Pascal Groß

Pascal Groß (German pronunciation: [pasˈkaːl ˈɡʁoːs], sometimes rendered in English as Gross; born 15 June 1991) is a German professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion. Groß played at youth international level for Germany.[4]

Pascal Groß
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Groß playing for Brighton & Hove Albion in 2018
Personal information
Full name Pascal Groß[1]
Date of birth (1991-06-15) 15 June 1991 (age 30)
Place of birth Mannheim, Germany[2]
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[3]
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Brighton & Hove Albion
Number 13
Youth career
0000–2007 VfL Neckarau
2007–2008 1899 Hoffenheim
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 1899 Hoffenheim 5 (0)
2009–2011 1899 Hoffenheim II 17 (4)
2011–2012 Karlsruher SC 25 (3)
2011 Karlsruher SC II 11 (1)
2012–2017 FC Ingolstadt 04 158 (17)
2013 FC Ingolstadt 04 II 1 (0)
2017– Brighton & Hove Albion 129 (15)
National team
2008–2009 Germany U18 10 (2)
2009 Germany U19 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 August 2021 (UTC)

CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

Groß played his first fully professional match in the Bundesliga for 1899 Hoffenheim on 2 May 2009 in a 0–4 loss against VfL Wolfsburg.[5] being substituted on in the 89th minute for Chinedu Obasi. He scored his first senior career goal playing for Hoffenheim II playing against Stuttgarter Kickers II on 16 August 2009.[6] In January 2011, he transferred to Karlsruher SC along with Hoffenheim teammate Marco Terrazzino.[7]

IngolstadtEdit

Groß scored five league goals for FC Ingolstadt in the 2016–17 season as they were relegated from the Bundesliga. He created more chances than any other player in the league that season, a total of 95 chances.[8]

Brighton & Hove AlbionEdit

2017–18 seasonEdit

In May 2017, Brighton & Hove Albion signed Groß for a fee of £3 million.[9][10] He agreed to a four-year contract while the transfer fee paid to Ingolstadt was the first of a series of record signings for the club that season.[11]

He made his debut for Brighton in the Premier League on 12 August 2017, in a 2–0 home defeat to title favourites Manchester City.[12] On 9 September 2017, Groß made history by scoring Brighton's first ever Premier League goal, adding a second shortly after half time and providing an assist for Tomer Hemed in a 3–1 win at home against West Bromwich Albion.[13][14] On 15 September, in Brighton's 2–1 league defeat away to AFC Bournemouth, Groß provided the assist for Solly March's opening goal.[15]

Groß's creative exploits for Brighton throughout the month of September earned him a nomination for the Premier League Player of the Month award. He was a key player for Brighton, being directly involved in four of their league goals scored throughout the month.[16]

On 15 October 2017, Groß provided his third assist of the season for Brighton, setting up Anthony Knockaert in a 1–1 league draw at home to Everton.[17] On 20 November, Groß scored for Brighton in a 2–2 home draw against Stoke City. The goal brought his contribution tally up to three goals and five assists throughout the course of the season.[18]

Groß ended a successful season for Brighton with seven goals and eight assists, including heading the winner against Manchester United on 4 May 2018, a win that secured Brighton's Premier League status.[19] Amongst many highlights, Groß was voted Brighton's player of the season by an overwhelming majority.[20]

On 6 June 2018, Groß signed a contract extension with Brighton, keeping him at the club until 2022.[21]

2018–19 seasonEdit

He scored against Man United again in another win over the side on the 19 August 2018 in Brighton's first win of the 2018–19 season netting the Albion's third in an eventual 3–2 home victory.[22] Groß scored three goals from 4 May 2018 to 19 January 2019 which all came up against Man United. His third coming in a 2–1 away loss at Old Trafford.[23] He made one FA Cup appearance where he came off the bench in a 2–1 home win over Derby County with The Seagulls progressing into the quarter-finals.[24] The Sussex club were eventually knocked out to Manchester City in the semi-final at Wembley.[25] On 27 April 2019, he scored an equaliser at home against Newcastle helping Brighton claim a massive point in their fight for survival.[26] On 4 May 2019 Brighton's bitter rivals, Crystal Palace beat Cardiff City – Brighton's relegation rivals – which ensured Brighton's Premier League football for the next season.[27][28]

