Joshua Kimmich

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Joshua Kimmich
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Kimmich with Germany in 2018
Personal information
Full name Joshua Walter Kimmich[1]
Date of birth (1995-02-08) 8 February 1995 (age 24)[1]
Place of birth Rottweil, Germany
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)[2]
Playing position Central midfielder
Centre-back
Right-back[3][4]
Club information
Current team
Bayern Munich
Number 32
Youth career
0000–2007 VfB Bösingen
2007–2013 VfB Stuttgart
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2015 RB Leipzig 53 (3)
2015– Bayern Munich 114 (9)
National team
2011 Germany U17 2 (0)
2013 Germany U18 5 (0)
2013–2014 Germany U19 9 (1)
2014–2015 Germany U21 14 (2)
2016– Germany 42 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:27, 16 August 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:38, 11 June 2019 (UTC)

Joshua Walter Kimmich (German pronunciation: [ˈjoːzu̯aː ˈkɪmɪç];[5] born 8 February 1995) is a German professional footballer who plays primarily as a right back for Bayern Munich and the Germany national team.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Kimmich played youth football for VfB Stuttgart before joining RB Leipzig in July 2013. Stuttgart secured an option to rebuy.[6] He made his 3. Liga debut for the club on 28 September of that year, as a substitute for Thiago Rockenbach in a 2–2 draw with SpVgg Unterhaching. He scored his first professional goal in a 3–2 win against 1. FC Saarbrücken on 30 November 2013.[7] He finished the 2013–14 season one goal in 26 appearances.[8]

He finished the 2014–15 season with two goals in 29 appearances.[9]

Bayern Munich[edit]

Kimmich during training with Bayern Munich

2015–16 season[edit]

On 2 January 2015, Kimmich agreed to join Bayern Munich on a five-year contract which lasts until 30 June 2020, for a reported fee of €7 million.[10] He made his debut for the club on 9 August, starting in the first round of the DFB-Pokal against FC Nöttingen.[11] Pep Guardiola gave him his Bundesliga debut the following month on 12 September when entered play as a late substitute at home against FC Augsburg.[12] Four days later, Kimmich made his first appearance in the UEFA Champions League in Bayern's tournament opener away at Olympiakos and he started in the Bundesliga for the first time three days thereafter, playing 90 minutes against SV Darmstadt 98 in a 3–0 win.[13][14]

Kimmich ended his first season at Bayern having made 23 league appearances of which 15 were starts.[15][16] He also played the full 120 minutes in Bayern's 2016 DFB-Pokal Final defeat of Borussia Dortmund at the Berlin Olympiastadion on 21 May.

2016–17 season[edit]

Kimmich started the 2016–17 season by coming on as a substitute in a 2–0 win against Borussia Dortmund in the 2016 DFL-Supercup.[17] On 9 September, he scored his first goal for FC Bayern in a 2–0 Bundesliga, away win at FC Schalke 04.[18] Four days later, he scored his first two Champions League goals in a 5–0 home win against FC Rostov.[19] Kimmich scored a late winning goal in the 88th minute in a 1–0 away victory over Hamburger SV.[20] He finished the 2016–17 season with nine goals in forty appearances.[17][21]

2017–18 season[edit]

Kimmich played in the 2017 DFL-Supercup and won the title as Bayern defeated their arch-rival Borussia Dortmund on 5–4 penalties after the extra time ended 2–2.[22] On 16 September, he provided overall three assists to Thomas Müller, Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski's goals to defeat 1. FSV Mainz 05 with a 4–0 victory.[23] On 9 March 2018, Kimmich signed a three-year contract extension which lasts until 30 June 2023.[24] He managed to score each goal in both the first and second leg in the Champions League semi-final tie against Real Madrid, but his side were knocked out from the competition on 4–3 aggregate.[25][26] Kimmich finished the 2017–18 season with six goals and seventeen assists in 47 appearances.[27]

2018–19 season[edit]

On 12 August, Kimmich started the season by playing in the German Super Cup and also won the title as his side defeated Eintracht Frankfurt with a 5–0 victory.[28] The following week, on 18 August 2018, Kimmich played in the 1–0 win against SV Drochtersen/Assel in the first round of the German Cup.[29] Kimmich played in the opening match of the Bundesliga season against 1899 Hoffenheim on 24 August 2018.[30] Bayern won the match 3–1.[30] Kimmich's first goal of the season came against Hannover 96 on 15 December 2018.[31] He made his 100th league appearance for the club on 9 February 2019 during a 3–1 win over rivals, Schalke.[32]

