Hany Mukhtar

Hany Abubakr Mukhtar (born 21 March 1995) is a German professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Danish club Brøndby.

Hany Mukhtar
Mukhtar with Red Bull Salzburg in 2015
Personal information
Full name Hany Abubakr Mukhtar
Date of birth (1995-03-21) March 21, 1995
Place of birth Berlin, Germany
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 10
Youth career
2000–2002 FC Stern Marienfelde
2002–2012 Hertha BSC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2015 Hertha BSC II 21 (7)
2012–2015 Hertha BSC 17 (0)
2015 Benfica B 1 (1)
2015–2017 Benfica 1 (0)
2015–2016Red Bull Salzburg (loan) 13 (1)
2016–2017Brøndby (loan) 29 (6)
2017–2019 Brøndby 74 (18)
2020– Nashville SC 0 (0)
National team
2009–2010 Germany U15 3 (1)
2010–2011 Germany U16 10 (3)
2011 Germany U17 3 (1)
2013 Germany U18 4 (0)
2014 Germany U19 16 (9)
2014–2016 Germany U20 15 (7)
2016–2017 Germany U21 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 November 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 October 2017

Club career

Hertha BSC

Mukhtar began playing football at a very early age, initially for FC Stern Marienfelde. He was recruited into the youth academy of then-Bundesliga club Hertha BSC at the age of only seven. Rising through Hertha's ranks, he captained the club's U-17 squad to a Championship title in 2012.[1] The following season, he joined Hertha's reserves, and was surprisingly called to the first team when Israeli international Ben Sahar missed a match for Yom Kippur.[2] In the final minute of the match against Dynamo Dresden, Mukhtar came on as a substitute for Ronny,[3] making him the second youngest professional debutant in Hertha's history.[2]


On 15 January 2015, Mukhtar signed for Portuguese champions Benfica until 2020.[4] The transfer fee is believed to be €500,000 and Hertha BSC will allegedly participate in a potential resale.[5] On 10 April 2015, Mukhtar debuted for the reserve team and scored a goal in a home draw against Chaves (2–2) in Segunda Liga.[6] On 23 May, he played his first match for the first team, as a substitute in a home win against Marítimo (4–1) in their last league match of the season.

On 28 August 2015, he joined Austrian Red Bull Salzburg on a season-long loan deal. Salzburg were also granted a subsequent transfer option.[7] For the following season he was again loaned, this time to Danish club Brøndby IF.[8] On 24 July 2016, he made his Danish Superliga debut by replacing Andrew Hjulsager for the final fifteen minutes of a 2–0 away win over Silkeborg IF.[9] On 21 August, he scored his first goal for Brøndby in a 7–0 away rout over AGF.[10]


On 17 April 2017, Brøndby exercised their option to sign Mukhtar permanently from Benfica. Mukthar penned a four-year contract with Brøndby which tied him to the club until the summer 2021.[11]

On 10 May 2018, Mukhtar played as Brøndby beat Silkeborg IF 3-1 in the Danish Cup final.[12][13] On 22 April 2018, Mukhtar was awarded the Superliga Player of the Season,[14] with him being named on the Superligaen Team of the Year by newspaper B.T..[15]

Nashville SC

On 27 August 2019, Mukhtar became the first designated player in Nashville SC franchise history.[16] Although the transfer became official in August 2019, he will remain at Brøndby IF until the transfer is finalised on January 1, 2020.[17][18]

International career

A German youth international, Mukhtar scored the only and winning goal for Germany in the 2014 UEFA European Under-19 Championship final against Portugal.[19] On 1 June 2015, Mukhtar bagged a hat-trick for Germany's under-20 in an 8–1 win against Fiji in his first match at the FIFA U-20 World Cup.[20]

Personal life

Mukhtar was born in Berlin, Germany, to a German mother (Ursula)[21] and a Sudanese father.[22]

