İlkay Gündoğan

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İlkay Gündoğan
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Gündoğan with Germany in 2018
Personal information
Full name İlkay Gündoğan[1]
Date of birth (1990-10-24) 24 October 1990 (age 28)[2]
Place of birth Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[3]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Manchester City
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)
2011–2016 Borussia Dortmund 105 (10)
2012 Borussia Dortmund II 1 (0)
2016– Manchester City 71 (13)
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 33 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:15, 13 May 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:38, 11 June 2019 (UTC)

İlkay Gündoğan (German pronunciation: [ˈʔɪlkaɪ ˈɡʏndoːan], Turkish: [ˈilkaj ˈɟyndoːan]; born 24 October 1990) is a German professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Manchester City and the German national team.

Born in Gelsenkirchen, Gündoğan came through VfL Bochum's youth academy. In 2008, he began playing for the club's reserve side before joining 1. FC Nürnberg the following season. He was then acquired by Borussia Dortmund in 2011, winning the double of Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal in his first season. In 2013, he helped die Borussen reach their first UEFA Champions League Final since 1996–97. After playing a total of 157 matches and scoring 15 goals for the club, Gündoğan signed for Manchester City for an estimated transfer fee of £21 million in the summer of 2016. He won the Premier League and EFL Cup in 2018 and 2019, as well as the FA Cup in 2019.

Gündoğan made his senior debut for Germany in 2011 after previously being capped by Germany youth teams at under-18, under-19, under-20 and under-21 levels. He was chosen in Germany's squads for UEFA Euro 2012 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Gündoğan was born in Gelsenkirchen to Turkish parents.[4] His grandfather moved from Balıkesir, Turkey, to the Ruhr region of Germany.[5] Gündoğan moved from VfL Bochum to 1. FC Nürnberg in 2009. In his fourth Bundesliga match, on 19 September 2009, away against Bayern Munich, he made his first assist. His first goal for the side came on 20 February 2010 in a home match, again against Bayern Munich.

Borussia Dortmund[edit]

Gündoğan in action for Borussia Dortmund in 2013

On 5 May 2011, it was announced Gündoğan had signed a four-year contract with Borussia Dortmund for an approximate transfer fee of €4 million.[6] He made his debut on 23 July in the DFL-Supercup against Schalke 04. After a goalless draw at the Veltins-Arena, he scored their first attempt in the penalty shootout, although Kevin Großkreutz and Ivan Perišić missed to hand Schalke the victory.[7]

On 17 December, Gündoğan scored his first goal for Dortmund in a 4–1 victory away to SC Freiburg.[8] He played once for the club's reserves on 22 February 2012, being replaced at half time by Rico Benatelli in an eventual 2–1 win over 1. FC Kaiserslautern II at the Stadion Rote Erde.[9] On 20 March, Gündoğan scored a 120th-minute goal to defeat Greuther Fürth and send Dortmund into the final of the DFB-Pokal.[10] He played the entire final on 12 May, a 5–2 victory over Bayern Munich which gave Dortmund their first domestic double.[11]

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.[12][13] 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 Munich went on to win the match 2–1.[14]

On 27 July 2013, Gündoğan scored a goal when he won the 2013 DFL-Supercup with Dortmund 4–2 against rivals Bayern Munich.[15] In August, a back injury while on international duty required surgery, which eventually ruled him out for a full year.[16] In April 2014, he signed a new contract, to keep him at the club until 2016.[17]

On 28 April 2015, Gündoğan and Sebastian Kehl scored in a penalty shootout victory over Bayern Munich which sent Dortmund into the DFB-Pokal Final.[18] Two days later, it was announced he and Borussia Dortmund would not be extending their contract after it expired after 30 July 2016.[19] However, on 1 July 2015, he signed a contract extension to keep him at the club until 2017.[20]

Manchester City[edit]

On 2 June 2016, Gündoğan signed a four-year contract with Premier League side Manchester City, for an estimated fee of £20 million. He was the club's first signing under former Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola.[21] He made his debut on 14 September, playing for the first time in four months in a UEFA Champions League group stage game at home to Borussia Mönchengladbach. City won 4–0, and he won a penalty which was converted by Sergio Agüero.[22] Three days later, Gündoğan started and scored with a low, right-foot shot against AFC Bournemouth in a 4–0 win at the City of Manchester Stadium.[23] He scored a brace and set up an Agüero goal against West Bromwich Albion in a 4–0 win at The Hawthorns on 29 October 2016.[24] He continued his run of form by scoring twice against Barcelona in a 3–1 win at home in the group stages of the Champions League.[25]

On 14 December, in a Premier League match against Watford, Gündoğan was substituted in the 44th minute with knee ligament damage, with Guardiola stating he would be out injured for several months.[26] It was later confirmed Gündoğan tore his cruciate ligaments in his right knee and would miss the remainder of the season.[27]

On 16 September 2017, Gündoğan made his first appearance for Manchester City in nine months, appearing as a substitute in the team's 6–0 Premier League win at Watford.[28] Three months later, he scored his first goal of the season with a header, assisted by Leroy Sané, which gave City the lead in a 4–1 win against Tottenham Hotspur.[29] He scored a brace, one in each half, as City routed FC Basel in the away leg of their round of sixteen tie in the Champions League.[30]

International career[edit]

Gündoğan warming up for Germany in September 2012

After years of playing for the different youth teams, Gündoğan received his first call-up to the Germany senior team in August 2011 for a friendly match against Brazil, but did not feature in the game. On 11 October, he made his debut for Germany after coming on as a substitute for captain Philipp Lahm for the last six minutes of the 3–1 win against Belgium in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match at the Esprit Arena, Düsseldorf.[31]

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. Germany reached the semi-finals, but Gündoğan did not feature.

