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Leroy Sané

Leroy Sané

German association football player
Leroy Sané
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro German association football player
Is Athlete Football player Association football player
From Germany France
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 11 January 1996, Essen, Düsseldorf Government Region, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Age: 24 years
Star sign CapricornCapricorn
Mother: Regina Weber
Father: Souleyman Sané
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 75 kg
Sports Teams
Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Germany national football team
Germany national under-21 football team
Germany national under-19 football team
FC Schalke 04
Manchester City F.C.
The details


Leroy Aziz Sané ([ˈliːʁɔʏ zaˈneː]; born 11 January 1996) is a German professional footballer who plays as a winger and as an attacking midfielder for Premier League club Manchester City and the German national team.

He made his professional debut for Schalke 04 in 2014 and transferred to Manchester City in 2016 for an initial £37 million fee. He was voted PFA Young Player of the Year in 2017–18 after helping City win the Premier League and EFL Cup, a feat the side bettered by winning a domestic treble the following season.

Sané made his senior international debut for Germany in November 2015 and was part of their squad that reached the semi-finals of UEFA Euro 2016.

Early life

Sané was born on 11 January 1996 in Essen, Germany, the son of Senegal international footballer Souleyman Sané and German Olympic gymnast Regina Weber. His father met his mother while playing professionally for SG Wattenscheid 09. Sané grew up in Wattenscheid and went to secondary school in nearby Gelsenkirchen. His two brothers, Kim and Sidi, have played for the youth side or second XI of major German football clubs.

Club career

Early career

Sané began playing football in 2001 for the youth team of SG Wattenscheid 09. In 2005, he joined Schalke 04. Three years later, he joined Bayer Leverkusen, before returning to the Schalke youth academy (Nachwuchsleistungszentrum) in 2011.

Schalke 04

Sané playing for Schalke 04 in February 2016.

On 21 March 2014, Sané signed a three-year professional contract with Schalke extending until 30 June 2017. He made his Bundesliga debut on 20 April 2014 against VfB Stuttgart. He replaced Max Meyer after 77 minutes in a 3–1 away defeat. He scored his first goal of the season in a 2–1 home defeat to 1. FC Köln on 13 December. On 11 March 2015, Sané scored in his first UEFA Champions League match in a 4–3 victory over Real Madrid, although his side were knocked out of the competition on 5–4 aggregate.

Manchester City

2016–17 season

On 2 August 2016, Sané joined Premier League club Manchester City, signing a five-year contract for a reported £37 million transfer fee, with performance-related add-ons potentially making the fee £46.5 million. He made his debut in a 1–2 win, in the Manchester derby against Manchester United, on 10 September. His first goal for City came in a 2–1 win against Arsenal at home in the Premier League, on 18 December. Following a spell on the sidelines due to injury, Sané made his return in a game against Tottenham Hotspur and scored in a 2–2 draw at the City of Manchester Stadium on 21 January 2017. On 28 January, he scored in a 3–0 away win over Crystal Palace in the FA Cup fourth round match. On 21 February, he scored in a 5–3 comeback win over Monaco in the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen first leg match. On 1 March, he scored in a 5–1 home win over Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup fifth round replay match. Four days later, on 5 March, he scored in a 2–0 away win over Sunderland. On 15 March, he scored in the return fixture of the UEFA Champions League match against Monaco, but City lost 1–3, knocking them out from the tournament on the away goals rule. On 2 April, he scored the opening goal in an eventual 2–2 draw with Arsenal. On 15 April, he scored in a 3–0 win over Southampton.

In July 2017, Sané revealed he believed his debut season at City had been limited by his inability to breathe through his nose. He said he particularly suffered during matches, with his constantly blocked nose hampering his performance and causing him intense frustration. He opted to have corrective surgery during the off-season break. Although this caused him to miss that year's FIFA Confederations Cup, he said his chronic nasal congestion was becoming increasingly unbearable for him and that he wished to enter the next season feeling happy and healthy.

2017–18 season

Sané playing during the Manchester derby in December 2017.

On 9 September 2017, Sané scored his first two goals of the 2017–18 season in City's 5–0 home win against Liverpool. On 20 September, he scored twice in a 2–1 away win over West Bromwich Albion in the third round match of the League Cup. On 23 September, he scored in a 5–0 win over Crystal Palace. On 14 October, he scored in a 7–2 win over Stoke City. On 21 October, he scored in a 3–0 win over Burnley. On 28 October, he scored in a 3–2 away win over West Bromwich Albion. After scoring and assisting once in each of his three matches, he earned the Premier League Player of the Month award for October 2017. On 6 January 2018, he scored in a 4–1 win in the FA Cup third round over Burnley. On 14 January, he scored in a 4–3 defeat to Liverpool. Nine days later, on 23 January, he scored in a 3–2 away win over Bristol City, securing advancement into the League Cup final, in which he played 77 minutes before being substituted off as City won 3–0 over Arsenal to clinch their first trophy under Pep Guardiola. On 1 March, five days following the win in the final, he scored against Arsenal in a 3–0 league away win. On 31 March, he scored in a 3–1 away win over Everton, putting City just a win away from winning the league title. On 29 April, he scored in a 4–1 away win over West Ham United.

Sané was voted the PFA Young Player of the Year for his part in Manchester City's 2017–18 Premier League title win, edging teammates Raheem Sterling and Ederson, as well as Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane. With 15 assists, Sané just missed out on winning the inaugural Premier League Playmaker of the Season award to fellow teammate Kevin De Bruyne.

