Can training with Liverpool in 2014
|Date of birth||12 January 1994|
|Place of birth||Frankfurt, Germany|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Midfielder / Defender|
|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 24 May 2015.
Emre Can (Turkish pronunciation: [ˈɛmrɛ ˈd͡ʒɑn], born 12 January 1994) is a German professional footballer who plays for English club Liverpool as a central midfielder. A versatile player, Can can also play as a defensive midfielder, centre-back or full-back.
Can has represented Germany from Under-15 to Under-21 level.
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 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. 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.
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". Many football experts have compared him to fellow German midfielders Michael Ballack and Bastian Schweinsteiger, because of his ability to attack and defend in the midfield position. The move was completed on 3 July 2014.
Can was called up for a competitive Liverpool match for the first time on 17 August, an unused substitute as they began their league campaign with a 2–1 home win over Southampton. He made his competitive debut for Liverpool in an away defeat against Manchester City on 25 August, coming on as a substitute for Joe Allen after 75 minutes and receiving a booking in a 3–1 defeat. While on duty with the German under-21s, Can was injured and was sidelined up to 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 Emirates Stadium on 4 April.
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 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. In their opening game at the Letná Stadium in Prague, he scored with a 17th-minute equaliser from the edge of the penalty area in a 1–1 draw against Serbia.
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- "Official club website Liverpool FC Emre Can". web page. The Liverpool Football Club. 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
- "Barclays Premier League: notification of shirt numbers" (PDF). Premier League. p. 11. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
- Mayer-Lodge, Christopher (27 April 2013). "Much-changed Bayern sink Freiburg". Bundesliga. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
- "Emre Can wechselt nach Leverkusen" (in German). Bayern Munich. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
- Smith, Ben (5 June 2014). "Emre Can: Liverpool agree to sign Bayer Leverkusen midfielder". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
- "Liverpool complete Emre Can transfer". Liverpool FC. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
- "Liverpool 2–1 Southampton". BBC Sport. 17 August 2014. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
- McNulty, Phil (25 August 2014). "Man City 3–1 Liverpool". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 August 2014.
- McNulty, Phil (8 November 2014). "Liverpool 1–2 Chelsea". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
- "Diego Costa: Chelsea striker gets three-match ban for stamp". BBC Sport. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
- McNulty, Phil (4 April 2015). "Arsenal 4-1 Liverpool". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
- "Emre Can: Ich will für Deutschland spielen!" [Emre Can: I want to play for Germany!] (in German). tz-online.de. 14 July 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2012.
- "Nach Samed Yesil bekennt sich auch Emre Can zu Deutschland" [After Samed Yesil also Emre Can declares for Germany] (in German). Deutsch-tuerkische-nachrichten.de. 14 July 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2012.
- ""Platz 3 gibt mir Selbstvertrauen für Bayern"" ["Place 3 gives me self-confidence for Bayern"]. Sport1.de. 13 July 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2012.
- Jurejko, Jonathan (17 June 2015). "Germany U21 1-1 Serbia U21". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
- "Can, Emre" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
- "Emre Can" (in German). fussballdaten.de. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
- "Die Bayern holen den ersten Titel der Saison" (in German). kicker.de. 12 August 2012. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
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- Emre Can – UEFA competition record
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- Portrait at spox.com (German)
- kicker profile
- How to pronounce Emre Can