Kroos for Germany in 2012.
|Full name||Toni Kroos|
|Date of birth||4 January 1990|
|Place of birth||Greifswald, East Germany|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|Current club||Bayern Munich|
|2007–2008||Bayern Munich II||13||(4)|
|2009–2010||→ Bayer Leverkusen (loan)||43||(10)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:59, 30 March 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Toni Kroos (German pronunciation: [ˈtoːni ˈkʁoːs]) (born 4 January 1990) is a German international footballer who plays for Bayern Munich mostly as an attacking midfielder. He is the older brother of Werder Bremen attacking midfielder Felix Kroos.
Club career 
Early career 
Kroos was born in Greifswald and first played for local club Greifswalder SC, later transferring to the youth team of Hansa Rostock. Kroos – who plays as a midfielder – changed to Bayern Munich's youth setup in 2006. For the 2007–08 season and on, Kroos was named to the senior team, at the young age of 17. Bayern's manager Uli Hoeneß has stated that in the future Toni will play with the number 10 shirt in the Bayern Munich first team when he has more experience.
Kroos has made an astounding start to his Bayern career, making his Bayern Munich debut on 26 September 2007 in the 5–0 mauling of Energie Cottbus and instantly providing two assists for the two goals scored by Miroslav Klose within 18 minutes of his appearance. Kroos also earned Bayern an extremely valuable victory on his UEFA Cup debut away to Red Star Belgrade, coming on as a substitute in the 81st minute and providing an assist for Miroslav Klose and then scoring the winning goal with practically the last shot of the game.
Loan at Bayer Leverkusen 
He was loaned out to Bayer Leverkusen in January 2009. On 18 April 2009, he scored his first goal in the Bundesliga against VfL Wolfsburg which Bayer Leverkusen lost 2–1. At the annual meeting of FC Bayern on 27 November 2009 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge announced that at the end of the season Kroos will return to Bayern. On 19 December 2009, he scored a double against Borussia Mönchengladbach which Leverkusen won 3–2 which meant Bayer became the half-season champions of the 2009–10 season.
In December 2009, Kroos was voted player of the month by the readers of the kicker sports magazine. Although Bayer expressed their desire to keep him, Bayern restated their intent on keeping the youngster having tied him with a contract until 2012.
Bayern Munich 
On 16 August 2010, he started against Germania Windeck in the first round of the DFB-Pokal, scoring the third goal in a 4–0 victory. During the season, Kroos made further appearances in Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and also in the Champions League. He scored his first league goal on 29 October 2010, on matchday 10 against SC Freiburg, a 25-yard one, which made the score 4–1 for the Bavarians.
National team 
Youth Teams 
In the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup, Toni Kroos was awarded the Golden Ball as the tournament's best player and also won the Bronze Shoe after scoring five goals. Kroos' debut for the national U-21 team came on 5 September 2008 in a 2009 Euro U-21 Championship Qualifier against Northern Ireland and scored the opening goal in the 11th minute, his second goal for the U-21 side was goal in Germany's 1–0 win over Italy, a precise long-range shot in the angle. It came as a surprise that coach Horst Hrubesch left him out of Germany's U-21 squad for Euro 2009, and Germany went on to win the tournament without him.
World Cup 2010 
In January 2010, Kroos was called up to the senior Germany team for the first time, for a training session in Sindelfingen and was named in the squad for the following match, a friendly against Argentina on 3 March 2010, in which he subsequently made his debut for the national side. Kroos was selected to Joachim Löw's 23-man squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. He made his World Cup debut in Germany's final group-stage match versus Ghana, coming on in the 80th minute for Bastian Schweinsteiger, with Germany leading 1–0. He made further appearances in the quarter-finals against Argentina, in the semi-finals against Spain and in the third-place match against Uruguay.
