Kerem Demirbay

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.

Kerem Demirbay
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Demirbay playing for 1899 Hoffenheim in 2019
Personal information
Full name Kerem Demirbay[1]
Date of birth (1993-07-03) 3 July 1993 (age 27)[2]
Place of birth Herten, Germany
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[3]
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Bayer Leverkusen
Number 10
Youth career
1999–2007 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)
2014–20151. FC Kaiserslautern (loan) 22 (1)
2015–2016Fortuna Düsseldorf (loan) 25 (10)
2016–2019 1899 Hoffenheim 63 (12)
2019– Bayer Leverkusen 41 (4)
National team
2011–2012 Turkey U19 7 (1)
2012–2013 Turkey U20 3 (0)
2013 Turkey U21 2 (0)
2017 Germany 2 (1)
Representing  Germany
FIFA Confederations Cup
Winner 2017
* 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.[4] 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.[citation needed]

Club careerEdit

Borussia DortmundEdit

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.[citation needed]

Hamburger SVEdit

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.[5]

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.[citation needed]

Fortuna DüsseldorfEdit

Demirbay with Düsseldorf in 2015

Returning to Hamburg, he again played pre-season, before signing on a season long loan to Fortuna Düsseldorf on 25 August 2015.[citation needed]

1899 HoffenheimEdit

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.[6]

Bayer LeverkusenEdit

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.[7] Leverkusen reportedly triggered a release clause in Demirbay's Hoffenheim contract by paying a €32 million[8][9] or €28 million fee,[10] depending on the source.

International careerEdit


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.[citation needed]


Demirbay with Germany during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup

Demirbay accepted a callup to the Turkey national football team on 17 May 2017, for a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification against Kosovo,[11] but rescinded the offer.[12] 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.[13]

Demirbay made his international debut on 6 June against Denmark, where he was subbed on in the 77th minute for Leon Goretzka.[14]

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".[15] Demirbay telephoned Steinhaus after the match to apologise. As a sanction for his behaviour, he was given a five-game ban[16] and was made to referee a junior league girls' football match.[17]

Career statisticsEdit


As of match played 25 June 2017[18]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
2017 2 1
Total 2 1
As of match played 25 June 2017. Germany score listed first, score column indicates score after each Demirbay goal.[18]
List of international goals scored by Kerem Demirbay
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 25 June 2017 Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, Russia   Cameroon 1–0 3–1 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup




  1. ^ "FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017: List of Players: Germany" (PDF). FIFA. 2 July 2017. p. 4. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Kerem Demirbay: Overview". ESPN. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Kerem Demirbay". Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Kerem Demirbay: Profile". HEIM:SPIEL. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Perisic schockt den HSV nach 92 Sekunden" [Perisic shocks HSV after 92 seconds] (in German). 19 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 February 2018. Retrieved 31 January 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Bayer 04 sign Kerem Demirbay". Bayer 04 Leverkusen. 9 May 2019. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Rekordtransfer perfekt: Demirbay wechselt zu Leverkusen". kicker Online (in German). 9 May 2019. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Leverkusen signs midfielder Kerem Demirbay from Hoffenheim". Washington Post. 9 May 2019. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Leverkusen sign Hoffenheim and Germany midfielder Kerem Demirbay". France 24. 9 May 2019. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Kerem Demirbay, Türk Milli Takım forması giyecek - A Milli Takım Haber Detayları TFF".
  12. ^ "Açıklama - A Milli Takım Haber Detayları TFF".
  13. ^ "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.
  14. ^ [1]
  15. ^ "'Sexist' footballer made to referee girls' match". The Local. 2 December 2015. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  16. ^ "'Bibi' of the Bundesliga blows whistle on sexism in German football". The Guardian. 22 May 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  17. ^ "Kerem Demirbay: Player officiates girls' game after referee insult". BBC Sport. 5 December 2015. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  18. ^ a b "Demirbay, Kerem". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmermann. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  19. ^ "Match report: Chile – Germany". FIFA. Archived from the original on 29 June 2019.

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