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German professional footballer, Joshua Kimmich, plays the role of the right back in the national football team of Germany. He also represents Bayern Munich. Joshua has earned huge attention and appreciation for his performances so far. He has been noticed as a versatile player and is known for his amazing quality. His role in the attacking, as well as defensive roles, has helped his teams earn several big wins.
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In 2017, an article in the official site of Bundesliga referred to the player as a Swiss-Army knife. He is also referred to as one of the world’s top centre-backs turned into right back. His defensive awareness has also grabbed attention, especially after his performance in the group stage of U21 EURO. In the competition, his playing style received great compliments. In fact, he was compared to some of the top players.
Having shown his potential as a footballer early in his life, Kimmich stayed with the youth programme of VfB Bösingen till 2007. After that, he played youth football with VfB Stuttgart. Then, his senior career started with RB Leipzig in July 2013. In the meanwhile, Stuttgart secured the option to purchase the player again. He debuted in 3.Liga for the club in September that same year. He joined the match as a sub for Thiago Rockenbach. The game ended with a 2–2 tie with SpVgg Unterhaching. Kimmich’s first professional goal came in a 3–2 victory over 1.FC Saarbrücken in November 2013.
In January 2015, Kimmich arrived at the decision to sign a contract of five years and join Bayern Munich. It was reported at that time that the fee paid by Bayern was €7 million. He debuted for the club in a match in August. He got the chance to start against FC Nöttingen in the first round of DFB-Pokal. After that, His opportunity to debut in Bundesliga came through Pep Guardiola in September. He joined the match a little late as a sub against FC Augsburg.
Within a couple of days, Kimmich went on to debut in UEFA Champions League; he appeared in Bayern’s first match of the tournament at Olympiakos. Then, he got his first chance to start in Bundesliga against SV Darmstadt 98 in a victory of 3–0 win. Kimmich’s first season at the team ended with 23 league matches, starting in 15 of them. He also appeared for the team in the final of DFB-Pokal 2016. The match ended in a defeat of Borussia Dortmund at Berlin Olympiastadion in May.
Kimmich began the season of 2016–17, as he joined a match as a substitute against Borussia Dortmund. The DFL-Supercup match in 2016 ended in a 2–0 victory. In September, he made his first goal for FC Bayern in a game that ended with a win of 2–0, at FC Schalke 04. His first two goals of Champions League came in a 5–0 victory over FC Rostov. In September that year, he scored his fourth goal in four games, as he made the match-winning shot in the 1–0 victory at Hamburger SV. During his time, the team has earned several titles, including:
Kimmich represented the U17, U18, U19, and U21 teas of Germany between 2011 and 2015. Then, in May 2016, Kimmich found his name in the German preliminary squad of 27 men, selected for representing the country in the UEFA Euro. Then in May 2016, he became part of the final 23-player squad. He received the jersey no. 21. After that, in June 2016, Kimmich got the chance to start for his national team in the final group match of Euro 2016. In this match, Germany faced Northern Ireland, and Kimmich replaced Benedikt Höwedes as the right back of the team.
He maintained his position as the team’s primary choice in the role of the right back. He helped his team reach the semi-final round, and he became part of UEFA’s Team of the Tournament. In September 2016, Kimmich made his debut goal for the national team of Germany in a match against Norway. Eventually, the match ended with a win of 3–0 in the qualification round of FIFA World Cup 2018. In May 2017, he became part of the squad, as selected by Joachim Löw, to represent the nation in FIFA Confederations Cup 2017.
Then, he started in each of the five matches of the tournament. Additionally, he registered two assists. Thus, Germany lifted the Confederations Cup for the first time. During his tenure, Germany’s biggest achievements so far have been the UEFA European Under-19 Championship in 2014 and the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2017.
Kimmich was born in the town of Rottweil, located in southwestern part of Germany. His father is Berthold Kimmich and his mother’s name is Anja Kimmich. Joshua grew up with his sister, Deborah. Little do we know about his personal life and relationships, except that he has made his parents proud. When he was a young boy, his father used to drive him to practices. While his parents regret that he does not get to go home too often, they think that he has not changed much, and is a strong character. He keeps his romantic life away from public eyes, and we only know that he is currently dating a gorgeous woman named Lina Meyer.
Kimmich’s current market value is £49.50m, which is the highest value that he has earned in his career so far. This takes him to the rank of no. 5 among the players of Bayern Munich, of no. 7 among the participants of Bundesliga, and no. 5 among players born in the year 1995.
Kimmich is considered as an important player in the world of modern football, with some noteworthy contributions to his club, as well as to the German football team. His performances have helped him earn many wins, besides putting up great competitions for their oppositions. Kimmich’s performances have helped him earn some individual awards and honours. His individual honours include: