Christoph Kramer displays his collection of original 151 Pokemon cards

Gotta catch ’em all! Germany World Cup winner Christoph Kramer proudly displays to fans his massive collection of the original 151 Pokemon cards

  • Borussia Monchengladbach have revealed Christoph Kramer’s love for Pokemon
  • On Tuesday, they posted a series of pictures of Kramer posing with his collection
  • Kramer signed permanently for Gladbach in 2016, after initially joining on loan
  • The defensive midfielder was part of Germany’s 2014 World Cup winning squad  

Away from the football pitch, it’s fair to say that Borussia Monchengladbach star Christoph Kramer certainly has another hobby to keep himself entertained.

While many football fans may be thinking he would still be proudly showing off his 2014 World Cup winners medal, they would be mistaken.

On Tuesday afternoon, many people were treated to a blast from the past when Bundesliga outfit Gladbach revealed Kramer’s love of Pokemon.

Borussia Monchengladbach star Christoph Kramer poses alongside his Pokemon collection 

Monchengladbach posted a series of pictures of Kramer and his Pokemon collection

Gladbach, with whom Kramer has played for over the last seven years since initially joining on loan, posted a series of pictures on Twitter of the German posing alongside his massive collection of the original Pokemon cards.

The club accompanied the pictures: ‘Gotta catch ’em all! Christoph Kramer shows off his collection of the original 151 Pokemon cards.’

While Kramer has been keeping his mind ticking over with Pokemon during these unprecedented times amid the coronavirus pandemic, it’s on the pitch where he will want to grab the headlines.

He has enjoyed a strong start to the 2020-21 season with Gladbach, helping the team qualify for the last-16 of the Champions League after battling their way through a group consisting of Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Shakthar Donetsk.

Kramer initially joined Gladbach on loan in 2013 before signing permanently three years later

The defensive midfielder was an ever-present for the Bundesliga side during the group stages, playing in all six matches as they finished second behind Madrid.

Kramer has also played the bulk of the Bundesliga season so far, featuring 13 times for Gladbach – who currently sit seventh, just four points off the Champions League spots in what is a bunched up table.

Kramer joined Gladbach on loan initially in 2013, before signing permanently in 2016, and it was in his first year at the club where he certainly made a name for himself.

In 2014, he earned a call-up to Germany’s World Cup squad in Brazil, having only made his international debut in May.

The defensive midfielder was part of Germany’s World Cup winning squad of 2014 in Brazil

Kramer had played just 12 minutes in Brazil before he was drafted in as a last minute replacement for the injured Sami Khedira in the final against Argentina.

But early on during the final, he was involved in a heavy collision with Argentina defender Ezequiel Garay before he was replaced 14 minutes later due to concussion.

Immediately following the final, Kramer admitted that he couldn’t remember any of the first half of the game.

‘I can’t really remember much of the game,’ he told German newspaper Die Welt. ‘I don’t know anything at all about the first half. I thought later that I left the game immediately after the tackle.’ 

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