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Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos German footballer

German footballer
Toni Kroos
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro German footballer
Is Athlete Football player Association football player
From Germany Germany
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 4 January 1990, Greifswald, Vorpommern-Greifswald District, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany
Age: 30 years
Family
Mother: Birgit Kämmer
Stats
Height: 182
Weight: 78
The details

Biography

Toni Kroos (German pronunciation: [ˈtoːniː ˈkʁoːs]; born 4 January 1990) is a German professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Germany national team.

A member of Bayern Munich's first team at the age of 17, Kroos played in a 18-month loan spell at Bayer Leverkusen, before going back to Munich and winning back-to-back Bundesliga titles and the 2012–13 Champions League. After winning the FIFA World Cup in 2014, he joined Real Madrid on a six-year contract, for a fee of £20 million. In Madrid, he won the 2015-16 and 2016–17 UEFA Champions Leagues and was elected to the Squad of the Season in the last four seasons. He became the first German to ever win three UCL titles.

Kroos was part of the Germany youth teams since age 17, and he was named best player in the 2006 UEFA European Under-17 Championship and won the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup Golden Ball. He made his full international debut in 2010 and was a member of the Germany squad which reached the semi-finals of the 2010 World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012. He was also part of the team that won the 2014 World Cup, becoming the first (and as of 2016 only) footballer born in East Germany to win the competition. Kroos was the Assist leader of the tournament, and was named to the 2014 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team and Dream Team. At the 2016 Euros, he was elected to the Team of the Tournament.

Kroos was elected to the UEFA Team of the Year and the FIFPro World XI in 2014 and 2016, as well as the IFFHS World's Best Playmaker in the former. He has been praised by journalists and former professionals as a player with all the qualities for the role of an attacking midfielder, and been widely considered one of the best midfielders in the world.

Club career

Early career

Kroos first played for local club Greifswalder SC, later transferring to the youth team of Hansa Rostock. Kroos moved to Bayern Munich's youth setup in 2006. Kroos was missing up to 40 days during the school year due to training.

For the 2007–08 season, at the age of 17, Kroos was promoted to Bayern's senior team. He made an astounding start to his Bundesliga career, making his debut for Bayern on 26 September 2007 in a 5–0 defeat of Energie Cottbus and twice assisting Miroslav Klose goals within 18 minutes of his appearance as a substitute. At the time of his debut, Kroos was the youngest player ever to represent Bayern in a professional match at 17 years, eight months and two days old, a record since broken by David Alaba in 2010.

On 25 October, Kroos earned Bayern a valuable victory away to Red Star Belgrade on his UEFA Cup debut, coming on as a substitute in the 81st minute and providing an assist for Miroslav Klose and then scoring the winning goal, his first for the club, in stoppage time. He made his first start for the club in a 3–1 defeat away at VfB Stuttgart.

Kroos ended his first season with 20 appearances for Bayern, including six starts. He also scored three goals in 12 appearances for Bayern Munich II in the Regionalliga Süd.

Despite being selected to start in Bayern's opening 2008–09 Bundesliga match against Hamburger SV, Kroos appeared less frequently for die Roten during the first half of the 2008–09 season. On 5 November 2008, however, he made his UEFA Champions League debut as a 79th-minute substitute against Fiorentina in matchday four of the group stage.

Loan at Bayer Leverkusen

On 31 January 2009, Bayern allowed Kroos to join Bayer Leverkusen on an 18-month loan to gain first team experience.

On 28 February 2009, Kroos made his first appearance for Bayer Leverkusen as a substitute in a 1–0 defeat against Hannover 96. On 12 April, he made his first Bundesliga start for Leverkusen, assisting the team's goal in a 1–1 draw with Werder Bremen. On 18 April 2009, he scored his first Bundesliga goal in a 2–1 loss to VfL Wolfsburg.

On 30 May, Kroos appeared as a late substitute in the 2009 DFB-Pokal Final against Werder Bremen, where Leverkusen were beaten 1–0 by a Mesut Özil goal.

During the 2008–09 season, Kroos made 13 appearances for Leverkusen in all competitions, scoring once.

Kroos established himself as a regular in the Leverkusen team in 2009–10, appearing all but one of Bayer's Bundesliga matches. Between matchdays 16 and 20, Kroos registered five goals and four assists in five Bundesliga matches, earning him back-to-back "player of the month" awards from kicker for December 2009 and January 2010.

