|Birthplace||Greifswald, East Germany, Germany|
|Desc||Toni Kroos born in Greifswald, East Germany just as the Berlin Wall was coming down, Kroos joined Bayern Munich 16 years later. After a year or so in the youth sides, he captained Germany at the Under-17 World Cup in South Korea, flying home from eastern Asia not with a winners medal, but a bronze one and the Golden Ball for the tournament’s best player|
|Org||Germany National Team|
|Club as Player||Real Madrid|
|Bayer Leverkusen [Loan]|
2015 04 25 Retrieve
[Toni Kroos on Cristiano Ronaldo] Cristiano is crazy for football. If he could just chose better timing for his parties that would be great! I didn’t go to the last one. I was invited a few days before and mentioned to him that we had the derby against Atletico. I decided not to go as it didn’t feel right at the time. As you know, we lost 4-0.
2016 12 17 Retrieve
[Germany and Real Madrid forward Toni Kroos tells his national team has no stars but thrive on team play] That’s hard to say. Us in Germany, and the whole world knows we have a good squad and not just one good player. I’d say our best player is the team
2018 04 24 Retrieve
[Toni Kroos fells Bayern Munich under Jupp Heynckes are getting better] I have the feeling they are much better off with Heynckes. Physically they look to be in good shape, you can see there is a good atmosphere in the team and the whole club. Heynckes is able to make the collective function; the atmosphere within a team is very important. It’s not just about tactical issues; it’s also good to keep everyone happy. We’re here to change that a bit
2018 04 28 Retrieve
[Toni Kroos talks about Real Madrid’s strength in the European club competition] You can’t buy a Champions League trophy. If that was the case, we would not have won it so much. It’s special for a team like Madrid. We have players in condition to play at the highest level. If you have a lot of players with that experience, in these difficult moments, you know what you have to do and you don’t lose your nerve. That’s what takes us so far
2018 06 23 Retrieve
[German midfielder Toni Kroos suggestes that he and his team-mates had been motivated by the impression they had that some Germany fans wanted them to lose and go out. The reaction to the team’s opening defeat against Mexico had been extreme] Of course the first goal is down to me - no question. But you’ve then got to have the balls to play like that in the second half. If you play 400 passes in a game, sometimes two will fail
The way we’ve fought until the end - we deserved to win. One had the feeling that some people in Germany would have been happy today if we were eliminated. But we’re not making it that easy for them
2019 03 02 Retrieve
[Toni Kroos fires back at Bernd Schuster after becoming the subject of disparaging comments who called Kroos a ‘diesel tractor’] Who?
2019 03 09 Retrieve
[Toni Kroos grapples with Real Madrid’s new reality after seeing Ajax dash their Champions League hopes] This week we lost everything. Every opportunity to win a trophy, we lost in this week. It’s hard to accept. For me people forget very fast about what happened in the past because I said now, it’s not usual that a team wins three Champions Leagues in a row and it will never happen again, I tell you now
2019 06 23 Retrieve
[Toni Kroos says he ‘rued’ signing a contract extension at Bayern Munich in 2010 after returning from a loan spell and believes he went underappreciated during his early years at the club] I was often told how great I was and how I was doing everything right. Still I did not play. I was convinced I deserved more. Originally I did not want to return [from Leverkusen]. When I signed my extension, I rued it ten minutes later. While I signed the contract, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge commented: ‘Wow, you have got a great contract now’. It was like he told me: ‘So now you have to play a little better’.
2019 06 26 Retrieve
[Toni Kroos has revealed that he knew Bayern Munich were making a mistake in selling him to Real Madrid in 2014] For me, it was already clear at the time of the transfer that Bayern made a mistake with my sale. It’s true that [Bayern president] Uli Hoeness has made it public of late - and it’s a testament to his greatness that he addresses it that way. If that was one of the reasons Pep Guardiola left Munich, he has to answer that, but I cannot confirm that he did not like my sale.
[He admitted that he is not sure where his career will take him once that deal expires in four years time] I deliberately chose the end of the term in 2023. Thirty-three could be a good age to retire, but then I also have the opportunity to decide whether or not to do something else. I can already rule out playing in the US, China or Qatar.
