All you need to know: Hoffenheim Prospect Benedikt Gimber

Who is Benedikt Gimber? THe Fanatic’s Sam May takes a look at the latest German teen sensation currently in the TSG 1899 Hoffenheim youth set-up.

Dubbed “the new Per Mertesacker”, 18 year-old centre back Benedikt Gimber has been with Bundesliga club, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim since 2009, joining aged just 12. Born in Buchen, he started his career at SV Schefflenz, spending three years there. He later moved to TSV Sulzbach and TSG Jugend where he spent a year with each club before leaving for Hoffenheim on a free transfer. He moved from the Under 19 at the end of 2014 to the first team in a £175,000 deal but still plays for the Under 19s on a regular basis.

Who is this Mertesacker resembler? In terms of positioning, Gimber is versatile and can play either as a centre back or deployed as a left back. The youngster has also been likened to Benedikt Howedes due to his playing style. Like the current Schalke star, the teen sensation has good physical strength, is good at heading, intercepting, tackling and has blistering pace. The starlet also has great determination meaning he doesn’t give up. He also reportedly has great leadership qualities, resembling those of Mertesacker and Howedes.

Benedikt Gimber
Benedikt Gimber

At 6’1″, the teen has been in fine form in Hoffenheim’s youth set-up. He has currently made 13 appearances for Hoffenheim’s U19s in the Regionalliga Südwest League, scoring two goals and making one assist.He started at left back scoring one goal in the 70th minute on Sunday 30th September 2015 in his teams 3-2 defeat to FCA Walldorf. Less than one month later he scored and made an assist on 24th October 2015 on the stroke of halftime against Wormatia Worms, when Hoffenheim U19s secured a 2-1 home victory, also playing at left back.

Impressively, Gimber has represented his country from U15 to U17 levels, participating at the 2014 UEFA European U17 Championship ended at the Group Stage and winning the 2014 Algarve Tournament, scoring the decisive goal in the final match against England. He has made seven appearances for the Germany Under-19 team this season and is being talked about as a future senior international right back. He was awarded the Fritz Walter medal in 2014 for the best 17-year-old footballer of the time. The Fritz Walter Medal is a series of annual awards given by the German Football Association to youth footballers in Germany.

Could one of Europe’s heavyweights potentially steal one of the impressive rising starlet in German Football? According to transfermarket, Gimber has a contract with Hoffenheim until June, 2016.

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Sam May

Sam May is a Sports Journalism student currently studying at the University of Chester. He’s part of the media team at Tranmere Rovers Football Club and complete’s their official home match reports. Aspiring to be a senior Sports Journalist or TV Commentator, he has completed a work placement with The Daily Mail. Other work lined up includes: The Independent, Press Association, Liverpool Echo, Shoot Magazine and Plymouth Argyle Football Club. Follow Sam: @Sam95May