|Is||Athlete Football player Association football player|
|Birth||20 January 1995, Schorndorf, Rems-Murr, Stuttgart Government Region, Germany|
Davie Selke ([ˈzɛlkə]; born 20 January 1995) is a German professional footballer who plays as a forward for Bundesliga club Hertha BSC.
Selke began his professional career with Werder Bremen in 2013 where he went on to score 10 goals in 36 appearances before signing for RB Leipzig in 2015 for a 2. Bundesliga record fee of €8 million. He spent two seasons with Leipzig, helping the club earn promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time in 2016 and qualification to the UEFA Champions League the following year. Having scored 14 goals in 51 appearances, Selke then joined Hertha BSC in June 2017.
He has also represented Germany at all youth levels and in 2014 was part of the squad which won the 2014 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, earning the Golden Boot and Golden Player awards for his performances at the tournament. Two years later, he featured at the 2016 Summer Olympics where Germany earned a silver medal, losing out to hosts Brazil in the final. The following year he helped his nation claim the UEFA European Under-21 Championship title.
Having spent the majority of his youth years at Hoffenheim, Selke signed for Werder Bremen in 2013 for €50,000. While spending most of the 2013–2014 season playing for the reserves in the fourth-tier Regionalliga Nord, he made his first-team debut for the club on 3 November 2013, coming on as a second-half substitute for Clemens Fritz in a 3–2 Bundesliga victory over Hannover 96. The following month, Selke exchanged blows with Fritz during a training session, with the pair having to be separated by teammates. He ended the season having scored 9 goals in 26 appearances for the reserves and remaining goalless in three first-team appearances for Die Grün-Weißen.
At the start of the 2014–15 campaign, Selke signed a new four-year deal with Bremen, tying him to the club until 2018. He scored his first goal on 20 September 2014, netting in a 4–2 Bundesliga loss against FC Augsburg. A late flurry of four goals and four assists in nine games from Selke helped Bremen to a tenth-placed finish in the league, thus securing their status in the Bundesliga for another season. He finished the season with 10 goals in 33 appearances in all competitions.
Despite having signed a contract extension with Bremen a few months prior, Selke announced on 1 April 2015 that he would be joining then 2. Bundesliga side RB Leipzig at the end of the season. The €8m fee Leipzig paid for Selke made him the most expensive 2. Bundesliga signing in the history of the competition. With Selke having been courted throughout the season by a host of European clubs, including Real Madrid, his decision to drop down a division was seen as being financially motivated. This was especially the case given Leipzig's relationship with energy drink company, Red Bull. Following the announcement of his departure, Selke was jeered by parts of the Werder Bremen fan base during the remaining matches of the season. He ultimately scored 10 goals in 36 appearances for the club.
Selke made his debut for RB Leipzig on 25 July 2015 against FSV Frankfurt and scored his first goal for the club the following week, netting in a 2–2 draw with Greuther Fürth. On 21 November, Selke netted the only goal in a 1–0 win over Arminia Bielefeld which saw Leipzig climb to the summit of 2.Liga. On 8 May, Die roten Bullen secured promotion with a match to spare after beating Karlsruher SC 2–0. It was the first time in the club's short history that they had been promoted to the Bundesliga. During the post match celebrations, Leipzig manager Ralf Rangnick pulled his hamstring after being chased by Selke with a glass of beer. He finished the 2015–16 season with 10 goals in 32 appearances.
Selke scored his first goal for the 2016–17 Bundesliga season on matchday three, scoring one and assisting another in a 3–1 win over Hamburg. On matchday 32, he netted a brace in a 4–1 win over Hertha BSC which saw the Leipzig qualify for the Champions League for the first time in the club's history. He struggled for first-team football throughout the season, however, and started in just four out of 20 appearances for the campaign, scoring four goals.
On 1 June 2017, Hertha BSC confirmed the signing of Selke on a long-term deal for a reported club record fee of €8.5m. The following month, Selke suffered a metatarsal injury in training which was later diagnosed to be a bone-marrow edema, and was ruled out for a number of weeks. He eventually made his first league appearance for Hertha on matchday eight, coming off the bench in a 2–0 loss to Schalke 04. He scored his first goal for the club four days later, netting in a 2–1 Europa League defeat to Zorya. On 5 November, he scored his first league goal, netting in a 3–3 draw with Wolfsburg.
The following month, Selke came up against RB Leipzig for the first time since joining Hertha BSC and prior to the match he vowed to celebrate if he scored against his former club. He proceeded to score twice to lead Hertha to a 3–2 win despite his side being down to 10-men after Jordan Torunarigha was sent off in the eighth minute. On 14 March 2018, following a run of three months without a goal, Selke netted another brace in a 2–1 win over Köln, the second of which was the 1000th home goal scored in the Bundesliga by Hertha. His return to goal scoring form continued with Selke enjoying a run of five goals in four matches during the final stages of the season to end the campaign with a return of 10 goals in 27 appearances.
In July 2018, Selke suffered a collapsed lung which ruled him out of the start of the 2018–19 season. Following a successful recovery, he featured regularly under manager Pal Dardai and by February 2019, despite having only scored four goals, had recorded eight assists in the league; more than he had in each of his previous campaigns combined. The following month, he made his 50th league appearance for the club during a 3–2 defeat to Borussia Dortmund.
On 31 January 2020, the last day of the 2019–20 winter transfer period, Selke re-joined Werder Bremen on a loan deal lasting until the summer of 2021. The transfer reportedly includes an obligation for Werder Bremen to sign him permanently at the end of the loan for an estimated transfer fee between €10 and 15 million, which only takes effect if the club remains in the Bundesliga.
Due to Werder Bremen's relegation to the 2. Bundesliga the club did not sign Selke permanently.
German national youth teams
Though born in Schorndorf, Germany, Selke is eligible to represent both Ethiopia, the birthplace of his father, and the Czech Republic, the birthplace of his mother. He and fellow German youth international teammate Gedion Zelalem had in the past been approached by the Ethiopian Football Association to represent the African nation but both players elected to remain within the German camp.
In 2014, he helped Germany win the UEFA European Under-19 Championship. Selke netted six goals throughout the tournament which earned him the Golden Boot award. His goalscoring tally equaled the tournament record, jointly held by Borko Veselinović and Álvaro Morata. Selke was also named as the tournament's Golden Player.
On 16 July 2016, Selke was named in Horst Hrubesch's 18-man squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He scored his first goal at the tournament on 7 August, netting Germany's second in a 3–3 draw with South Korea. Germany ultimately went on to win the Silver Medal, losing to Brazil in the final. The following year, he was included in Germany's 23-man squad for the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Poland where they went on to be crowned champions after beating Spain 1–0 in the final.
Style of play
Former Germany striker Klaus Fischer described Selke as being a "young Miroslav Klose", comparing his stature and strength in the air with that of Germany's all-time record goalscorer. Selke himself, however, cites former Bayern Munich striker Mario Gómez as being his idol.
- As of match played on 1 July 2021
|RB Leipzig||2015–16||2. Bundesliga||30||10||2||0||—||32||10|
|Werder Bremen (loan)||2019–20||Bundesliga||11||0||2||1||—||13||1|
- UEFA European Under-19 Championship: 2014
- Summer Olympic Games: Silver Medal, 2016
- UEFA European Under-21 Championship: 2017
- UEFA European Under-19 Championship: Golden Boot 2014
- UEFA European Under-19 Championship: Golden Player 2014
- UEFA European Under-19 Championship: Team of the Tournament 2014