2019 06 26b Retrieve
[Former team-mate Toni Kroos insists Cristiano Ronaldo’s move from Real Madrid to Juventus outcome was a positive result for all parties] It would be strange if you didn’t miss someone like Cristiano Ronaldo, who has decided so many matches with his goals. His transfer, however, made everyone happy. He wanted a new experience and Real Madrid earned a lot of money
2019 06 29 Retrieve
[Toni Kroos has backed Leroy Sane, Julian Brandt and Serge Gnabry to make Germany contenders for Euro 2020, describing the Joachim Low’s current squad as better than the one that crashed out of the World Cup] I have a very good feeling for the European Championship 2020. Our goal is still to dominate games, but we are looking more purposeful the way we go forward. Especially in attack we have players who can cause teams problems, like Sane, Brandt, Gnabry. That makes us more unpredictable and better than at the World Cup.
[The 29-year-old playmaker has spent the last five seasons at Real Madrid, where he has played under Carlo Ancelotti, Rafael Benitez, Julen Lopetegui, Santiago Solari and Zinedine Zidane] I would wish that there are more coaches who pay attention to the fact that their team plays football, instead of only focusing on results and points
[He has committed to a contract in Madrid that is due to run for four years] I deliberately chose the end of the term in 2023. Thirty-three could be a good age to retire, but then I also have the opportunity to decide whether or not to do something else. I can already rule out playing in the US, China or Qatar
2019 06 30 Retrieve
[Toni Kroos insisted the new documentary about his career has nothing to do with ‘hitting back’ at Bayern Munich] People should watch the film and then they will understand everything. This has nothing to do with hitting back against Bayern. Of course, a documentary also includes a review of good and bad things. Everyone generally knows that I had a good time in Munich, otherwise I wouldn’t have been there for seven years. I won the German championship three times and the cup three times. And for the most part I was as a regular player as well.
[Speaking about the documentary] It includes a review of how I felt at that time as an 18, 19-year-old. And there were also things that didn’t satisfy me. But that has nothing to do with hitting back. I’m just reflecting how I felt back then. I am not saying that I was always right in the past, but it was simply how I felt. If you want to call that hitting back then you can, if you only read the headlines but not the text
2019 07 20 Retrieve
[Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid. David Bettoni will take charge of Real in the meantime, with the squad hopeful of picking up some momentum after losing three of their last four matches last term] The most important thing in these first games is to get good momentum and feelings. We’ll be playing the next few games in order to be ready to fight for all titles, as we always do. We will be a bit tired for sure because we’re training so hard. In fact, I’m still tired after today’s training session!
2019 08 07 Retrieve
[Toni Kroos has revealed that he is considering ending his career with the national team after next summer’s European Championship] After the tournament, it’s a good time to think about it.
[When asked about whether it would be a little too early to quit the national team] Only 30? Normally, I hear already 30
[He is keen to add a European Championship winner’s medal to his collection of honours] Of course, winning the title is a big goal. Even in the Nations League, which is not the most important competition, there was a certain change in our playing style, even if it wasn’t reflected in the results
[The midfielder admits that the young team will need to overcome a lack of experience in next year’s tournament] We won’t be a team at the tournament that has been playing together five or six years, but only for one and a half years
2019 09 05 Retrieve
[Toni Kroos talked up Netherlands’ improvement over the past two years and expects another tough test when the sides meet in Euro 2020 qualifying] They have improved so much in the last two years. Our games have always been tight and high quality. I’m expecting another tough match. With the amount of changes we’ve gone through, we’ve certainly not reached our limit yet. Netherlands can hurt any team. Our job is to stop them
2019 09 05b Retrieve
[Germany midfielder Toni Kroos has admitted that he could retire from the national team following the conclusion of Euro 2020] After the tournament it will be a good moment to think about it. I will not kill myself if I end my career without having won a European Championship
In my opinion I want and need to be here now constantly with the important matches that come along. At the end of the last season I was a little more tired than usually, because it cost much energy to get out of those more negative phases. Also I had some physical problems
We have more players now who can hurt the opponent in one-on-ones. But of course we need to get these players into those situations. Maybe we will need a little less passes to get in front of the goal. Still you create goals only in possession. I am ready to adapt, because my main goal is to play successfully
2019 09 06 Retrieve
[Toni Kroos is looking for Germany to show signs of progress against the Netherlands on Friday night] We know each other very well now. Neither team has any secrets from the other. We had chances in all of our games against the Netherlands, and last time we played them we managed to take them and win the game. We have lots of new players, new tactics, a new system. Given there have been so many changes, the last few games have been pretty good. We are well on the way and have made progress already
[Kroos will be hoping the new man fits in well in an increasingly youthful-looking German side] There was a big outcry when the coach [cut senior players] earlier this year, but we have improved since then. It wasn’t as difficult as the World Cup. We are not yet at the end of our development. We didn’t play our best game over 90 minutes even when we won in March. I see myself playing at the European Championships, and I want to be consistent