He ended the season with nine goals and 12 assists from 33 matches.

Bayern Munich

In the summer of 2010, on the expiration of his loan at Bayer Leverkusen, Kroos returned to Bayern Munich. When asked about his first team chances with Bayern, runner-up in the previous season's Champions League, Kroos stated, "I want to play as often as possible!"

On 16 August 2010, he started against Germania Windeck in the first round of the DFB-Pokal, scoring the third goal in a 4–0 victory. On 29 October 2010, he scored his first league goal for the club, in a 4–1 win for the Bavarians against SC Freiburg. During the 2010–11 season, Kroos was a regular starter for Bayern in the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League. He ended the season with 37 appearances in all competitions.

During 2011–12, under Jupp Heynckes, his former coach at Leverkusen, Kroos established himself as a first choice player from Bayern, forming a strong midfield partnership with national team colleague Bastian Schweinsteiger. He played 51 matches in all competitions during the season, including the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final, where Bayern were beaten on penalties by Chelsea at the Allianz Arena.

Kroos was an important member of Bayern's treble-winning team during the 2012–13 season. As the most advanced member of a midfield containing Schweinsteiger and Javi Martínez, Kroos scored three goals in the team's opening four Bundesliga matches. He also scored his first Champions League goal in Bayern's opening group match against Valencia. After sustaining an injury in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Juventus, Kroos was unavailable for the remainder of the season, missing Bayern's successes in the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final, the 2013 DFB-Pokal Final and the last seven matches of the Bundesliga season.

Kroos returned to fitness for the start of the 2013–14 season and, played in the German Super Cup and the UEFA Super Cup. On 4 October 2013, scored his first goal of the season in a 1–1 draw against former club Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga. He started two matches for Bayern in the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup. The first against Guangzhou Evergrande in the 3–0 semifinal win on 17 December 2013, and in the final as the team beat Raja Casablanca 2–0.

On 19 February 2014, Kroos scored his second goal of the season in a 2–0 Champions League win against Arsenal. On 25 March, he scored in a 3–1 win over Hertha BSC as Bayern were confirmed as Bundesliga champions.

Real Madrid

On 17 July 2014, Real Madrid announced that they had reached an agreement for the transfer of Kroos, signing a six-year deal for an undisclosed fee. The press reported that Kroos had cost between €25 million and €30 million. Kroos became the ninth German player, after Günter Netzer, Paul Breitner, Uli Stielike, Bernd Schuster, Bodo Illgner, Christoph Metzelder, Mesut Özil, and Sami Khedira, to join Real Madrid. At his presentation in front of 8,000 supporters, he stated how Real Madrid is the "biggest club in the World" and is a "cut above Bayern". He played in his debut match against Sevilla in the 2014 UEFA Super Cup on 12 August 2014, winning his first trophy at Real Madrid.

On 8 November 2014, Kroos scored his first goal for Real Madrid in a 5–1 win over Rayo Vallecano, at home.

He was a regular starter when the team won the 2015–16 Champions League, his second Champions League trophy. Los Blancos' triumph at San Siro meant that Kroos became the first-ever German to lift the Champions League trophy with two different clubs.

On 12 October 2016, he signed a new contract until 2022.

He was a regular starter when Madrid won the 2016–17 La Liga and later defended their title in the 2016–17 Champions League. He became the first German player to win the trophy three times.

International career

Toni Kroos warming up for Germany in 2011.

Youth teams

In the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup, Toni Kroos was awarded the Golden Ball as the tournament's best player and also won the Bronze Shoe after scoring five goals. Kroos' debut for the national U-21 team came on 5 September 2008 in a 2009 Euro U-21 Championship Qualifier against Northern Ireland and scored the opening goal in the 11th minute, his second goal for the U-21 side was goal in Germany's 1–0 win over Italy, a precise long-range shot in the angle. It came as a surprise that coach Horst Hrubesch left him out of Germany's U-21 squad for Euro 2009, and Germany went on to win the tournament without him.

2010 World Cup

In January 2010, Kroos was called up to the senior Germany team for the first time, for a training session in Sindelfingen and was named in the squad for the following match, a friendly against Argentina on 3 March 2010, in which he subsequently made his debut for the national side.

