Emre Can

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Not to be confused with Emre Can Coşkun.
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 22)[1]
Place of birth Frankfurt, Germany
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 23[3]
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– Liverpool 51 (1)
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– Germany U21 13 (1)
2015– Germany 3 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:00, 6 February 2016 (UTC).
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:58, 13 November 2015 (UTC)

Emre Can (Turkish pronunciation: [ˈɛmrɛ ˈd͡ʒɑn],[4] born 12 January 1994) is a German professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for English club Liverpool and the Germany national team. A versatile player, Can can also play as a defensive midfielder, centre back or full back.

He began his career at Bayern Munich, playing mostly in its reserve side before transferring to Bayer Leverkusen in 2013. A season later, he was signed by Liverpool for £9.75 million.

Can has represented Germany from Under-15 to Under-21 level; most recently at the 2015 European Championship. He made his senior debut in September 2015.

Club career[edit]

Bayern Munich[edit]

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. His first and only league goal came on 27 April 2013 in a 1–0 home win over SC Freiburg.[5]

Bayer Leverkusen[edit]

2013-2014 season[edit]

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 re-signed 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.[6] On 31 August 2013, Can made his debut for the Bayer Group belonging club when he came at the 0–2 defeat on fourth Matchday at FC Schalke 04 in the 80th minute for Stefan Reinartz.[7] 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.[8]


Can playing against Chelsea.

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".[9] The move was completed on 3 July 2014.[10]

2014–15 season[edit]

Can was an unused substitute as Liverpool began their league campaign with a 2–1 home win over Southampton on 17 August.[11] He made his competitive debut for Liverpool in an 3–1 away defeat against Manchester City eight days later, coming on as a substitute for Joe Allen after 75 minutes and receiving a booking.[12] In September, Can picked up an ankle injury while on duty with the German under-21s and was sidelined for six weeks.[13]

On 19 October, he made his first start for Liverpool in a 3–2 win against Queens Park Rangers. Can scored his first Liverpool goal on 8 November with a long-range shot past Thibaut Courtois to open the scoring against Chelsea, although the opponents eventually won 1–2.[14]

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 penalise the incident, but Costa was retrospectively banned for three matches by the FA.[15] Can was sent off for two bookings in Liverpool's 1–4 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on 4 April.[16]

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.[17]

International career[edit]

Due to 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".[18][19][20]


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.[21] Later that year, he captained the U17 World Cup campaign 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 4 matches. In their opening game at the Letná Stadium in Prague, Can scored with a 17th-minute equaliser from the edge of the penalty area in a 1–1 draw against Serbia.[22] In their second group match at the Eden Arena in Prague against Denmark, 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.[23]


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.[24] 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.[25]

Style of play[edit]

Can in 2014

Can's ability to attack and defend from midfield has seen him compared to fellow German midfielders Michael Ballack and Bastian Schweinsteiger.[9] 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.[26] 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 both defence and midfield.[27]

Career statistics[edit]


As of 6 February 2016[28]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2012–13 Bayern Munich Bundesliga 4 1 2 0 0 0 6 1
Total 4 1 2 0 0 0 6 1
2013–14 Bayer Leverkusen Bundesliga 29 3 3 1 7 0 39 4
Total 29 3 3 1 7 0 39 4
2014–15 Liverpool Premier League 27 1 6 0 3 0 4 0 40 1
2015–16 24 0 0 0 4 0 6 1 34 1
Total 51 1 6 0 7 0 10 1 74 2
Career total 84 5 11 1 7 0 17 1 119 7


As of match played 13 November 2015.[29]
International statistics
National team Year Apps Goals
Germany 2015 3 0
Total 3 0



Bayern Munich[30][31]


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  31. ^ "Die Bayern holen den ersten Titel der Saison" (in German). kicker.de. 12 August 2012. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 

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