On 26 March 2013, Gündoğan scored his first goal for Germany in a 4–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan at the Frankenstadion, Nuremberg.[32] He scored his second goal in his next match, a friendly on 14 August at the Fritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern, as Germany came from 0–2 down to draw 3–3 against Paraguay.[33] However, he was taken off with a back injury in this match, ruling him out for an entire year, meaning he would miss the 2014 World Cup, which Germany would go on to win.[16]

Gündoğan returned to international football in a 2–2 friendly with Australia on 25 March 2015.[34] He participated in the Euro 2016 campaign, scoring in a 7–0 away win over Gibraltar on 14 June 2015[35] and a 3–2 win against Scotland at Hampden Park on 7 September 2015.[36]

On 6 May 2016, it was announced Gündoğan would be unable to participate at the Euro 2016 final stages due to injury.[37] He did, however, make the team's preliminary squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia which was announced in May 2018.[38] On 4 June 2018, Gündoğan was selected in Joachim Löw's final 23-man squad for the World Cup.[39]

Style of play[edit]

Jürgen Klopp, Gündoğan's former coach at Borussia Dortmund, described Gündoğan as an "intelligent and complete midfielder with numerous strengths".[40] Although Gündoğan had a tough start at Dortmund, where he admitted "things hadn't gone as well as I had thought", his "willingness to learn" and "great attitude", according to Klopp, have allowed him to play a pivotal role in his later career at the club.[40] He was able to fit into Dortmund's explosive playing style "by combining creativity and outstanding passing with the defensive attributes and tireless energy needed".[40]

Personal life[edit]

Gündoğan's cousin Naz Aydemir is a volleyball player for Vakıfbank and the Turkish women's national team.[41]

In May 2018, Gündoğan met President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in London, along with Mesut Özil and Cenk Tosun, two other English-based, German-born players of Turkish origin. Gündoğan was criticised for referring to the statesman as "my president", despite only being a citizen of Germany. The incident caused political controversy in Germany and Gündoğan was jeered by German fans when playing for the national team weeks later.[42]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 6 April 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
VfL Bochum II 2008–09[43] Regionalliga West 2 1 2 1
1. FC Nürnberg 2008–09[43] 2. Bundesliga 1 0 0 0 1 0
2009–10[44] Bundesliga 22 1 2 1 2[b] 1 26 3
2010–11[45] Bundesliga 25 5 1 0 26 5
Total 48 6 3 1 2 1 53 8
Borussia Dortmund II 2011–12[46] Regionalliga West 1 0 1 0
Borussia Dortmund 2011–12[46] Bundesliga 28 3 5 1 2[c] 0 1[d] 0 36 4
2012–13[47] Bundesliga 28 3 4 0 12[c] 1 1[d] 0 45 4
2013–14[48] Bundesliga 1 0 1 0 0 0 1[d] 1 3 1
2014–15[49] Bundesliga 23 3 4 0 6[c] 0 33 3
2015–16[50] Bundesliga 25 1 5 1 10[e] 1 40 3
Total 105 10 19 2 30 2 3 1 157 15
Manchester City 2016–17[51] Premier League 10 3 0 0 0 0 6[c] 2 16 5
2017–18[52] Premier League 30 4 3 0 6 0 9[c] 2 48 6
2018–19[53] Premier League 25 5 5 0 4 0 6[c] 0 1[f] 0 41 5
Total 65 12 8 0 10 0 21 4 1 0 107 16
Career total 221 29 30 3 10 0 51 6 6 2 318 40
  1. ^ Includes DFB-Pokal and FA Cup
  2. ^ Appearances in Bundesliga relegation play-offs
  3. ^ a b c d e f Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  4. ^ a b c Appearance in DFL-Supercup
  5. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  6. ^ Appearance in FA Community Shield

International[edit]

As of match played 11 June 2019[54]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Germany 2011 1 0
2012 3 0
2013 4 2
2014 0 0
2015 8 2
2016 4 0
2017 2 0
2018 7 0
2019 4 1
Total 33 5

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Germany's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Gündogan goal.[54][55]

International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. 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
3 13 June 2015 Estádio Algarve, Faro, Portugal  Gibraltar 3–0 7–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
4 7 September 2015 Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland  Scotland 3–2 3–2
5 11 June 2019 Opel Arena, Mainz, Germany  Estonia 4–0 8–0 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying

Honours[edit]

Borussia Dortmund[56]

Manchester City

Individual

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