Niklas Süle

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Niklas Süle
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Süle with Germany in 2018
Personal information
Full name Niklas Süle[1]
Date of birth (1995-09-03) 3 September 1995 (age 24)[1]
Place of birth Frankfurt, Germany
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)[1]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Bayern Munich
Number 4
Youth career
Rot-Weiß Walldorf
2006–2009 Eintracht Frankfurt
2009–2010 SV Darmstadt 98
2010–2013 1899 Hoffenheim
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 1899 Hoffenheim II 6 (0)
2013–2017 1899 Hoffenheim 107 (7)
2017– Bayern Munich 66 (4)
National team
2010–2011 Germany U16 10 (2)
2011–2012 Germany U17 17 (3)
2012–2013 Germany U18 4 (0)
2013 Germany U19 3 (0)
2014–2016 Germany U21 15 (1)
2016 Germany Olympic 6 (0)
2016– Germany 24 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:24, 19 October 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:37, 13 October 2019 (UTC)

Niklas Süle (German pronunciation: [ˈnɪkˌlas ˈzʏlə]; born 3 September 1995) is a German professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Bayern Munich and the Germany national team.[2]

Club career[edit]

Süle started his career with Rot-Weiß Walldorf. In July 2006, he signed for the youth team of Eintracht Frankfurt, where he played until the end of the 2008–09 season. In July 2009, he signed for the youth team of SV Darmstadt 98, and only half a year later he left for the youth team at 1899 Hoffenheim.

1899 Hoffenheim[edit]

On 11 May 2013, Süle made his debut for Hoffenheim in a Bundesliga game against Hamburger SV. He started the match but was substituted for Andreas Ludwig in the 81st minute. Hoffenheim lost the game 4–1. The 2012–13 season, Süle made two Bundesliga appearances and two Relegation Playoff appearances as Hoffenheim defeated 1. FC Kaiserslautern to stay in the Bundesliga.[3]

During the 2013–14 season Süle established himself as an important first team player for Hoffenheim. Süle played in 25 Bundesliga matches and scored four goals as he helped Hoffenheim finish 9th in the league.

Süle started the 2014–15 season strong and played every minute during the first 14 Bundesliga matches. On 12 December 2014, Süle suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during matchday 15 against Frankfurt. Süle was sidelined for the rest of the season due to the injury.[4] Hoffenheim finished 8th in the league.

Süle returned for the 2015–16 season after the ACL tear. He played every minute in 33 Bundesliga matches as Hoffenheim finished a disappointed 15th in the league.

Süle had a very impressive 2016–17 season for Hoffenheim as he played in 33 Bundesliga matches. Hoffenheim finished in an impressive 4th in the Bundesliga. Süle's performance drew interest from clubs like Bayern Munich and Chelsea.[5]

On 15 January 2017, Bayern Munich had announced that they had signed Süle along with Sebastian Rudy from Hoffenheim as a double swoop. Both Süle and Rudy joined Bayern Munich on 1 July 2017.[6]

Bayern Munich[edit]

2017–18 season[edit]

Süle earned his first appearance for Bayern Munich, having been named a starter for their season opener against Bayer 04 Leverkusen on 18 August 2017 where he scored the first goal of the 2017–18 Bundesliga season, having headed in a free kick from fellow Bayern newcomer and Hoffenheim-product, Sebastian Rudy.[7] On 12 September 2017, Süle made his Champions League debut against Anderlecht. Süle played in 27 Bundesliga matches and scored two goals. Süle made nine appearances in the Champions League during the season.

Süle won his first Bundesliga title after Bayern Munich finished 21 points ahead of the second place Schalke 04. Süle also reached his first DFB-Pokal final as Bayern Munich were beaten 3–1 by Süle's former youth club, Eintracht Frankfurt.

2018–19 season[edit]

Süle started the 2018–19 season by playing in the 2018 German Super Cup, which Bayern won 5–0.[8] On 20 April 2019, Süle scored the winning goal in a 1-0 win over Werder Bremen. The win kept Bayern at the top of the Bundesliga table.[9]

On 18 May 2019, Süle won his second Bundesliga title as Bayern finished two points above Dortmund with 78 points. A week later, Süle won his first DFB-Pokal as Bayern defeated RB Leipzig 3-0 in the 2019 DFB-Pokal Final.[10]

Süle played in 31 Bundesliga matches and scored two goals. During the Bundesliga season, Süle had an impressive 95% pass completion while having the fourth most touches of any Bundesliga player.[11] Süle appeared in 42 matches in all competitions and scored two goals.

2019–20 season[edit]

Süle tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the twelfth minute of the team's eight league match of the season and is expected to be out of the line-up for eight to ten months, essentially ending his season, and precluding any involvement with Germany for UEFA Euro 2020.[12][13]

International career[edit]

With the German U17 he participated at the 2012 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship.

