Can training with Liverpool in 2014
|Full name||Emre Can|
|Date of birth||12 January 1994|
|Place of birth||Frankfurt, Germany|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|2000–2006||SV Blau-Gelb Frankfurt|
|2011–2013||Bayern Munich II||31||(3)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:40, 23 October 2016 (UTC).
Emre Can (Turkish pronunciation: [ˈɛmrɛ ˈd͡ʒɑn], born 12 January 1994) is a German professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Premier League club Liverpool and the Germany national team. A versatile player, Can can also play as a defensive midfielder, centre back or full back.
Can was born in 1994 to Turkish parents in Frankfurt. He joined 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. In 2009, he was signed by FC Bayern Munich and relocated to Bavaria.
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.
On 2 August 2013, Can signed a four-year deal with Bayer 04 Leverkusen. He made his debut for die Werkself on 31 August 2013, coming on as an 80th-minute substitute for Stefan Reinartz in a 0–2 defeat at FC Schalke 04. His first goal for the club came on 26 October when he scored the winner against FC Augsburg in a 2–1 victory on 26 October. 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.
In his only season at Leverkusen, Can scored four goals and made four assists, 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.
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". The move was completed on 3 July 2014.
Can was an unused substitute as Liverpool began their league campaign with a 2–1 home win over Southampton on 17 August. 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. In September, Can picked up an ankle injury while on duty with the German under-21s and was sidelined for six weeks.
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.
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. Can was sent off for two bookings in Liverpool's 1–4 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on 4 April. While naturally a midfielder Can spent much of his debut season playing in defence.
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. On 14 February 2016, he scored his first league goal of the season in a 6–0 win over Aston Villa. 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.
On 14 April 2016, Can ruptured his ankle ligaments in Europa League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund. Initially, he was ruled out for the rest of domestic season. However, he returned ahead of the schedule and played in second leg of the semi-final against Villarreal. Can later revealed that he trained for 8 hours a day for 3 weeks to get fit for the Villarreal game.
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".
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. 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. 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.
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. 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.
Style of play
Can's ability to attack and defend from midfield has seen him compared to fellow German midfielders Michael Ballack and Bastian Schweinsteiger. 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. 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. He has also been singled out for his composure in possession, 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".
- As of 24 September 2016.
|Bayern Munich II||2011–12||Regionalliga Süd||17||1||—||17||1|||
- 1.^ Includes German FA Cup and English FA Cup.
- 2.^ Includes English League Cup.
- 3.^ Includes UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.
- 4.^ Includes German Super Cup.
- As of match played 7 July 2016
- Liverpool FC Young Player of the Season: 2015–16
- UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season: 2015–16
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