Euro 2012 
Kroos established himself as a regular starter in Germany's qualification campaign for Euro 2012, playing in eight out of a possible ten games. Germany won all ten qualifying matches to top group A. After qualification was already ensured, Kroos scored his first two international goals, both with his strong right foot. Notably, both Kroos' goals were Germany's first after falling behind in the respective matches, both of which were drawn away friendlies, against the two Euro 2012 hosts – Poland and Ukraine. German Coach Joachim Löw also praised him "How Toni distributes the ball, how he receives it, is very good. He's technically excellent ... He has made progress in the last few matches, I'm extremely satisfied with the player".
Personal life 
He is the older brother of Felix Kroos who is a Midfielder for Werder Bremen. His father Roland works as A-Youth (U-19) coach for Hansa Rostock. During his youth, he was not the most outstanding student and spent a lot of time practicing football. Kroos was missing up to 40 days during the school year. However, he was well-behaved in class and well liked among his peers at school.
Career statistics 
Club career statistics 
- As of 20 April 2013[update]
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Other||Total|
|Bayern Munich II||Regionalliga Süd||2007–08||12||3||—||—||—||—||12||3|
|Bayern Munich II||3. Liga||2008–09||1||1||—||—||—||1||1|
|Club totals||Bayern Munich II||13||4||0||0||—||—||—||13||4|
International goals 
- Scores and results table. Germany's goal tally first:
|1.||6 September 2011||PGE Arena Gdańsk, Gdańsk, Poland||Poland||1–1||2–2||Friendly|
|2.||11 November 2011||Olimpiysky National Sports Complex, Kiev, Ukraine||Ukraine||1–2||3–3||Friendly|
|3.||12 October 2012||Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland||Republic of Ireland||5–0||6–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
- Bundesliga: 2007–08, 2012–13
- DFB-Pokal: 2007–08
- DFB-Ligapokal: 2007
- DFL-Supercup: 2010, 2012
- UEFA Champions League Runner-up: 2011–12
National team 
- FIFA World Cup 2010: Third place – Bronze medal
- FIFA U-17 World Championship: 2007: Third place – Bronze medal
- UEFA U-17 Championship : 2007: Fourth Place
- UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship Golden Player: 2006
- UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship Top Scorer: 2007
- FIFA U-17 World Cup 2007 Golden Ball
- FIFA U-17 World Cup 2007 Bronze Shoe
- Fritz-Walter-Medal 2008 in Gold (Category U18)
- "The Team". dfb.de. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
- Honigstein, Raphael (28 September 2012). "Kroos emerges as talk of Bayern Munich, challenging German stars". SI.com. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
- "FCB vow to nurture and protect Kroos’ rare talent". FC Bayern. 19 September 2007. Retrieved 19 September 2007.
- "Hitzfeld's Review". FC Bayern. 21 May 2007. Retrieved 28 May 2007.
- "Nerlinger: Best youngsters will get a chance". FCBayern.de. 1 December 2009.
- "Shining Starlets Pocket Prizes". FIFA. 9 September 2007. Retrieved 9 September 2007.
- "Kroos scores in his first match". German Football Association. 5 September 2008. Retrieved 5 September 2008.
- "Darum sind Kroos und Baumjohann nicht dabei" (in German). tz-online.de. 13 June 2009. Retrieved 12 December 2011.
- "Robert Huth ist wieder da". kicker sportmagazin (in German). 21 January 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
- "DFB-Team mit Müller und Kroos". kicker sportmagazin (in German). 26 February 2010. Retrieved 26 February 2010.
- "Better than Schweinsteiger". goal.com. 18 April 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
- "Roland Kroos: “Jungs sind immer am Limit“" (in German). fc-hansa.de. 17 December 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
- Meyn, Jörn (22 May 2012). "Warum der junge Toni Kroos barfuß spielen musste". Die Welt (in German). Retrieved 22 May 2012.
- "Florian Jungwirth erhält Fritz-Walter-Medaille in Silber" (in German). TSV 1860 Munich Official Website. 24 July 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2007.
- Official website (German)
- Toni Kroos at kicker.de (German)
- Toni Kroos at fussballdaten.de (German)
- Toni Kroos at transfermarkt.de (German)
- Toni Kroos – FIFA competition record
- Toni Kroos – UEFA competition record
- Profile and Videos (German)
- ESPN Soccernet Profile