Germany’s young substitute Christoph Kramer was filling in for Sami Khedira in his 4th international cap ever against Argentina in the finals of the World Cup when he got nailed in the head and taken off in the first 31 minutes of the game by Eziquiel Garay.
— Alan Strange (@AlanStrangeSky) July 13, 2014
Here’s what you need to know about him:
1. He Replaced Sami Khedira in the World Cup Final
It was Kramer’s first big debut in the spotlight.
2. He Got Taken Out of the Final After 31 Minutes Due to a Concussion
Serving as a replacement for Khedira, Kramer then needed a replacement himself after getting concussed in the 31st minute by Ezequiel Garay of Argentina. This is a huge problem for Germany’s midfield.
Kramer has only played in 3 international games before the World Cup final, one of the in the round of 16 as a substitute in the 109th minute against Algeria.
3. He Went Pro in 2010
Kramer is only 23 years old and went pro when he was 19. He joined Bayer Leverkusen in 2010 and still plays for them now.
4. He Has Been on Loan Most of His Career
After joining Bayer Leverkusen‘s squad in 2010, he was loaned out right away in 2011-2013 to VfL Bochum and then again to Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2013. It is unknown when he will return fully to Bayer Leverkusen.
5. He is a Defensive Midfielder
Kramer plays defensive midfielder professionally and has scored 7 career goals.