The Unstoppable Rise Of Joshua Kimmich
Joshua Kimmich Player Profile
Born on the 8th February 1995. Joshua Kimmich was born in Rottweil in the south west of Germany. He was brought up through VFB Stuttgart’s youth academy before he moved to RB Leipzig in 2013 when they were in the 4th division of German football. He made his 3. Liga debut for the club on 28 September of that year, as a substitute in a 2–2 draw with SpVgg Unterhaching. He scored his first professional goal in a 3–2 win against 1. FC Saarbrücken on 30 November 2013. He finished that season with RB Leipzig in 2013–14 season one goal in 26 appearances. Although many people don’t actually realise that Kimmich played for RB Leipzig during the early parts of his career. Many people seem to think that he was always at Bayern Munich from the beginning of his career.
Bayern Munich Life
During the transfer window of the 2014/15 season, Bayern Munich agreed to sign Joshua Kimmich for the fee of £7 million. Which looking back on that fee is a real bargain for the player he has become. He made his debut for Bayern whilst being managed by Pep Guardiola in the first round of the DFB Pokal against FC Nöttingen. He then earned his Bundesliga debut the following month on 12 September when entered play as a late substitute at home against FC Augsburg. Kimmich ended his first season at Bayern having made 23 league appearances of which 15 were starts. 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. Showing just such a young age he was more than capable and talented to play at the highest domestic level.
His international career started for Germany when he started in a 3-1 defeat to Slovakia back in 2016 before the European Championships of 2016 in France. Joshua Kimmich was then included in the final 23 man team and given the shirt number 21. Joshua Kimmich was selected to start for Germany in their final Euro 2016 group match against Northern Ireland, replacing Benedikt Höwedes at right back position. Kimmich remained Germany’s first choice right back as they lost in the semi finals and was named in UEFA’s Team of the Tournament which France won. Kimmich was able to nail down his position as Germany’s number 1 right back. In May 2017, Kimmich was included in Joachim Löw’s Germany squad for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. He started in all five of the teams matches at the tournament and registered two assists, as Germany won its first Confederations Cup title ever. Joshua Kimmich was selected for Germany’s final 23 man squad by Joachim Löw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, unfortunately, this was to end in misery for the Germans as they were knocked out in the group stage for the first time since 1938.
The Next Philipp Lahm?
People have tried to liken between Kimmich and Philipp Lahm since his retirement from the game in 2017. But they couldn’t be more different as players, Joshua Kimmich’s attacking play suits the wing back role absolutely perfectly. Whereas Philipp Lahm was a more integral part of the side’s defence, moving with players in order to make sure that his side was not caught out over committing, allowing defenders to push higher up the pitch when required. There is no doubt that Joshua Kimmich has the potential to be one of the best defenders in the world and if I’m perfectly honest I don’t think he’s too far off that at the moment.
Of course, Joshua Kimmich has many years left in his career and it is going to be very interesting to see just how many hours he takes over the course of his career, domestically, continentally and internationally. So far Kimmich has won the following awards and trophies:
3x Bundesliga League Titles
1x DFB Pokal Winner
3x Super Cup Titles
1x Confederations Cup
1x U-19 Euro Championship
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