2019 10 06 Retrieve
[Releasing a statement on Real Madrid’s official website] After tests carried out today on the player Toni Kroos by the Real Madrid medical services, he has been diagnosed with an injury to the adductor (sic) in his left foot. His recovery will continue to be assessed
2019 10 25 Retrieve
[when asked about his Real Madrid future in the summer, and that’s exactly what he’s doing] Stay and show that it was just a bad season
2019 11 08 Retrieve
[Toni Kroos claims to be in the dark when it comes to Gareth Bale’s future at Real Madrid] Yes, it seems inconvenient to return from your national team, not playing with your club and then be in the right condition again when you have to return to the national team. The moment may not be the best. I hope he will be fine again when he returns [from international duty]. I am convinced that we will still need his quality in many matches
[Kroos is hoping to see a proven performer stay put, but is fully aware of the rumours which continue to rage] I do not know what will happen. He was about to leave in the summer. After something like that, it is not so easy to get back to normal, but I get the impression that he is very motivated. What will have bothered him most is to have returned from the national team with an injury
[Kroos conceding that inconsistency remains an issue for those at the Santiago Bernabeu] We are still missing the consistency. If we play well, we win most of the games well. We have to be able to win difficult games. We have left points there. The consistency must come gradually, and I think we have improved in recent weeks
2019 11 16 Retrieve
[Kroos: Germany not among Euro 2020 favourites] We are still lacking a little bit in experience, but certain procedures are working better and better. We will know where we stand shortly before the tournament. Currently, I would not count us amongst the top favourites. But that doesn’t always mean anything
2019 12 11 Retrieve
[Kroos has been in far better form, too, helped by the spritely Fede Valverde] I really love this player. To come here is not easy and to play like he is at this age means he has a lot of quality.
2019 12 30 Retrieve
[According to his wife, Jessy, he wasn’t overly happy at Bayern Munich, despite winning three Bundesliga titles and the Champions League] I don’t think Toni ever settled in here, right from the start
2020 02 06 Retrieve
[Kroos won’t commit to another long-term contract at Real Madrid as he starts to consider retirement] I’m definitely not a player who plays until 38. I still have a three-and-a-half year contract until the summer 2023. Then I will be 33. That’s a good age to start thinking about what I want without having a contract that runs for four years. It won’t be long then until the end of my career
[He has remained part of the Germany fold under Joachim Low during a period of change for Die Mannschaft] The national coach did not make a decision on a whim or because they are bad players or because they are all 38 years old, he did it to set a new direction. It is more likely to stay that way because the direction in which we are heading has not been so wrong so far
2020 02 25 Retrieve
[Toni Kroos admits Real Madrid found it difficult to adjust when Cristiano Ronaldo departed for Juventus] A lot of us didn’t play our best football last season. After three Champions League wins in a row, you could perhaps expect to lose a bit of sharpness and it took us time to adjust to the loss of the 40 or 50 goals Cristiano Ronaldo guaranteed each year
But at Real Madrid, that’s unacceptable. When we were knocked out by Ajax [in the last 16], many suggested that was the end of this team. We were written off as over the hill but that only provided extra motivation for us to prove them all wrong
It reminds me of the way people look at [Roger] Federer. When he was 34, everybody was sure that was it for him, and then again at 36, but he just keeps on playing as if he’s 28. You don’t lose your quality. And we’re not that old yet
Zidane owns the dressing room thanks to his natural authority. There’s nothing forced, no act. That’s extremely important. Especially at a team like Real Madrid, you need to get the players behind you. Everyone needs to feel valued and part of it. That’s not easy because some will play more than others but he does it extremely well
[Kroos went on to say of the philosophy now being adopted by the Blancos] When I arrived in 2014, we were essentially a counter-attacking side, dropping deep to create space for Gareth [Bale], Cristiano and Karim [Benzema] to make deep runs. But under Zidane, our philosophy has changed. He wants us to have the ball, and he wants us to win it back quickly. We attack the opposition high up and there is more structure to our game. I prefer it that way. I’d like to have the ball and make opponents run for it rather than run after the ball for 80 per cent of the game and playing two or three decisive passes. That wouldn’t satisfy me. I’ve really benefited [from Zidane’s tactics]. We all have. He deserves a lot of credit for changing the style and for integrating players that fit well into it
2020 02 25b Retrieve
[Toni Kroos’ Manchester United move scuppered by David Moyes sacking] David Moyes had come to see me and the contract had basically been done but then Moyes was fired and Louis van Gaal came in, which complicated matters. Louis wanted time to build his own project. I didn’t hear anything from United for a while and started having doubts. Then the World Cup started and Carlo Ancelotti called. And that was it
[Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez texted the midfielder to convince him to join them at Anfield] It wasn’t a straight chat-up line but they offered to tell me more about the club and so on. The funny thing was, Suarez was about to leave to Barcelona anyway
2020 02 25c Retrieve
[Kroos reveals Man Utd move collapsed after Moyes sacking] It wasn’t a straight chat-up line but they offered to tell me more about the club and so on. The funny thing was, Suarez was about to leave to Barcelona anyway!
