Grischa Prömel has the chance to make his Germany debut under former Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann. - © Imago
Grischa Prömel has the chance to make his Germany debut under former Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann. - © Imago

Grischa Prömel: Who is the Hoffenheim midfielder called up to the Germany squad?


Grischa Prömel has been called up to the Germany squad for friendlies against Türkiye and Austria. profiles the Hoffenheim midfielder...

Grischa Prömel

Age: 28
Club: Hoffenheim
Position: Central midfielder
Country: Germany (22 youth caps/ three goals)

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Julian Nagelsmann has long been an admirer of Prömel. It was the current Germany head coach who persuaded him to leave the Stuttgarter Kickers U19s for the Hoffenheim academy, before handing the industrious up-and-comer the keys to his midfield as the Sinsheim club won the 2013/14 Junior Bundesliga title a year later.

Almost a decade down the line, Prömel links up with Nagelsmann's Germany, having made his best ever start to a Bundesliga campaign. The 6'0" right-footer has registered two goals and three assist across the first 11 matchdays of 2023/24, and leads the way at Hoffenheim for distance covered and intensive runs. He set his single-season gold standard two years earlier, with eight goals and one assist in his fifth and final year on the books of Union Berlin.

Watch: The best of Grischa Prömel

Prömel's previous stint at Hoffenheim was split largely between the U19s and reserves, though he did make the senior squad once - late in 2014/15. Two formative seasons at Bundesliga 2 outfit Karlsuhe opened the door to a move to Union, whom he helped gain a maiden promotion to the top flight at the end of 2018/19, contributing seven goals and one assist. The Stuttgart native earned U20 and U21 international caps in his Karlsruhe days, featuring at the 2016 summer Olympics, where Germany won silver.

Plays a bit like: Leon Goretzka

Prömel is a box-to-box midfielder, similar to Bayern Munich and Germany international Leon Goretzka. He knows how to hustle and harry opposition players, get himself into attacking positions with late bursts from deep and is a goal threat in- and outside the penalty box.

Prömel has one of the best engines in the Bundesliga. - Imago

Did you know?

Prömel is is a keen surfer. So much so that he has given financial support to German para-surfer Ben Neumann, who is blind. The teenager is regarded as one of the best in the world in his field, but the sport isn't a Paralympic discipline, meaning competitors rely on donations.

What they're saying

"Grischa runs and runs, and is a real presence in the midfield. He has a superb understanding of the game." - Hoffenheim sporting director Alexander Rosen

"He took on a leadership role as soon as he got here. He works hard, is a threat in front of goal and an all-round good guy. He's the kind of player every coach wants." - former Hofffenheim head coach Andre Breitenreiter