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Kimmich angry at Germany fans after Nations League loss to France

A joke at the German national team’s expense provoked a reaction from Bayern and Germany’s young star.

16 October 2018, France, Paris: Soccer: Nations League A, France - Germany, Group stage, Group 1, 4th matchday at the Stade de France. Joshua Kimmich from Germany gestures with an ironic thumbs up toward a group of German fans unfurling a banner reading "Endlich 2. Liga DFB" (Finally, 2nd Bundesliga DFB) after the 1:2 defeat while he leaves the field with goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Photo by Ina Fassbender/picture alliance via Getty Images

After a hard-fought match against France in which Germany suffered another defeat, it is easy for players to feel frustrated with the direction of the team, particularly when said team is facing the very real possibility of relegation in the UEFA Nations League. However, it is never a good idea to show that frustration to your own fans.

After the final whistle blew and the team was going to the DFB supporters section to thank them for showing up, Joshua Kimmich spotted a group of Germany fans who had unfurled a banner reading “Finally 2nd League DFB!” — alluding to the national team’s imminent relegation to League B of the Nations League while implying their playing quality was worthy of a national team assembled from the 2. Bundesliga. Kimmich gave an angry thumbs-up to the crowd as team captain Manuel Neuer tried to calm him down.

Kimmich, the burgeoning star for Bayern and the German national team, has appeared in 33 of 34 matches for Germany and has made himself utterly indispensable in the starting lineup. As a defensive midfielder, he does the yeoman’s work on the field, the kind of work that only gets noticed by the average fan when something goes wrong.

At only 23 years old, Kimmich is dealing with on-pitch struggles at Bayern and Germany for the first time. Although he certainly isn’t the first young star to vent towards the supporters section, it never ever works out in a player’s favor. We will see how Kimmich responds with Germany’s upcoming friendly against Russia on November 15th.

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