He was part of the squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics, where Germany won the silver medal.[14]

Süle was called up in August 2016 when the Germany national football team played Finland and Norway.[15] He was brought off in the 59th minute against Finland.[16]

Süle was named in Germany's final 23-man squad by Joachim Löw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[17] On 27 June, Süle made his first World Cup appearance in the last match of the group stage in a 2–0 defeat to South Korea as his side got knocked out from the World Cup for the first time since 1938.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Süle's family name is of Hungarian origin, but the manager of the Turkish Football Federation under-16 national team contacted Süle about the possibility of playing for them as the surname seemed Turkish to him.[19] He was also eligible for the Hungarian National Team.[20]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 19 October 2019[21]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1899 Hoffenheim II 2012–13 Regionalliga Südwest 4 0 4 0
2013–14 Regionalliga Südwest 2 0 2 0
Totals 6 0 6 0
1899 Hoffenheim 2012–13 Bundesliga 2 0 0 0 2[a] 0 4 0
2013–14 Bundesliga 25 4 3 1 28 5
2014–15 Bundesliga 15 1 2 0 17 1
2015–16 Bundesliga 33 0 1 0 34 0
2016–17 Bundesliga 33 2 1 0 34 2
Totals 107 7 7 1 2 0 116 8
Bayern Munich 2017–18 Bundesliga 27 2 5 0 9[b] 0 1[c] 0 42 2
2018–19 Bundesliga 31 2 4 0 6[b] 0 1[c] 0 42 2
2019–20 Bundesliga 8 0 1 0 2[b] 0 1[c] 0 12 0
Totals 66 4 10 0 17 0 3 0 96 4
Career totals 179 11 18 1 17 0 5 0 219 12
  1. ^ Appearances in the Bundesliga Relegation Playoff.
  2. ^ a b c Appearances in the UEFA Champions League.
  3. ^ a b c Appearances in the DFL-Supercup.

International[edit]

International statistics[edit]

As of 13 October 2019[22]
Germany national team
Year Apps Goals
2016 1 0
2017 7 0
2018 8 1
2019 8 0
Total 24 1

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Germany's goal tally first.[22]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 15 November 2018 Red Bull Arena, Leipzig, Germany  Russia 2–0 3–0 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Bayern Munich[22]

International[edit]

Germany[22]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Niklas Süle" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Kaiserslautern Vs Hoffenheim LIVE!". bundesliga.com. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  4. ^ "NIKLAS SÜLE SUFFERS ACL TEAR IN LEFT KNEE". achtzehn99.de. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Bayern Munich new boy Niklas Sule says he rejected Chelsea as offer was not stimulating enough". independent.co.uk. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  6. ^ "FC Bayern sign Niklas Süle and Sebastian Rudy". FC Bayern Munich. 15 January 2017. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Dream debuts for Bayern Munich trio Süle, Rudy and Tolisso". Bundesliga. 20 August 2017. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  8. ^ "FCB gewinnt Supercup – Lewandowski macht den Unterschied". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Niklas Süle keeps Bayern Munich top with winning goal against Werder Bremen". bundesliga.com. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Robert Lewandowski hits brace as Bayern Munich beat RB Leipzig in DFB Cup final to seal the double". bundesliga.com. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Lewandowski, Süle, Gnabry, Kimmich and Martinez: Bayern Munich's title-makers". bundesliga.com. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  12. ^ "BREAKING: Bayern Munich confirm Niklas Süle has torn the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of his left knee". Bavarian Football Works. 20 October 2019.
  13. ^ "Kreuzbandriss bei Süle – "Herber Schlag" für FCB und Löw" [Cruciate Ligament Rupture for Süle – "Major Blow" for FCB and Löw]. kicker.
  14. ^ "Neymar's golden penalty sees Brazil to victory". FIFA.com. 20 August 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  15. ^ "Uncapped Niklas Sule in Germany squad with Bastian Schweinsteiger set to bow out". Sky Sports. 26 August 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  16. ^ "Schedule :: The "Mannschaft" :: National Teams :: DFB – Deutscher Fußball-Bund e.V." Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  17. ^ "Germany announce final World Cup squad, with Manuel Neuer, without Leroy Sané". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  18. ^ "World Cup 2018: Germany exit at group stage after shock South Korea loss". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  19. ^ "Süles kuriose Anfrage aus der Türkei" (in German). kicker.de. 25 March 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  20. ^ Kft, New Wave Media Group. "Valójában magyar a Bayern töröknek nézett németje". origo.hu (in Hungarian). Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  21. ^ "Niklas Süle | Club matches". World Football. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  22. ^ a b c d "N. Süle". Soccerway. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  23. ^ "Team of the Season 16/17 Results". Bundesliga. Retrieved 30 May 2017.

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