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Ilkay Gündogan
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Borussia Dortmund

Ilkay
Gündogan

Midfielder

Date of Birth
Oct 24, 1990
Place of Birth
Gelsenkirchen, Turkey
Nationality
Germany
Height
179 cm
Weight
81 kg
Debut
23 July 2011

Bio

İlkay Gündoğan was born in Gelsenkirchen, Germany on 24 October 1990. Primarily a central midfield player, who operates as a playmaker, he is known for his technical qualities, dribbling, accurate passing and creative talents. 

Gündoğan began his youth career with SV Gelsenkirchen-Hessler 06 and also spent time at the youth academies of Schalke 04 and SSV Buer, before joining VfL Bochum in 2005. After working his way through the youth system there and making two appearances for the reserve team, Gündoğan completed a move to 1. FC Nürnberg in 2009. Over the course of the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons, he made more than 50 appearances in all competitions, scoring eight goals. His performances attracted the attention of Borussia Dortmund, who signed him in the summer of 2011.

During his first season at Dortmund, Gündoğan made a total of 36 appearances in all competitions, scoring four goals along the way, as the team won both the Bundesliga title and the DFB-Pokal. In the 2012-13 season, his performances helped the club to reach the final of the UEFA Champions League. Gündoğan received particular praise for his performances in the two semi final legs, against Spanish giants, Real Madrid. Although Dortmund were ultimately unsuccessful in the final, Gündoğan scored their only goal in a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich. At the end of the campaign, he was named in ESM's European Team of the Season. Later in 2013, he scored in a 4-2 win against Bayern Munich in the DFL-Supercup.

Despite being born to Turkish parents and being approached to represent Turkey at international level, Gündoğan ultimately opted to play for the country of his birth. He made his debut for the senior Germany national team in 2011 and was selected as a member of their 23-man squad for UEFA Euro 2012. In March 2013, he scored his first international goal, in a World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan.

Headlines

Gundogan poised for September return

Gundogan poised for September return

by Football News

Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is poised to return to action in September after undergoing surgery on back injury... Read more

Gundogan extends Dortmund contract

Gundogan extends Dortmund contract

by Football News

Ilkay Gundogan has turned down reported interest from Manchester United and Bayern Munich to sign a new contract with Borussia Dortmund... Read more

Career

Season Team Comp
2014/2015
Bundesliga
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013/2014
Bundesliga
57 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2012/2013
Bundesliga
2125 28 26 2 11 3 3 4 0 0
2012/2013
3. Liga
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011/2012
Bundesliga
1908 28 22 6 9 11 3 2 0 0
2011/2012
Regionalliga
46 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2010/2011
Bundesliga
1828 25 21 4 12 4 5 2 0 0
2009/2010
Bundesliga
1612 22 19 3 7 8 1 2 0 0
2008/2009
Regionalliga
134 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
2008/2009
2. Bundesliga
29 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 7739 108 91 17 41 26 13 10 0 0

Transfers & Loans

2011
1 Jul
€ 4,500,000
2009
1 Feb
€ 50,000

Games Played

Date Match  
10 Aug 2013 0 4 0 0 0