Ilkay Gundogan Biography

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Ilkay Gundogan is a professional footballer who plays for Manchester city. Sportmob brings you the notable events of Ilkay Gundogan biography in this article.

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is German. The Germans have the best football players in the world thanks to their discipline and amazing style of play. The same goes for Gundogan as well. The footballer is a product of VfL Bochum. Over the years he established himself as a professional footballer and marked the acme of his career.

Gundogan is an accomplished player who is a tough opponent to go up against. Guardiola praised him for his remarkable performance and described him: “He’s an incredibly nice guy. He’s one of the… I will never forget the time we spent together. As a player he is one of the most intelligent, wisest players I have ever trained, I have ever seen.”

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The footballer is a humble player who doesn’t show any reaction to headlines and doesn’t seek praise. Pep Guardiola who is the current manager of Manchester City respects Gundogan a lot and praised him on many occasions. He recently stated about him: “You cannot believe how good he is. He is exceptional. He is one of the best signings in this Club’s history.” Stay tuned for more details about Ilkay Gundogan biography.

Ilkay Gundogan Information

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and early life we will fill you in with the details of his bio and other information.

Ilkay Gundogan Bio

  • Full name: Ilkay Gundogan

  • Nickname: Gunny

Personal information

  • Ilkay Gundogan date of birth: 24 October 1990

  • Zodiac sign: Scorpio

  • Place of birth: Gelsenkirchen, Germany

  • Ilkay Gundogan religion: Islam

  • Father’s name: Irfan Gundogan

  • Mother’s name: Ayten Gundogan

  • Ilkay Gundogan Nationality: German

  • Marital status: not married

  • Girlfriend: Sara Arfaoui

Body Measurements

  • Hair color: Black

  • Eye Color: Hazel

  • Height: 180 cm

  • Weight: 79 kg

Football Information

  • Position: Midfielder

  • Debut in profession: VfL Bochum II (2008)                             

  • Clubs served: VfL Bochum II, 1. FC Nurnberg, Borussia Dortmund II, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City                                                                                                   

Ilkay Gundogan Early Life

Ilkay Gundogan was born in Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia which is located in Germany. He was born and raised to Turkish parents. His father is Irfan Gundogan and his mother is Ayten Gundogan. According to

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his zodiac sign is Scorpio. His paternal grandfather migrated from Balıkesir, Turkey, to the Ruhr region of Germany and he worked as a miner there. At the same time his wife and children remained at Turkey. His kids went to school at their hometown and grew up there. In 1979, Ilkay’s father decided to go to Germany along with his siblings.

He established a life there and found a part time job for himself. He got married and his wife gave birth to their son Ilkay. As a kid he was very passionate about football and showed amazing talent in the game. In an interview the footballer recalled his early days and stated: “No matter where I was or where I went, I always took my football with me. I even took my football to bed with me. I practiced in the lounge at home just as I did in the yard behind my parents’ house.”

He added: “In fact, our yard became a regular meeting place for all the children in the neighborhood because it had garage doors that we could use as a goal post. I played there all the time with my brother. I learned a lot from him because he was older than me. I always played with older players.” Stay tuned for more details about Ilkay Gundogan biography.

Ilkay Gundogan Profile

Ilkay Gundogan is an accomplished footballer who came a long way. He established himself at VfL Bochum's youth academy and worked hard to improve himself. According to

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, he plays as a midfielder. In this section we will walk you through the footballer’s career in the clubs he has served so far. Now without further adding let’s begin.

Early Career 

As Ilkay showed how much he loves football and how talented he is in the game, his parents decided that their son should receive a proper education. In 1993 he joined SV Gelsenkirchen-Hessler 06 youth system. He remained at the club until 1998 and worked on his performance. Later he joined Schalke 04 and had a season-long spell there. In an interview with RevierSport in 2011 he commented: “It was a huge dream of mine to be able to play for



 For it to be over so quickly was not easy to take.” In 1999 he switched to SV Gelsenkirchen-Hessler 06 again. He stayed there until 2004 and then went to Buer for one season. In 2009, the footballer moved to VfL Bochum to 1. FC Nürnberg. He managed to make his first assist on 19 September 2009, during his fourth


game over Bayern Munich.

