İlkay Gündoğan

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İlkay Gündoğan
FIFA WC-qualification 2014 - Austria vs. Germany 2012-09-11 - İlkay Gündoğan 01.JPG
Gündoğan in 2013
Personal information
Full name İlkay Gündoğan
Date of birth (1990-10-24) 24 October 1990 (age 23)
Place of birth Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Borussia Dortmund
Number 8
Youth career
1993–1998 SV Gelsenkirchen-Hessler 06
1998–1999 Schalke 04
1999–2004 SV Gelsenkirchen-Hessler 06
2004–2005 SSV Buer
2005–2008 VfL Bochum
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 VfL Bochum II 2 (1)
2009–2011 1. FC Nürnberg 48 (6)
2011– Borussia Dortmund 57 (6)
National team
2008 Germany U18 7 (0)
2008–2009 Germany U19 6 (0)
2009–2010 Germany U20 2 (0)
2010–2012 Germany U21 8 (1)
2011– Germany 8 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 August 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 August 2013

İlkay Gündoğan (German pronunciation: [ˈʔɪlkaɪ̯ ˈɡʏndoɡan] ( ), Turkish: [ˈilkaj ˈɡyndoβan]; born 24 October 1990) is a German footballer who plays as a central midfielder for the German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund and the Germany national football team, having previously played for VfL Bochum and 1. FC Nürnberg.[2] Gündoğan was a central figure in Dortmund's 2011–12 Bundesliga triumph.[3] Usually a playmaking central midfielder, Gündoğan is best known for his passing game and technical qualities.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Gündoğan was born in Gelsenkirchen to Turkish parents.[4] He moved from VfL Bochum to 1. FC Nürnberg in 2009. In his fourth Bundesliga match on 19 September 2009, an away match against FC Bayern Munich, he made his first assist. His first goal for the side came on 20 February 2010 in a home match, again versus Bayern.

Borussia Dortmund[edit]

Gündoğan in action for Borussia Dortmund in 2013

On 5 May 2011, it was announced that Gündoğan had signed a four-year contract with Borussia Dortmund.[5] On the 17th matchday, he scored his first goal for Dortmund in a game away to Freiburg. On 20 March 2012, Gündoğan scored a 120th minute goal to defeat SpVgg Greuther Fürth and send Dortmund into the final of the DFB-Pokal.[6]

In the 2012–13 season, Gündoğan was one of the central figures of Borussia Dortmund as they reached the final of UEFA Champions League. He was praised for his play in two semi-final games against Real Madrid.[7][8]

On 25 May 2013, he scored the equaliser from the penalty spot in the 69th minute to keep Dortmund's hopes alive against Bayern Munich in the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final played at Wembley Stadium, London. This was his first penalty kick in a game for Dortmund. Bayern went on to win the game 2–1.[9]

On 27 July 2013, Gündoğan scored a goal when he won the 2013 DFL-Supercup with Dortmund 4–2 against rivals Bayern Munich.[10]

International career[edit]

After years of playing for the different youth teams, Gündoğan received his first call-up to the German senior side in August 2011 for a friendly match against Brazil, but did not feature in the game. On 11 October 2011, he made his debut for Germany after coming on as a substitute in the 3–1 home win against Belgium in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier. Prior to that he was approached by Turkey, the birthplace of his parents. Gündoğan declined their offer in favour of playing for his country of birth. He states that it was the hardest decision of his life.

In May 2012, he was selected by manager Joachim Löw for the German 23-man squad for UEFA Euro 2012 and was given the number two shirt.

On 26 March 2013, Gündoğan scored his first goal for Germany in a 4–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan at Grundig-Stadion in Nuremberg.

Personal life[edit]

Gündoğan's cousin Naz Aydemir is a volleyball player for Vakıfbank and the Turkish women's national team.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 1 September 2013
Club Season League Cup1 Continental2 Other3 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1. FC Nürnberg 2008–09 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2009–10 22 1 2 1 2 1 26 3
2010–11 25 5 1 0 26 5
Total 48 6 3 1 2 1 53 8
Borussia Dortmund 2011–12 28 3 5 1 2 0 1 0 36 4
2012–13 28 3 4 0 12 1 1 0 45 5
2013–14 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 3 1
Total 57 6 10 1 14 1 3 1 84 10
Career total 105 12 13 2 14 1 5 2 137 18

1Includes DFB-Pokal.

Gündoğan warming up for Germany

2Includes UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

3Includes DFL-Supercup.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 26 March 2013 Frankenstadion, Nuremberg, Germany  Kazakhstan 3–0 4–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 14 August 2013 Fritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern, Germany  Paraguay 1–2 3–3 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Borussia Dortmund

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ilkay Guendogan". bvb.de. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Gündogan, Ilkay". kicker.de (in German). Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  3. ^ Dove, Ed (28 March 2013). "Ilkay Gundogan: Most Improved Players". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "İlkay Gündoğan". UEFA.com. 25 May 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Borussia Dortmund announce signing of Nurnberg's Ilkay Gundogan". goal.com. 5 May 2011. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  6. ^ McCauley, Kevin (20 March 2012). "SpVgg Greuther Fürth Vs. Borussia Dortmund, 2012 DFB-Pokal: Der BVB Through With Winner At The Death". sbnation.com. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  7. ^ Bairner, Robin (24 April 2013). "Player Ratings: Dortmund 4–1 Real Madrid". goal.com. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  8. ^ Webber, Tom (30 April 2013). "Player Ratings: Real Madrid 2–0 Borussia Dortmund (Agg 3–4)". goal.com. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  9. ^ Corradino, Rafael (25 May 2013). "Player Ratings: Borussia Dortmund 1–2 Bayern Munich". goal.com. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Dortmund prevail over Bayern in Supercup thriller". bundesliga.com. 27 July 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 

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