Can training with Liverpool in 2014
|Full name||Emre Can|
|Date of birth||12 January 1994|
|Place of birth||Frankfurt, Germany|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|2000–2006||SV Blau-Gelb Frankfurt|
|2011–2013||Bayern Munich II||31||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:03, 25 August 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Can had mainly played as a midfielder for Bayern Munich II in the Regionalliga Bayern. He made his debut for Bayern's first team in the 2012 DFL-Supercup and his Bundesliga debut against 1. FC Nürnberg on 13 April 2013.
On 2 August 2013, Can signed a four-year deal with Bayer Leverkusen which included a buy-back clause for Bayern Munich. The move was to ensure Can got first-team football under his belt before ideally being resigned by the Bayern in the future. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge pointed out Bayern's past successes in loaning out young players for purposes of gaining experience such as first team member Toni Kroos had at Leverkusen, captain Philipp Lahm at Stuttgart and full back David Alaba at 1899 Hoffenheim. In his first and only season at Leverkusen, Can netted four goals and notched up four assists, while largely operating in a defensive capacity. Can's performances while at Leverkusen sparked interest from Liverpool, who noted Can's performances in both the Bundesliga and Champions League, the latter in which he made his debut against Manchester United at Old Trafford which ended 4–2 in the favour of the Manchester side.
On 5 June 2014, it was confirmed by Bayer Leverkusen that Can would join Premier League runners up, Liverpool on 1 July after the Merseyside club activated his £9.75 million (€12 million) release clause. Manager Brendan Rodgers said in a press conference later in the week that Can was an "inspirational young talent". Many football experts have compared him to fellow German midfielders Michael Ballack and Bastian Schweinsteiger, because of his ability to attack and defend in the midfield position. The move was completed on 3 July 2014.
Can was called up for a competitive Liverpool match for the first time on 17 August, an unused substitute as they began their league campaign with a 2–1 home win over Southampton. He made his competitive debut for Liverpool in a match against Manchester City F.C. coming on as a substitute and got booked as well.
Can received call-ups for the German U15, U16 and U17 youth football teams. In 2011, Can captained the U17 World Cup campaign and led his team to the semi-finals. During the FIFA U17 World Cup semi-final, Can netted a superb solo goal against Mexico. He received the ball with three markers closing in on him, skipped past one and paced forward before escaping two other opponents and evading the goalkeeper. Germany were defeated 3–2, but the dynamic midfielder also set up his side's opener.
Because of his Turkish ancestry Can would also be eligible to play for the Turkey national football team, but he stated he "likes playing for Germany very much, and wants to make it in the DFB".
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
- "Barclays Premier League: notification of shirt numbers" (PDF). Premier League. p. 11. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
- "Emre Can wechselt nach Leverkusen" (in German). Bayern Munich. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
- Smith, Ben (5 June 2014). "Emre Can: Liverpool agree to sign Bayer Leverkusen midfielder". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
- "Liverpool complete Emre Can transfer". Liverpool FC. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
- "Liverpool 2-1 Southampton". BBC Sport. 17 August 2014. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
- "Emre Can: Ich will für Deutschland spielen!" [Emre Can: I want to play for Germany!] (in German). tz-online.de. 14 July 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2012.
- "Nach Samed Yesil bekennt sich auch Emre Can zu Deutschland" [After Samed Yesil also Emre Can declares for Germany] (in German). Deutsch-tuerkische-nachrichten.de. 14 July 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2012.
- ""Platz 3 gibt mir Selbstvertrauen für Bayern"" ["Place 3 gives me self-confidence for Bayern"]. Sport1.de. 13 July 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2012.
- "Can, Emre" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
- "Emre Can" (in German). fussballdaten.de. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
- "Die Bayern holen den ersten Titel der Saison" (in German). kicker.de. 12 August 2012. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
- Emre Can – UEFA competition record
- Emre Can – FIFA competition record
- Emre Can at fussballdaten.de (German)
- Portrait at spox.com (German)
- kicker profile