Kroos was selected to Joachim Löw's 23-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. He made his FIFA World Cup debut in Germany's final group-stage match versus Ghana, coming on in the 80th minute for Bastian Schweinsteiger, with Germany leading 1–0. He made further appearances as a substitute in the quarter-finals against Argentina, in the semi-finals against Spain and in the third place play-off against Uruguay.

Euro 2012

Kroos (left) battles Julian Baumgartlinger for the ball in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match against Austria in Vienna (Ernst-Happel-Stadion).

Kroos established himself as a regular starter in Germany's qualification campaign for UEFA Euro 2012, playing in eight out of a possible ten games. Germany won all ten qualifying matches to top group A. After qualification was already ensured, Kroos scored his first two international goals, both with his strong right foot. Notably, both Kroos' goals were Germany's first after falling behind in the respective matches, both of which were drawn away friendlies, against the two Euro 2012 hosts – Poland and Ukraine. National coach Joachim Löw also praised him: "How Toni distributes the ball, how he receives it, is very good. He's technically excellent ... He has made progress in the last few matches, I'm extremely satisfied with the player."

At the tournament finals, Kroos appeared as a substitute in all three of Germany's Group B matches. For the semi-final match against Italy, Löw selected the naturally attacking Kroos to man mark Italy's playmaker Andrea Pirlo. The decision was heavily criticised as Germany lost the match 2–1.

2014 World Cup

During Germany's 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign, Kroos scored his first two competitive international goals in a 6–1 win over the Republic of Ireland in Dublin. On 6 September 2013, he scored the team's second goal in a 3–0 win over Austria.

Kroos was named in Germany's squad for the 2014 World Cup. In the team's opening match, a 4–0 defeat of Portugal, Kroos started in midfield and assisted Mats Hummels for Germany's second goal. In the semi-final against the host nation Brazil, Kroos scored two goals two minutes apart (24' and 26') in Germany's 7–1 win. He also recorded his fourth assist of the tournament, crossing for Thomas Müller's opening goal, and was named man of the match by FIFA. Kroos has been nicknamed Garçom ("waiter" in Portuguese) by the Brazilians for precisely delivering most passes to the strikers.

On 11 July, Kroos was named on the ten-man shortlist for FIFA's Golden Ball award for the tournament's best player.

The Castrol Performance Index, the official statistical analyser of the World Cup, rated Kroos as the best player at the 2014 World Cup, with a rating of 9.79 out of 10.

Style of play

"How Toni distributes the ball, how he receives it, is very good. He's technically excellent ... He has made progress in the last few matches, I'm extremely satisfied with the player."
–Joachim Löw, Manager of the Germany National Football Team

Kroos is known for his passing accuracy, technique, vision and his ability to set up goals, as well as his long shots and ball delivery from set-pieces. He has been described by Jonathan Wilson as "perhaps the archetype of the modern attacking midfielder". Wilson has also described Kroos as "dynamic and hardworking", and has praised him for his versatility, physical strength and ability to play in several midfield positions: in addition to his usual role, he has also been used in the centre as a deep-lying playmaker, on the flank, in a box-to-box role, or even as a defensive midfielder, due to his ability to both break up play, retain possession, and create chances for teammates. Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes said in 2014 that Kroos, "a top-class central midfielder", was the player that United most needed to sign.

Former Netherlands captain Johan Cruyff said of Kroos' performances at the 2014 World Cup, "He's doing everything right: the pace in his passes is great and he sees everything. It's nearly perfect."

Personal life

Kroos was born in Greifswald, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, on 4 January 1990. He is the older brother of Felix Kroos. His father Roland works as youth coach for Hansa Rostock. During his youth, he was not the most outstanding student and spent a lot of time practicing football, however, he was well-behaved in class and well liked among his peers at school.

Kroos married his long-term girlfriend Jessica Farber on 13 June 2015. They have a son, Leon (born 14 August 2013), and daughter, Amelie (born on 20 July 2016). He owns a house in Mallorca.

