 0 85 10
Career totals 109 9 11 0 18 4 2 0 140 13

International goals

As of match played 6 June 2017. Germany score listed first, score column indicates score after each Kimmich goal. [29]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 4 September 2016 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway  Norway 2–0 3–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 6 June 2017 Brøndby Stadium, Brøndbyvester, Denmark  Denmark 1–1 1–1 Friendly

Honours

Club

Bayern Munich

International

Germany

Individual

References

  1. ^ a b "FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017: List of players: Germany" (PDF). FIFA. 2 July 2017. p. 4. Retrieved 21 July 2017. 
  2. ^ "Joshua Kimmich". FC Bayern Munich. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "Kimmich unhappy with Bayern bench duty". The World Game. Special Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 12 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "Gold for Werner, silver for Kimmich". vfb.com. VfB Stuttgart. 15 July 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2014. VfB have secured a re-purchase option for Kimmich at the end of his stint in Leipzig. 
  5. ^ "1. FC Saarbrücken – RB Leipzig" (in German). mdr.de. Retrieved 1 December 2013. .
  6. ^ "FC Bayern verpflichtet Joshua Kimmich" (in German). Süddeutsche Zeitung. 2 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Joshua Kimmich über sein Debüt". YouTube (in German). 10 August 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  8. ^ Lovell, Mark (12 September 2015). "Douglas Costa anchors Bayern's comeback win over Augsburg". ESPN. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  9. ^ "Müller double helps Bayern prevail at Olympiacos". UEFA. 16 September 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  10. ^ "Pep Guardiola 'very pleased' with Bayern's win over Darmstadt". ESPN. 19 September 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "Joshua Kimmich". kicker.de (in German). Retrieved 21 May 2016. 
  12. ^ "Germany name injured Bastian Schweinsteiger in Euro 2016 squad, Lukas Podolski makes cut". Eurosport. 17 May 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  13. ^ a b "Im zweiten Anlauf: Vidal beschert Bayern den ersten Titel". kicker.de (in German). 14 August 2016. Retrieved 14 August 2016. 
  14. ^ "FC Schalke 04 0-2 Bayern Munich". BBC Sport. 9 September 2016. Retrieved 10 September 2016. 
  15. ^ "Bayern Munich 5-0 FC Rostov". BBC. 13 September 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2016. 
  16. ^ "Hamburger SV 0-1 Bayern Munich". BBC. 24 September 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2016. 
  17. ^ "Bastian Schweinsteiger included in Germany’s provisional Euro 2016 squad". The Guardian. 17 May 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  18. ^ "Löw streicht Bellarabi, Brandt, Reus und Rudy". Deutscher Fußball-Bund (in German). 31 May 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2016. 
  19. ^ "#360view: Joshua Kimmich performance at right-back may have solved an ongoing problem for Germany". Sport360. 21 June 2016. Retrieved 22 June 2016. 
  20. ^ a b "UEFA EURO 2016 Team of the Tournament revealed". UEFA. 11 July 2016. 
  21. ^ "Muller nets brace as Germany ease past Norway". Eurosport. 4 September 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2017. 
  22. ^ "Joshua Kimmich". RT. Retrieved 4 July 2017. 
  23. ^ a b "UEFA.com's weekly wonderkid: Joshua Kimmich". UEFA. 27 June 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  24. ^ "Joshua Kimmich". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 10 January 2015. 
  25. ^ "Joshua Kimmich". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  26. ^ "Joshua Kimmich". kicker.de (in German). Retrieved 20 May 2017. 
  27. ^ "Bayerns erster Titel dank Flippertor und Ulreich". kicker.de (in German). 5 August 2017. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 
  28. ^ "Joshua Kimmich". kicker.de (in German). Retrieved 22 September 2017. 
  29. ^ "Joshua Kimmich - national football team player". EU-Football.info. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  30. ^ "Our Champions League breakthrough team of 2016". UEFA.com: The official website for European football. 24 December 2016. Retrieved 24 December 2016. 

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