Kimmich played every single minute in all 34 matches in the Bundesliga. In those 34 matches, Kimmich scored two goals and finished second in the league with 13 assists.[33]

International career[edit]

On 17 May 2016, Kimmich was named in Germany's preliminary 27-man squad for UEFA Euro 2016.[34] On 31 May 2016, he was named in the final 23-man squad and given the shirt number 21.[35] On 21 June 2016, Kimmich was selected to start for Germany in their final Group C match against Northern Ireland, replacing Benedikt Höwedes at right-back.[36] Kimmich remained Germany's first choice right back as they reached the semi-finals and was named in UEFA's Team of the Tournament.[37]

On 4 September 2016, Kimmich scored his first goal for the German national team in a 3–0 victory over Norway during 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification.[38]

On 17 May 2017, Kimmich was included in Joachim Löw's Germany squad for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. He started in all five of the teams matches at the tournament, registering two assists, as Germany won its first Confederations Cup title.[39]

On 6 June 2017,Kimmich scored from a stunning overhead kick in a friendly against Denmark in the 88 th minute of the game which helped Germany to grab their late equaliser against Denmark,as the match ended up 1 –1.[40]

On 4 June 2018, Kimmich was selected for Germany's final 23-man squad by Joachim Löw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[41] On 17 June 2018, Kimmich made his World Cup debut against Mexico in their opening match, but the game ended in a 1–0 loss for Germany.[42][43]

On 6 September 2018, Kimmich started Germany's UEFA Nations League opener against France, playing as a defensive midfielder for the first time in 18 months.[44]

Style of play[edit]

Horst Hrubesch has praised Kimmich for his versatility, saying "Joshua has enormous quality and is versatile in both attacking and defensive roles". Remarking on Kimmich's versatility, a 2017 article on the Bundesliga's official website referred to him as a "veritable Swiss Army knife of a player", citing Guardiola's conversion of a player he once referred to as "one of the best centre-backs in the world" into a right-back.[45]

Amin Younes complimented Kimmich's defensive awareness as well in an interview, after the U21 EURO group stage. "Winning the ball back superbly. He does that really well", Younes told to the media. During the U21 competition, Philip Röber of UEFA.com, described Kimmich's playing style on the website and compared him to İlkay Gündoğan, but other critics compared him to recently retired Bayern captain Philipp Lahm.[46]

At Leipzig, he was part of an extremely attack-minded team in which his ball-winning qualities in front of a high back four shone through. In the Germany U21 side, he has a deeper role, but he has also caught the eye as a tidy defensive midfielder. Kimmich has great timing in his tackles, can dribble and does not mind putting in the legwork.

Kimmich himself has cited Bastian Schweinsteiger as his inspiration.[46]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played on 16 August 2019.
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total Ref.
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
RB Leipzig 2013–14 3. Liga 26 1 0 0 26 1 [8]
2014–15 2. Bundesliga 27 2 2 0 29 2 [9]
Totals 53 3 2 0 55 3
Bayern Munich 2015–16 Bundesliga 23 0 4 0 9[a] 0 0 0 36 0 [15]
2016–17 Bundesliga 27 6 4 0 8[a] 3 1[b] 0 40 9 [17][21]
2017–18 Bundesliga 29 1 6 1 11[a] 4 1[b] 0 47 6 [22][27]
2018–19 Bundesliga 34 2 6 0 7[a] 0 1[b] 0 48 2 [28]
2019–20 Bundesliga 1 0 1 0 0[a] 0 1[b] 0 3 0 [47][48]
Totals 114 9 21 1 35 7 4 0 174 17
Career totals 167 12 23 1 35 7 4 0 229 20
  1. ^ a b c d e Appearances in the UEFA Champions League.
  2. ^ a b c d Appearances in the DFL-Supercup.

International[edit]

International statistics[edit]

As of 11 June 2019[49]
National team Year App. Goals
Germany
2016 11 1
2017 14 2
2018 13 0
2019 4 0
Total 42 3

International goals[edit]

As of match played 5 October 2017. Germany score listed first, score column indicates score after each Kimmich goal.[50]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 4 September 2016 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway  Norway 2–0 3–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 6 June 2017 Brøndby Stadium, Brøndbyvester, Denmark  Denmark 1–1 1–1 Friendly
3 5 October 2017 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland  Northern Ireland 3–0 3–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Bayern Munich

International[edit]

Germany

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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