Spurs TV special - Wimmer's first interview
10 June 2015|Tottenham Hotspur
Kevin Wimmer didn't think twice about joining us when the chance arrived.
After three seasons in the Bundesliga and an impressive 2014-15, Kevin, 22, became the first Austrian to sign for Spurs after putting pen to paper at the end of May.
Currently on international duty with Austria, Kevin played a key role as Cologne completed last season with the fifth-best defensive record in the Bundesliga.
Now he can't wait for his new challenge at White Hart Lane.
Below: Thumbs-up from Kevin from Austria's training base
"When I heard the name Tottenham it was difficult for it to sink in at first because it’s such a big club that I’m always watching on TV," Kevin told us exclusively from his training base with Austria, currently preparing for a huge Euro 2016 qualifier in Russia this weekend.
"You see the supporters, so amazing, and there are so many great players at the club and in former times as well, so many legends at Tottenham, so for me it’s a very big club, in Germany it’s a very big club and the trainer and the team gave me a really good impression.
"I didn’t have to think about it when I got the chance to join Tottenham Hotspur, I immediately did it. I really like this club. It’s a club with a long tradition and for me, it’s a big honour to play for Tottenham Hotspur."
Thanks to 1.FC Köln, the Fans and my teammates for everything!! I'm looking forward to new challenges and an exciting experience with #THFC— Kevin Wimmer (@kevin28wimmer) May 29, 2015
KEVIN WIMMER - FACT FILE
- Kevin was born on November 15, 1992 in Wels, Austria
- His first club was FC Edt and at 10, he was discovered and signed for LASK
- He played for LASK U19s in 2009-10 and then helped the reserves to the 'Regionalliga Mitte' title, making 20 appearances in 2010-11.
- His first senior season was in 2011-12 and he played 29 matches for LASK, who finished third in the Austrian First Division.
- He signed for FC Kolmn (FC Cologne) in Germany in the summer of 2012 and played nine times in the 2. Bundesliga, Germany's second tier.
- Austrian coach Peter Stoger took over and played him 26 times as Cologne won the 2. Bundesliga title and were promoted to the Bundesliga.
- Kevin made his senior Austria debut that season, as a substitute against the USA in November, 2013.
- Kevin played 32 of 34 matches as Cologne finished 12th in the Bundesliga last season. Defensively, they were fifth best, conceding only 40 goals.