Niklas Süle

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Niklas Süle
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Süle in 2018
Personal information
Full name Niklas Süle[1]
Date of birth (1995-09-03) 3 September 1995 (age 26)[2]
Place of birth Frankfurt, Germany
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)[3]
Position(s) Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Bayern Munich
Number 4
Youth career
2004–2006 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)
2017–2022 Bayern Munich 114 (6)
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 U23 6 (0)
2016– Germany 40 (1)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 17:26, 8 May 2022 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 20:42, 14 June 2022 (UTC)

Niklas Süle (born 3 September 1995) is a German professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and the Germany national team.[4] He is set to join Borussia Dortmund beginning in the 2022–23 season.

Club career[edit]

Early 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.[citation needed]

1899 Hoffenheim[edit]

Süle with Hoffenheim in 2014

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. During 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.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7] Hoffenheim finished 8th in the league.[8]

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

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.[9]

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.[10]

Bayern Munich[edit]

Süle training with Bayern in 2018

Süle's first appearance came as he was named a starter for Bayern Munich's season opener against Bayer 04 Leverkusen on 18 August 2017. He scored the first goal of the 2017–18 Bundesliga season, heading in a free kick from fellow Bayern newcomer and Hoffenheim-product Sebastian Rudy.[11] On 12 September 2017, Süle made his Champions League debut against Anderlecht. Süle played in 27 Bundesliga matches and scored two goals. He made nine appearances in the Champions League during the season.[6]

Süle won his first Bundesliga title after Bayern Munich finished 21 points ahead of second-placed 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.[citation needed]

Süle started the 2018–19 season by playing in the 2018 German Super Cup, which Bayern won 5–0.[12] 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.[13]

On 18 May 2019, Süle won his second Bundesliga title as Bayern finished with 78 points, two points above Dortmund. A week later, Süle won his first DFB-Pokal as Bayern defeated RB Leipzig 3–0 in the 2019 DFB-Pokal Final.[14] He played in 31 Bundesliga matches and scored two goals. During the Bundesliga season, Süle had a 95 percent pass completion while having the fourth most touches of any Bundesliga player.[15] Süle appeared in 42 matches in all competitions and scored two goals.[6]

Süle tore his anterior cruciate ligament injury in the 12th minute of the team's eighth league match of the 2019-20 season and was expected to be out of the line-up for eight to ten months, preventing him from participating with Germany for UEFA Euro 2020, before the tournament was postponed.[16][17] On 8 August 2020, Süle played against Chelsea in the Champions League, marking his first match since October 2019.[18][19] He then started from the bench in the later games in the Champions League. On 23 August 2020, Süle came on from the bench in the 2020 UEFA Champions League Final and replaced Jérôme Boateng after he suffered an early injury. He won the Champions League, completing the continental treble for that season.

On 9 December 2020, Süle scored his first Champions League goal in a 2–0 win over Lokomotiv Moscow.[20]

Borussia Dortmund[edit]

Süle agreed to join Borussia Dortmund starting from the 2022–23 season on a free transfer on a four-year contract.[21][22]

International career[edit]

Süle participated in the 2012 UEFA European Under-17 Championship with the German U17 team.[23]

He was part of the squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics, where Germany won the silver medal.[24]

Süle was called up in August 2016 when the Germany national football team played Finland and Norway.[25] He was brought off in the 59th minute against Finland.[26]

Süle was named in Germany's final 23-man squad by Joachim Löw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[27] 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 Germany got knocked out of the World Cup in the first round for the first time since 1938.[28] On 19 May 2021, he was selected for the UEFA Euro 2020 squad.[29]

Personal life[edit]

Süle was born in Frankfurt, Hesse.[30] His grandfather György emigrated with his wife from Budapest to Germany.[31] His father Georg worked as a coach at Rot-Weiss Walldorf; meanwhile, his elder brother, Fabian, had a football scholarship at the St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York, to study Business Management, Economics and Finance.[32] His family name is of Hungarian origin, but the manager of the Turkish Football Federation under-16 national team contacted Süle during his teenage years about the possibility of playing for them as Süle's surname seemed Turkish to him.[33] He was also eligible for the Hungarian national team.[34]

Süle had a son in late 2020 with his girlfriend Melissa Halte.[35]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 8 May 2022[36]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Europe 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
Total 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
Total 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 6[b] 0 1[c] 0 16 0
2020–21 Bundesliga 20 1 2 0 7[b] 1 4[d] 0 33 2
2021–22 Bundesliga 28 1 2 0 7[b] 0 1[c] 0 38 1
Total 114 6 14 0 35 1 8 0 171 7
Career total 227 13 22 1 35 1 10 0 294 15
  1. ^ Appearances in Bundesliga relegation play-offs
  2. ^ a b c d e Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ a b c d Appearance in DFL-Supercup
  4. ^ One appearance in DFL-Supercup, one appearance in UEFA Super Cup, two appearances in FIFA Club World Cup

International[edit]

As of match played 14 June 2022[37]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Germany 2016 1 0
2017 7 0
2018 8 1
2019 8 0
2020 5 0
2021 8 0
2022 3 0
Total 40 1
As of match played 11 October 2021. Scores and results list Germany's goal tally first.[37]
List of international goals scored by Niklas Süle
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 15 November 2018 Red Bull Arena, Leipzig, Germany  Russia 2–0 3–0 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Bayern Munich[37]

Germany Olympic

Germany

Individual

  • UEFA Champions League Breakthrough XI: 2017[44]
  • Bundesliga Team of the Season: 2016–17[45]

References[edit]

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