David Moyes had come to see me and the contract had basically been done. But then Moyes was fired and Louis van Gaal came in, which complicated matters. Louis wanted time to build his own project. I didn’t hear anything from United for a while and started having doubts. Then the World Cup started and Carlo Ancelotti called. And that was it
[Kroos admitting that there is little chance of him taking in a reunion with his former Bayern boss Pep Guardiola at Manchester City] I want to finish my career at Madrid, so I’d say it’s very unlikely. But I loved playing for him and could have renewed my contract at Bayern, of course. I don’t think it’s ever a good idea to sign a deal just because of the manager, however. Pep wanted me to renew but what would have been the point of me signing a five-year deal if the manager was off again soon? He went to Man City two years later but we’re still in touch and get on very well. I will never forget it because I learned so much
2020 02 29 Retrieve
[Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos talks about the club’s disappointing 2018/19 season] It’s easier said than done when the house is on fire but I’m blessed with the gift of not getting nervous - ever. I was certain that we could all still play football and get back to our usual levels.
2020 03 17 Retrieve
[Kroos provides update on Real Madrid quarantine] Real stars in quarantine’ - that always sounds bad, but we are just at home. Everything is okay. They rightly sent us home after there was a positive case among our basketball players, with whom we sometimes work relatively closely. So it was sensible to send us home. Me and my family are fine, no symptoms. We are fit. With three children at home, it doesn’t get boring. If you look left and right, the main thing is that we are doing well.
Nobody knows when [football] will go on again. But you have to honestly say that it is secondary. When football will be played again is at the bottom [of the list of priorities]. The main thing is how to get this invisible opponent away again and how to get back to normal. There are many other bigger problems than watching football again
2020 03 21 Retrieve
[Toni Kroos speaks while in quarantine] When football will be played again is at the bottom [of the list of priorities]. The main thing is how to get this invisible opponent away again and how to get back to normal. There are many other bigger problems than watching football again
2020 04 08 Retrieve
[Real Madrid star Kroos against players taking pay cuts] Waiving salary is like a donation in vain, or to the club. It should be an option for everyone to consider. I think it’s even better to get the full salary and then do the right thing with it. I don’t think it’s necessary here. The other thing is the question of what I do with all the money I get. We must all help where help is needed. And there are a lot of places where help is needed right now
[Kroos was asked about the effect that an extended break would have on the game in Spain] Many clubs already don’t have the income they planned to have, and there are many clubs who need that money. It all depends how long everything will stand still. Quite a few clubs will be able to keep their heads above water for a certain time, others will have difficulties. If football returns in May, you’ll find solutions, also with grants, and everything will be normal. But if you say no football until the winter, I can imagine a couple of clubs will be no more and that would automatically drastically change football
2020 05 15 Retrieve
[Kroos rules out Guardiola reunion at Manchester City as he favours Real Madrid stay over Premier League move] I definitely plan to be with Real for these three years. Then it is a good time at 33 to question yourself: what does it look like physically, what does motivation look like - I still feel like it to keep going? If something comes together and you say: ‘Okay, one more year here, because you are just good enough and you still feel like it’, I would not rule it out, but then a move to England, which is also played very physically, I can’t imagine that at 33 […] Three years in football are long - three years at Real Madrid are even longer
2020 06 04 Retrieve
[Kroos: Adaptability key for Real Madrid ahead of La Liga return] We are training hard to get to the first game in the best possible shape. We can’t do any more, this situation is the same for everyone. We have to train well on our fitness, on our feeling with the ball and on how we have to play as a group, we are training for the 11 matches coming up. It’s the first time we have to play matches without the fans, let’s see how it is, and the team that adapts better to this situation is the one that will win
It’s much better to train with the group, you have to play matches in training. Now it seems to be more normal and we like it more. The weeks we’ve been at home we haven’t touched the ball much. We could work on the physical side of things at home, but not on the ball and even less so with the group. The most important thing is to touch the ball a lot
2020 06 12 Retrieve
[Real Madrid star Kroos expects and supports Black Lives Matter protests when La Liga resumes] I imagine that players in Spain will want to show solidarity with it. I imagine that players in Spain will want to show solidarity with it. It’s incredible that such acts are still happening. But it’s good that a rethink is taking place now. I hope that we can help those affected by it to some extent.
