İlhan Mansız

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İlhan Mansız
2013 Nebelhorn Trophy Ilhan MANSIZ IMG 5900.JPG
İlhan Mansız in 2013
Personal information
Date of birth (1975-08-10) August 10, 1975 (age 38)
Place of birth Kempten, West Germany
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
0000–1989 SV Lenzfried
1989–1992 FC Kempten
1992–1994 FC Augsburg
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 1. FC Köln II
1995–1996 Gençlerbirliği 2 (0)
1996–1997 SV Türk Gücü München
1997–1998 Kuşadası Gençlikspor 37 (19)
1998–2001 Samsunspor 89 (26)
2001–2003 Beşiktaş 66 (36)
2004 Vissel Kobe 3 (0)
2005 Hertha BSC II 1 (0)
2005–2006 MKE Ankaragücü 9 (4)
Total 198 (78)
National team
2001–2003 Turkey 21 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

İlhan Mansız (born 10 August 1975) is a former Turkish football player who currently competes in figure skating.

Career[edit]

He gained international recognition at Istanbul's Beşiktaş J.K., and was later acquired by the Vissel Kobe football club in Japan.

After his Japan journey, he signed a contract with Hertha BSC but because of his injury, he never had a chance to play for the first team. His contract was cancelled due to a clause in the contract saying that if his knee was injured again, they would release him.[1] After his short stint with Hertha BSC, İlhan signed a one year contract with Turkish club Ankaragücü. He was slowly but surely coming back from his plague of injuries and helping Ankaragücü in the Turkcell Super League.[2]

Before 2006–07 season, he declared his decision to retire from football. As of 2007 there were rumors that he was getting training in Los Angeles, USA to make a come back to football. These rumors are revealed by İlhan Mansız and he declared to sign contract with Ankaragücü again. However, this final comeback attempt was abandoned before the 2007/08 season, as he announced his retirement.[3]

After a car accident in 2007, it seemed the career of İlhan Mansız had ended. In July 2009, after seven knee operations, he tried to make a comeback by training with German second division side TSV 1860 München.[4]

International career[edit]

İlhan made his debut for Turkey as a substitute during their final group-stage qualifier against Moldova in October 2001.[5] The speedy striker earned his way onto coach Şenol Güneş' squad on the strength of an outstanding 2001-2002 season for Beşiktaş, when he led the Süper Lig in scoring and helped the squad to a third-place finish.

The best goal of his career came in the 2002 FIFA World Cup quarter final against Senegal. He came on as a substitute for Hakan Şükür in the 67th minute, and netted a golden goal in the 94th minute to send Turkey through to the last four of the competition, in which they ended up taking 3rd place. This was the last time where the golden goal was used in World Cup for extra-time matches. In the 3rd place game İlhan Mansız assisted Hakan Şükür to score the fastest goal ever in a World Cup finals match,[6] and went on to score his team's two other goals in the match.

He is also remembered by his rainbow trick against Brazilian defender Roberto Carlos in World Cup 2002 semifinal clash, which was one of the best skill displays of the entire world cup.

Mansız was a relative unknown in international circles prior to the 2002 World Cup. Despite his display of prodigious talent on the world stage, his health concerns and advanced age precluded serious consideration on the part of European clubs. Mansız declared "It is too late for me, I wish I had been discovered sooner in my career."

Figure skating[edit]

Mansız learned to skate at the relatively late age of 33[7] when he competed on the Turkish show Buzda Dans, as a pair skater with partner Oľga Beständigová, who is also his girlfriend.

After winning the show, Mansız announced his goal was to represent Turkey at the 2014 Winter Olympics.,[8] hoping to become the only athlete to compete in both the football World Cup and the Winter Olympics.[9][10]

Mansız and Beständigová made their competitive debut at the 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy, which was also the final qualifying opportunity for the 2014 Olympics. They finished 19th and last in the pairs event,[11] ending their hope of skating at the Olympic Games. Nonetheless, they continue to compete, with the goal of qualifying for the 2014 European Figure Skating Championships.[12]

Personal[edit]

He has a daughter named Aimee who was born in 2003.

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Turkey League Türkiye Kupası League Cup Europe Total
1995-96 Gençlerbirliği Super League 2 0
1997-98 Kuşadası Gençlikspor Turkish Second Football League 37 19
1998-99 Samsunspor Super League 27 4
1999-00 31 10
2000-01 31 12
2001-02 Beşiktaş Super League 30 21
2002-03 23 7
2003-04 13 8
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Total
2004 Vissel Kobe J. League Division 1 3 0 - 0 0 - 3 0
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
2004-05 Hertha BSC Bundesliga 0 0
Turkey League Türkiye Kupası League Cup Europe Total
2005-06 Ankaragücü Super League 9 4
Total Turkey 166 66
Japan 3 0 - 0 0 - 3 0
Germany 0 0
Career total 206 85

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Turkey national team
Year Apps Goals
2001 2 1
2002 13 5
2003 6 1
Total 21 7

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