İlkay Gündoğan

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İlkay Gündoğan
FIFA WC-qualification 2014 - Austria vs. Germany 2012-09-11 - İlkay Gündoğan 01.JPG
Gündoğan with Germany in 2012
Personal information
Full name İlkay Gündoğan
Date of birth (1990-10-24) 24 October 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position 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 83 (9)
2012 Borussia Dortmund II 1 (0)
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 12 (3)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:20, 4 September 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:20, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

İlkay Gündoğan (German pronunciation: [ˈʔɪlkaɪ̯ ˈɡʏndoːan], Turkish: [ˈilkaj ˈɡyndoɰan]; 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

He began his career at VfL Bochum, playing in its reserves, before joining 1. FC Nürnberg in 2009. Two years later he was signed by Dortmund for around €4 million, winning the double of the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal in his first season there, and then helping them finish runners-up the UEFA Champions League, scoring in the final.

Gündoğan made his senior international debut for Germany in 2011, and was part of their squad which reached the semi-finals of UEFA Euro 2012.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Gündoğan was born in Gelsenkirchen to Turkish parents.[2] 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, for a fee of around €4 million.[3] He made his debut on 23 July in the DFL-Supercup against FC 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 victory.[4]

On 17 December, he scored his first goal for Dortmund in a 4–1 victory away to SC Freiburg.[5] 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.[6] On 20 March, Gündoğan scored a 120th-minute goal to defeat SpVgg Greuther Fürth and send Dortmund into the final of the DFB-Pokal.[7] He played the entire final on 12 May, a 5–2 victory over Bayern which gave Dortmund their first domestic double.[8]

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.[9][10] 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.[11]

On 27 July 2013, Gündoğan scored a goal when he won the 2013 DFL-Supercup with Dortmund 4–2 against rivals Bayern Munich.[12] In August, a back injury while on international duty required surgery, which eventually ruled him out for a full year.[13] In April 2014, he signed a new contract, to keep him at the club until 2016.[14]

On 28 April 2015, he and Sebastian Kehl scored in a penalty shootout victory over Bayern which sent Dortmund into the DFB-Pokal Final.[15] Two days later, it was announced that he and Borussia Dortmund would not be working together after his contract runs out on 30 July 2016.[16]

However, on 1 July 2015, Dortmund announced Gündoğan had signed a contract extension to keep him at the club until 2017.[17]

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 German senior side 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 in Düsseldorf.[18]

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 play.

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 in Nuremberg.[19] He scored his second goal in his next match, a friendly on 14 August at the Fritz-Walter-Stadion in Kaiserslautern, as Germany came from 0–2 down to draw 3–3 against Paraguay.[20] However, he was taken off with a back injury in this match, ruling him out for a whole year, meaning he would miss the 2014 World Cup, which Germany would go on to win.[13]

Gündoğan returned to international football for the UEFA Euro 2016 qualification campaign, scoring in a 7–0 away win over Gibraltar on 14 June 2015.[21]

Style of play[edit]

Jurgen Klopp, Dortmund's coach, described Gündoğan as an "intelligent and complete midfielder with numerous strengths".[22] Although he had a tough start at Dortmund where he admitted that "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.[22] 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".[22] His "intelligence in possession" and "tactical discipline" have often been compared to Manchester United's Michael Carrick, although Gündoğan offers "greater mobility and creativity".[22] According to a football analysis website, whoscored.com, which uses statistics to analyze a player, his strengths are in "passing, dribbling, finishing and concentration" and his weakness is in "tackling". His styles of play include "play long balls" and "shoot from distance".[23]

Personal life[edit]

Gündoğan's cousin Naz Aydemir is a volleyball player for Vakıfbank and the Turkish women's national team.[24]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 13 June 2015.
Club Season League Cup1 Continental2 Other3 Total Ref.
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
VfL Bochum II 2008–09 2 1 2 1 [25]
Total 2 1 2 1
1. FC Nürnberg 2008–09 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 [25]
2009–10 22 1 2 1 2 1 26 3 [26]
2010–11 25 5 1 0 26 5 [27]
Total 48 6 3 1 2 1 53 8
Borussia Dortmund 2011–12 28 3 5 1 2 0 1 0 36 4 [28]
2012–13 28 3 4 0 12 1 1 0 45 5 [29]
2013–14 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 3 1 [30]
2014–15 23 3 4 0 6 0 0 0 33 3 [31]
Total 80 9 14 1 20 1 3 1 117 13
Career total 130 16 18 2 20 1 5 2 172 22

1Includes DFB-Pokal.

2Includes UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

3Includes Relegation play–off and DFL-Supercup.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Germany's goal tally first[32]

# 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

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Borussia Dortmund

Country[edit]

Germany

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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