Jan Kirchhoff

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Jan Kirchhoff
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Kirchhoff with Bayern in 2013.
Personal information
Full name Jan Tilman Kirchhoff[1]
Date of birth (1990-10-01) 1 October 1990 (age 26)[2]
Place of birth Frankfurt, West Germany[3]
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)[2]
Playing position Centre-back/Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Sunderland
Number 27
Youth career
SpVgg Kickers 16 Frankfurt
1999–2007 Eintracht Frankfurt
2007–2009 1. FSV Mainz 05
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Mainz 05 II 19 (2)
2008–2013 Mainz 05 58 (0)
2013–2016 Bayern Munich 7 (0)
2014–2015 Schalke 04 (loan) 16 (0)
2015 Bayern Munich II 1 (0)
2016– Sunderland 15 (0)
National team
2007–2008 Germany U18 3 (0)
2008–2009 Germany U19 8 (1)
2010–2013 Germany U21 18 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 May 2016.

Jan Tilman Kirchhoff (German pronunciation: [ˈjan ˈtɪl.man ˈkɪ̯ə.çɔf]; born 1 October 1990) is a German professional footballer who plays as a centre-back and defensive midfielder for Sunderland.

Club career[edit]

Mainz 05[edit]

Kirchhoff made his professional debut in the 2. Bundesliga for 1. FSV Mainz 05 on 2 November 2008, when he started in a game against Rot Weiss Ahlen. He has been regarded as one of the most talented defenders in the Bundesliga.[4]

Bayern Munich[edit]

On 4 January 2013, Kirchhoff signed a pre-contract with Bayern Munich, agreeing to join them for the 2013–14 season as a free agent.[5]

Schalke 04 (loan)[edit]

On 27 December 2013, Kirchhoff joined fellow Bundesliga side Schalke 04 on a one-and-a-half year loan until 30 June 2015.[6][7]

Sunderland[edit]

Kirchhoff (left) playing for Sunderland against Chelsea in May 2016

On 7 January 2016, Kirchhoff signed an 18-month contract[8] with Sunderland for an undisclosed fee.[9] On 16 January 2016, Kirchhoff made his debut for Sunderland as a 59th-minute substitute.[10] Kirchhoff made a poor start as he deflected a shot from Christian Eriksen which led to a goal, and conceded a penalty with a foul on Danny Rose.[11] The German was then deployed mainly as a defensive midfielder and earned plaudits due to his precise tackling and passing.[12] Kirchhoff was voted the PFA Fans' Player of the Month for April for his performances as Sunderland fought against relegation.[13] Kirchhoff's efforts paid off as Sunderland managed to survive relegation thanks to a 3–0 win over Everton on 11 May 2016 with goals coming from defenders Patrick van Aanholt and a brace from Lamine Koné.[14]

International career[edit]

On 13 November 2007, Kirchhoff debuted for the Germany national U18 football team coming on in the 72nd minute of the match in a 4–0 win over Republic of Ireland U18s. On 7 September 2008, he debuted for the Germany national U19 football team in a 5–0 win over Czech Republic U19s. Kirchhoff scored his first U19 goal on 11 October 2008 in the 55th-minute of the match in a 5–0 win over Lithuania U19s. On 3 September 2009, he debuted for the Germany U21s in a 1–1 draw against Czech Republic U21s and scored his first U21 goal in the 72nd-minute. In 2012, Kirchhoff participated with the U21 team as an important squad member and the team's vice-captain in the 2013 UEFA European U21 Championship qualification, but due to injury he could not take part in the 2013 UEFA European U21 Championship.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Kirchhoff's brother Benjamin Kirchhoff is also a professional football defender who plays for VfB Stuttgart II.[16] Kirchhoff's father Theo Kirchhoff is a former footballer who played for German club VfL Germania Leer.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