 He also aimed the net for his first goal on 20 February 2010 in a game at home once again over Bayern Munich. In an interview Ilkay stated about his early days: “I feel privileged to have grown up in Germany so it was a heavy blow for me to be portrayed as somebody who isn't integrated and who doesn't live his life according to German values.”

Borussia Dortmund

On 5 May 2011, the footballer signed a four-year contract with Borussia Dortmund for the estimated amount of €4 million. He debuted for the side on 23 July during the DFL-Supercup over Schalke 04. Jürgen Klopp, then manager of the club described the young player: “He brings with him a super attitude. He’s smart and willing to learn. Ilkay has a great passing game, is a complete footballer, and fits perfectly into our system.”

Dortmund had a draw at Veltins-Arena which led to penalty shootouts. Ilkay managed to score his first goal while aiming the net. On December 17, the footballer scored his first goal for the side in a 4-1 away win against SC Freiburg. On 22 February 2012, Ilkay played for the reserve team in a 2-1 victory over 1. FC Kaiserslautern II at the Stadion Rote Erde and he was substituted by Rico Benatelli at half time. Stay tuned for more details about

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Ilkay Gundogan a Central Figure of Borussia Dortmund

On 20 March, Ilkay scored a goal in the 120th minute in a game over Greuther Fürth and sent

Borussia Dortmund

to the final game of DFB-Pokal. On May 12, he played the whole 90 minutes in a 5-2 win against Bayern Munich which gave Dortmund their first domestic double. Ilkay proved himself to be a key role player with such a great performance for the side. In the 2012-13 season he became one of the central figures of Borussia Dortmund as they reached the final of the UEFA Champions League.

Ilkay was highly praised for his performance in two semifinal matches over Real Madrid. On 25 May 2013, he aimed the net for an equalizer from the penalty spot in the 69th minute in favor of his team against

Bayern Munich

during the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final played at Wembley Stadium, London. This was Ilkay’s first penalty kick in the game for Borussia Dortmund. However, Bayern went on and won the game 2-1. On 27 July 2013, the talented footballer scored a goal during the time they won the 2013 DFL-Supercup 4-2 over rivals Bayern Munich.

Ilkay Gundogan Suffered from an Extreme Back Injury

In the 2013-14 season, Ilkay suffered from a back injury which he sustained while he was playing an international game. The injury kept him off the field for a year. Ilkay stated about his injury: “It was quite a long time where I didn’t want to have surgery too early because surgery of the spine – for a footballer especially – is not easy, and of course it is dangerous. I was really scared, and I didn’t know if I would ever be able to play football again.”

In April 2014, Ilkay signed a new contract with Dortmund which kept him in the club until 2016. On 28 April 2015, Ilkay Gundogan along with Sebastian Kehl scored in the penalties against old rivals Bayern Munich which made the side reach the DFB-Pokal Final. Later the club made an announcement that they will no longer extend the German footballer’s contract now that it was expired. But on 1 July 2015, Ilkay extended his contract until 2017. Find out more details about

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Manchester City 

On 2 June 2016, Ilkay reached an agreement with Premier League club Manchester City. He signed a four-year contract for more than €20 million. Ilkay Gundogan was the first player who was signed under

Pep Guardiola

supervision. The footballer debuted for the side on 14 September. This was the first time Ilkay played in four months in a UEFA Champions’ League group stage game at home to Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Man City won the game 4-0. The next game Ilkay aimed the net in a 4-0 victory over

AFC Bournemouth

at the City of Manchester Stadium. Later he grabbed a brace and made an assist for Guero goal against West Bromwich Albion in a 4–0 win at The Hawthorns on 29 October 2016. In a 3-1 match against Barcelona the top goal scorer once again scored two goals in the group stages of the Champions League. Pep Guardiola has praised the talented footballer on many occasions.

