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Thomas Kraft

Thomas Kraft (born 22 July 1988 in Kirchen, Rhineland-Palatinate) is a German Association football who plays as a Goalkeeper (association football) for Hertha BSC.

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Thomas Kraft biography


Thomas Kraft (born 22 July 1988 in Kirchen, Rhineland-Palatinate) is a German Association football who plays as a Goalkeeper (association football) for Hertha BSC.

Career

Bayern Munich

Kraft made Thomas Kraft debut for Bayern Munich II in 2006, and played in their first game in the newly formed 2008–09 3rd Liga on 17 July 2008. From 2008 to 2010 Thomas Kraft was third-choice goalkeeper for the senior team, behind Hans-Jörg Butt and Michael Rensing. Following Rensing's release in 2010, Thomas Kraft was promoted to second choice, and Thomas Kraft made Thomas Kraft first-team debut at the beginning of that season, in the 2010 DFL-Supercup.

On 23 November 2010 Thomas Kraft made Thomas Kraft debut UEFA Champions League match in Rome against AS Roma. Bayern lost 3–2 after going into half-time with a 0–2 lead. The young goalkeeper had a good start and made some outstanding saves. During the 2010–11 winter break, Bayern coach Louis van Gaal announced that Kraft would replace Hans-Jörg Butt as Bayern's first-choice 'keeper for the second half of the season. Kraft made Thomas Kraft debut as Bayern's first-choice keeper in a 1–1 Bundesliga draw to VfL Wolfsburg. Kraft produced top performance with several impressive saves to help FC Bayern to a 1–0 win on 23 February 2011 in a round of 16 Champions League clash against Inter Milan. However, the decision to replace Butt with Kraft earned the displeasure of the Bayern board, and contributed to Van Gaal losing Thomas Kraft job: after an error by Kraft allowed Christian Eigler to score the equaliser in a 1–1 draw with Nuremberg, Van Gaal - who was already due to leave - was sacked early, and replaced by Thomas Kraft assistant Andries Jonker. Jonker reinstated Butt at Kraft's expense in Thomas Kraft first game in charge, and shortly afterwards it was announced that Kraft would leave the club at the end of the 2010–11 season. The following week, 2. Bundesliga champions Hertha BSC announced that they had signed a four-year deal with Kraft on a free transfer.

Hertha BSC

On 1 July 2011, Kraft joined Hertha BSC, which was promoted to the Bundesliga along with FC Augsburg. On 16 October 2011, Kraft returned for the first time with Hertha back to Thomas Kraft old club Bayern Munich which turned out to be a quite bitter reunion for Kraft; the Berlin club lost 0–4. Prior to the game, Kraft and two other members of Hertha (Christian Lell and Andreas Ottl) were honored with a bouquet of flowers by the Bayern staff and the fans were chanting pro Kraft throughout the game.

Honours

- Fußball-Bundesliga (1): 2009–10 Fußball-Bundesliga
- DFB-Pokal (1): 2009–10 DFB-Pokal
- DFL-Supercup (1): 2010 DFL-Supercup
- UEFA Champions League runner-up: 2009–10 UEFA Champions League

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Kraft

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