Merih Demiral's life and career: His success story from Kocaeli to Juventus
Who is Merih Demiral? How old is he, where is he from and what position does he play?
Merih Demiral is a Turkish national football player born on March 5, 1998 in Kocaeli. Merih Demiral, who is 190 cm tall, plays in the defender position. Merih Demiral, who wore the jersey of our National Football Team 39 times, scored 2 goals. Merih Demiral, who started his football life in Karamürsel İdmanyurduspor, was transferred to Fenerbahçe infrastructure and played in the U16, U17 and U19 teams there.
In which teams did Merih Demiral play? Will he get a chance to play for Juventus?
Merih Demiral was transferred to Portugal's Alcanense team after Fenerbahçe infrastructure. Merih Demiral, who attracted the attention of Sporting Lisbon with his performance here, joined this club in 2016. Before being promoted to the A team of Sporting Lisbon, he played for the B team and on loan at Casa Pia. In 2018, it was loaned to Alanyaspor, one of the Super League teams.
With his successful performance in Alanyaspor, he was both selected for the national team and entered the radar of Europe's giant clubs. Merih Demiral, who was transferred to Italy's Sassuolo team in 2019, proved himself here in a short time. In the summer transfer period of the same year, he was transferred to Juventus for a transfer fee of 18 million euros.
Merih Demiral, who was injured in his first season at Juventus, had more playing opportunities in his second season. However, he could not play consistently due to the change of coach and squad rotation. It is not yet clear whether he is included in the plans of Juventus' new coach Massimiliano Allegri. However, Merih Demiral's quality and potential are indisputable.
What are Merih Demiral's achievements? What awards did he win?
Merih Demiral has achieved many successes even though he is only 23 years old. At the club level, he won Serie A, Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana championships with Juventus. At the national team level, he was in Turkey's squad at the 2020 European Championship.
Merih Demiral is also the owner of many individual awards. He was selected as the Young Player of the Year in the Super League in the 2018-19 season. In 2019, he was awarded the National Footballer of the Year award by the Turkish Football Federation. He was also named the Best Young Defender in Europe by UEFA.