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 13 September 2017
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total Ref.
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bayern Munich II 2007–08 Regionalliga Süd 12 3 12 3
2008–09 3. Liga 1 1 1 1
Total 13 4 13 4
Bayern Munich 2007–08 Bundesliga 12 0 2 0 6 1 20 1
2008–09 7 0 1 1 1 0 9 1
Bayer Leverkusen (loan) 2008–09 10 1 3 0 13 1
2009–10 33 9 2 0 35 9
Total 43 10 5 0 48 10
Bayern Munich 2010–11 Bundesliga 27 1 3 1 7 1 37 3
2011–12 31 4 6 1 14 2 51 7
2012–13 24 6 3 0 9 3 1 0 37 9
2013–14 29 2 6 1 12 1 4 0 51 4
Munich total 130 13 21 4 49 8 5 0 205 25
Real Madrid 2014–15 La Liga 36 2 2 0 12 0 5 0 55 2
2015–16 32 1 0 0 12 0 44 1
2016–17 29 3 5 0 12 1 2 0 48 4
2017–18 3 1 0 0 1 0 3 0 7 1
Totals 100 7 7 0 37 1 10 0 154 8
Career totals 286 34 33 4 86 9 15 0 420 47
  • 1.^ Includes German Super Cup, Supercopa de España, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup and Spanish Super Cup.

International

As of match played 4 September 2017
Country Season Competitive Friendlies Total Ref
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany 2009–10 4 0 4 0 8 0
2010–11 8 0 4 0 12 0
2011–12 4 0 6 2 10 2
2012–13 7 3 2 0 9 3
2013–14 7 2 5 0 12 2
2014–15 9 1 2 1 11 2
2015–16 6 0 3 2 9 2
2016–17 4 1 1 0 5 1
2017–18 2 0 0 0 2 0
Career total 51 7 27 5 78 12

International goals

Scores and results list Germany's goal tally first:
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 6 September 2011 PGE Arena Gdańsk, Gdańsk, Poland  Poland 1–1 2–2 Friendly
2. 11 November 2011 Olimpiysky National Sports Complex, Kiev, Ukraine  Ukraine 1–2 3–3
3. 12 October 2012 Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland  Republic of Ireland 5–0 6–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 6–0
5. 6 September 2013 Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany  Austria 2–0 3–0
6. 8 July 2014 Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, Brazil  Brazil 3–0 7–1 2014 FIFA World Cup
7. 4–0
8. 14 October 2014 Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany  Republic of Ireland 1–0 1–1 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
9. 18 November 2014 Estadio de Balaídos, Vigo, Spain  Spain 1–0 1–0 Friendly
10. 26 March 2016 Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany  England 1–0 2–3
11. 29 March 2016 Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany  Italy 1–0 4–1
12. 8 October 2016 Volksparkstadion, Hamburg, Germany  Czech Republic 2–0 3–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours

Club

Bayern Munich
  • Bundesliga: 2007–08, 2012–13, 2013–14
  • DFB-Pokal: 2007–08, 2012–13, 2013–14
  • DFB-Ligapokal: 2007
  • DFL-Supercup: 2012
  • UEFA Champions League: 2012–13
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2013
  • FIFA Club World Cup: 2013
Real Madrid
  • La Liga: 2016–17
  • Supercopa de España: 2017
  • UEFA Champions League: 2015–16, 2016–17
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2014, 2017
  • FIFA Club World Cup: 2014, 2016

International

Germany
  • FIFA World Cup: 2014, Third Place 2010
  • FIFA U-17 World Cup: Third Place 2007

Individual

  • FIFA/FIFPro World XI: 2014, 2016
  • UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2014, 2016
  • IFFHS World's Best Playmaker: 2014
  • IFFHS World's Best Playmaker runners-up: 2016 (3rd place)
  • kicker Bundesliga Team of the Season: 2009–10, 2011–12
  • UEFA European Under-17 Championship Golden Player: 2006
  • UEFA European Under-17 Championship Top Scorer: 2007
  • 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup Golden Ball
  • 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup Bronze Shoe
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 2014
  • FIFA World Cup Dream Team: 2014
  • FIFA World Cup Most assists: 2014, 2016
  • UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 2016
  • Germany Player of the Year: 2014
  • Fritz-Walter-Medal 2008 in Gold (Category U18)
  • Castrol Performance Index: 2014 FIFA World Cup Castrol Index Winner
  • Silbernes Lorbeerblatt: 2014
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