Ömer Toprak

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Ömer Toprak
Oemer-Toprak.jpg
Toprak with Leverkusen in 2014
Personal information
Full name Ömer Toprak
Date of birth (1989-07-21) 21 July 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Ravensburg, West Germany
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Bayer Leverkusen
Number 21
Youth career
1994–2001 TSB Ravensburg
2001–2005 FV Ravensburg
2005–2008 SC Freiburg
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 SC Freiburg 68 (4)
2011– Bayer Leverkusen 106 (3)
National team
2008–2009 Germany U19 3 (1)
2011– Turkey 23 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 April 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 October 2014

Ömer Toprak (born 21 July 1989) is a Turkish footballer who plays as a centre back for Bayer 04 Leverkusen and the Turkish national team.[1]

Club career[edit]

Toprak began his career with TSB Ravensburg in 1994. In 2001 he moved to FV Ravensburg. He was signed by SC Freiburg in 2005. He signed his first professional contract in the summer of 2008.[2] In his first professional season, he featured in 26 league games and scored 4 goals as Freiburg won the 2. Bundesliga title.[3]

International career[edit]

He was part of the German U-19 national team squad that won the U-19 European Championship in 2008. He participated in three matches during the tournament, scoring one goal.

On 30 September 2011, Toprak was named to the Turkey national football team squad by coach Guus Hiddink for the upcoming UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying matches against Germany and Azerbaijan.[4] He made his Turkish debut on 15 November against Croatia in the second leg of UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying play-offs, playing the full 90 minutes of a goalless draw at the Stadion Maksimir in Zagreb which ensured that Croatia advanced to the finals 3–0 on aggregate.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 18 April 2015.[6][3]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
SC Freiburg 2008-09 2. Bundesliga 30 4 1 0 31 4
2009-10 Bundesliga 14 0 0 0 14 0
2010-11 Bundesliga 24 0 1 0 25 0
Total 68 4 2 0 70 4
Bayer Leverkusen 2011-12 Bundesliga 27 0 1 0 6 0 34 0
2012-13 Bundesliga 26 1 2 0 4 0 32 1
2013-14 Bundesliga 28 1 3 0 8 2 39 3
2014-15 Bundesliga 25 1 3 0 9 0 37 1
Total 106 3 9 0 27 2 142 5
Career total 174 7 11 0 27 2 212 9

Personal life[edit]

Toprak is the son of Turkish immigrants from Sivas. He was born and raised in Ravensburg, Baden-Württemberg. He has one older sister and two older brothers of which one, Harun, is also a professional football player for FV Ravensburg. His cousin, Rahman Soyudoğru, has also played professional football, including in Germany and Turkey.[7]

On 9 June 2009, Toprak was involved in a karting accident, in which he suffered severe burns and had to be treated in a special clinic.[8] He was able to resume training after only four months.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Toprak, Ömer" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Ömer Toprak spielt wieder für den SC Freiburg" (in German). badische-zeitung.de. 6 January 2010. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Omer Toprak". Soccerway profile. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Turkey squad announced for Germany and Azerbaijan qualifiers". tff.org. 30 September 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Croatia finish the job against Turkey". UEFA. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Toprak stats". Fussballdaten. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Ömer Toprak: Toprağında futbolculuk var!" (in Turkish). TFF.org. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Freiburgs Toprak nach Unfall im Krankenhaus" (in German). focus.de. 10 June 2009. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "Freiburg: Toprak hofft "Ob es reicht, muss man abwarten."" (in German). reviersport.de. 1 October 2009. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 

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