Emre Can

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Emre Can
Emre Can 2014.jpg
Can training with Liverpool in 2014
Personal information
Full name Emre Can[1]
Date of birth (1994-01-12) 12 January 1994 (age 25)[2]
Place of birth Frankfurt, Germany
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)[3]
Playing position Midfielder, Defender
Club information
Current team
Juventus
Number 23
Youth career
2000–2006 SV Blau-Gelb Frankfurt
2006–2009 Eintracht Frankfurt
2009–2011 Bayern Munich
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2013 Bayern Munich II 31 (3)
2012–2013 Bayern Munich 4 (1)
2013–2014 Bayer Leverkusen 29 (3)
2014–2018 Liverpool 115 (10)
2018– Juventus 21 (4)
National team
2009 Germany U15 1 (0)
2009–2010 Germany U16 8 (2)
2010–2011 Germany U17 23 (3)
2012–2013 Germany U19 5 (0)
2013–2015 Germany U21 13 (1)
2015– Germany 21 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 March 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:30, 13 October 2018 (UTC)

Emre Can (Turkish pronunciation: [ˈemɾe ˈdʒan];[4] born 12 January 1994) is a German professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Italian club Juventus and the Germany national team. A versatile player, Can has also played as a defensive midfielder, centre back and full back.

He began his senior career at Bayern Munich, playing mostly in the club's reserve side before transferring to Bayer Leverkusen in 2013. A season later, he was signed by Liverpool for £9.75 million where he made over 150 appearances across all competitions before joining Juventus in 2018.

Can represented Germany from Under-15 to Under-21 level, and featured at the 2015 Under-21 European Championship. He made his senior debut in September 2015 and was selected for the 2016 European Championship. The following year, he was part of the German squad which won the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia, and also scored his first senior international goal.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in 1994 to Turkish parents in Frankfurt, Can joined local side SV Blau-Gelb Frankfurt at the age of six and remained at the club until 2006, when he joined the youth academy of Eintracht Frankfurt. During his time with both Frankfurt clubs, he predominantly played in midfield where he assumed an attacking role.[5][6][7] In 2009, at the age of 15, he relocated to Bavaria after being signed by Bayern Munich.[7]

Bayern Munich[edit]

During his first year in Bayern's academy, Can was used in the centre-back position before returning to midfield when he began playing for Bayern Munich II in the Regionalliga Bayern.[5] He made his first team debut in the 2012 DFL-Supercup and his Bundesliga debut against 1. FC Nürnberg on 13 April 2013.[8] His first and only league goal for the club came on 27 April 2013 in a 1–0 home win over SC Freiburg.[9] Competing with Bastian Schweinsteiger, Luiz Gustavo and Javi Martínez for a spot in Bayern's midfield, he ultimately made only seven senior appearances before signing for fellow Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen in 2013 in seek of regular game-time.[10][11]

Bayer Leverkusen[edit]

On 2 August 2013, Can signed a four-year deal with Bayer 04 Leverkusen.[12] A buy-back clause was included in the agreement which would have allowed Bayern to re-sign Can for a set-fee in 2015, an option they later would not take.[13]

Can made his debut for die Werkself on 31 August 2013, coming on as an 80th-minute substitute for Stefan Reinartz in a 2–0 defeat at FC Schalke 04.[14] His first goal for the club came on 26 October when he scored the winner against FC Augsburg in a 2–1 victory.[15] Can made his UEFA Champions League debut against Manchester United at Old Trafford later that month in a match which ended 4–2 in the favour of the English side.[16]

In his only season at Leverkusen, Can scored four goals and made four assists in 39 appearances, while largely operating in a defensive capacity. His performances while at Leverkusen sparked interest from English club Liverpool, who noted Can's performances in both the Bundesliga and Champions League.[10]

Liverpool[edit]

On 5 June 2014, Bayer Leverkusen confirmed that Can would join Liverpool after the Merseyside club activated his £9.75 million (€12 million) release clause. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers described Can in a press conference later in the week as an "inspirational young talent".[17] The transfer was completed on 3 July 2014.[18]

Can playing against Chelsea.

