13 fun facts about Kai Havertz

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Everything you need to know about Germany and Chelsea forward Kai Havertz!

Kai Havertz is a German professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or forward for Chelsea in the Premier League and the German national team. He was born on June 11, 1999, in Aachen, Germany.

Havertz started his footballing career with local club Alemannia Mariadorf before joining the youth academy of Bayer Leverkusen at the age of 11. He made his professional debut for Leverkusen in 2016, becoming the then-youngest player to ever play in the Bundesliga for the club at just 17 years and 126 days old.

During the 2018-19 season, Havertz had a breakout year for Leverkusen, scoring 17 goals and providing three assists in the Bundesliga. He was named the Bundesliga Player of the Month for April 2019 and was included in the Bundesliga Team of the Season.

In September 2020, Havertz signed for Chelsea for a reported fee of £72 million, making him the club's second most expensive signing at the time. Havertz played a key role in Chelsea's run to the Champions League title in the 2020-21 season, scoring the winning goal in the final against Manchester City. He also would score the decisive goal against Palmeiras in next season's Club World Cup final to help the Blues win the trophy for the first time.

Havertz made his debut for the German national team in 2018, and he has since become a regular fixture in the squad. The Chelsea forward has since represented them at the 2020 Euros and 2022 World Cup.

Here are 13 fun facts about Kai Havertz you need to know...!

  1. Very early beginnings

    At a very young age, Havertz had already got the experience of being a footballer. When he was merely four years old, the future Chelsea striker would play for amateur club Alemannia Mariadorf. His grandfather, Richard, was the chairman of the team and helped the German forward get some valuable lessons which would benefit him later in his career.

  2. A Barcelona fan

    While the Bayer Leverkusen academy product and his family were primarily supporters of local club Alemannia Aachen, Havertz was an ardent supporter of La Liga giants Barcelona as a child.

    If one were to enter his childhood bedroom, one would find it adorned with Barcelona memorabilia. Havertz has cited Barca legends Samuel Eto'o and Ronaldinho as players he enjoyed watching as a kid, particularly during their victory over Arsenal in the 2006 Champions League final.

  3. Most goals by a teenager in one Bundesliga season
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    Most goals by a teenager in one Bundesliga season

    With his tally of 17 goals during the 2018-19 season, Kai Havertz broke the record of most goals by a teenager in a single Bundesliga season.

    As a result of his performances that year Havertz came second in the rankings for German Footballer of the Year, with Borussia Dortmund ace Marco Reus getting the jump on him.

  4. Assisted Bundesliga's 50,000th goal

    Havertz cemented his name in Bundesliga legacy instantly after making his debut for the senior team by providing an assist to then-teammate Karim Bellarabi during their game against Augsburg, which would be the 50,000th goal scored in the league's history.

    Since then, Havertz entered his name into the Bundesliga record books every season, highlighting that he was one of the biggest prospects to emerge in the league's history.

  5. Education over anything

    Players often miss games due to injuries, suspension, and personal issues, but Havertz missed a few games during his debut season because of school.

    One of the most important games the German forward missed was Bayer Leverkusen's Champions League Round of 16 away leg against Atletico Madrid. Later that campaign, he had to sit out of a match against Schalke in the league as he had final exams coming.

    He was one of the most highly-rated football prospects, but at the end of the day, he was also simply a normal teenager focused on his education.

  6. Youngest Bundesliga player to 100 appearances
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    Youngest Bundesliga player to 100 appearances

    While many of Havertz's records have been broken by fellow German and Bayer Leverkusen academy product Florian Wirtz after he left the club, one that remains with him is that of the youngest-ever Bundesliga player to reach 100 appearances.

    He achieved this feat at the age of 20 years, six months and four days, beating the record previously held by future Chelsea teammate Timo Werner.

  7. Winner of the Fritz Walter Medal

    Havertz is in the elite company of countrymen such as Toni Kroos, Antonio Rudiger, and Mario Gotze, to name a few, who have won the Fritz Walter Medal. The award is given to the best U19 German player of the respective year.

    The future Champions League winner won the award in July 2018, beating compatriot and then Hertha Berlin midfielder Arne Maier for it.

  8. Directly into the first-team

    Over the course of their international career, players pass through various levels from U16-U21 before making their debut with the senior team, once the manager feels they're ready.

    However, Havertz impressed then-manager Joachim Low so much that he went straight from the U19s to the senior team, skipping the U21 stage.

  9. Best mates with Julian Brandt
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    Best mates with Julian Brandt

    Havertz is best friends with fellow German international and former Bayer Leverkusen teammate Julian Brandt. The duo's friendship and understanding reflected on the field too with both players' chemistry causing havoc for the opposition defence.

    While the two no longer play for the same club with Havertz at Chelsea and Brandt at Borussia Dortmund, they are again inseparable when they reunite during international duty.

  10. A piano player

    Inspired by his elder brother Jan after he started playing the guitar, Havertz started to learn how to play the piano as he too wanted to play an instrument like his older sibling.

    Now it is one of his favourite hobbies and whenever the Chelsea forward has some downtime one of the activities he indulges is in playing the piano.

  11. He who can do anything

    During his Bundesliga days, Havertz was given the nickname "Alleskonner" (someone who can do anything), by the German media due to his ability to do multiple things with the ball on the field.

    Despite leaving Germany in 2020 to move to Chelsea, he retains the nickname at the London club as he has played multiple positions for the Blues over his three-year stay.

  12. An avid animal lover

    If there's one thing Havertz loves more than football and his family, it is donkeys. From a young age, the German forward always dreamt of adopting a donkey, and as an adult he is finally living his dream as he has a sanctuary of the four-hoofed mammals whom he often visits when he wants to get over a bad performance.

  13. Compared with Ballack and Ozil

    Due to his versatile play style Havertz has been compared with many former and current players. However, he has been compared the most with compatriots Michael Ballack (who also played for Chelsea) and Mesut Ozil.

    Havertz especially agrees with comparisons made with the latter, as he thinks that how they play is similar and he tries to learn a lot from the former Arsenal player.