Kevin Grosskreuz (35-Germany)굿모닝토토, a legendary Borussia Dortmund (GER) player who is considered a member of the “Bee Corps,” described Korean soccer stars Kim Min-jae (26-Bayern Munich) and Son Heung-min (31-Tottenham Hotspur) as “world-class” (wallets). In particular, he repeatedly emphasized the word “world class” and gave them a thumbs-up.
Grosskreuz is a midfielder who has been a mainstay at Dortmund for six years, since 2009. In 236 career games (191 starts), he scored 27 goals and provided 37 assists. During that time, he lifted the Meisterschaft (German Bundesliga championship trophy) twice, in 2010-2011 and 2011-2012, and won the DFB-Pokal once.
Grosskreuz, a longtime Dortmund player, faced Son Heung-min four times during the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 seasons while playing for Bayer Leverkusen (Germany), where he was at the peak of his powers. However, it wasn’t all smiles in the head-to-heads. There were two draws and two losses. In particular, Grosskreutz had trouble stopping him when he went head-to-head as a fullback on two occasions in the 2014-2015 season.
Grosskreutz recalled those encounters, saying, “Son was really good for Leverkusen at the time. “He was very influential, and he worked well with the other players,” Grosskreuz recalls, “and he was particularly good at breaking through one-on-one, so it was very difficult to stop him, and it was hard, and I remember he scored a lot of goals because he was very decisive.
“Son Heung-min is very good. I think he’s a ‘top class’ player. Since he left Leverkusen, he’s been playing consistently, and he’s still playing consistently.” “Of course, the level is ‘World Cup’. He’s a world-class player,” he continued, reiterating his praise. Throughout his praise, Grosskreutz emphasized the word ‘wallop’.
In addition to Son, Grosskreuz also spoke highly of Kim Min-jae, who has quickly established himself as one of the best center backs in the German Bundesliga this season with a string of incredible performances. Grosskreutz could have been more reserved in his praise, as he plays for Bayern Munich (Germany), a longtime “rival” of his “home” club Dortmund.
“Kim Min-jae has been playing for Bayern Munich since this season and is an undeniable ‘wallflower’. It’s great to see an Asian player playing for a big club in the Bundesliga and around the world,” Grosskreutz said, adding, “I think he’s going to do great things in the future.”
“I think he’s going to make a big impact in the future. He’s doing well at Bayern Munich, so of course there will be a lot of young players in Asia who will look up to him, and he’ll set a good example.” “Not only that, but Lee Jae-sung (31-Mainz) and Jung Woo-young (24-Stuttgart) are also doing well and proving it. The fact that they play in the German Bundesliga makes them basically outstanding.”
Grosskreuz, meanwhile, arrived in Korea on Nov. 21. While Dortmund organized a special exhibition for Korean soccer fans together with PUMA, which has been an official sponsor for 12 years, the national team player held a fan signing session at the Capo Football Store in Dongdaemun, Seoul, and spent time interacting with fans.