2014–15 season[edit]

Can made his competitive debut for the club on 25 August 2014, coming on as a substitute for Joe Allen in a 3–1 away defeat against Manchester City.[19] The following month, he picked up an ankle injury while on duty with the German under-21 side and was sidelined for six weeks.[20] On 19 October, following his return from injury, Can made his first start for Liverpool in a 3–2 win against Queens Park Rangers.[21] He scored his first Liverpool goal on 8 November with a long-range shot past Thibaut Courtois, opening the scoring in an eventual 2–1 defeat to Chelsea.[22] Against the same opponent in a League Cup semi-final defeat on 27 January 2015, Can was stamped on by Chelsea forward Diego Costa; referee Michael Oliver did not penalize the incident, but Costa was retrospectively banned for three matches by the FA.[23] In April, Can received his first red card for Liverpool in 4–1 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.[24] Though naturally a midfielder, Can spent much of his debut season playing in defence, and ultimately featured 40 times for the campaign across all competitions.[25][26]

2015–16 season[edit]

On 22 October 2015, in Liverpool's UEFA Europa League match against Rubin Kazan at Anfield, Can scored his first goal of the 2015–16 season. It was the club's first goal under the management of Can's compatriot and new manager Jürgen Klopp.[27] On 14 February 2016, he scored his first league goal of the season in a 6–0 win over Aston Villa.[28] While Can was often used at centre back or full back under Rodgers, with Klopp's arrival he was moved to his preferred position of central midfielder. He was praised by Klopp for his improvement and became a key cog in Liverpool's midfield.[29][30] On 14 April 2016, Can ruptured his ankle ligaments in the Europa League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund. Initially, he was ruled out for the rest of the domestic season.[31] However, he returned ahead of schedule and played in the second leg of the semi-final against Villarreal.[32][33] Can later revealed that he trained for 8 hours a day for 3 weeks to get fit for the Villarreal game.[34]

2016–17 season[edit]

On 29 October 2016, Can scored his first goal of the season, scoring the opening goal in Liverpool's 4–2 win over Crystal Palace.[35] On 6 November, Can scored Liverpool's third goal in their 6–1 win over Watford, which took Liverpool to 1st position in the Premier League for the first time under Jürgen Klopp.[36][37] On 4 December, Can scored in Liverpool's 4–3 defeat to Bournemouth.[38][39] On 12 March 2017, Can scored the winning goal in Liverpool's 2–1 win over Burnley, in what was called by Klopp an "ugly win".[40] On 1 May 2017, Can scored an overhead kick in a 1–0 in over Watford, with the strike later earning him the BBC Goal of the Season and Carling Goal of the Season awards.[41][42][43]

Can playing for Liverpool during a UEFA Champions League match against Spartak Moskva, 6 December 2017.

2017–18 season[edit]

On 23 August 2017, Can scored twice against Hoffenheim in the second leg of the Champions League play-off round in a 4–2 win for Liverpool on the night, and a 6–3 win on aggregate.[44] These were his first goals for Liverpool in the new season.[45] Can received praise for his performance during Liverpool's 4–0 win over Arsenal on 27 August.[46][47] On 1 November, Can scored in Liverpool's 3–0 win over Slovenian side Maribor.[48] His first league goal of the season came in a 5–1 away win over Brighton & Hove Albion, where he played at centre-back.[49] On 30 January 2018, Can scored the opening goal in Liverpool's 3–0 win over Huddersfield Town at the Kirklees Stadium.[50] On 24 February, he scored the opener in Liverpool's 4–1 win over West Ham United.[51] On 17 March, during a game against Watford, Can suffered a muscle injury in his back, and it was reported that he could potentially miss the rest of the season out injured.[52][53][54][55] Can returned in time for the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid, but was only named on the bench.[56] He came on as a substitute for James Milner in the 83rd minute. Liverpool lost the match by a scoreline of 3–1.[57]

On 8 June 2018, it was confirmed by Liverpool via their official website that Can, along with Jon Flanagan and several youth players, would leave the club upon the expiry of their contracts, on 1 July 2018.[58][59]

Juventus[edit]

On 21 June 2018, Can signed a four-year deal with Serie A side Juventus following the expiration of his contract with Liverpool; the Italian club paid €16 million in additional costs for his services.[60][61] Can became the tenth German player, after Hans Mayer Heuberger, Josef Edmund Heß, Helmut Haller, Thomas Häßler, Stefan Reuter, Jürgen Kohler, Andreas Möller, Sami Khedira, and Benedikt Höwedes, to join Juventus. A €50 million release clause was also included in Can's contract, only valid for clubs outside of Italy and starting from his third year of contract; this was the first time that Juventus had added a release clause to one of its player's contracts.[62][63][64] He made his Serie A debut on 18 August, coming on as a substitute in a 3–2 away win against ChievoVerona.[65][66] On 21 January 2019, Can scored his first goal for the club in a 3–0 home victory over ChievoVerona.[67]

International career[edit]

Due to his Turkish ancestry, Can was 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".[68][69][70]

Youth[edit]

Can with Germany in 2017.

