It’s like in a fairy tale: a seven-year-old boy from the Eving district of Dortmund has a season ticket for his favorite club Borussia Dortmund. Since then, he has stood in the all-weather south stand, started playing football himself, and made the jump to the Borussia youth team in 1999. The following are titles and success that a young Kevin Grosskreutz could never have dreamed of. But where does the former international play today? And did that ever really alienate him from his great love Dortmund? SPORT BILD gives you all the information about the 2014 World Champion.
“Real love” – at Großkreutz is more than just a slogan
It was the August 08, 2009, Location: Signal Iduna Park. In the match against Cologne, 21-year-old Kevin Großkreutz fulfilled his childhood dream in the 70th minute of the game and played for BVB in the Bundesliga. After several stints with youth teams at Dortmund and seven years with Rot-Weiß-Ahlen, Großkreutz signed a three-year contract with BVB in 2009. In six years for the black and yellow, the all-rounder made 236 appearances for Borussia, scoring 27 goals and 37 assists. The story of the picture book was crowned with the championship victory in the 2010/11 season and the double in 2011/12 (championship + DFB cup victory).
“Großkreutz distributes the doner kebab!”
In May 2010, Grosskreutz made his national team debut. In total, this was only enough for six international matches in his career. Nonetheless, ‘Fischkreutz’, as the former Borussia player is fondly nicknamed, was part of Germany’s World Cup squad for the tournament in Brazil in 2014 and became world champion at the Maracanã Stadium – without a single appearance. . Grosskreutz will most likely be remembered for the World Cup party at the Brandenburg Gate, when a drunken Julian Draxler sang the song “Großkreutz zurück den Döner raus” – of course based on the alleged doner kebab throwing in May 2014.
Photo: picture alliance/sampics/Sergey Dronyaev
dream? free fall
However, the kebab affair wasn’t the only headline Grosskreutz faced negatively. When BVB lost to Bayern Munich in the 2014 DFB Cup final, a disappointed and drunk Grosskreutz urinated in the lobby of a luxury hotel. Entire €60,000 he had to pay BVB as a penalty.
After the departure of the black and yellow, the world champion signs a contract with Galatasaray, but switches back to the Bundesliga less than a year later, this time at VfB Stuttgart. There too, things were not going well: after a violent altercation with minors in the city center of Stuttgart, the VfB Großkreutz threw the door.
This was followed by positions at Darmstadt 98 and then third division club KFC Uerdingen 05. A lack of performance and unsportsmanlike behavior on and off the pitch also led to relatively short and fruitless years for Grosskreutz.
In January 2021, end of his professional career at the age of 32.
But the Dortmunder announced: He doesn’t want to stop kicking completely!
One man, one word: In January 2021, Großkreutz signed a contract with TuS Bövinghausen – in the sixth division. Even if that is no longer enough for BVB when it comes to football: the 33-year-old did not end up far from his former place of work. The Bövinghausen district of Dortmund is only 13 km from the stadium where Grosskreutz was able to experience his most important and greatest moments in professional football.
Additionally, Großkreutz married his longtime girlfriend Caro in 2019. The couple are parents to two children. His daughter Léonie was born in 2016, his brother Linus was born in 2019. Will this make today’s family man more docile in the future?
Ups and downs: Kevin Großkreutz’s professional career has been like a rollercoaster – but it’s never been dull.
Jürgen Klopp ennobled Großkreutz two years ago as a ‘BVB legend’. He was moved to tears and to this day likes to show his love for the hometown club, sometimes even too much: during his short stay in Istanbul, the defender traveled to Dortmund every weekend. The homesickness for the city and his family was too great. With zero appearances for Galatasaray, Grosskreutz left the club after less than six months. The Ruhr region never really let go.
World champion, double German champion, DFB Cup winner, Champions League runner-up, double Super Cup winner: Kevin Großkreutz was able to celebrate the greatest successes that can only be achieved in German football practically in the living room. Today’s amateur footballer was either loved or hated, there was no middle ground – his appearance was too polarizing.
Grosskreutz will continue to be seen regularly at his beloved Signal Iduna Park in the future. No longer on the pitch, but on the South Stand – where it all started.
Großkreutz sings a Dynamo Dresden fan song
Source: Instagram/@fischkreutz, BILD