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Timo Werner
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Werner with Germany in 2018
Personal information
Full name Timo Werner[1]
Date of birth (1996-03-06) 6 March 1996 (age 24)[2]
Place of birth Stuttgart, Germany
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[3]
Playing position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
Chelsea
Number 11
Youth career
0000–2002 TSV Steinhaldenfeld
2002–2013 VfB Stuttgart
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2016 VfB Stuttgart 95 (13)
2014 VfB Stuttgart II 1 (1)
2016–2020 RB Leipzig 127 (78)
2020– Chelsea 2 (0)
National team
2010–2011 Germany U15 4 (3)
2011–2012 Germany U16 5 (2)
2012–2013 Germany U17 18 (16)
2013–2015 Germany U19 14 (10)
2015–2016 Germany U21 7 (3)
2017– Germany 31 (12)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:14, 20 September 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:43, 6 September 2020 (UTC)

Timo Werner (German pronunciation: [ˈtiːmoː ˈvɛɐ̯nɐ];[4][5] born 6 March 1996) is a German professional footballer who plays as a striker for English Premier League club Chelsea and the Germany national team.

Upon making his senior debut in 2013, Werner became the youngest player ever to represent VfB Stuttgart and later became the club's youngest ever goalscorer. He made over 100 appearances for Stuttgart before joining RB Leipzig in 2016 for a then-club record fee of €10 million. Across his spell with the two clubs, Werner claimed the domestic records for being the youngest player to reach 50, 100, 150 and 200 appearances in the Bundesliga, although the former two milestones were broken by Kai Havertz, and is the youngest player to have scored two goals in a single top-flight match in Germany. Werner signed for English Premier League club Chelsea in July 2020.

Werner was a prolific goalscorer at youth international level for Germany, where he scored 34 goals in 48 appearances across the various age group levels. He made his senior debut for the German national team in 2017 and in the same year helped his nation claim the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup where his return of three goals earned him the tournament's Golden Boot award. He was also selected to represent Germany at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Early life

Werner was born in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg[6] to Günther Schuh, a footballer, and Sabine Werner.[7]

Club career

VfB Stuttgart

Werner with VfB Stuttgart in 2013

Werner played for TSV Steinhaldenfeld before joining VfB Stuttgart's academy in 2002.[8] During the 2012–13 season, he was promoted to the U-19 team despite only being 16-years old at the time. He scored 24 goals that season and was rewarded for his form when he won the Gold U-17 Fritz Walter Medal in 2013.[7]

Werner made his senior debut later that year in a 2013–14 UEFA Europa League qualifying phase match against PFC Botev Plovdiv.[7][9] Upon doing so, he became the youngest player to ever play in an official match for Stuttgart at the age of 17 years, four months and 25 days, breaking the record previously held by Gerhard Poschner.[7][10] In the following weeks he also became Stuttgart's youngest ever player in the Bundesliga and in the DFB-Pokal, and youngest ever goalscorer after netting his first goal for the club against Eintracht Frankfurt.[10] He broke another record on 10 November when he scored a brace in a 3–1 win over SC Freiburg, thereby becoming the youngest player in Bundesliga history to score two goals in one game.[11]

On his 18th birthday Werner signed a professional contract until June 2018 with VfB Stuttgart. He went on to score 13 goals in 95 league appearances, during which time he became the youngest player to make 50 Bundesliga appearances in the competition's history.[7][12][13] The record was later broken by Kai Havertz in 2018.[14] Stuttgart were relegated in May 2016 which prompted him to join newly promoted club RB Leipzig the following month.[15][16]

RB Leipzig

Werner playing for RB Leipzig in 2019

On 11 June 2016, Werner agreed to a four-year contract with RB Leipzig for a reported transfer fee of €10 million, the largest in the club's history.[16][17] On 26 September 2016, he became the youngest player to play in 100 Bundesliga matches when he appeared in a fixture against 1. FC Köln at the age of 20 years and 203 days.[18] In doing so, he bettered the record previously held by Julian Draxler by 22 days, although he was again surpassed by Havertz in 2019.[19][20] Werner ended the 2016–17 Bundesliga season with 21 goals, making him the leading German goalscorer in the division, and helped RB Leipzig qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in the club's history.[21][22]

In March 2018, in a match against his former club, Stuttgart, Werner became the youngest player to reach the milestone of 150 Bundesliga appearances, eclipsing the record previously held by Charly Körbel.[23] Later that month he helped Leipzig defeat Bayern Munich for the first time ever when he scored the winning goal in a 2–1 victory.[24] He ultimately went on to score 13 goals and record seven assists for the season.[25]

On 7 October 2018, Werner scored two goals in a 6–0 league win over 1. FC Nürnberg, the first of which was his 50th Bundesliga goal. The result was also RB Leipzig's biggest ever win in the competition.[26] The following month, he scored a twice in a 3–0 league win over Hertha BSC and in doing so recorded the tenth competitive brace of his career.[27] He reached the milestone of 10 league goals for the season on 16 December after scoring twice in a 4–1 win over Mainz 05. His double against Mainz was his fifth brace of the campaign, meaning that by that stage of season every time he scored in a match he went on to score a brace.[28] On 27 January 2019, he made his 100th appearance for RB Leipzig when he started in a 4–0 league win over Fortuna Düsseldorf.[29] He became the first player to score 50 Bundesliga goals for the club on 4 May when he scored once and assisted another in a 3–3 draw with Mainz.[30]