2018–19 season

On 15 September 2018, Sané scored the opening goal and his first of the 2018–19 season in City's 3–0 home win against Fulham. He later scored the final goal in consecutive home match wins over Burnley and Southampton. On 24 November, Sané assisted a first-half goal for Sterling and scored a brace in a 4–0 away win over West Ham United.

On 3 January 2019, he scored the winning goal for Manchester City in the 72nd minute of the game against Liverpool, which resulted in Liverpool's unbeaten run in the English Premier league coming to an end.

On 21 February 2019, Manchester City were 2–1 down in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Sané's former club, Schalke, playing with only 10 men after Nicolás Otamendi was sent off on 68 minutes. Sané levelled the scores with a stunning free kick from just under 30 yards only seven minutes after being substituted for Sergio Agüero. He chose not to celebrate out of respect for his former club. City went on to win the game 3–2 with the winning goal scored by Raheem Sterling.

On 13 March 2019, in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 clash against Schalke, Sané put in an incredible performance with three assists and a goal to contribute to Manchester City's 7–0 victory against his former club, sending City to the quarter-finals of the competition.

On 24 April 2019, Sané scored the second and final goal in a match against Manchester United during the 66 minute to secure City a Manchester derby win. It was his first ever Manchester derby goal.

2019–20 season

Sané was repeatedly linked with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich to replace club staples Franck Ribéry, who was leaving the club, and retiring Arjen Robben. Despite a deal to the German side reportedly being nearly finalized, Sané was surprisingly named in the starting 11 against Liverpool in the FA Community Shield. After only 10 minutes, Sané was substituted after sustaining a torn ACL, ruling him out of competition for the majority of the season and ending talks with Bayern until his injury healed. In June 2020, Sané rejected a contract extension at Manchester City with manager Guardiola stating that he will leaving the club this summer

Bayern Munich

On 30 June 2020, Bayern Munich agreed to sign a five-year deal with Sané for €45m plus add-ons.

International career

Sané was first called up to the Germany under-21 team by youth coach Horst Hrubesch on 28 August 2015 for the friendly against Denmark and for the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier against Azerbaijan. On 3 September 2015, he made his debut for the German U21 side in a 2–1 win at Stadion an der Lohmühle in Lübeck against Denmark, where he was replaced after 73 minutes by Julian Brandt.

Sané received his first senior call-up to the German senior team on 6 November 2015 in a friendly against France. On 13 November 2015, he was substituted in the 61st-minute for Julian Draxler in a friendly match against France in Saint-Denis, in what would be a 2–0 defeat for the Germans, overshadowed by shootings and explosions around the stadium.

Sané was selected by Germany boss Joachim Löw to represent the country at UEFA Euro 2016. He participated in one match, replacing Bastian Schweinsteiger on 79 minutes in Germany's 2–0 semi-final defeat to France.

Sané was eligible to play for France because he holds French citizenship.

Sané was omitted from Germany's final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in favour of another young player Julian Brandt on 4 June 2018. In September 2018, after he was selected for the squad to face games against France and Peru, he left the team hotel after a discussion with Joachim Löw, citing "personal reasons" as his cause for leaving. It was later revealed that the reason for leaving was due to the birth of his daughter.

On 16 November 2018 he scored his first goal for Germany against Russia following an assist from Serge Gnabry. The goal came in the eighth minute of the game as Germany won 3–0.

Personal life

Sané is the son of former German rhythmic gymnast, the 1984 Summer Olympics bronze medalist Regina Weber and former footballer and Senegalese international Souleymane Sané. Souleymane Sané was raised in France; he moved to Germany through his service in the French Army. Leroy Sané was born in Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, and raised near the Lohrheidestadion, Wattenscheid. He was named Leroy in honor of Claude Le Roy, a former head coach of his father.

Career statistics


As of match played 22 June 2020
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Schalke 04 2013–14 Bundesliga 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2014–15 Bundesliga 13 3 0 0 1 1 14 4
2015–16 Bundesliga 33 8 2 0 7 1 42 9
Total 47 11 2 0 8 2 57 13
Manchester City 2016–17 Premier League 26 5 5 2 2 0 4 2 37 9
2017–18 Premier League 32 10 3 1 5 3 9 0 49 14
2018–19 Premier League 31 10 4 2 3 0 8 4 1 0 47 16
2019–20 Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
Total 90 25 12 5 10 3 21 6 2 0 135 39
Career total 137 36 14 5 10 3 29 8 2 0 192 52


As of match played 11 June 2019
National team Year Apps Goals
Germany 2015 1 0
2016 3 0
2017 5 0
2018 8 2
2019 4 3
Total 21 5

International goals

As of 11 June 2019. Germany score listed first, score column indicates score after each Sané goal.
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 15 November 2018 Red Bull Arena, Leipzig, Germany  Russia 1–0 3–0 Friendly
2 19 November 2018 Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen, Germany  Netherlands 2–0 2–2 2018–19 UEFA Nations League A
3 24 March 2019 Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands  Netherlands 1–0 3–2 UEFA Euro 2020 qualification
4 8 June 2019 Borisov Arena, Barysaw, Belarus  Belarus 1–0 2–0
5 11 June 2019 Opel Arena, Mainz, Germany  Estonia 8–0 8–0


Manchester City

  • Premier League: 2017–18, 2018–19
  • FA Cup: 2018–19
  • EFL Cup: 2017–18, 2018–19
  • FA Community Shield: 2018, 2019


  • PFA Young Player of the Year: 2017–18
  • Premier League Player of the Month: October 2017
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 30 Jun 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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