2020 06 12b Retrieve
[Kroos reading little into Real Madrid links to Mbappe and Sancho as ‘80 per cent’ of rumours prove to be false] I don’t know what the club wants and what financial expenses are possible. The players mentioned are interesting for many clubs because they are young and of good quality, but I’ve heard so many names in my six years in Madrid that could come and go and 80 per cent of the time things have turned out differently
[Kroos is reluctant to speculate on what the future could now hold for Mario Gotze he knows well] I haven’t seen him play at all lately. This is not only because he is used little, but because I watch so little Bundesliga. Therefore I cannot speculate on where he could fit right now
At Real Madrid there should always be at least one title if we want to speak about a successful season. Without a title, the season is not automatically bad, but last year was simply not a good one
2020 06 12c Retrieve
[Real Madrid star Toni Kroos has admitted that his side’s chances of winning the Primera Division hinge on Barcelona slipping up in the closing sprint to the finishing line] We can only hope that Barcelona leave something behind. We still lack a little bit of consistency, otherwise we would have gone into the coronavirus break as the league leaders. But that’s now happened. It will depend on who has fewer injuries. You’ll need every player. The deal that deals best with this unfamiliar situation will ultimately also become the champions. The games will show the physical condition of the teams because you can’t simulate that in training, you can only prepare yourself as best you can. In the first game, we’ll see where we are
[Madrid will play their home matches, which in common with all the fixtures in La Liga at present, will be behind closed doors] In my opinion it’s a smart decision. Our second team plays there and the stadium is on our training ground. The dimensions of the field are roughly the same as those at the Santiago Bernabeu. If fans can’t come, you don’t have to play in a stadium for 80,000 spectators, especially since you can continue to work there undisturbed
2020 06 14 Retrieve
[Marcelo kneels in support of Black Lives Matter movement after netting against Eibar. Prior to the match, the Brazilian’s team-mate Toni Kroos - who got Madrid off the mark on Sunday after just four minutes - anticipated that the protests would and should spill over into La Liga] I imagine that players in Spain will want to show solidarity with it. It cannot be ruled out and certainly not condemned. It’s incredible that such acts are still happening. But it’s good that a rethink is taking place now. I hope that we can help those affected by it to some extent
2020 06 26 Retrieve
[Toni Kroos has revealed that he drank so much after Bayern Munich’s Champions League defeat to Chelsea back in 2012 that he had to call an emergency doctor] Toni Kroos has revealed that he drank so much after Bayern Munich’s Champions League defeat to Chelsea back in 2012 that he had to call an emergency doctor. It was not a good thing but at least there was a reason for it. I remember that Jessi (Kroos’s wife Jessica) then said: ‘We can’t do that (call a doctor) now. Imagine if it came out that I called an emergency doctor for having too much to drink!’. There was no other way [to ease the pain of defeat]. In the end I had to call the emergency doctor myself because I thought: ‘It can’t be allowed to get worse than this.’
[Toni Kroos also referred to another night of boozing with his brother, and former Bayer Leverkusen defender Stefan Reinartz, where he ended up drinking tequila shots] because that was the only thing that went down pretty well
[It would appear that was the night that put the now 30-year-old off drinking alcohol for good, with Toni Kroos revealing] It was my fault that I wasn’t feeling well the next day. That was the point I said: ‘It (drinking alcohol) doesn’t do any good. I couldn’t look at tequila that evening and that’s why I gave it up completely. It didn’t hurt [giving it up] and I don’t miss it