Kirchhoff with Bayern
As of 9 December 2016.
Club Season League Cup1 League Cup2 Continental3 Total Ref.
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Mainz II 2007–08 Oberliga Südwest 1 0 1 0 [18]
2008–09 Regionalliga West 6 1 6 1 [18]
2010–11 12 1 12 1 [18]
Total 19 2 19 2
Mainz 2008–09 2. Bundesliga 1 0 0 0 1 0 [18]
2010–11 Bundesliga 10 0 0 0 10 0 [18]
2011–12 29 0 3 0 32 0 [19]
2012–13 18 0 3 0 21 0 [20]
Total 58 0 6 0 64 0
Bayern Munich 2013–14 Bundesliga 7 0 2 0 2 0 11 0 [18]
2015–16 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 [18]
Total 7 0 3 0 2 0 12 0
Bayern Munich II 2015–16 Regionalliga Bayern 1 0 1 0 [18]
Schalke (loan) 2013–14 Bundesliga 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 [18]
2014–15 14 0 0 0 4 0 18 0 [21]
Total 16 0 0 0 4 0 20 0
Sunderland 2015–16 Premier League 15 0 0 0 0 0 15 0 [22]
2016–17 5 0 0 0 1 0 6 0 [23]
Total 20 0 0 0 1 0 21 0
Career total 121 2 9 0 1 0 6 0 137 2

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Mainz 05[24]
Bayern Munich[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2013: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 7 December 2013. p. 5. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Jan Kirchhoff Premier League Player Profile". Premier League. 2016. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "Jan Kirchhoff". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Kirchhoff, Jan". soccer news. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "FCB verpflichtet Mainzer Jan Kirchhoff" (in German). FC Bayern Munich. 4 January 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "FCB leiht Jan Kirchhoff an Schalke aus" (in German). FC Bayern Munich. 27 December 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "S04 leiht Jan Kirchhoff bis zum 30. Juni 2015 aus" (in German). FC Schalke 04. 27 December 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Sunderland complete signing of Jan Kirchhoff from Bayern Munich". The Guardian. Press Association. 7 January 2016. Retrieved 7 January 2016. 
  9. ^ "Jan Kirchhoff: Sunderland sign Bayern Munich defender". BBC Sport. 7 January 2016. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  10. ^ Harris, Alex (16 January 2016). "Tottenham 4 Sunderland 1: Kirchhoff endures nightmare Black Cats debut". Daily Star. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  11. ^ Taylor, Louise (21 January 2016). "Blame me for Jan Kirchhoff's debut, says Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce". The Guardian. The Guardian. Retrieved 21 January 2016. 
  12. ^ Young, Chris (21 March 2016). "Jan Kirchhoff is Sunderland's talisman, but his fitness remains a big problem". Sunderland Echo. Sunderland Echo. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  13. ^ Hunter, James (6 May 2016). "Sunderland's Jan Kirchhoff voted PFA Fans' Player of the Month for April". ChronicleLive. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  14. ^ Taylor, Daniel (11 May 2016). "Sunderland safe after Lamine Koné double sinks crumbling Everton". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 July 2016. 
  15. ^ "Rüdiger replaces injured Kirchhoff for Germany". uefa.com. 24 May 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  16. ^ "Player profile: Benjamin Kirchhoff". vfb.de (in German). VfB Stuttgart. 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  17. ^ "Künftiger Bayer hat Oma in Ostfriesland" [Future Bayer Granny in Ostfriesland]. germanialeer.de (in German). VfL Germania Leer. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Jan Kirchhoff » Club matches". World Football. Retrieved 17 December 2015. 
  19. ^ "Kirchhoff, Jan" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  20. ^ "Jan Kirchhoff". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 17 December 2015. 
  21. ^ "Jan Kirchhoff". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 17 December 2015. 
  22. ^ "Games played by Jan Kirchhoff in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Retrieved 21 July 2016. 
  23. ^ "Games played by Jan Kirchhoff in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Retrieved 21 July 2016. 
  24. ^ a b "J. Kirchhoff". Soccerway. Retrieved 7 January 2016. 

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