Christoph Kramer

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Christoph Kramer
1LIVE Krone 2014 Christoph Kramer und Freundlin Celine cropped.jpg
Kramer at "1Live Krone" (2014)
Personal information
Full name Christoph Kramer[1]
Date of birth (1991-02-19) 19 February 1991 (age 24)
Place of birth Solingen, Germany
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Borussia Mönchengladbach
(on loan from Bayer Leverkusen)
Number 23
Youth career
1995–1999 BV Gräfrath
1999–2006 Bayer Leverkusen
2006–2008 Fortuna Düsseldorf
2008–2010 Bayer Leverkusen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Bayer Leverkusen II 27 (0)
2011– Bayer Leverkusen 0 (0)
2011–2013 VfL Bochum (loan) 61 (4)
2013–2015 Borussia Mönchengladbach (loan) 63 (5)
National team
2009–2010 Germany U19 5 (0)
2010–2012 Germany U20 4 (1)
2014– Germany 10 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 May 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 June 2015

Christoph Kramer (born 19 February 1991) is a German professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Borussia Mönchengladbach, on loan from Bayer Leverkusen,[2][3] and the German national team.

After a season in their reserve team, Kramer was promoted to Bayer Leverkusen's first team in 2011. He then spent two seasons on loan at second-tier VfL Bochum, and a further two at top-flight Mönchengladbach.

Kramer made his full international debut on 13 May 2014, and later that year was part of the German squad which won the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Bayer Leverkusen[edit]

Kramer joined local club BV Graefrath in 1995 before being snapped up by Bayer Leverkusen at the age of eight.[4] But Kramer was cut from the Leverkusen youth squad at the age of fifteen in 2006 because of his relatively small height.[4] After two years with the Fortuna Duesseldorf youth squad, Kramer returned to Leverkusen in 2008, signed his first senior contract in 2010 and was promoted to Bayer Leverkusen II for the 2010-11 season.[4] He gained promotion to the senior squad in 2011 and was immediately loaned out to 2. Bundesliga side VfL Bochum for the 2011–12 season.[4]

Loan to VfL Bochum[edit]

Kramer made his professional debut on 18 July 2011, coming on as a second-half substitute for Andreas Johansson in a 2–0 defeat of Bochum to Fortuna Düsseldorf.[5] His first goal for the club came on 25 February 2012, scoring a consolation goal in a 6–2 defeat to Greuther Fürth.[6] During the 2012–13 2. Bundesliga season, Kramer was involved in 852 tackles, the most by any player in the league, and won fifty percent of them.[7] In the process, he committed 73 fouls but was only given eight yellow cards.[7] In his two seasons in the second division with Bochum, Kramer made 61 league appearances and scored four goals.[8] Following his spell at Bochum, he became a season-ticket holder at the RewirpowerSTADION.[4]

Loan to Borussia Mönchengladbach[edit]

Following his two-year spell with Bochum in the second division, Kramer joined Borussia Mönchengladbach in July 2013 on a two-year loan.[9] He made his Bundesliga debut on 9 August 2013, starting in midfield for Gladbach in a 3–1 loss to defending champions Bayern Munich.[10] He scored his first goal for Gladbach in the following round of fixtures, netting the club's second goal in a 3–0 victory over Hannover 96.[11] Kramer scored Borussia Mönchengladbach's third goal of a 3–1 victory over 1. FSV Mainz 05 on 3 May 2014, securing the club a place in the Europa League for the following season.[12] In the final league match of the season, Kramer scored his third Bundesliga goal as Gladbach fell to Wolfsburg by a score of 3–1, confirming that Gladbach would finish just behind the Wolves in sixth place.[13]

Kramer returned to Gladbach following his exploits in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, making his season debut on 24 August 2014, coming off the bench and scoring his side's last-minute equalizer in a 1−1 draw with VfB Stuttgart.[14] On 9 November, away to Borussia Dortmund, he scored an own goal from inside the centre circle which gave his opponents a 1–0 victory.[15]

On 22 December 2014, Leverkusen announced Kramer would be returning to Leverkusen from his loan spell at Gladbach in summer 2015 as planned and that his contract had been extended by two further years until 30 June 2019.[16]

International career[edit]

Kramer defending against Marcos Rojo in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final.

