Kevin Volland

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Kevin Volland
Kevin Volland 1860 2010 1.JPG
Personal information
Full name Kevin Volland
Date of birth (1992-07-30) 30 July 1992 (age 21)
Place of birth Marktoberdorf, Germany
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
1899 Hoffenheim
Number 31
Youth career
FC Thalhofen
2005–2006 FC Memmingen
2006–2007 TSG Thannhausen
2007–2011 1860 München
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010 1860 München II 5 (4)
2010–2011 1860 München 7 (0)
2011– 1899 Hoffenheim 67 (16)
2011–2012 1860 München (loan) 50 (20)
National team
2008–2009 Germany U17 6 (2)
2009–2010 Germany U18 8 (5)
2010–2011 Germany U19 10 (6)
2011 Germany U20 2 (1)
2012– Germany U21 15 (7)
2014– Germany 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 May 2014

Kevin Volland (born 30 July 1992) is a German footballer who plays as a forward for 1899 Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga.

Club Career[edit]

Youth[edit]

After starting his football career with FC Thalhofen, Volland transferred to FC Memmingen’s C-Youth squad, playing in the Bavarian League, the top amateur division at that time. After relegation in 2006 he moved on to TSG Thannhausen, in order to remain in the higher division. During the summer of 2007, he joined TSV 1860 München’s youth academy, where he also lived on the club’s grounds. During the 2009–10 season, he started 23 matches for 1860 München’s U19 team, scoring seven goals. Twice that season he made the bench for the U23 squad competing in the Regionalliga Süd, although he was an unused substitute.

TSV 1860 München[edit]

At the start of the 2010–11 season, 1860 coach Reiner Maurer promoted him along with other A-Youth level players Moritz Leitner, Daniel Hofstetter, and Markus Ziereis to the professional squad of TSV 1860. Volland went on to feature in 12 of 1860’s first 14 matches. On 14 August 2010, he made is competitive debut for 1860 alongside Moritz Leitner, when he came off the bench in the cup match in Verl. Afterward he played two more matches for the U-19s and three more matches for the Regionalliga squad, scoring 4 goals for the former and two for the latter. He played his first match for the senior team in the 2. Bundesliga on 26 September 2010, coming off the bench against FC Augsburg. By the start of the winter break he had featured in a further six matches.

In January 2011, Volland signed a contract with Bundesliga side TSG 1899 Hoffenheim through 2015, but initially remained on loan in Munich. The loan agreement ran through the summer of 2012, with Hoffenheim having the option to bring him in during the winter transfer period of 2011–12. While playing in Osnabruck on 21 January 2011, he started his first match for the Lions, scoring his first competitive goal for 1860’s 2. Bundesliga squad. Volland found himself in the starting line-up for the remaining fifteen matches of the season. He scored a further five goals in those matches and assisted on four more. After the end of the second division season, he rejoined the 1860 U19s who had qualified for the semi-final of the German U19 Championship. He started in both matches against 1.FC Kaiserslautern, although 1860 would fail to reach the final.

At the start of the new season, Volland once again featured as a regular player for 1860, playing in the team’s first six matches while scoring four goals and assisting on two more. 1899 Hoffenheim elected not to take the option to bring in Volland during the winter break, allowing him more time to mature in the 2. Bundesliga. Up to the winter break, Volland was one of the most prolific 1860 players, featuring in 21 official matches, while scoring ten goals and assisting on six more. At the end of the second division season, Volland topped the 1860 scoring charts, beating out strike partner Benjamin Lauth and winger Stefan Aigner, who both finished with eleven goals each. Overall Volland scored 20 goals in 57 league matches for 1860, while contributing a further goal in three cup matches.

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim[edit]

At the start of the 2012–13 season, Volland finally joined the Kraichgau outfit a year and a half after originally signing him. On 3 November 2012, he scored his first Bundesliga goal in his tenth competitive match for Hoffenheim in a victory over Schalke 04. During his first season with the club, Volland established himself as a regular in the squad. Throughout the 2012–13 season, Volland scored 6 goals and provided a further 12 assists. During the 2013–14 season, Volland improved his scoring total, registering 9 goals and contributing a further 8 assists. As a reward for his strong start with the club, Hoffenheim extended his contract on 28 July 2013, through 2017.

International Career[edit]

Germany national youth teams[edit]

On 16 October 2008, he made his debut in German colors, in the starting line-up for the German U17 squad featuring against the U17 Czech Republic team. Three days later he started for Germany against the Russian U17s. In the fall of 2009, he was recalled to the German squad for the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Nigeria. He came on in the final group match against Honduras, where he scored his first goal for the German U-17 team. He would also feature in the Round of 16 loss to eventual tournament winners, Switzerland.

By July of 2009, he received his first call-up to the German U18 squad. In the Northern Ireland Milk Cup he played in all three matches for Germany, scoring against the U20 Northern Ireland selection, the U19 United States squad, and the Bulgarian U20 squad. Less than a year later, by May 2010, he had already featured in five matches for the German U19 squad, having scored two goals.

Volland was called up to the U19 squad during the summer of 2010. He made his debut for the team on 18 August 2010, in a match against Belgium. His first goal followed on 3 September against the Netherlands. By the winter break he had feature in five matches and scored four goals. During the spring he would go on to make three more appearances, scoring one goal.

On 31 August, he played his first match for the German U20 squad, also scoring his first goal. In early August, the DFB awarded the bronze Fritz Walter Medal in the U19 age group to Volland. U21 coach Rainer Adrion selected Volland for matches against Bosnia-Herzegovina and San Marino on 6 and 10 October of the year, but he was forced to cancel his participation due to injury. Volland would eventually make his U21 debut on 29 February 2012, when he came off the bench in a match against Greece.

Germany national team[edit]

On 8 May 2014, Kevin Volland was called up to the German national team for the first time for a friendly against Poland. He was also included in Germany’s preliminary 30-man roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

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