Kevin Großkreutz

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Kevin Großkreutz
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Großkreutz with VfB Stuttgart in 2016
Personal information
Full name Kevin Großkreutz[1]
Date of birth (1988-07-19) 19 July 1988 (age 27)
Place of birth Dortmund, West Germany
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Winger, Right back
Club information
Current team
VfB Stuttgart
Number 15
Youth career
1992–1995 DJK Rot-Weiß Obereving
1995–1999 VfL Kemminghausen
1999–2002 FC Merkur 07 Dortmund
2002–2003 Borussia Dortmund
2003–2006 Rot Weiss Ahlen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Rot Weiss Ahlen II 2 (2)
2006–2009 Rot Weiss Ahlen 95 (23)
2009–2015 Borussia Dortmund 176 (23)
2015 Borussia Dortmund II 6 (0)
2016 Galatasaray 0 (0)
2016– VfB Stuttgart 0 (0)
National team
2010 Germany U21 1 (1)
2010– Germany 5 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 January 2016.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 June 2014

Kevin Großkreutz (German pronunciation: [ˈkɛvɪn ˈɡʀoːsˌkʁɔʏ̯ts]; born 19 July 1988) is a German professional footballer who plays as a winger for VfB Stuttgart. Primarily as a left winger, he can also play as a right winger and right back.

He made his senior debut at Rot Weiss Ahlen, and in 2009 joined Borussia Dortmund, making 233 appearances for them across all competitions and scoring 27 goals. His honours during his time at the Westfalenstadion included two consecutive Bundesliga titles, including a double in 2012.

A full international for Germany since 2010, he was part of their team which won the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Großkreutz began his career with the Dortmund clubs DJK Rot-Weiß Obereving, VfL Kemminghausen and FC Merkur 07. In 2002, he joined Borussia Dortmund, where he played until he moved to Rot Weiss Ahlen. Promoted to first team in 2006, he led the club to promotion to the 2. Bundesliga in 2008. He scored 12 goals and was named in Debreceni VSC kicker XI of the year.[2]

Borussia Dortmund[edit]

Großkreutz in action for Borussia Dortmund in 2013

He opened his account with Dortmund on 5 December 2009 in a 4–0 victory over 1. FC Nürnberg.[3] Sven Bender provided him with a diagonal pass that Großkreutz tucked past Alexander Stephan in goal to give Dortmund a 1–0 lead on eight minutes.[4]

Großkreutz opened his goalscoring account for the new season on 22 September 2010, finishing a nice play as Dortmund thrashed 1. FC Kaiserslautern 5–0.[5] In the following round of fixtures, Dortmund faced promoted side FC St. Pauli at the Millerntor-Stadion in Hamburg. Großkreutz scored two goals on either side of a Shinji Kagawa strike as Dortmund won 3–1 with Großkreutz being named man of the match.[6][7] On 29 November 2010, Großkreutz signed a four-year contract extension to stay with Dortmund until July 2014.[8] He was involved in all three goals on 14 January 2011, scoring two and providing an assist for Mario Götze, as Dortmund defeated Bayer Leverkusen 3–1 at the BayArena.[9][10] Großkreutz had a phenomenal second season with Dortmund, netting eight goals and managing seven assists as die Borussen lifted the Bundesliga title.[11]

Großkreutz figured in Borussia Dortmund's 4–2 victory over Bayern Munich on 27 July 2013, at BVB's Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund to lift the 2013 DFL-Supercup.[12]

On 11 December 2013, Großkreutz scored the winning goal away to Marseille in a 2–1 UEFA Champions League win to qualify Dortmund for the knockout phase.[13]

Galatasaray[edit]

On 2 September 2015, it was announced by FIFA that Galatasaray had failed to submit the relevant documentation for Großkreutz before the transfer window closed. FIFA dismissed the case, because the signed documentations were not submitted on time by Galatasaray. FIFA have refused to sanction Großkreutz's proposed move from Borussia Dortmund to Galatasaray, therefore the player was not eligible to play any matches until 1 January 2016.[14] Großkreutz signed a 3-year contract worth an average of €1,616,667 per season, plus €20,000 per match bonus. Dortmund received €1.5 million transfer fee and an extra €250,000 if Galatasaray qualify for the UEFA Champions League.[15]

VfB Stuttgart[edit]

On 6 January 2016, having not made a single competitive appearance for Galatasaray, Großkreutz returned to Germany to join VfB Stuttgart.[16]

International career[edit]

Großkreutz made his full international debut in a friendly match against Malta on 13 May 2010,[17] helping set up striker Cacau for one of his two goals in a 3–0 win. He next appeared for Germany as a starter against Sweden in a 0–0 draw on 18 November 2010.[18]

In June 2014, he was named in Germany's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[19] Germany went on to win the tournament, though Großkreutz did not make an appearance during the competition.