Shortly before the end of his first Bundesliga season Christoph Kramer was first invited on 8 May 2014 in the senior national team of Germany, when he was nominated as part of a so-called "perspective squad" for the preparation match for the World Cup 2014 in the Volksparkstadion in Hamburg against Poland, as many players could not join because they still had to play for their clubs.[17] In this friendly match on 13 May, he played the full 90 minutes of a goalless draw.[18][19] A day later, he was subsequently nominated for the preliminary squad.[20] He won his second cap for the national side on 1 June, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 2–2 draw with Cameroon.[21] The following day, Kramer was included by Joachim Löw in Germany's final 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.[22]

2014 World Cup[edit]

Kramer made his first appearance of the tournament in Germany's round of 16 match against Algeria as a 109th-minute substitute for Bastian Schweinsteiger.[23] He started the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final, due to an injury to Sami Khedira minutes before kick off. However, Kramer was forced to leave the game in the first half after taking a hit to the head, and André Schürrle came on to replace him.[24] It was later revealed that Kramer may have suffered a concussion from his collision with Argentine center back Marcos Rojo.[25] Referee Nicola Rizzoli admitted after the collision that Kramer came to him, asking "Ref, is this the final?" to which Rizzoli informed Schweinsteiger and 14 minutes later Kramer was substituted off.[26]

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total Ref.
Club League Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Total
Bayer Leverkusen II Regionalliga West 2009–10 1 0 1 0 [27]
2010–11 26 0 26 0 [28]
Bayer Leverkusen II totals 27 0 27 0
VfL Bochum 2. Bundesliga 2011–12 32 1 3 0 35 1 [29]
2012–13 29 3 3 0 32 3 [30]
VfL Bochum totals 61 4 6 0 67 4
Borussia Mönchengladbach Bundesliga 2013–14 33 3 1 0 34 3 [31]
2014–15 30 2 3 0 6 0 39 2 [32]
Borussia Mönchengladbach totals 63 5 4 0 6 0 73 5
Career totals 151 9 10 0 6 0 167 9
Last updated: 23 May 2015

Honours[edit]

International[edit]

Germany

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 16. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Christoph Kramer" (in German). fussballdaten.de. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Kramer, Christoph" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Kramer rising to the top". ESPNFC. 31 May 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Fortuna Düsseldorf vs. Bochum 2 - 0". Soccerway. 18 July 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Greuther Fürth vs. Bochum 6 - 2". Soccerway. 25 February 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "MAKING THE LEAP TO THE TOP FLIGHT". Bundesliga. 7 July 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Christoph Kramer" (in German). FussballDaten. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Borussia Mönchengladbach: How will the Foals fare in 2013/2014?". The Boot Room. 22 July 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Bright start for Guardiola". ESPNFC. 9 August 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "GLADBACH CRUISE PAST HANNOVER". Bundesliga. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "GLADBACH BEAT MAINZ TO SEAL EUROPA LEAGUE". Bundesliga. 3 May 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "Perisic und de Bruyne sind zuviel für Gladbach" (in German). kicker. 10 May 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "Kramer saves Gladbach vs. Stuttgart". ESPNFC. 24 August 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  15. ^ "Bor Dortmd 1-0 Borussia Monchengladbach". BBC Sport. 9 November 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  16. ^ "World Cup winner Kramer agrees new deal to 2019". Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  17. ^ "Mit Jugendpower im "Perspektivspiel" gegen Polen". kicker online (in German). Olympia Verlag GmbH. 8 May 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  18. ^ "Youthful Germany frustrated by Poland". UEFA. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  19. ^ "Lineups". UEFA. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  20. ^ "Löw streicht Quartett und nimmt Kramer mit". kicker online (in German). Olympia Verlag GmbH. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  21. ^ "Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting earns Cameroon draw against Germany". The Guardian. 1 June 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  22. ^ "Low finalises Germany squad". FIFA. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  23. ^ "Kramer: "A world-class experience"". Deutscher Fußball-Bund. 1 July 2014. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  24. ^ "Götze becomes the new Iniesta!". MARCA. 13 July 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  25. ^ "Kramer Head Injury Revives Concussion Concerns". ABC News. 13 July 2014. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  26. ^ "Dazed Kramer 'forgot he was in final'". ESPNFC. 17 July 2014. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  27. ^ "Kramer, Christoph". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  28. ^ "Kramer, Christoph". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  29. ^ "Kramer, Christoph". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  30. ^ "Kramer, Christoph". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  31. ^ "Kramer, Christoph". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  32. ^ "Kramer, Christoph". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 

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