Timo Werner Biography
Timo Werner is a German football player who plays as a forward for Bundesliga team RB Leipzig and the German national team. Born on 6 March 1996 in Stuttgart, Germany, the right-footed youngster has made appearances in all age groups for the national team.
Werner is considered by many as the ideal fit to fill the gap of a complete forward left in the national team after the retirement of talismanic striker Miroslav Klose in 2014. Owing to his blistering pace, he is nicknamed â€˜Turbo Timoâ€™.
Timoâ€™s father, Gunter Schuh, was an amateur footballer and a coach. Known for his speed, Werner says that he used to go for running on the mountains as a kid with his father.
He joined the local team VfB Stuttgart when he was six and quickly rose through the ranks of the youth team. He scored 24 goals for the clubâ€™s Under-19 side in the 2012-13 season and was promoted to the senior team thereafter.
Werner scored a hat-trick on his international Under-15 debut against Poland in 2010. He went on to represent the Under-16, Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 youth sides and was called up to the senior team in 2017 for a friendly against England. He then also played the qualifiers against Azerbaijan on March 2017.
Timo Werner played his first match for VfB Stuttgart on 1 August 2013 in the 2013â€“14 UEFA Europa League qualifiers against PFC Botev Plovdiv. Werner became the youngest player to ever play in an official match for VfB Stuttgart, aged just 17 years, four months and 25 days old.
He made his Bundesliga debut against Bayern Leverkusen on 23 August 2013.
Rise to Glory
Werner came into prominence at an early age, setting new records as he continued to play club matches for German teams. Werner joined RB Leipzig on a â‚¬10 million contract in June 2016 and became the most expensive signing in the clubâ€™s history. He guided the club to its first ever UEFA Champions League qualification in the 2017-18 season, with 21 goals from 31 appearances.
His superb form continued in his international stint as he scored goals regularly for the youth sides. He has scored seven goals from 10 matches for the senior team and was a part of the squad that won the Confederations Cup in Russia.
Wernerâ€™s three goals and two assists in the tournament bagged him the Golden Boot.
Werner's Record in Numbers
Werner became the youngest player to score twice in a Bundesliga game at the age of 17 years and 249 days during Stuttgartâ€™s 3-1 win over Freiburg on 10 November 2013.
He currently holds the record for the youngest player to reach 100 Bundesliga appearances.
Werner won the Fritz Walter gold medal in 2013 in the Under-17 category. It is an annual award given by the German Football Association to outstanding young players.