Serge David Gnabry, ‘Fashion Icon’ as he is popularly known, is a German footballer who plays for German club Bayern Munich and the national team of Germany. He was born to Ivorian father, Jean-Hermann Gnabry and German mother, Birgit Gnabry on July 14, 1995 in Stuttgart, Germany.
Serge Gnabry Early Life and Career
Inspired by Usain Bolt, the retired Jamaican sprinter and world record holder, Gnabry took to sprinting as he was a rather talented sprinter though he was still interested in football and other sports. His goal was to one day compete alongside Usain Bolt but later got discouraged by Bolt’s continued record setting. He had to settle for football.
At a very tender age of four, it was clear that Gnabry was better than most kids he played with. This necessitated a constant move from one youth club to another; moving from TSV Weissach at age four to TSF Ditzingen at age five, then Hemmingen at age six. When he was twelve, he joined VFB Stuttgart, setting him for the big football stage.
Gnabry adorned the colors at various youth cup levels, including under-16, under-17 and under-18 levels. In 2017, he played a major role in the U21 team that eventually won the European Under-21 Championship.
On 15 July 2016, Germany called up Gnabry to be part of the 2016 Olympic team. On 4 August, he was on the start-up line against Mexico. In the 58th minute, he scored Germany’s first goal in the match that ended in a 2–2 draw. In their next match against South Korea, he scored two goals. Germany went on to defeat Fiji 10-0 with Gnabry putting in two goals and in their quarter-final match against Portugal, he scored his sixth goal. He ended the tournament winning the golden boot along with his fellow countryman Nils Petersen, helping Germany to win the silver medal.
After a much expected call-up to the German senior team, he scored a hattrick on his debut in a 2018 World Cup qualifier against San Marino in an 8–0 away win. In his 11th appearance, in a friendly match against Argentina, Gnabry broke Miroslav Klose‘s record by 2 games by becoming the fastest player to reach 10 goals for the nation.
Early Life and Career
Serge Gnabry at Arsenal
In 2010, VfB Stuttgart agreed to a £100,000 deal with Premier League side Arsenal for Gnabry. This deal was put on hold until 2011. He officially joined Arsenal for the 2011–12 season when he turned 16. For a great part of the season, he played for the under-18s but was upgraded to the reserves for his fantastic display of football prowess. By the end of that season, Gnabry played six games and scored two goals.
In the 2012-2013 pre-season friendlies, he played 24 minutes against FC Köln. He made his professional first-team debut for Arsenal against Coventry City in the League Cup on September 26, 2012 as a 72nd-minute substitute for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in a match that ended 6–1 in Arsenal’s favor. He made his Premier League debut in the 1–0 defeat against Norwich City on October 20, 2012. At 17 years and 98 days, Gnabry became Arsenal’s second-youngest player in the league’s history after Jack Wilshere. He played his Champions League debut against FC Schalke 04, as a substitute in Arsenal’s 2–0 home loss.
In the quarter-finals of the NextGen Series, Gnabry scored the only goal in a 1–0 win over CSKA Moscow U19s on March 25, 2013. He scored the third goal to equalize against Chelsea U19s in the semi-finals of the same competition, until Arsenal lost 4–3 in extra time. On April 8, Gnabry scored a goal against Liverpool U21s in a 3–2 away defeat.
Serge Gnabry on Loan to West Bromwich Albion
After recovering from the series of knee injuries that plagued him, Gnabry could not meet up with Arsenal’s first team which led to him being sent on a season-long loan to West Bromwich Albion on August 7, 2015. He played his first match as a substitute in a 3–2 defeat to Chelsea on 23 August 2015. Due to lack of playing time, he was recalled to Arsenal in January, 2016. The 2015–16 season ended for him with just one Premier League feature and two League Cup appearances.
Serge Gnabry at Werder Bremen
In a bid to get first team appearance and more playing time, Gnabry left England and went back to Germany where he signed for Bundesliga side, Werder Bremen for a reported transfer fee of £5 million on August 31, 2016.
No sooner he got to Germany than he started banging in goals. His first goal was against Borussia Mönchengladbach in a 4-1 away loss on September 17, 2016.
He spent one season at Werder Bremen making 27 league appearances and scoring 11 goals.
Serge Gnabry at Bayern Munich
On 11 June 2017, Bayern Munich signed Gnabry for a three-year deal that was worth €8 million.Bayern Munich announced 3 days later that Serge Gnabry will be going to 1899 Hoffenheim on a season-long loan. This was meant for the young Gnabry to gain more experience. At Hoffenheim, he scored 10 goals in his 22
appearances in the season helping the club finish third in the league table and securing a Champions League spot for the next season. The 2017–18 season ended with Gnabry scoring 10 goals in 26 appearances. He was featured in the Regionalliga Südwest for the reserve team.
On 2 July 2018, Serge Gnabry was unveiled as a Bayern Munich player with jersey number 22. He played his first game on September 1, for Bayern Munich in a 3–0 win at Stuttgart when he came on as a substitute in the 77th minute. He scored his first Bundesliga goal for Bayern Munich On 3 November 2018, in a 1–1 draw against Freiburg. On December 1, 2018, Gnabry scored against his former club, Werder Bremen two times, in a 2-1 win. On March 2, 2019, Gnabry had the honor of scoring Bayern Munich’s 4000th Bundesliga goal in a 5–1 win over Gladbach. With this feat, Bayern Munich became the first team to achieve laudable milestone.
Gnabry finished the 2018-2019 Bundesliga season as Bayern’s second top scorer, scoring 10 times and created seven assists in 30 matches.
First Bundesliga Title
He won his first Bundesliga title as Bayern finished two points above Dortmund with 78 points.
On October 1, 2019, Gnabry scored four goals in the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League 7–2 away demolishing of Tottenham Hotspur. He scored a brace against Chelsea in the first leg of Champions League round of 16 in a 3–0 away win on February 25, 2020, setting a record as the first player to score six away goals in London in a single edition of the Champions League.
|Current team||Bayern Munich|
|2015–2016||→ West Bromwich Albion (loan)||1||(0)|
|2017–2018||→ 1899 Hoffenheim (loan)||22||(10)|
|2017–2018||→ 1899 Hoffenheim II (loan)||1||(0)|
Club: Bayern Munich
- Olympic Games top scorer: 2016(shared)
- Bayern MunichPlayer of the Season: 2018–19
- Bundesliga Player of the Month: October 2019
Gnabry the Church boy
Serge Gnabry is a staunch believer of the Christian faith who attends a Protestant church. He does not only go to church but sings in the choir.
Bayern’s star boy, Serge Gnabry, 24 is not just succeeding professionally, but also on the personal front. It is learnt that he is dating top Swiss model Sandra Jerze, 23. Their deep bond of affection is rather kept secret as they hardly post photos on social media. According to German newspaper ‘Bild’, the couple spent the Easter weekend together in Munich.
His Humanitarian Activities
Serge Gnabry is very down to earth and has a big heart. He is deeply emotional and cares about the pains and sufferings of the poor and downtrodden. This necessitated why he alongside some other fellow football celebrities signed up for the Common Goal Initiative, a humanitarian movement spurred towards uniting the global football community in fighting social challenges that plague humans. Members of the Common Goal Initiative make a pledge to contribute at least one percent of income to a collective fund managed by StreetFootballWorld, a non-governmental organization.