Werner scored his first Bundesliga hat-trick in a 3–1 away victory against Borussia Mönchengladbach on 30 August 2019.[31] He made his 100th league appearance for the club on 5 October, during a 1–1 draw with Bayer Leverkusen.[32] At the start of the following month, he scored another hat-trick and recorded three assists to guide Leipzig to an 8–0 win over Mainz, their biggest-ever win in the Bundesliga.[33] On 23 November, he became the youngest ever player to reach the milestone of 200 Bundesliga appearances.[34]

In his final match as a Leipzig player on 27 June 2020, Werner scored both of his side's goals in a 2–1 win away to Augsburg.[35] Hence, he finished his tenure at Leipzig with 95 goals, to become the club's record goalscorer, overtaking Daniel Frahn.[35]

Chelsea

On 18 June 2020, Werner agreed to sign for English Premier League club Chelsea, who activated his £47.5 million release clause, on a five-year contract. He joined the club on 1 July.[36] He made his league debut with the club on 14 September, in a 3–1 away win against Brighton & Hove Albion.[37]

International career

Werner with Germany in 2019

Werner represented Germany at youth level, playing for the U15, U16, U17, U19 and U21 teams, scoring 34 goals in 48 matches overall. In 2010, he scored a hat-trick on his first appearance for Germany U15 in a match against Poland. Two years later, he was a part of the Germany team that finished runner-up in the 2012 UEFA European Under-17 Championship.[13]

Werner was called up to the German senior squad in 2017 by head coach Joachim Löw for the friendly against England and the 2018 World Cup qualification match against Azerbaijan on 22 and 26 March 2017 respectively.[38]

On 17 May 2017, Werner was named in Germany's squad for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup held in Russia. He appeared as a substitute for Sandro Wagner in the team's opening game of the tournament against Australia,[39] before scoring his first two international goals when selected to start in Germany's final group match against Cameroon on 25 June.[40] Four days later, Werner scored Germany's third goal in a 4–1 semi-final victory over Mexico.[41] On 2 July 2017, Werner assisted Lars Stindl's tournament winning goal in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup Final against Chile.[42] With three goals and two assists, Werner was awarded the tournament's Golden Boot.[43]

On 4 June 2018, Werner was included in Germany's final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[44] He made his first World Cup appearance on 17 June, starting in a 1–0 loss to Mexico in Germany's opening match.[45][46] He featured in both of the remaining group stage fixtures but failed to score as Germany were eliminated at the first round for the first time since 1938.[47]

Style of play

Nicknamed "Turbo Timo", Werner is known for his acceleration, pace, quickness, and ability to run fast.[48] A direct, hard-working, and energetic forward, he initially played as a winger in his youth, before being switched to a striker or centre-forward role. An intelligent player, he has been praised in the media for his determination and willingness to drop deep to retrieve the ball or link-up with midfielders. While he is not known for his physicality, aerial game, or hold–up play, he is a prolfiic goalscorer, possessing excellent movement off the ball, as well as a powerful and accurate shot with his right foot from both inside and outside the penalty area; he usually prefers to cut inside from the left flank and shoot on goal with his stronger foot, although he is also capable of cutting inside from the right and striking with his left.[49]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 14 September 2020
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
VfB Stuttgart 2013–14[50] Bundesliga 30 4 2 0 2[c] 0 34 4
2014–15[51] Bundesliga 32 3 1 0 33 3
2015–16[52] Bundesliga 33 6 3 1 36 7
Total 95 13 6 1 2 0 103 14
VfB Stuttgart II 2013–14[50] 3. Liga 1 1 1 1
RB Leipzig 2016–17[53] Bundesliga 31 21 1 0 32 21
2017–18[54] Bundesliga 32 13 2 1 11[d] 7 45 21
2018–19[55] Bundesliga 30 16 4 3 3[c] 0 37 19
2019–20[56] Bundesliga 34 28 3 2 8[e] 4 45 34
Total 127 78 10 6 22 11 159 95
Chelsea 2020–21[57] Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Career total 224 92 16 7 0 0 24 11 0 0 264 110
  1. ^ Includes DFB-Pokal, FA Cup
  2. ^ Includes EFL Cup
  3. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ Six appearances and three goals in UEFA Champions League, five appearances and four goals in UEFA Europa League
  5. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League

International

As of match played 6 September 2020[58]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Germany 2017 10 7
2018 13 2
2019 6 2
2020 2 1
Total 31 12
As of match played 3 September 2020. Germany score listed first, score column indicates score after each Werner goal.[58]
List of international goals scored by Timo Werner
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1 25 June 2017 Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, Russia 4  Cameroon 2–0 3–1 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup [59]
2 3–1
3 29 June 2017 5  Mexico 3–0 4–1 [60]
4 1 September 2017 Eden Arena, Prague, Czech Republic 7  Czech Republic 1–0 2–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification [61]
5 4 September 2017 Mercedes-Benz Arena, Stuttgart, Germany 8  Norway 3–0 6–0 [62]
6 4–0
7 14 November 2017 RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne, Germany 10  France 1–1 2–2 Friendly [63]
8 8 June 2018 BayArena, Leverkusen, Germany 14  Saudi Arabia 1–0 2–1 [64]
9 19 November 2018 Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen, Germany 23  Netherlands 1–0 2–2 2018–19 UEFA Nations League A [65]
10 11 June 2019 Opel Arena, Mainz, Germany 25  Estonia 7–0 8–0 UEFA Euro 2020 qualification [66]
11 13 October 2019 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia 28 3–0 3–0 [67]
12 3 September 2020 Mercedes-Benz Arena, Stuttgart, Germany 30  Spain 1–0 1–1 2020–21 UEFA Nations League A [68]

Honours

RB Leipzig

Germany

Individual

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