Jan Kirchhoff

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Jan Kirchhoff
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Kirchhoff with Bayern Munich in 2013
Personal information
Full name Jan Tilman Kirchhoff[1]
Date of birth (1990-10-01) 1 October 1990 (age 27)[2]
Place of birth Frankfurt, West Germany[3]
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)[2]
Playing position Centre-back, defensive midfielder
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)
2014–2015Schalke 04 (loan) 16 (0)
2015 Bayern Munich II 1 (0)
2016–2017 Sunderland 22 (0)
2018 Bolton Wanderers 4 (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 26 May 2018

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 or defensive midfielder.

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]

Kirchhoff left Sunderland when his contract expired at the end of the 2016–17 season.[15]

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

On 22 February 2018, following a trial, Kirchhoff signed a contract with Championship side Bolton Wanderers until the end of the season.[16] He made his debut for Bolton as a second-half substitute for Jem Karacan in a 1–3 loss against local rivals, Preston North End, on 3 March 2018.[17] On 24 May 2018, Bolton confirmed that Kirchhoff would leave the club on 30 June when his contract came to an end.[18]

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.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Kirchhoff's brother Benjamin Kirchhoff is also a professional football defender who plays for VfB Stuttgart II.[20] Kirchhoff's father Theo Kirchhoff is a former footballer who played for German club VfL Germania Leer.[21]

Career statistics[edit]

Kirchhoff with Bayern
As of 14 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 [22]
2008–09 Regionalliga West 6 1 6 1 [22]
2010–11 12 1 12 1 [22]
Total 19 2 19 2
Mainz 2008–09 2. Bundesliga 1 0 0 0 1 0 [22]
2010–11 Bundesliga 10 0 0 0 10 0 [22]
2011–12 29 0 3 0 32 0 [23]
2012–13 18 0 3 0 21 0 [24]
Total 58 0 6 0 64 0
Bayern Munich 2013–14 Bundesliga 7 0 2 0 2 0 11 0 [22]
2015–16 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 [22]
Total 7 0 3 0 2 0 12 0
Bayern Munich II 2015–16 Regionalliga Bayern 1 0 1 0 [22]
Schalke (loan) 2013–14 Bundesliga 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 [22]
2014–15 14 0 0 0 4 0 18 0 [25]
Total 16 0 0 0 4 0 20 0
Sunderland 2015–16 Premier League 15 0 0 0 0 0 15 0 [26]
2016–17 7 0 0 0 1 0 8 0 [27]
Total 22 0 0 0 1 0 23 0
Career total 123 2 9 0 1 0 6 0 139 2

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Mainz 05[28]

Bayern Munich[28]

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. ^ "Premier league free transfers 2016/17". Premier League. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  16. ^ "Wanderers sign Jan Kirchhoff". Bolton Wanderers F.C. 22 February 2018. Retrieved 22 February 2018. 
  17. ^ "Bolton 1 Preston 3". BBC Sport. 3 March 2018. Retrieved 3 March 2018. 
  18. ^ "Wanderers confirm departure of seven players". Bolton Wanderers Official Site. 24 May 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2018. 
  19. ^ "Rüdiger replaces injured Kirchhoff for Germany". uefa.com. 24 May 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  20. ^ "Player profile: Benjamin Kirchhoff". vfb.de (in German). VfB Stuttgart. 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  21. ^ "Künftiger Bayer hat Oma in Ostfriesland" [Future Bayer Granny in Ostfriesland]. germanialeer.de (in German). VfL Germania Leer. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  22. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Jan Kirchhoff » Club matches". World Football. Retrieved 17 December 2015. 
  23. ^ "Kirchhoff, Jan" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  24. ^ "Jan Kirchhoff". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 17 December 2015. 
  25. ^ "Jan Kirchhoff". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 17 December 2015. 
  26. ^ "Games played by Jan Kirchhoff in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 July 2016. 
  27. ^ "Games played by Jan Kirchhoff in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 July 2016. 
  28. ^ a b "J. Kirchhoff". Soccerway. Retrieved 7 January 2016. 

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