A professional German footballer, Kai Lukas Havertz is the very first German national team player to be born in 1999. Alongside his name, Havertz also goes by the nickname “AlleskÖnner” which means “jack of all trades.
Born on the 11th of July 1999, Havertz is the third child and second son of his parents. The father is a policeman while the mother is a lawyer. Both parents earned enough salary to afford them a comfortable middle-class lifestyle. Havertz hails from the city of Aachen in Germany. Havertz grew up alongside his siblings Jan and Leah.
Kai’s granddad, Richard was a former footballer and coach whose charms brought the love of football into the family. Kai’s father also played football at the amateur level. The closeness of Kai’s family house, about 100 meters to a football field used by a local team contributed in no small way to the ignited passion for football in Kai. Havertz once told Bundesliga.com that his granddad really got him into playing the game. He did not have any issues family wise as all his family members were crazy for football.
Kai Havertz was the youngest player ever in Bayer Leverkusen to debut in the Bundesliga having graduated from the club’s youth academy in 2016. The following year would make him the youngest goal scorer in the league. Havertz went on to become the youngest player to attain 100 league appearances with 50 goals in the German tope flight league.
Kai always had a strong personality from his childhood. This afforded him the opportunity to play with boys who were much older than him. His maturity showed off both on and off the football pitch. He made his first appearance for his country’s senior team on September 9, 2018 after being called up by then coach, Joachim Low, playing as an attacking midfielder.
Only after graduating from high school at the insistence at his mother was he able to completely focus on football. In 2017 Kai had to be given few days off by his club, Bayer Leverkusen to focus on his exams. A tweet from the club read “A good finish is important – not just on the football field. Good luck Kai Havertz with your exams!”
Havertz stellar performances generated several interests from European clubs with Kai settling for Chelsea in 2020, coming in as Chelsea’s third most expensive signing at €84 million. He progressed to win the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League by scoring the winning goal to clinch the cup in the final.
Despite successes recorded on pitch, Kai is not without a love life. He has a girlfriend, Sophia who many expect may become his wife pretty soon. Sophia is Kai’s first love and childhood sweetheart and the pair look great together. Also, Kai never goes anywhere without his best buddy, his dog. He also has love for animals.
Kai Havertz has managed to keep his high wages from getting the better of him as he spends and lives well within his means. He drives a Mercedes G-wagon among other cars and takes vacations in some special places.
In the year 2009, Kai Havertz was signed by second division Bundesliga club Alemannia Aachen where he played in the academy for a year. He progressed to join Bayer Leverkusen youth academy when he turned 11. However, in the following years, Kai would have to best the challenges that came with his growth spurt.
At the age of 15, Kai was called to Bayern Leverkusen’s senior team. This kick-started his professional career. He made his first appearance in the club’s 2-1 loss to Werder Bremen in October, 2016. At the age of 17, he became the youngest goal scorer for Bayern Leverkusen when he scored against Wolfsburg.
In the 2018-19 season, Havertz became the Bundesliga single campaign’s highest goal scoring teenager with a record 17 goals to his name. After 4 impressive seasons with Bayern Leverkusen, Havertz joined Chelsea football club as he surged forward to the next steps in his career.
Before settling for Chelsea in the 2020 transfer window Havertz was the target of several clubs including Manchester United and Barcelona. He made his debut in the Chelsea’s league opener against Brighton and Hove Albion. He scored his first goal for Chelsea in the EFL cup game against Barnsley. He later went on to record the first hat-trick of his career in the same game.
September 14, 2020 brought him his first premier league goal when he scored against Southampton. He made a total of 27 premier league appearances for Chelsea in the 2020-21 season and has so far made 15 appearances for the club in the 2021-22 premier league season.
On November 11 2014, Kai Havertz made his first feature for the German’s U-16 team in a friendly match against Czech Republic. He also made it to the German’s squad for the UEFA European U-17 Championships, appearing in all 5 matches played and recording a goal to his name.
Havertz climbed up to Germany’s U-19 team making his debut on 31st August, 2017. In his third appearance for the team, he scored 4 goals in a 5-1 victory against Belarus. He later proceeded to become the captain of the U-19 team.
The national team coach, Joachim Low included Kai in the squad for the UEFA Nations League game against France and friendly against Peru. He made his first appearance for the senior team after replacing Timo Werner in the friendly against Peru on September 9, 2018.
Kai Havertz has enjoyed quite a stellar career performance as a young player. Introduced to the game by his granddad and with the support of his family, Kai has become a key player to both club and country. At such pace, he is set to do great exploits throughout his career.