• Exclusive interview with Joshua Kimmich of Bayern Munich
  • German to play in first FIFA Club World Cup
  • The semi-final is played on his 26th birthday

In an article from Players’ Tribune published in August 2016, Joshua Kimmich says he learned to play football in the garden of the family home in Bösingen. As there is not much to do in this small German village of 1,700 souls, you have to be creative. Tired of fixing the windows broken by their son and replanting the flowers in the garden, Kimmich’s parents acquire two goals from the village club and ask him to go play on the vacant lot next door with his friends.

Eighteen years later, Kimmich is one of the executives of one of the best teams in the world and he is about to play his very first FIFA Club World Cup ™, in stadiums which will also serve for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar ™.

FIFA.com spoke with Kimmich ahead of Bayern’s semi-final on his 26th birthday.

Joshua, Bayern has had a great 2020. What is your best memory ?

It was an extraordinary year, indeed. There were a lot of good times, but the best part was winning the Champions League, beating Paris and knowing that the champions are us.

You have the possibility of winning a sixth title in a row. What does the FIFA Club World Cup represent?

All players want to win this trophy because it is extremely hard to qualify to participate! You have to win the Champions League to have a chance of winning this trophy. We want to win our sixth title in a year. It would be great for me and for my teammates. We are really very motivated by the idea of ​​winning such a prestigious title. It’s special because you play against teams from distant countries. It’s very interesting because it’s not every day that you have the opportunity to face such teams.

Joshua Kimmich of FC Bayern Munich warms up ahead of during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and 1. FSV Mainz 05
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What is Bayern Munich’s main quality at the moment?

Our state of mind and the quality of our players are our greatest strengths. These are two very important strengths and we have both. The state of mind of our group is beyond reproach. We always want to win even when we don’t play very well. We always want to win these kinds of matches. Everyone also knows that there are a lot of very high quality players in our group. No matter who plays, there is always a world-class player in the starting XI and that is what makes us strong.

You have raised a lot of money thanks to your #WeKickCorona project. What does this commitment represent?

We wanted to help as many people as possible and we wanted people who wanted to help to be able to do so. They trust us completely. So we wanted to take our responsibilities and donate money to organizations that help others. This is the final objective: to help as many people as possible. We have done this in the past and will continue to do so in the future.

Joshua Kimmich of FC Bayern Munich poses after he was named in the FIFA FIFPro Men's World11 during the FIFA The Best  Awards live stream ceremony
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