For some strange reason, whenever Borussia Dortmund and Germany defender Kevin Grosskreutz is mentioned, whether that is within the media, the national team or indeed in his beloved Ruhr “Heimat” things quickly turn stale.
Since Germany became a united nation in 1990, the European power has not been accustomed to footballers who go out of their way to cause havoc, rather instead playing quietly and diligently for a country haunted by its recent military past.
Yes, you could argue that there have been a few players who have turned the heads of managers and fans since independence, but none who have yet to leave a bad taste in the mouth of everyone involved within the national set-up.
Grosskreutz popular with BVB fans
Whilst Grosskreutz has not grown up in a world of German nationalism, the 26-year-old has been wrapped up in a world of regional hysteria, with his love for his home town of Dortmund, inflamed by his deep love affair of the local football team, Borussia.
The right-back has spent his whole career at Borussia Dortmund, having originally joined the Black and Yellows as a youth team player in 1988, at just the tender age of four.
Perhaps this is why, Kevin “Donor” Grosskreutz, a humorous name given to the German misfit as he was allegedly accused with throwing a kebab in the face of a Cologne fan in May, is so loved by every Dortmund supporter.
Not just because, Dortmund fans have a fierce rivalry with Cologne, but because he has and will until the day he announces his retirement from professional football give everything including his body, for his childhood club.
National team troubles
Although there are several players at BVB who are far superior in the position that Grosskreutz plays, manager Jϋrgen Klopp loves his enthusiasm, with several fans and teammates alike suggesting that the two are inseparable from each other.
Whilst acting like a good boy under the guidance of Klopp at Dortmund, the 26-year-old has recently become a bit of an embarrassment when he is called up by Low to represent Germany.
Indeed, the way that he checked in for pre-World Cup duty is something special, with Grosskreutz hitting the Berlin having lost with his team to Bayern in the 2014 DFB Pokal, then returning to the hotel to urinate in the lobby.
Low: An understanding figure
Whilst most managers, would have sent Grosskreutz home with a letter saying never to come back, Löw who is known for being a superbly classy figurehead not only within Germany, accepted his apology, with the fear not to crush the mounting enthusiasm building within the team.
The 26 year old was an onlooker as his Germany team-mates battled to win the countries fourth consecutive World Cup trophy, but was given the privilege of being called up for the homecoming fixtures against Argentina and Scotland in September.
Let’s just say that the fiery defender did not make a great impact and returned to Dortmund with the burning privilege to play better for his beloved team.
Ironically, this hasn't quite worked out either and despite showing potential and determination for Dortmund in their last two Champions League group fixtures, the heralded god of the Ruhr has been utterly hopeless with BVB lingering in the bottom half of the Bundesliga table.
Trouble for Grosskreutz
With Dortmund only wining two of their previous six league fixtures, and with devoted Black and Yellow fans alongside a passionate German media voicing their concerns over Grosskreutz, the 26-year-old has all but imploded.
A perfect example can be seen on 20th September, when Grosskreutz and Klopp had a verbal spat on the field of play in the immediate moments following the final whistle, which brought the game between Mainz and Dortmund to a conclusion with the latter side losing 2-0.
Since then there have been reports that the Germany international has refused to push himself to the limits required by Klopp, with his negative attitude and poor play leaving Löw with no option other than to exclude him from the World Champions next two Euro qualifiers in October.
Instead, Löw has called upon uncapped Bayer Leverkusen midfielder, Karim Bellarabi to add as filler for the games against Poland and the Republic of Ireland next week, and you can imagine if the youngster makes a good account for himself, Grosskreutz can all but bin his Germany shirt.
Although this could all sound a little harsh, you would have to agree that the 26 year old has done himself no favours recently and as the phrase goes, actions speak louder than words, and oh boy Grosskreutz has to prove this now.
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