He owes the recent era of Man City’s success to Ilkay Gundogan. In an interview he stated: “He deserves this role of leadership through what he has done on the pitch. It is the best way to show his ability. I am delighted with the external recognition he gets now because he is scoring goals and making assists. He deserves it.”

Ilkay Gundogan Sustained a Knee Ligament Damage

On 14 December in a game over Watford Ilkay was replaced in the 44 minute due to a knee ligament damage. The injury ruled him out for several months. After nine months he came back in 16 September 2017, and made his first appearance for Man City. After three months he scored his first goal of the season which was assisted by Leroy Sane. His goal gave Man City a lead in a 4-1 victory over

Tottenham Hotspur

. On February 2018, Ilkay scored two goals in a 4-0 win against FC Basel in the away leg of their round of sixteen tie in the Champions League.

The Highest Goal Scorer of the Premier League

 On 4 March Ilkay set two passing records in the Premier League during a 1-0 home victory against


. His record was most passes attempted (174) and most passes completed (167) in one game. Yaya Toure was the person who set the record for 157 passes from 168 attempts against Stoke City in December 2011 and Ilkay broke his record. In August 2019, the footballer signed a new contract with the side.

On 21 September 2020, it was announced that Ilkay had Coronavirus and he went to be quarantined for ten days. On 15 December 2020, he came back to score his first goal of the season in a 1–1 home draw against West Bromwich Albion. In February he grabbed a brace in a 4-1 away league victory against Liverpool, leading Man City to their first win at Anfield since 2003. Ilkay finished the season and he was named Man City highest goal scorer of the premier league with 13 goals. Learn more details about

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International Career 

Ilkay received his first call up to the Germany national team in August 2011 for a friendly game over Brazil however he didn’t appear in the game. He debuted for the side in a 3-1 victory over Belgium in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match at the Esprit Arena, Düsseldorf, coming in the field as a substitute for captain

Philipp Lahm


Ilkay managed to aim the net for this first goal in a 4-1 win over Kazakhstan in the Kazakhstan 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier. He scored his second goal on 14 August in a friendly match as


and Paraguay had a 3-3 draw. This was when Ilkay suffered from an extreme back injury which prevented him to play for an entire year. The footballer was included in the UEFA Euro 2020 squad on 19 May 2021.

Style of play 

Ilkay’s former coach Jürgen Klopp admires the young footballer and labeled him as the “intelligent and complete midfielder with numerous strengths.” Ilkay is a hard working footballer with great manner. He had a rough start at Dortmund. He stated about his time at the club: “Things hadn't gone as well as I had thought.”

 But according to


his good attitude along with the fact that he was eager to learn everything were the true key to his success. In his early career Gundogan was more of a wide midfielder but during his spell at Dortmund he established himself in a more central role. Although he is a capable footballer but he often struggled from series of injuries in his career.


On 12 February 2021, Ilkay received a Premier League Player of the Month for his remarkable performance in January for Man City. On 12 March 2021, once again he received the Premier League Player of the Month two months in a row. He managed to score four goals and provided an assist in five game. Ilkay became the first player of the club to win back-to-back awards. Pep Guardiola has praised Ilkay on many occasions.

In an interview he stated about the midfielder: “I know how he behaved when he was injured and in bad moments. He is incredibly beloved because he is such an incredible guy. He thinks not just about himself but the team. He deserves what he builds. He is the same player. The year we won the second Premier League with 98 points, he was incredible as a holding midfielder. But now, of course, he is our top scorer and that's why he gets the recognition now he deserves.” Find out more details about Ilkay Gundogan biography in the following.

Goal Celebration 

When it comes to celebrating the goals he scored, Ilkay runs in joy and shouts in victory.

