Bayer Leverkusen’s newest and youngest general

Full Name: Kai Havertz

Birth Date: 11 June 1999

Place of Birth: Germany

Playing Years: 2003-present

Position(s): Midfielder

Football Club (Current): Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Awards:

Fritz Walter Medal: U17 Silver Medal 2016

Fritz Walter Medal: U19 Gold Medal 2018

Formative Years and Career

Kai Havertz is not the usual character you would come across in the world’s football scene. Born in 1999, he is one of the emerging figures of a new generation of football players. He is part of the generation of so-called millennials, the new breed people that would eventually take over the world of football and of the world itself as a whole.   

Born in Aachen, Western Germany, Havertz signed with Alemannia Mariadorf and Alemannia Aachen in his youth career, and eventually joined Bayer Leverkusen at the age of 11. He made his debut for Bayer in October 2016 in a 2-1 loss to Werder Bremen in Bundesliga, becoming the youngest ever club debutant in the league at the age of 17. On April the next year, he scored his first ever goal for Bayer, becoming the club’s youngest ever goalscorer in the same league. Havertz eventually became the youngest ever player in history to have reached 50 appearances at the age of 18.

Havertz also plays for Germany’s national team. He had his debut with a 3-1 victory in a friendly with Czech Republic in November 2014, and was part of Germany’s team in the 2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship. In August 2018, he was promoted to Germany’s senior team, and had his debut in September the same year.

Havertz had started his career with a problem that most kids also have to deal with – school. While he took sports as a major, Havertz complained about having to deal with other subjects like math. He is often excused from his duties with his team Bayer Leverkusen to deal on his exams. He was even left out of the team’s match with Atletico Madrid during UEFA Champions League back in 2017 due to his studies.

Havertz, young midfielder, is also often compared to Bundesliga’s legend Michael Ballack, for his speed and flexibility in the field. Regarded as one of the most promising emerging players in the German League today, Havertz is a technically-gifted and versatile midfielder, comfortable with both his left and right foot, earning the moniker ‘Alleskönner’ (a German word that means someone versatile). He was also dubbed as Bayer’s newest general, after giving direct hand in  25 goals in 61 Bundesliga matches. He was also given two Fritz Walter Medal by the German Football association for his achievements and brilliance in his youth career.

With his youthful energy and intriguing brilliance in the field, Kai Hertz is one of the most exciting characters in the German League today. Seeing the coming-of-age of such a figure puts us in great and interesting times.

By @EliaasMJ

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