Frans Kranzig, born in 2003, has been a member of the youth team at Bayern Munich’s soccer academy since it opened, and celebrated his professional debut last Saturday at home to Bochum, where the 20-year-old left back came on for Alfonso Davies in the 65th minute.
Kranzig said, “I am very happy and proud to make my Bundesliga debut for this big club. For me, my dream came true on Saturday. I came to the campus at the age of 15 and I am grateful to everyone who accompanied and supported me for six years. I want to especially thank Thomas Tuchel, who made it possible for me to realize this dream. But I also know that for me it has only just begun.”
In the summer of 2017, Kranzig moved from the Nuremberg youth team to the Bayern Munich soccer academy and has played for Bayern Munich’s youth teams at all levels since U15. he joined the reserve team for the 2022/23 season, while still playing as a midfielder. However, as the left-back position in the regional league team had been vacant since the winter, head coach Holger Seitz decided to play the 20-year-old left-footer in that position.
In his new, unfamiliar position, Kranzig was completely convincing in the second half of the Bavarian Regionalliga, playing the full 90 minutes in almost every game and contributing two goals. This performance did not go unnoticed by the first team and as a result Kranzig was nominated for a tour of Asia at the end of July. Kranzig took part in two matches against Manchester City and Liverpool. Shortly before the end of the match, Kranzig scored the winning goal in the 4-3 victory over Liverpool, a goal that was even voted by the Bayern Munich fans as the goal of the month:
In his career debut against Bochum in the last round, Kranzig almost contributed another goal to Bayern Munich’s big win, but his shot from 16 meters out was blocked by Riemann.
Bayern Munich’s Director of Youth Training, Saul, said, “I immediately congratulated Frans via text message when I had discussions with his parents at Sebener Strasse in order to bring him from Nuremberg into our youth team, and he was one of the first players with whom I had discussions. He was in the academy from the first day of operations. I am even happier that he has now joined our professional team and celebrated his Bundesliga debut.”
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