Kerem Demirbay (born 3 July 1993) is a German professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen. A former youth international for Turkey, Demirbay switched to represent Germany.
Demirbay playing for 1899 Hoffenheim in 2019
|Full name||Kerem Demirbay|
|Date of birth||3 July 1993|
|Place of birth||Herten, Germany|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2008–2011||SG Wattenscheid 09|
|2012–2013||Borussia Dortmund II||28||(2)|
|2013–2014||Hamburger SV II||6||(4)|
|2014–2015||→ 1. FC Kaiserslautern (loan)||22||(1)|
|2015–2016||→ Fortuna Düsseldorf (loan)||25||(10)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:15 6 February 2021 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 June 2017
Early life and careerEdit
Demirbay was born in Herten, North Rhine-Westphalia. 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.
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.
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.
1. FC KaiserslauternEdit
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.
In June 2016, Demirbay signed for 1899 Hoffenheim and was handed the number 10 shirt. In April 2016, Demirbay scored the all important equalising goal against 1. FC Köln that earned the club from Sinsheim their first ever European qualification.
On 9 May 2019, Bayer Leverkusen announced that Demirbay would end his stint at Hoffenheim, and would move to the BayArena at the start of the summer transfer window in a five-year deal until 30 June 2024. Leverkusen reportedly triggered a release clause in Demirbay's Hoffenheim contract by paying a €32 million or €28 million fee, depending on the source.
Although not having a Turkish passport, Demirbay played international youth football for the Turkish Football Association. 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 UEFA 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, but rescinded the offer. Later in the same day, Demirbay accepted a callup to the Germany national 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.
Controversial on-field commentsEdit
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". Demirbay telephoned Steinhaus after the match to apologise. As a sanction for his behaviour, he was given a five-game ban and was made to referee a junior league girls' football match.
- As of match played 25 June 2017
- As of match played 25 June 2017. Germany score listed first, score column indicates score after each Demirbay goal.
|1||25 June 2017||Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, Russia||Cameroon||1–0||3–1||2017 FIFA Confederations Cup|
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- "'Sexist' footballer made to referee girls' match". The Local. 2 December 2015. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
- "'Bibi' of the Bundesliga blows whistle on sexism in German football". The Guardian. 22 May 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
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- "Match report: Chile – Germany". FIFA. Archived from the original on 29 June 2019.
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