Kerem Demirbay

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Kerem Demirbay
2017 Confederations Cup - Final - Kerem Demirbay.jpg
Demirbay with Germany in 2017
Personal information
Full name Kerem Demirbay[1]
Date of birth (1993-07-03) 3 July 1993 (age 24)[1]
Place of birth Herten, Germany
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
1899 Hoffenheim
Number 10
Youth career
1999–2007 FC Schalke 04
2007–2008 Borussia Dortmund
2008–2011 SG Wattenscheid 09
2011–2012 Borussia Dortmund
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 Borussia Dortmund II 28 (2)
2013–2016 Hamburger SV 3 (0)
2013–2014 Hamburger SV II 6 (4)
2014–2015 1. FC Kaiserslautern (loan) 22 (1)
2015–2016 Fortuna Düsseldorf (loan) 25 (10)
2016– 1899 Hoffenheim 36 (8)
National team
2011–2012 Turkey U19 7 (1)
2012–2013 Turkey U20 3 (0)
2013 Turkey U21 2 (0)
2017– Germany 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:17, 29 October 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 June 2017

Kerem Demirbay (born 3 July 1993) is a German professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Bundesliga club 1899 Hoffenheim. A former youth international for Turkey, Demirbay switched to represent Germany.

Youth career[edit]

Born in Herten in the Ruhr region, he began playing club football with FC Schalke 04 in 1999. After several years with the club, he continued his training with Borussia Dortmund and SG Wattenscheid 09.

Club career[edit]

Borussia Dortmund[edit]

After spending a year in their youth setup, Demirbay was promoted to Borussia Dortmund II playing in third tier 3. Liga. On 21 July 2012, the first matchday of the 2012–13 season, he came to his debut in professional football in an away game against VfL Osnabrück, replacing Konstantin Fring from the bench. He scored in the 1–2 home defeat against 1. FC Saarbrücken.

Hamburger SV[edit]

In the 2013–14 winter break, he agreed to join Hamburger SV on a free transfer in July 2014. After injury issues and several caps for their second team in fourth tier Regionalliga, he made his Bundesliga debut in the 1–3 home defeat by VfL Wolfsburg on 19 April 2014.[2]

1. FC Kaiserslautern[edit]

Although performing well in 2014–15 pre-season games, he moved to 2. Bundesliga side 1. FC Kaiserslautern on a season long loan to in August 2014. There he became a first team regular, starting in 18 matches and being put in another four times.

Fortuna Dusseldorf[edit]

Returning to Hamburg, he again played pre-season, before signing on a season long loan to Fortuna Dusseldorf on 25 August 2015.

Sexist On-Field Comments[edit]

Demirbay achieved international notoriety for making a sexist comment against female referee Bibiana Steinhaus, in violation of league rules. After being sent off by Steinhaus, he told her "women have no place in men's football".[3] Demirbay telephoned Steinhaus after the match to apologize. As a sanction for his behaviour, he was given a five-game ban[4] and was made to referee a junior league girls' football match.[5]

International career[edit]


Although not having a Turkish passport, Demirbay played international youth football for the Turkish Football Association.[citation needed] In March 2015, he was chosen by Germany U21 coach Horst Hrubesch, but was excluded from games due to injury. He was then selected for 2015 European Under-21 Championship in the Czech Republic, but did not play in any of the games.


Demirbay accepted a callup to the Turkey national football team on 17 May 2017, for a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification against Kosovo,[6] but rescinded the offer.[7] Later in the same day, Demirbay accepted a callup to the Germany national football team for the friendly against Denmark on 6 June 2017, for the 2018 World Cup qualification match against San Marino on 10 June 2017 and for the 2017 Confederations Cup to be held from 17 June to 2 July 2017.[8]

Demirbay made his international debut on 6 June against Denmark, where he was subbed on in the 77th minute for Leon Goretzka.[9]

International goals[edit]

As of 25 June 2017 (Germany score listed first, score column indicates score after each Demirbay goal)
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 25 June 2017 Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, Russia  Cameroon
2017 FIFA Confederations Cup





  1. ^ a b c "FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017: List of players: Germany" (PDF). FIFA. 2 July 2017. p. 4. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 July 2017. Retrieved 21 July 2017. 
  2. ^ "Perisic schockt den HSV nach 92 Sekunden" [Perisic shocks HSV after 92 seconds] (in German). 19 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "'Sexist' footballer made to referee girls' match". The Local. 2 December 2015. Retrieved 6 December 2015. 
  4. ^ "'Bibi' of the Bundesliga blows whistle on sexism in German football". The Guardian. 22 May 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2017. 
  5. ^ "Kerem Demirbay: Player officiates girls' game after referee insult". BBC Sport. 5 December 2015. Retrieved 6 December 2015. 
  6. ^ "Kerem Demirbay, Türk Milli Takım forması giyecek - A Milli Takım Haber Detayları TFF". 
  7. ^ "Açıklama - A Milli Takım Haber Detayları TFF". 
  8. ^ "Leipzig's Demme, Hoffenheim's Demirbay and Wagner, Hertha's Plattenhardt and Gladbach's Stindl all included in Germany squad for Confederations Cup -". - the official Bundesliga website. 
  9. ^ [1]

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