Joshua Kimmich

Joshua Walter Kimmich (German pronunciation: [ˈjoːzu̯aː ˈkɪmɪç];[7] born 8 February 1995) is a German professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder or right-back for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and the Germany national team. Known for his versatility, passing, shooting, tackling and aggression, Kimmich is considered one of the best midfielders in the world and one of the best right backs of the world.[8][9][10] In the 2019-20 season, After winning the European Treble with Bayern Munich, Kimmich was included in the UEFA team of the year, FIFA FIFPro Men's World 11,[11] and was recognized as the UEFA Champions League defender of the season. [12]

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 25)[2]
Place of birth Rottweil,[3] Germany
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[4]
Position(s) Defensive midfielder, Right-back[5][6]
Club information
Current team
Bayern Munich
Number 6
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 155 (15)
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 50 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:25, 8 January 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:07, 13 October 2020 (UTC)

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Kimmich played youth football for VfB Stuttgart before joining RB Leipzig in July 2013. Stuttgart secured an option to rebuy.[13] 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 victory over 1. FC Saarbrücken on 30 November 2013.[14] He finished the 2013–14 season with one goal in 26 appearances.[15]

He finished the 2014–15 season with two goals in 29 appearances.[16]

Bayern MunichEdit

2015–17Edit

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, most of which went to VfB Stuttgart.[17] He made his debut for the club on 9 August, starting in the first round of the DFB-Pokal against FC Nöttingen.[18] Pep Guardiola gave him his Bundesliga debut the following month on 12 September when he entered play as a late substitute at home against FC Augsburg.[19] 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 victory.[20][21]

Kimmich ended his first season at Bayern having made 23 league appearances of which 15 were starts.[22][23] 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.[24]

 
Kimmich during training with Bayern Munich, 2017

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.[25] On 9 September, he scored his first goal for FC Bayern in a 2–0 Bundesliga, away win at FC Schalke 04.[26] Four days later, he scored his first two Champions League goals in a 5–0 home win against FC Rostov.[27] Kimmich scored a late winning goal in the 88th minute in a 1–0 away victory over Hamburger SV.[28] He finished the 2016–17 season with nine goals in forty appearances.[25][29]

2017–20Edit

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.[30] 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.[31] On 9 March 2018, Kimmich signed a three-year contract extension which lasts until 30 June 2023.[32] 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.[33][34] Kimmich finished the 2017–18 season with six goals and seventeen assists in 47 appearances.[35]

On 12 August, Kimmich started the 2018–19 season by playing in the German Super Cup and also won the title as his side defeated Eintracht Frankfurt with a 5–0 victory.[36] 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.[37] Kimmich played in the opening match of the Bundesliga season against 1899 Hoffenheim on 24 August 2018.[38] Bayern won the match 3–1.[38] Kimmich's first goal of the season came against Hannover 96 on 15 December 2018.[39] He made his 100th league appearance for the club on 9 February 2019 during a 3–1 win over rivals, Schalke.[40]

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.[41] On 14 August 2020, Kimmich scored one goal and provided an assist in an 8–2 win over Barcelona in the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League quarter-final.[42] On 23 August 2020, Kimmich made an important assist for the winning goal against Paris Saint-Germain by Kingsley Coman in the final,[43] to be his first Champions League title along with his teammate Serge Gnabry, another VfB Stuttgart academy product.[44]

2020–21 seasonEdit

Kimmich started the 2020–21 season by acquiring the number 6 shirt, after Thiago Alcântara who had worn it for seven years departed for Liverpool.[45] On 30 September 2020, he scored the winning goal in a 3–2 win over Borussia Dortmund in the 2020 DFL-Supercup.[46] On 27 October, Kimmich scored the winning goal in a 2–1 away victory over Lokomotiv Moscow in the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League.[47]

International careerEdit

 
Kimmich playing for Germany's youth squad in 2014

On 17 May 2016, Kimmich was named in Germany's preliminary 27-man squad for UEFA Euro 2016.[48] On 31 May 2016, he was named in the final 23-man squad and given the shirt number 21.[49] 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.[50] Kimmich remained Germany's first-choice right-back as they reached the semi-finals and was named in UEFA's Team of the Tournament.[51]

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.[52]

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 team's matches at the tournament, registering two assists, as Germany won its first Confederations Cup title.[citation needed]

On 6 June 2017, Kimmich scored from a stunning overhead kick in a friendly against Denmark in the 88th minute of the game which helped Germany to grab their late equaliser against Denmark, as the match ended up 1–1.[53]

On 4 June 2018, Kimmich was selected for Germany's final 23-man squad by Joachim Löw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[54] 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.[55][56]

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.[57]

Style of playEdit

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 defensive midfielder in the world" into a right-back.[58]

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 retired Bayern captain Philipp Lahm.[59]

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.[59]

Personal lifeEdit

Kimmich has two kids, a son, born in 2019,[60] and a daughter, born in October 2020, with his girlfriend Lina Meyer.[61] He launched an online initiative "We Kick Corona" with his Bayern Munich teammate Leon Goretzka, to help charitable, social or medical institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic.[62]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 13 January 2021
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Europe Other Total Ref.
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
RB Leipzig 2013–14 3. Liga 26 1 0 0 26 1 [15]
2014–15 2. Bundesliga 27 2 2 0 29 2 [16]
Total 53 3 2 0 55 3
Bayern Munich 2015–16 Bundesliga 23 0 4 0 9[a] 0 0 0 36 0 [22]
2016–17 Bundesliga 27 6 4 0 8[a] 3 1[b] 0 40 9 [25][29]
2017–18 Bundesliga 29 1 6 1 11[a] 4 1[b] 0 47 6 [30][35]
2018–19 Bundesliga 34 2 6 0 7[a] 0 1[b] 0 48 2 [36]
2019–20 Bundesliga 33 4 6 1 11[a] 2 1[b] 0 51 7 [63][64]
2020–21 Bundesliga 9 2 1 0 3 1 2[c] 1 15 4 [65]
Total 155 15 27 2 49 10 6 1 236 29
Career total 208 18 29 2 49 10 6 1 291 32
  1. ^ a b c d e Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ a b c d Appearance in DFL-Supercup
  3. ^ One appearance in UEFA Super Cup, one appearance and one goal in DFL-Supercup

InternationalEdit

As of match played 13 October 2020[66]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Germany
2016 11 1
2017 14 2
2018 13 0
2019 10 0
2020 2 0
Total 50 3
As of match played 19 November 2019. Germany score listed first, score column indicates score after each Kimmich goal.[67]
List of international goals scored by Joshua Kimmich
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 4 September 2016 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway 7   Norway 2–0 3–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 6 June 2017 Brøndby Stadium, Brøndbyvester, Denmark 14   Denmark 1–1 1–1 Friendly
3 5 October 2017 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland 23   Northern Ireland 3–0 3–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

HonoursEdit

Bayern Munich[68]

Germany U19

Germany

Individual

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