Christoph Baumgartner: Who is the supreme Austrian playmaker from Hoffenheim?
Christoph Baumgartner sacked Austria for UEFA Euro 2020 the last 16. bundesliga.com has the truth about the Hoffenheim playmaker …
Position: Attacking midfielder
Country: Austria (12 caps, four goals)
Born in the small town of Horn in northern Austria, Baumgartner started his footballing life at local club SV Horn before moving to AKA St. Pölten as a teenager. It was from Pölten that the Austrian playmaker caught the attention of Hoffenheim and joined the Bundesliga club in the summer of 2017, at just 16 years old.
In his first season with the U19 team in Hoffenheim, he scored nine goals and added 15 assists to quickly grab the attention of first-team coaches, and at the end of the 2018/19 Bundesliga season, Baumgartner was made his Bundesliga debut at the age of 19 by then-coach Julian Nagelsmann. In his second first-team appearance and his first start in the German top flight, Baumgartner was sent off for receiving two yellow cards against Mainz. “It’s a great development opportunity for him, it’s always good to have a shock absorber so early in his career,” Nagelsmann said at the time.
After a slow start to the 2019/20 season, Baumgartner came to life in 2020 – scoring three goals and adding two assists in his eight appearances so far this year. The attacking midfielder also played in a variety of positions, from the left wing to n ° 10 and even center-forward. In 2020/21, he grew stronger and stronger, missing just four Bundesliga games while contributing 11 goals and establishing himself as a key member of the Austrian national team ahead of Euro 2020.
Play a bit like: Michael Ballack
While he has played in several different positions for Hoffenheim this season alone, Baumgartner has one preference and this is the one he plays for Austria. “In a 4-2-3-1 as a No 10 that’s my favorite position,” said Baumgartner Kicker. “I also like to play deeper, but growing up I’ve always been that attacking midfielder.
Watch: Baumgartner’s neat finish to seal the victory against Union!
There are very few of them already in the Bundesliga with Baumgartner’s skills, which makes him similar to German legend Michael Ballack and even Kai Havertz at Bayer Leverkusen.
Baumgartner is a smart player, able to find space between the lines to pick locks in his opponent’s defense. He matches his brain with his talent on the ball. As comfortable with his left foot as he is with his predominant right foot, Baumgartner is able to control the ball with ease no matter what position he is in. Another of his strengths is the face to face, which the Austrian says he enjoys. Running with the ball and even running late into the box to shoot on goal, Baumgartner has all the attributes of a top attacking midfielder and presents them all more frequently.
Did you know?
Baumgartner’s older brother Dominik (23) is also a professional footballer, playing in Austria for Wolfsberger AC. The pair have played together for Austria’s Under-21 team twice, beating Macedonia 5-0 and Greece 1-0 respectively.
Is it a bird, is it an airplane? No, it’s Baumgartner! Hoffenheim’s No.14 goes nowhere without its Superman-style bracelet. – nordphoto / Rauch via www.imago-images.de/imago images / Nordphoto
What they say
“It suits Kramaric well, they’re both technically good, they both work well behind. ‘Baumi’, in particular, does the job very well behind opposing defenses. At first, the last punch was often missing. , but it has been since, he has been more and more successful for him. We have always seen his potential. ” – former Hoffenheim head coach Alfred Schreuder
Baumgartner became a key part of the Hoffenheim attack. – images of images
“‘Baumi’ is an extremely talented player with strong technical skills and a good sense of space on offense. As a result, he always develops solutions in tight playing situations and is also dangerous around goal.” – Hoffenheim sports director Alexander Rosen