Kevin Kampl (born 9 October 1990) is a Slovenian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the Bundesliga, and for the Slovenia national football team.
Family and early years
Kampl was born in Solingen, Germany. His parents moved to Germany from Maribor, a city near the Austrian border in northeastern Slovenia. Kampl has dual citizenship and would have been eligible to play for Germany but chose Slovenia early on.
Kampl began his career with Bayer Leverkusen. After some years in the youth team of Bayer Leverkusen II he signed for SpVgg Greuther Fürth.
On 30 August 2010, he signed a one season loan contract with SpVgg Greuther Fürth. Kampl made his first team debut on 29 October 2010 as a late substitute in a 2. Bundesliga tie with Erzgebirge Aue. After only half a season for Greuther Fürth, he returned to Bayer Leverkusen during the 2010–11 winter transfer window. Kampl made his Leverkusen 2010–11 season debut as a second-half substitute in the UEFA Europa League game against Metalist Kharkiv. In the summer of 2011, Kampl transferred to 3. Liga side VfL Osnabrück. After having played a great season for Osnabrück, he joined newly promoted 2. Bundesliga club VfR Aalen for a transfer fee of €250,000. For Aalen however he played only four matches, scoring two goals and assisting another three. This marvelous start drew the attention of well-financed Austrian champion Red Bull Salzburg and they acquired him just before the end of the transfer window by fulfilling his release clause in the amount of €3 million. He was nominated for the best player of the Austrian Bundesliga at the beginning of the 2013–14 season, but had to eventually concede to Philipp Hosiner.
On 22 December 2014, it was announced that he would join Borussia Dortmund on a five-year contract for a €12 million fee on 1 January 2015. He was originally going to go to RB Leipzig. He made his debut on 31 January 2015. On 28 April 2015, in the DFB-Pokal semi–final against Bayern Munich, Kampl came on in the 83rd minute for Jakub Błaszczykowski and was sent–off after receiving a second yellow card; Dortmund went through to the final via a penalty shootout.
On 28 August 2015, Kevin returned to Bayer Leverkusen on a five-year deal. He made his debut on 12 September 2015 versus SV Darmstadt 98. On 26 September, Kampl scored his first goal for Leverkusen in a 3–0 away win against Werder Bremen. Later, on 20 October, he scored his first UEFA Champions League goal in a 4–4 home group stage draw against Roma.
Kampl is a member of the Slovenia national football team. He scored his first goal for Slovenia on 6 September 2013 against Albania, which Slovenia won 1–0. Kampl scored his second goal in a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against San Marino, the second of their 6–0 win. In October 2016, the Slovenian squad released a statement "condemning Kampl's absence from both games." In response, Kampl stated "Firstly, I always play with pride and happiness for Slovenia and I intend to do so in the future" and secondly, I have made it clear I will be available next time, I just need some rest now."
- As of matches played on 24 January 2017.
|Bayer Leverkusen II||2008–09||Regionalliga West||1||0||—||1||0|
|Greuther Fürth||2010–11||2. Bundesliga||1||0||0||0||—||1||0|
|Greuther Fürth II||2010–11||Regionalliga Süd||7||0||—||7||0|
|VfL Osnabrück||2011–12||3. Liga||35||2||1||0||—||36||2|
|VfR Aalen||2012–13||2. Bundesliga||3||2||1||0||4||2|
|Red Bull Salzburg||2012–13||Austrian Bundesliga||23||4||4||0||0||0||27||4|
- Scores and results list Slovenia's goal tally first.
|1||6 September 2013||Stožice Stadium, Ljubljana, Slovenia||Albania||1–0||1–0||FIFA World Cup 2014 Qualification|
|2||27 March 2015||Stožice Stadium, Ljubljana, Slovenia||San Marino||2–0||6–0||UEFA Euro 2016 Qualification|
- Red Bull Salzburg
- Austrian Bundesliga: 2013–14
- Austrian Cup: 2013–14