Borussia Dortmund snags Kevin Kampl from Salzburg

Borussia Dortmund announced on Monday a new signing, with Solingen native and Slovenian national player Kevin Kampl returning to North-Rhine Westphalia over the winter break as a new member of Jürgen Klopp’s struggling side.

“Kevin Kampl is a versatile attacking midfield player we have observed over a very long time,” says sporting director Michael Zorc of his new acquisition. “With his game, he is an excellent fit for the job requirements.”

Kampl’s 2014-15 season got off to a roaring start for Austrian Bundesliga run-away leader Salzburg, scoring in each of the first two matches of the season on the way to nine goals in 19 league matches. He also contributed four goals to Salzburg’s six-match unbeaten run through Europa League group play and two more in three cup matches, all victories for his club en route to a quarterfinal berth.

Young Kampl had an early vision of his future.

Before moving to Austria, Kampl had kicked around in Bayer Leverkusen’s youth sides and went on loan to SpVgg Greuther Fürth, making a single brief appearance with the senior team of each club. Kampl left Leverkusen on a free for VfL Osnabrück, where he made 35 appearances in the 3. Liga. Osnabrück sold him to VfR Aalen during the summer of 2012 as Aalen was en route to the 2. Bundesliga, but made just four appearances for the VfR, scoring twice in three league matches, before Salzburg came calling with an offer of more than eight times as much money as Aalen had just spent to acquire him.

While Dortmund’s primary issue has been converting their many chances, finishing the first leg of the season with the league’s fourth-lowest goal total, Kampl is coming from a club converting  in droves, putting home 57 goals in 19 league matches. Kampl is credited as having provided service on 15 goals between the three aforementioned competitions, maybe giving insight into what Zorc sees as making the right-winger a good fit for Dortmund’s need for a “fresh start” when they return to action in Leverkusen on 31 January.

The BVB reports Kampl’s deal with the club will run into 2019. No further details were disclosed.

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Randall Hauk is a freelance writer living in the United States while covering German football. He is currently the publisher of Planet Effzeh, an English-language site covering 1. FC Köln. He wrote about the German national team for the Telegraph as part of their World Cup Nation coverage.

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