Kevin Großkreutz

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Kevin Großkreutz
Kevin Großkreutz 2013 in Wilhelmshaven.tif
Großkreutz in action for Borussia Dortmund in 2013
Personal information
Date of birth (1988-07-19) 19 July 1988 (age 25)
Place of birth Dortmund, West Germany
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Wing-back / Winger
Club information
Current club Borussia Dortmund
Number 19
Youth career
DJK Rot-Weiß Obereving
VfL Kemminghausen
0000–2002 FC Merkur 07 Dortmund
2002–2003 Borussia Dortmund
2003–2006 Rot Weiss Ahlen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Rot Weiss Ahlen II 2 (2)
2006–2009 Rot Weiss Ahlen 95 (23)
2009– Borussia Dortmund 150 (22)
National team
2010 Germany U21 1 (1)
2010– Germany 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 March 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 March 2014

Kevin Großkreutz (German pronunciation: [ˈkɛvɪn ˈɡʀoːsˌkʁɔʏ̯ts] ( ); born 19 July 1988) is a German footballer who plays as a wing-back and winger for the German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund.[1] He is noted for his versatility. He can play anywhere along the midfield and as a fullback on either side.

Career[edit]

Großkreutz began his career with the Dortmund clubs DJK Rot-Weiß Obereving, VfL Kemminghausen and FC Merkur 07. In 2002, he joined Borussia Dortmund, where he played until he moved to Rot Weiss Ahlen. Promoted to first team in 2006, he led the club to promotion to the 2. Bundesliga in 2008. He scored 12 goals and was named in kicker XI of the year.[2]

Borussia Dortmund[edit]

Großkreutz (first from right) celebrates winning the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund in 2011

In July 2009, Großkreutz moved to Borussia Dortmund.[3] He opened his account with Dortmund on 5 December 2009 in a 4–0 victory over 1. FC Nürnberg. Sven Bender provided him with a diagonal pass that Großkreutz coolly tucked past Alexander Stephan in goal to give Dortmund a 1–0 lead on eight minutes.[4]

Großkreutz opened his goalscoring account for the new season on 22 September 2010, finishing a nice play as Dortmund thrashed 1. FC Kaiserslautern 5–0.[5] In the following round of fixtures, Dortmund faced promoted side FC St. Pauli at the Millerntor-Stadion in Hamburg. Großkreutz scored two goals on either side of a Shinji Kagawa strike as Dortmund won 3–1 with Großkreutz being named man of the match.[6][7] On 29 November 2010, Großkreutz signed a four-year contract extension to stay with Dortmund until July 2014.[8] He was involved in all three goals on 14 January 2011, scoring two and providing an assist for Mario Götze, as Dortmund defeated Bayer Leverkusen 3–1 at the BayArena.[9][10] Großkreutz had a phenomenal second season with Dortmund, netting eight goals and managing seven assists as die Borussen lifted the Bundesliga title.[11]

Großkreutz figured in Borussia Dortmund's 4–2 victory over Bayern Munich on 27 July 2013, at BVB's Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund to lift the 2013 DFL-Supercup.[12]

On 11 December 2013, Großkreutz scored the winning goal away to Marseille in a 2–1 UEFA Champions League win to qualify Dortmund for the knockout phase.[13]

International career[edit]

Großkreutz made his full international debut in a friendly match against Malta on 13 May 2010,[14] helping set up striker Cacau for one of his two goals in a 3–0 win. He next appeared for Germany as a starter against Sweden in a 0–0 draw on 18 November 2010.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Großkreutz has been a lifelong Borussia Dortmund supporter, growing up and still living in the Dortmund area.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 21 December 2013
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Club League Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal[nb 1] Continental[nb 2] Total
Rot Weiss Ahlen Regionalliga Nord 2006–07 27 5 0 0 27 5
2007–08 35 12 1 0 36 12
2. Bundesliga 2008–09 33 6 1 1 34 7
Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga 2009–10 32 5 1 0 33 5
2010–11 34 8 2 1 7 0 43 9
2011–12 31 7 7 0 5 1 43 8
2012–13 29 2 5 0 10 0 44 2
2013–14 16 0 3 1 6 1 23 2
Career statistics 237 45 20 3 28 2 285 50
  1. ^ Includes DFL-Supercup
  2. ^ Includes UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League

Honours[edit]

Borussia Dortmund

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kevin Grosskreutz". Soccerway. Global Sports Media. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "?". wuppertalersv.com. 5 June 2008. Retrieved 27 May 2011. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Und zur Not geht Kevin Großkreutz ins Tor" (in German). RP Online. 18 September 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Borussia Dortmund 4-0 Nurnberg". ESPN Soccernet. 5 December 2009. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Sahin berauscht den BVB" (in German). kicker.de. 22 September 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Grosskreutz at the double". ESPN Soccernet. 25 September 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "St. Pauli 1 vs 3 Borussia Dortmund". Goal.com. 25 September 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Borussia Dortmund Midfielder Kevin Grosskreutz Signs Contract Extension Until 2014". Goal.com. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "Leverkusen 1-3 Dortmund: Dortmund pounce on defensive errors". zonalmarking.net. 15 January 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Bayer Leverkusen 1-3 Borussia Dortmund". ESPN Soccernet. 14 January 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "Grosskreutz: Arsenal my favourite". ESPN Soccernet. 8 November 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "Dortmund prevail over Bayern in Supercup thriller". Bundesliga. bundesliga.com. 27 July 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Marseille 1 Dortmund 2". BBC Sport. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "Cacau brace lifts Germany". Sky Sports. 13 May 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  15. ^ "Sweden 0-0 Germany: Five Debutants Feature In Lacklustre Draw". Goal.com. 18 November 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 

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