Career statistics

As of match played 22 October 2017[23]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
DivisionAppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals
Hertha Berlin II 2012–13 Regionalliga Nordost 135135
2013–14 2020
2014–15 6262
Hertha Berlin II total 217217
Hertha Berlin 2012–13 2. Bundesliga 700070
2013–14 Bundesliga 10010110
2014–15 000000
Hertha Berlin total 17010180
Benfica B 2014–15 Segunda Liga 1111
Benfica 2014–15 Primeira Liga 1000000010
Red Bull Salzburg (loan) 2015–16 Austrian Bundesliga 1312000151
Brøndby (loan) 2016–17 Superligaen 296524[lower-alpha 1]1389
Brøndby 2017–18 Superligaen 3610504[lower-alpha 1]04510
2018–19 296304[lower-alpha 1]1367
2019–20 21000[lower-alpha 1]021
Brøndby total 671780818318
Career total 149321620016118135
  1. Appearances in the Europa League



Hertha BSC
Red Bull Salzburg[23]
Brøndby IF





  1. "Herthas Top-Talente: Schulz, Mukhtar, Djuricin – drei mit Zukunft" [Hertha's top talents: Schulz, Mukhtar, Djuricin – three with a future] (in German). goal.com. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 1 October 2012.
  2. "Luhukay holt Mukhtar in Hertha-Kader" [Luhukay brings Mukhtar into the Hertha squad] (in German). B.Z. 25 September 2012. Retrieved 1 October 2012.
  3. "Hertha mit 1:0-Heimsieg gegen Dresden" [Hertha with a 1:0 home victory against Dresden] (in German). DFL. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 1 October 2012.
  4. "Futebol: Hany Mukhtar é reforço do SL Benfica" [Football: Hany Mukhtar joins SL Benfica]. S.L. Benfica (in Portuguese). 15 January 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  5. "Perfekt! Herthas Mukhtar wechselt zu Benfica" [Perfect! Hertha's Mukhtar transfers to Benfica] (in German). Kicker. 15 January 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  6. "Benfica B - Chaves (Jornada 38 Segunda Liga 2014-2015) - Liga Portugal" (in Portuguese). LPFP. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  7. "Red Bulls make new signing: Hany Mukhtar joins from Benfica on loan". FC Red Bull Salzburg. 28 August 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  8. "Brøndby IF indgår lejeaftale med tysk midtbanespiller". Brøndby IF (in Danish). 20 July 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  9. "Silkeborg IF 0-2 Brøndby IF". superstats.dk. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  10. "AGF 0-7 Brøndby IF". superstats.dk. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  11. Dupont, Nicolai (17 April 2017). "Brøndby skriver kontrakt med Mukhtar" [Brøndby signs contract with Mukhtar]. Tipsbladet (in Danish). Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  12. "Brøndby er pokalmester - ender ti års pokaltørke" (in Danish). TV2. 10 May 2018. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  13. "Live: Brøndby IF - Silkeborg IF". Eurosport. 10 May 2018. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  14. "HANY MUKHTAR ÅRETS PROFIL I SUPERLIGAEN". Spillerforeningen. 18 May 2018. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  15. "Brøndby og FCM dominerer: Her er Årets Hold i Superligaen". B.T. 20 May 2018. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  16. Bogert, Tom (27 August 2019). "Nashville SC sign German midfielder Hany Mukhtar as first DP". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  17. "Hany Mukhtar skifter til vinter til Nashville SC". brondby.com (in Danish). 27 August 2019. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  19. "U 19-Junioren: Europameisterschaft, 2014 in Ungarn, Finale" [U 19-juniors: European championship, 2014 in Hungary, final] (in German). DFB. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  20. "FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 - Matches - Germany-Fiji". FIFA. 1 June 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2015. with Hany Mukhtar bagging himself a hat-trick
  21. Herthas Kleinster kommt groß raus!, www.berliner-kurier.de vom 23. Juli 2013
  22. "Geht Hany Mukhtar schon im Winter?". Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  23. Hany Mukhtar at Soccerway
  24. "The UEFA Technical Team Team of the Tournament". UEFA. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
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