Jonathan Tah

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Jonathan Tah
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Tah with Bayer Leverkusen in 2019
Personal information
Full nameJonathan Glao Tah
Date of birth (1996-02-11) 11 February 1996 (age 23)
Place of birth Hamburg, Germany
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) [1]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Bayer Leverkusen
Number 4
Youth career
2000–2009 Altona 93
2009 SC Concordia
2009–2014 Hamburger SV
Senior career*
2013–2014 Hamburger SV II 8 (0)
2013–2015 Hamburger SV 16 (0)
2014–2015Fortuna Düsseldorf (loan) 23 (0)
2015– Bayer Leverkusen 109 (4)
National team
2011–2012 Germany U16 5 (1)
2012–2013 Germany U17 13 (0)
2014–2015 Germany U19 6 (1)
2015–2019 Germany U21 14 (0)
2016– Germany 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 11:26, 16 June 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 June 2019

Jonathan Glao Tah (German pronunciation: [ˈjoːnatan ˈtaː] ; born 11 February 1996) is a German professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Arsenal. His mother is German and his father is Ivorian. [2]

Association football Team field sport played between two teams of eleven players with spherical ball

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Club career

Tah started playing football in Altona 93. Then he joined SC Concordia before being snapped up by Hamburger SV. On 4 August 2013, Tah made his competitive debut for Hamburger SV in DFB Cup match against SV Schott Jena. [3] He made his Bundesliga debut on September 21, 2013 in a 2-0 home loss against Werder Bremen. [4]

Altonaer FC von 1893 (AFC) is a German association football club based in the Altona district of the city of Hamburg. The football team is a department of a larger sports club which also offers handball, karate, table tennis, and volleyball.

SC Concordia von 1907 association football club

SC Concordia von 1907 was a German football club from Marienthal, a quarter in the Wandsbek borough of the city of Hamburg. In 2013, the club has merged with neighbours TSV Wandsbek-Jenfeld 81'(already having used their ground for a couple of years), renaming itself Wandsbeker TSV Concordia.

Hamburger SV sports club in Hamburg, Germany

Hamburger Sport-Verein e.V.[hamˈbʊʁɡɐ ˌʃpɔʁt fɛɐ̯ˈʔaɪ̯n], commonly known as Hamburger SV, Hamburg or HSV[haː ʔɛs ˈfaʊ̯], is a German sport club based in Hamburg, its largest branch being its football department. Although the current HSV was founded in June 1919 from a merger of three earlier clubs, it officially traces its origin to 29 September 1887 when the first of the predecessors, SC Germania, was founded. HSV's football team had the distinction of being the only team that had played continuously in the top tier of the German football league system since the founding of the club at the end of World War I. It was the only team that played in every season of the Bundesliga since its foundation in 1963, until 2018 when the team were relegated for the first time in history.

On 1 September 2014, he was loaned to Fortuna Düsseldorf for one year. [5]

Fortuna Düsseldorf German association football club

Fortuna Düsseldorf[fɔɐ̯ˈtuːnaː ˈdʏsl̩dɔɐ̯f](listen) is a German football club in Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia. Founded in 1895, Fortuna entered the league in 1913 and was a fixture in the top flight from the early 1920s up to the creation of the Bundesliga in 1963. 2018–19 will be their 24th season in the Bundesliga, and their first since 2012–13.

On 15 July 2015 he signed a five-year contract with Bayer Leverkusen. [6]

Bayer 04 Leverkusen German association football club

Bayer 04 Leverkusen Fußball GmbH, also known as Bayer 04 Leverkusen[ˌbaɪ̯ɐ ˈleːvɐˌkuːzn̩], Bayer Leverkusen, Leverkusen or simply Bayer, is a German football club based in Leverkusen, North Rhine-Westphalia. The club plays in the Bundesliga, the top tier of German football, and hosts matches at the BayArena.

On 26 February 2018, Bayer Leverkusen announced the extension of Tah's contract with the club until 2023. [7] He made his 100th Bundesliga appearance for the club on 10 March 2019. [8]

International career

Tah received his first call up to the senior Germany squad in March 2016 for friendlies against England and Italy. [9] He made his debut in the former, coming on at half time for Mats Hummels in a 2–3 loss. [10] He was called up to replace Antonio Rüdiger at Euro 2016. [11]

Germany national football team mens national association football team representing Germany

The Germany national football team is the men's football team that has represented Germany in international competition since 1908. It is governed by the German Football Association, founded in 1900. Ever since the DFB was reinaugurated in 1949 the team has represented the Federal Republic of Germany. Under Allied occupation and division, two other separate national teams were also recognised by FIFA: the Saarland team representing the Saarland (1950–1956) and the East German team representing the German Democratic Republic (1952–1990). Both have been absorbed along with their records by the current national team. The official name and code "Germany FR (FRG)" was shortened to "Germany (GER)" following the reunification in 1990.

England national football team Mens association football team representing England

The England national football team represents England in senior men's international football and is controlled by The Football Association, the governing body for football in England.

Italy national football team mens national association football team representing Italy

The Italy national football team has officially represented Italy in international football since their first match in 1910. The squad is under the global jurisdiction of FIFA and is governed in Europe by UEFA—the latter of which was co-founded by the Italian team's supervising body, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC). Italy's home matches are played at various stadiums throughout Italy, and their primary training ground, Centro Tecnico Federale di Coverciano, is located at the FIGC technical headquarters in Coverciano, Florence.

On 4 June 2018, Tah was not included in Joachim Löw's final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. [12]

Career statistics


As of 18 May 2019 [13]
Hamburger SV 2013–14 16040200
Fortuna Düsseldorf (loan) 2014–15 23000230
Bayer Leverkusen 2015–16 29040120450
2016–17 1912050261
2017–18 2805000330
2018–19 3332030383
Career total14741702001844


As of 8 June 2019 [13]
National teamYearApp.Goals



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  2. "HSV-Juwel Tah: "Wir müssen konstanter werden"" [HSV jewel Tah: "We must be consistent"]. (in German). German Football Association. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  3. "Der HSV dank Rudnevs am Ende standesgemäß" (in German). Kicker. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  4. Überblick, Alle Spiele im. "Fußball-Bundesliga: Nils Petersen verschärft die HSV-Krise". (in German). ISSN   0174-4917 . Retrieved 2016-04-15.
  5. "Jonathan Tah und Kerem Demirbay werden für ein Jahr verliehen" [Jonathan Tah and Kerem Demirbay will be loaned for one year] (in German). Hamburger SV. 1 September 2014. Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  6. "Tah joins Bayer Leverkusen from Hamburg" . Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  7. "Jonathan Tah signs Bayer Leverkusen contract extension through 2022-23" . Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  8. "Kai Havertz rescues Bayer Leverkusen with late winner in Hannover". Bundesliga. 11 March 2019. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  9. "Löw calls up Leverkusen's Tah for England and Italy games". 18 March 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  10. "Germany squander 2-0 lead against England". German Football Association. 26 March 2016. Retrieved 27 March 2016.
  11. "Löw calls up Tah to replace Rüdiger". German Football Association. 8 June 2016. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  12. "BREAKING: Leroy Sané among cuts from Die Mannschaft". Bavarian Football Works. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  13. 1 2 "Jonathan Tah Socceway Profile" . Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  14. "Fritz-Walter-Medaille in Gold für Bremer, Tah und Passlack" (in German). German Football Association. 30 July 2015. Retrieved 30 July 2015.