47 Facts About Toni Kroos

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Toni Kroos was born on 4 January 1990 and is a German professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for La Liga club Real Madrid.

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Toni Kroos is known for his vision, passing, creativity, crossing and set-piece ability, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest midfielders of all time.

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Toni Kroos began his senior club career playing for Bayern Munich, where he made his debut at age 17 in 2007.

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Toni Kroos was sparingly used, and opted for an 18-month loan spell at fellow Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen, where he became a key contributor, and returned to his parent club with an increased profile in 2010.

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In Madrid, Toni Kroos won sixteen trophies, including three La Liga titles and four UEFA Champions League titles, where he won three consecutively from 2016 and 2018, each time being selected in the competition's team of the season.

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Toni Kroos has been selected in the FIFPro World11 and UEFA Team of the Year three times, and the league's team of the season twice.

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Toni Kroos was voted the IFFHS World's Best Playmaker in 2014 and German Footballer of the Year in 2018.

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Toni Kroos won Golden Player at the 2006 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, where he finished as top goalscorer, and won the Golden Ball at the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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Toni Kroos made his senior debut for Germany in 2010, at age 20, and appeared in five major tournaments.

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Toni Kroos helped Germany win the 2014 FIFA World Cup, where he was top assist provider and voted to the All-Star Team, Dream Team, and German Player of the Year.

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Toni Kroos announced his international retirement after his team's elimination from Euro 2020 in 2021.

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Toni Kroos first played for local club Greifswalder SC, later transferring to the youth team of Hansa Rostock.

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Toni Kroos was missing up to 40 days during the school year due to training.

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Toni Kroos ended his first season with 20 appearances for Bayern, including six starts.

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Toni Kroos scored three goals in 12 appearances for Bayern Munich II in the Regionalliga Sud.

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

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Between matchdays 16 and 20, Toni 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.

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

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Toni Kroos ended the season with 37 appearances in all competitions.

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Toni Kroos 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.

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Toni Kroos scored his first Champions League goal in Bayern's opening group match against Valencia.

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Toni Kroos started two matches for Bayern in the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup.

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Toni Kroos became the ninth German player, after Gunter Netzer, Paul Breitner, Uli Stielike, Bernd Schuster, Bodo Illgner, Christoph Metzelder, Mesut Ozil, and Sami Khedira, to join Real Madrid.

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Toni Kroos played in his debut match against Sevilla in the 2014 UEFA Super Cup on 12 August 2014, winning his first trophy at Real Madrid.

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Toni Kroos was part of a midfield trio with James Rodriguez and Luka Modric that led Real Madrid to 22-game winning run late in the year.

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Toni Kroos was named to the FIFPro World XI and the UEFA Team of the Year.

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Los Blancos' triumph at San Siro meant that Toni Kroos became the first-ever German to lift the Champions League trophy with two clubs.

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Toni Kroos became the first German player to win the trophy three times.

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In January 2010, Toni 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.

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Toni Kroos was selected to Joachim Low's 23-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

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Toni Kroos 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.

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Toni 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.

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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.

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Notably, both Toni 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.

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35.

Toni Kroos has made progress in the last few matches, I'm extremely satisfied with the player.

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At the tournament finals, Toni Kroos appeared as a substitute in all three of Germany's Group B matches.

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Toni Kroos was named in Germany's squad for the 2014 World Cup.

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Toni Kroos recorded his fourth assist of the tournament, crossing for Thomas Muller's opening goal, and was named man of the match by FIFA.

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Toni Kroos has been nicknamed Garcom by the Brazilians for precisely delivering most passes to the strikers.

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Toni Kroos is considered the only player from the former German Democratic Republic to ever win the World Cup.

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41.

On 4 June 2018, Toni Kroos was included in Germany's final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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42.

Toni Kroos has made progress in the last few matches, I'm extremely satisfied with the player.

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43.

Tall and athletic right-footed midfielder, Toni Kroos is known for the range and accuracy of his distribution with either foot, his technique, vision, creativity, reading of the game, and his ability to dictate play in midfield or set up goals with his passing and ball delivery from set-pieces; he is capable of scoring goals himself, courtesy of his striking ability – in particular from long range – and his accuracy from free kicks.

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Toni Kroos has been described by Jonathan Wilson as "perhaps the archetype of the modern attacking midfielder".

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45.

Toni Kroos was born in Greifswald, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, on 4 January 1990.

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46.

Toni Kroos has a younger brother, Felix Kroos, who was a professional footballer.

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Toni Kroos married his long-term girlfriend Jessica Farber on 13 June 2015.

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