Ilkay Gundogan Life Outside Football 

Ilkay Gundogan is a dedicated footballer who tries to keep it healthy and works out every day. According to his own words he Is not into politics but in October 2019, following

Cenk Tosun

's goal in a 1-0 home victory against over Albania in a Euro 2020 qualifier, the Turkish footballer posted a photo on Instagram and remarked about support for soldiers involved in the Turkish offensive into north-eastern Syria against Kurdish forces.

Ilkay Gundogan along with

Emre Can

who is also a German footballer from Turkish roots liked the photo. But later they both removed their likes. Ilkay commented: “I took the like back when I saw that it was judged to be political. Believe me, after what happened last year, the last thing I wanted was to make a political statement. What is true is that I was pleased for my former Germany U21 teammate [Tosun] that he scored the winning goal.” Stay tuned for more details about Ilkay Gundogan biography.

Ilkay Gundogan Personal Life 

Now it’s time to dig a bit deeper into the footballer’s personal life. Ilkay is not married but he has a girlfriend. Currently the footballer is in a relationship with the stunning TV presenter and model Sara Arfaoui. The couple seem to have a great relationship together. Sara tires to support her boyfriend in every up and down and she always sets in the front row for Ilkay’s games. The TV presenter is well known and she is widely followed on Instagram. The stunning beauty often shares stylish phots of herself. Find out more details about

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Family, Children and Relationships

Ilkay previously was in a relationship with the stunning Turkish model Sila Sahin. The couple met back in 2010 and their relationship lasted 5 years before they decided to go separate ways. Sila Sahin is one of the most beautiful models in Turkey. However, things didn’t go how they planned for and they broke up. The footballer doesn’t share much of his private life. However, based on his posts on Instagram he is an outdoor man who enjoys being in the company of his family and friends from the pitch.


Ilkay Gundogan religion

is Islam. The good hearted footballer participated in a charity to donate to the people in need in Indonesia. He joined forces with Man City fans in Indonesia in order to provide ,3000 meals for the underprivileged people in Indonesia. Aside from that Ilkay started a charity to help the Cafés and restaurants in Manchester that have been struggling due to Corona Virus restrictions.

 He stated: “Let's help them as much as possible - therefore I will start a charity campaign that will run until the end of the season. Bid for very special prizes like a personal and virtual Meet & Greet with me or signed match worn shirts from special games this season. Many more to come. The proceeds will be donated to restaurants and cafes in my second home - Manchester.”

Legal Issues

The footballer didn’t face any legal issues during his career.

Ilkay Gundogan Career Statistics

Over the years Ilkay came a long way and made a name for himself. He had different spells at big clubs and marked the acme of his success. Find out all the details about Ilkay Gundogan career statistics.


In 2008, he debuted for VfL Bochum II and had a one season long spell at the club while scoring one goal. Then he moved to 1. FC Nürnberg and made 53 appearances for the side and scored 7 goals for the side. Later he joined Borussia Dortmund for the 2011-12 season and remained there for 5 seasons while scoring 15 goals. In 2016 the footballer reached an agreement with Man City. So far he has made 212 appearances for the side and scored 39 goals.


On international level, Ilkay Gundogan has made 49 appearances for Germany national team and scored 11 goals.


Being coached by great managers like Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel, Ilkay insinuated that he was considering being a coach after his retirement from football.

Ilkay Gundogan Honors

Ilkay Gundogan has won numerous titles and awards over the years. He can’t be praised enough and he is one of the best midfielders in Europe. Find out the awards and titles he won both in club and international level in the following.

Borussia Dortmund

  • Bundesliga: 2011–12

  • DFB-Pokal: 2011–12

  • DFL-Supercup: 2013

  • UEFA Champions League runner-up: 2012–13

Manchester City

  • Premier League: 2017–18, 2018–19, 2020–21

  • FA Cup: 2018–19

  • EFL Cup: 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20, 2020–21

  • FA Community Shield: 2018, 2019

  • UEFA Champions League runner-up: 2020–21


  • ESM Team of the Year: 2012–13, 2020–21

  • PFA Premier League Team of the Year: 2020–21

  • Premier League Player of the Month: January 2021, February 2021

  • UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2020–21

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