2019–20 seasonEdit

Groß played the whole match in Brighton's opening match of the 2019–20 season where The Seagulls won 3–0 at Watford.[29] On 5 October, a Groß cross was spilt by Spurs' keeper, Hugo Lloris where Pascal's teammate, Neal Maupay nodded home the first in a 3–0 victory over the London side. Lloris dislocated his elbow after an awkward landing from the cross which would rule him out for the rest of 2019.[30][31][32] Groß scored his first goal of the season netting the first in a eventual 3–2 home win over Everton on 26 October 2019.[33]

2020–21 seasonEdit

Groß made his 100th appearance for The Seagulls in which he captained the side in the 2–0 away win over Preston in the EFL Cup on 23 September 2020.[34] He scored his first goal of the season on 28 November, scoring in the 93rd minute from the spot claiming Brighton's first ever Premier League points against the defending champions Liverpool.[35] In the reverse fixture Groß appeared in Brighton's 1–0 away victory over the defending champions on 3 February 2021 claiming their first league win at Anfield since 1982.[36] Groß captained Brighton on 18 May with Lewis Dunk out suspended in the match against champions Manchester City with fans returning to football. He assisted Adam Webster's header which equalised the score at 2–2 – from 2–0 down – in which Brighton went on to win 3–2 for their first victory over The Sky Blues since 1989.[37]

2021–22 seasonEdit

Groß set up Alexis Mac Allister's winner with a grounded pass into the box in the 2–1 away victory over Burnley on 14 August in the opening game of the 2021–22 season.[38] He then assisted Shane Duffy's header from the corner spot in Brighton's 2–0 home victory over Watford on 21 August in the second game of the season.[39]

Style of playEdit

Groß can operate as a central midfielder, a winger, and an attacking midfielder.[40]

Personal lifeEdit

His father, Stephan, was also a footballer who played for Karlsruher SC.[7]

Career statisticsEdit

As of 22 September 2021[41]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1899 Hoffenheim 2008–09 Bundesliga 4 0 0 0 4 0
2009–10 Bundesliga 1 0 1 0 2 0
Total 5 0 1 0 6 0
1899 Hoffenheim II 2010–11 Regionalliga Süd 17 4 17 4
Karlsruher SC II 2010–11 Regionalliga Süd 3 0 3 0
2011–12 Regionalliga Süd 8 1 8 1
Total 11 1 11 1
Karlsruher SC 2010–11 2. Bundesliga 3 1 0 0 3 1
2011–12 2. Bundesliga 22 2 1 0 2[a] 1 25 3
Total 25 3 1 0 2 1 28 4
FC Ingolstadt 04 II 2013–14 Regionalliga Bayern 1 0 1 0
FC Ingolstadt 04 2012–13 2. Bundesliga 30 2 1 0 31 2
2013–14 2. Bundesliga 29 2 2 0 31 2
2014–15 2. Bundesliga 34 7 1 0 35 7
2015–16 Bundesliga 32 1 1 0 33 1
2016–17 Bundesliga 33 5 2 0 35 5
Total 158 17 7 0 165 17
Brighton & Hove Albion 2017–18 Premier League 38 7 1 0 0 0 39 7
2018–19 Premier League 25 3 1 0 1 0 27 3
2019–20 Premier League 29 2 1 0 1 0 31 2
2020–21 Premier League 34 3 3 0 3 0 40 3
2021–22 Premier League 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
Total 129 15 6 0 6 0 141 15
Career total 346 40 15 0 6 0 2 1 369 41

HonoursEdit

FC Ingolstadt 04

Individual

ReferencesEdit

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