Can received call-ups for the German U15, U16 and U17 youth football teams. In 2011, he was a part of U17 team that finished as runners-up at the European Championships. He was also named in the team of the tournament.[71] Later that year, he captained the squad in the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup and led his team to the semi-finals. During the semi-final, he netted a 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, but Germany were defeated 3–2.

He represented the under-21 team at the 2015 European Championship in the Czech Republic, starting all four matches. In their opening game at the Letná Stadium in Prague on 17 June, Can scored with a 17th-minute equaliser from the edge of the penalty area in a 1–1 draw against Serbia.[72] In their second group match at the Eden Arena in Prague against Denmark on 20 June, Can hit a slide-rule pass to assist Kevin Volland's smart finish in the 32nd minute. In the 47th minute Can was awarded a free-kick, from which Volland doubled the lead thanks to a delightfully weighted free-kick from 25 metres out. Matthias Ginter rounded off the scoring to head in Amin Younes' cross just five minutes later leading to a 3–0 victory.[73] Germany were eliminated in the semi-finals following a 5–0 defeat to Portugal on 27 June, in which Can started.[74]

Senior[edit]

On 28 August 2015, Can received his first senior call-up from manager Joachim Löw, ahead of the following month's UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying matches against Poland and Scotland.[75] He made his debut on 4 September in the first game, playing the full 90 minutes of a 3–1 win at the Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt.[76]

On 31 May 2016, Can was named in Germany's final 23-man squad for UEFA Euro 2016.[77] His sole appearance in the tournament came in the 2–0 semi-final loss to France, a match that Can started.[78]

On 17 May 2017, Can was named in Germany's final 23-man squad for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.[79] Can made an appearance as a substitute in Germany's first game, a 3–2 win over Australia. He would appear in all 5 of his team's matches in the competition as Germany ran out winners in the final against Chile.[80]

He scored his first senior international goal on 8 October, in a 5–1 home win in a 2018 World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan.[81][82]

In May 2018, he was left out of Germany's squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[83][84]

Can playing for Liverpool during a pre-season match against Roma, on 24 July 2014.

Style of play[edit]

Can's ability to attack and defend from midfield has seen him compared to fellow German midfielders Michael Ballack and Bastian Schweinsteiger.[17] Prior to calling Can up to the senior squad, German national team coach Joachim Löw reserved praise for the midfielder, stating that he has a good, all-round game and that they were following his progress.[85]

Can has also been praised for his versatility which was showcased in his debut season at Liverpool where he showed his ability to play in several roles in both defence and midfield.[86] Throughout his career, he has been deployed as a central midfielder, as a defensive midfielder, as an attacking midfielder, as a winger, in a box-to-box role, or even as a right-sided full-back, wing-back, or centre-back.[87][88] He has also been singled out for his composure in possession, energy, positioning, and sense of timing, while former Liverpool midfielder and German international Dietmar Hamann described him as being "physically strong, a good passer and technically gifted".[87][89] Pundit Jack Watson has labelled Can as a complete and versatile player, with excellent awareness, who is also "strong, quick, smart and can tackle, pass and shoot."[88] Football writer Andrew Beasley has also noted that Can is strong in the air,[90] while Matt Jones has described Can as an intelligent player, with good passing ability, who "...is powerful in possession and difficult to barge off the ball when he does march up the pitch." However, Jones has also described Can as being inconsistent at times.[90]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 17 March 2019[91]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup1 League Cup2 Continental3 Other4 Total Ref.
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bayern Munich II 2011–12 Regionalliga Süd 17 1 17 1 [92]
2012–13 Regionalliga Bayern 14 2 14 2 [93]
Totals 31 3 31 3
Bayern Munich 2012–13 Bundesliga 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 7 1 [93]
Bayer Leverkusen 2013–14 29 3 3 1 7 0 39 4 [94]
Liverpool 2014–15 Premier League 27 1 6 0 3 0 4 0 40 1 [93]
2015–16 30 1 0 0 5 0 14 1 49 2 [93]
2016–17 32 5 2 0 6 0 40 5 [93]
2017–18 26 3 2 0 0 0 9 3 37 6 [93]
Totals 115 10 10 0 14 0 27 4 166 14
Juventus 2018–19 Serie A 21 4 1 0 5 0 1 0 28 4 [93]
Totals 21 4 1 0 5 0 1 0 28 4
Career totals 200 21 16 1 14 0 39 4 2 0 271 26

International[edit]

As of match played 14 October 2018[95]
International statistics
National team Year Apps Goals
Germany 2015 3 0
2016 4 0
2017 13 1
2018 1 0
Total 21 1

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Germany's goal tally first.[95]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 8 October 2017 Fritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern, Germany  Azerbaijan 5–1 5–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Bayern Munich[96][97]

Liverpool

Juventus

Germany

Individual

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