Personal life[edit]

Großkreutz has been a lifelong Borussia Dortmund supporter, growing up and still living in the Dortmund area up until his move away from the club.[20]

Career statistics[edit]

Großkreutz with Borussia Dortmund in 2014
As of 4 January 2016
Club Season League Cup1 Continental2 Other3 Total Ref.
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rot Weiss Ahlen II 2006–07 Oberliga Westfalen 2 2 2 2 [21]
Rot Weiss Ahlen 2006–07 Regionalliga Nord 27 6 27 6 [21]
2007–08 35 12 1 0 36 12 [22]
2008–09 2. Bundesliga 32 6 1 0 33 6 [23]
Totals 94 24 2 0 96 24
Borussia Dortmund 2009–10 Bundesliga 32 5 1 0 33 5 [24]
2010–11 34 8 2 1 7 0 43 9 [25]
2011–12 31 7 6 0 5 1 1 0 43 8 [21][26]
2012–13 29 2 4 0 10 0 1 0 44 2 [21][27]
2013–14 33 1 6 1 10 1 1 0 50 3 [21][28]
2014–15 17 0 2 0 4 0 23 0 [21]
Totals 176 23 21 2 36 2 3 0 236 27
Borussia Dortmund II 2014–15 3. Liga 2 0 2 0 [21]
2015–16 Regionalliga West 4 0 4 0 [21]
Totals 6 0 6 0
Stuttgart 2015–16 Bundesliga 0 0 0 0 0 0 [21]
Career totals 278 49 23 2 36 2 3 0 340 53

Honours[edit]

Großkreutz after the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final

Club[edit]

Borussia Dortmund[29]

International[edit]

Germany[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 16. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "?". wuppertalersv.com. 5 June 2008. Retrieved 27 May 2011. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Und zur Not geht Kevin Großkreutz ins Tor" (in German). RP Online. 18 September 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Borussia Dortmund 4-0 Nurnberg". ESPN Soccernet. 5 December 2009. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Sahin berauscht den BVB" (in German). kicker.de. 22 September 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Grosskreutz at the double". ESPN Soccernet. 25 September 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "St. Pauli 1 vs 3 Borussia Dortmund". Goal.com. 25 September 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Borussia Dortmund Midfielder Kevin Grosskreutz Signs Contract Extension Until 2014". Goal.com. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "Leverkusen 1-3 Dortmund: Dortmund pounce on defensive errors". zonalmarking.net. 15 January 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Bayer Leverkusen 1-3 Borussia Dortmund". ESPN Soccernet. 14 January 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "Grosskreutz: Arsenal my favourite". ESPN Soccernet. 8 November 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "Dortmund prevail over Bayern in Supercup thriller". Bundesliga. bundesliga.com. 27 July 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Marseille 1 Dortmund 2". BBC Sport. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "Açıklama". Galatasaray (in Turkish). 2 September 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  15. ^ Galatasaray (1 September 2015). "Kevin Grosskreutz -transfer" (in Turkish). Turkish Public Disclosure Platform (KAP). Retrieved 6 November 2015. 
  16. ^ "Kevin Großkreutz transfer completed". vfb.de. VfB Stuttgart. 6 January 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2016. 
  17. ^ "Cacau brace lifts Germany". Sky Sports. 13 May 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  18. ^ "Sweden 0-0 Germany: Five Debutants Feature In Lacklustre Draw". Goal.com. 18 November 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  19. ^ "Germany World Cup 2014 squad". The Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  20. ^ Leipold, Richard (29 April 2011). "Kevin Großkreutz - Mit den Augen des Fans" (in German). Frankfurter Allgemeine. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  21. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Kevin Großkreutz » Club matches". World Football. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 
  22. ^ "Kevin Großkreutz" (in German). World Football. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 
  23. ^ "Kevin Großkreutz". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 
  24. ^ "Kevin Großkreutz". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 
  25. ^ "Kevin Großkreutz". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 
  26. ^ "Kevin Großkreutz". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 
  27. ^ "Kevin Großkreutz". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 
  28. ^ "Kevin Großkreutz" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  29. ^ a b "K. Großkreutz". Soccerway. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 

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