Colin Kazim-Richards playing for Galatasaray in 2012
|Full name||Colin Kazim-Richards|
|Date of birth||26 August 1986|
|Place of birth||Leytonstone, London, England|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Playing position||Winger, Forward, Second Striker|
|1997–1998||Queens Park Rangers|
|2005–2006||Brighton & Hove Albion||43||(6)|
|2010–2011||→ Toulouse (loan)||15||(2)|
|2012||→ Olympiacos (loan)||9||(1)|
|2012–2013||→ Blackburn Rovers (loan)||28||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 September 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Colin Kazim-Richards (born 26 August 1986), commonly known as Colin Kâzım, Kâzım or Kâzım Kâzım, is a professional footballer who plays for Bursaspor and internationally for Turkey having qualified for Turkish nationality through his mother's ethnicity. An anglicised form of the Turkish given name Kâzım was intended to be a middle name, which would have rendered his full name as 'Colin-Kazim Richards', but due to an error, he was legally registered as 'Colin Kazim-Richards'.
Having played as a junior for Queens Park Rangers and Arsenal he was handed a professional contract by Bury. He also went on to feature in the Football League for Brighton & Hove Albion before transferring to Premier League side Sheffield United where he remained for one season. He has since forged a career in Europe with Fenerbahçe, Toulouse, Galatasaray and Olympiacos. In 2007 he chose to represent Turkey at international level and has 35 caps, scoring twice.
Kazim-Richards attended Greenleaf Primary School in Walthamstow, where he developed an interest in football, which continued into his secondary education at Aveling Park, Walthamstow. His mother is a Turkish Cypriot (which enabled him to join the Turkish national team), and his father is of Antiguan descent.
It's difficult because half my family is Muslim, and the other half is Christian. I've always felt Turkish, though. My nene [grandmother], she can't speak English. Half of my family, their first language is Turkish, and so I went to Turkish school before I played football, although I can't remember any of it now.
In November 2013 Kazim-Richards was charged with one count under the Public Order Act for making homophobic gestures and remarks while playing for Blackburn Rovers against Brighton and Hove Albion.
Kazim-Richards began his professional career at Bury, after joining the club at the age of 15 and progressing through the club's youth team and centre of excellence. He broke into the first team in the 2004–05 season, and his performances caught the attention of larger clubs.
Brighton & Hove Albion
At the age of 18, he was signed on a three-year contract by Brighton & Hove Albion for £250,000. The contract was signed after a fan of the club, Aaron Berry, won the sum for the club in a competition run by Coca-Cola which, in turn, led to Kazim-Richards being dubbed the "Coca-Cola Kid". He was often brought on as a second-half substitute, and by the end of the 2005–2006 season, he had scored six league goals for the club, including its 5,000th league goal. He submitted a transfer request after being omitted from the starting line-up of Brighton's opening match as they began their campaign in 2006–2007 against Rotherham.
Subsequently, Brighton sold him to Sheffield United for £150,000 on 31 August 2006, the deadline day for the transfer window. Kazim-Richards signed a three-year deal with the Blades after passing a medical and agreeing personal terms. He scored once for Sheffield United, in a 2–2 draw with Bolton Wanderers in November 2006.
On 15 June 2007, Kazim-Richards signed a four-year contract with the Turkish club Fenerbahçe. He scored his second UEFA Champions League goal for Fenerbahçe in the quarter-final first leg against Chelsea on 2 April 2008. After serving as a rotation player during the 2007–08 and 2008–09 seasons, Kazim-Richards broke into Christoph Daum's first choice line-up in the 2009–10 season.
Despite success on the pitch during the 2009–10 season, Kazim-Richards had an argument with Fenerbahçe fans after being taken off the pitch in a match against İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor. Against Beşiktaş, Kazim-Richards was red carded for swearing at the referee and banned for four matches. While serving his ban, on the same night that his team mates lost to Kasimpasa, the media reported Kazim-Richards was out on the town. This report was denied by the Fenerbahçe board who released an official statement. The following day, pictures of Kazim-Richards were released and the Fenerbahçe board rescinded their earlier statement, claiming that Kazim-Richards had lied about his whereabouts which had triggered their denial of the report.
He returned to Fenerbahçe for the following season. On 3 January 2011, Fenerbahçe terminated his contract. He signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with local rivals Galatasaray in January 2011 scoring against Fenerbahçe during the season. In July 2012 he went on trial with English Premier League side West Ham United, appearing in pre-season friendlies. He played a total of thirty five matches scoring seven goals.
On 10 August 2012 it was confirmed by the official Blackburn Rovers website that the striker had joined the club on a one year loan deal with the view to a permanent transfer after spending the majority of pre season on trial with the Lancashire club. He scored two goals on his debut in pre season against Irish team Cork City. On 18 August he scored on his competitive debut in a 1–1 away draw against Ipswich Town.
On 24 May 2013 it was announced that Sussex Police had charged Kazim-Richards under Section 5 of the Public Order Act over an alleged homophobic gesture to Brighton fans on 12 February 2013 while he was playing for Blackburn Rovers in a Championship match at his old club Brighton and Hove Albion's Amex Stadium. He was due to appear before magistrates in Brighton on 22 August 2013. The trial has been set for 14 and 15 January 2014 at Brighton Magistrates Court.
Club career statistics
- As of 4 September 2013
|Brighton & Hove Albion||2005–06||42||6||2||0||0||0||44||6|
|Blackburn Rovers (loan)||2012–13||28||3||3||2||0||0||31||5|
Kazim-Richards scored and was credited with an assist in his debut for the Turkey under-21 team in a victory against Switzerland on 24 March 2007. On 30 April, the Turkish national coach Fatih Terim declared that Kazim-Richards would play for the senior team.
Terim called him up for matches against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Brazil. He received his first senior international cap in a 0–0 friendly draw against Brazil on 5 June 2007, a game in which he played 38 minutes. He was a member of Turkey's Euro 2008 squad, playing in all five matches as the side reached the semi-finals.
Correct as of 10 August 2011
|1.||10 August 2011||Türk Telekom Arena, İstanbul, Turkey||Estonia||2–0||3–0||Friendly|
|2.||10 August 2011||Türk Telekom Arena, İstanbul, Turkey||Estonia||3–0||3–0||Friendly|
- "I can handle the pressure, insists new striker". The Argus. 2005. Retrieved 14 November 2006.
- Colin Kazim-Richards' biodata at www.football.co.uk
- Guardian interview
- Times Online interview, #2
- "Colin Kazim-Richards to face trial over homophobic gesture". BBC News. 22 November 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
- "Sheff Utd 2–2 Bolton". BBC. 11 November 2006. Retrieved 30 November 2009.
- Fenerbahçe acquires Kazim-Richards
- Colin Kazim-Richards Joins Toulouse
- TFF Official Website
- Hurriyet Newspaper
- Galatasaray Official Website
- "Macca on Colchester victory". www.whufc.com. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
- Includes FA Cup, League Cup and FA Community Shield
- Mizrahi, Yakir (1 May 2007). "Turkey calls for Kazim-Richards". UEFA. Archived from the original on 3 May 2007. Retrieved 4 May 2007.
- "Turkey called for Kazim-Richards". 24 May 2007. Retrieved 24 May 2007.
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