Kai Havertz

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Kai Havertz
Havertz with Bayer Leverkusen in 2018
Personal information
Date of birth (1999-06-11) 11 June 1999 (age 20)
Place of birth Aachen, Germany
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Bayer Leverkusen
Number 29
Youth career
2003–2009x Alemannia Mariadorf
2009–2010 Alemannia Aachen
2010–2017 Bayer Leverkusen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016– Bayer Leverkusen 94 (26)
National team
2014–2015 Germany U16 6 (2)
2015–2016 Germany U17 16 (7)
2017–2018 Germany U19 8 (7)
2018– Germany 7 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:32, 28 September 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:40, 13 October 2019 (UTC)

Kai Havertz (born 11 June 1999) is a German professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen and the German national team.

Upon making his debut for Leverkusen in 2016, Havertz became the club's youngest ever debutant in the Bundesliga and he became their youngest ever goalscorer when he scored his first goal the following year. In 2018, he became the youngest player to reach the milestone of 50 Bundesliga appearances.


Early career[edit]

Born in Aachen, Germany, Havertz received his first experience in football with amateur side Alemannia Mariadorf. In 2008, he was signed by second division side Alemannia Aachen where he spent two years in the club's academy before joining Bayer Leverkusen at the age of 11.[2] In 2016, after scoring 18 goals for the club's U-17 side, he was awarded the silver U-17 Fritz Walter Medal before breaking into Leverkusen's senior side the following year.[3][4]

Bayer Leverkusen[edit]

Havertz made his debut for Bayer Leverkusen on 15 October 2016, coming on as a second-half substitute for Charles Aránguiz in a 2–1 Bundesliga loss to Werder Bremen. Upon entering the field of play, he became the club's youngest ever Bundesliga debutante at the age of 17 years and 126 days.[2][5] On 17 February 2017, he assisted teammate Karim Bellarabi to score the 50 000th Bundesliga goal.[6] Four days later, following the suspension of teammate Hakan Çalhanoğlu, he was handed his first Champions League start in the first leg of a round of 16 loss to Atlético Madrid.[7][8] He was ruled out of the return leg of the fixture in March, however, as the match clashed with the examinations period at his school.[9] He scored his first goal for the club on 2 April, netting a later equalizer in a 3–3 draw with VfL Wolfsburg.[10] Upon doing so, Havertz broke another club record to become Leverkusen's youngest-ever goalscorer in the Bundesliga at the age of 17.[11] He ultimately made 28 appearances across all competitions and scored four goals, including a brace against Hertha BSC on the final day of the season, as Leverkusen ended the campaign in 12th position.[12]

On 14 April 2018, Havertz became the youngest player in the history of the Bundesliga to reach 50 appearances at 18 years and 307 days old, breaking the record previously held by Timo Werner.[13][14] He went on to end his second full campaign with the club with 30 league appearances and three goals to his name as Leverkusen ended the season in fifth place.[15]

Havertz continued to impress during the following season, despite Leverkusen initially struggling in the league, and by the mid-way point of the campaign was the only player to have started every match for the club, scoring six goals along the way.[16] On 26 January 2019, he became Leverkusen's youngest-ever penalty scorer when he scored from the spot in a 3–0 league win over Wolfsburg, aged 19 years, seven months and 16 days.[17] The following month, he became the second youngest-ever player to achieve 75 Bundesliga appearances, behind Julian Draxler, when he started and scored in a 2–0 win over Fortuna Düsseldorf.[18] On 13 April, he scored on his 100th appearance for Leverkusen to help the club to a 1–0 league win over Stuttgart. The goal, his 13th for the campaign, also saw him become the youngest player since Stuttgart's own Horst Köppel in 1967–68 to score 13 goals in a single league season.[19] On 5 May, he scored his 15th goal of the campaign during a 6–1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt; a match which for the first time ever saw seven goals scored in the first half of a Bundesliga match.[20] On the final day of the season, he became the highest scoring teenager in a single Bundesliga campaign when he scored his 17th goal during a 5–1 win over Hertha BSC.[21] At the end of the season, he was named runner-up to Marco Reus for the German Footballer of the Year award, losing out by just 37 votes.[22]

On the opening day of the 2019–20 campaign, Havertz scored in Leverkusen's 3–2 win over Paderborn, becoming the second-youngest player of all-time behind Köppel to score 25 Bundesliga goals.[23]

International career[edit]

Havertz (pictured during Germany's 8–0 win over Estonia in June 2019) made his senior debut nine months earlier against Peru.


Havertz made his debut for the Germany national under-16 team on 11 November 2014, starting in the friendly match against the Czech Republic before being substituted out in the 57th minute for Tom Baack. The match finished as a 3–1 win for Germany.[24]

Havertz was included in Germany's squad for the 2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship in Azerbaijan.[25] He appeared in all five of Germany's matches, scoring once before Germany were eliminated by Spain in the semi-finals.

Following a 15-month absence from youth internationals, Havertz made his debut for Germany's under-19 team, debuting on 31 August 2017 in the 0–0 friendly draw against Switzerland, coming on in the 72nd minute for Palkó Dárdai.[26] On 4 October 2017, in his third appearance for the under-19 team, Havertz scored four goals in a 5–1 win against Belarus in the first round of European Under-19 Championship qualifying.[27] He was later named captain of the under-19 side.[28]


On 29 August 2018, Havertz was called up to Germany's senior team for the first time by head coach Joachim Löw. He was included in the squad for Germany's UEFA Nations League match against France and friendly against Peru.[28][29] Havertz made his international debut on 9 September 2018, coming on as a substitute in the 88th minute for Timo Werner against Peru, with the match finishing as a 2–1 home win for Germany.[30] Upon making his debut, he became the first player born in 1999 to represent the national team.[31]

Style of play[edit]

Havertz has been described as technically-gifted, two-footed midfielder who is comfortable with the ball on either foot and adept with his head.[32] During his formative years, his style of play drew early comparisons to compatriot Mesut Özil, with Havertz himself admitting the Arsenal midfielder was a player he looked up to.[33] By the age of 19, and following numerous impressive performances in the Bundesliga, further comparisons had been drawn between Havertz and former Leverkusen players such as Michael Ballack, Toni Kroos and Arturo Vidal, and German media began describing him as a combination of the lot and an Alleskönner – a player who can do everything.[32]

Career statistics[edit]


As of 7 October 2019[34]
Club Season League Cup[a] Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bayer Leverkusen 2016–17 Bundesliga 24 4 1 0 3[b] 0 28 4
2017–18 Bundesliga 30 3 5 1 35 4
2018–19 Bundesliga 34 17 2 0 6[c] 3 42 20
2019–20 Bundesliga 7 2 1 1 2[b] 0 10 3
Totals 95 26 9 2 11 3 115 31
Career totals 95 26 9 2 11 3 115 31


  1. ^ Includes DFB-Pokal
  2. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League


As of 13 October 2019[35]
Year Apps Goals
2018 2 0
2019 5 1
Total 7 1

International goal[edit]

Scores and results list Germany's goal tally first.[36]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 9 October 2019 Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany  Argentina 2–0 2–2 Friendly




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