Naki in 2012
|Date of birth||9 July 1989|
|Place of birth||Düren, West Germany|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|2001–2003||FC Düren 77|
|2007–2009||Bayer Leverkusen II||36||(7)|
|2009||→ Rot Weiss Ahlen (loan)||11||(4)|
|2009–2012||FC St. Pauli||71||(12)|
|2012–2013||SC Paderborn 07||23||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 April 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Naki began his football career at Bayer 04 Leverkusen, but could never make it past its reserves.
On 2 February 2009, he was loaned to Rot Weiss Ahlen, playing eleven games and scoring four goals in his short spell. On 8 February, he made his professional debut in the second division, coming on as a 79th-minute substitute for Marco Reus in a match against FC Augsburg.
On 25 June 2009, Naki left Bayer Leverkusen and signed a three-year contract with FC St. Pauli at the Millerntor-Stadion. He caused controversy on 2 November when, after scoring his team's second goal away at rivals FC Hansa Rostock (2–0 win), he celebrated with a 'cut-throat' gesture towards the opposing fans. He helped with seven league goals as St. Pauli returned to the top level.
- "Tolles Solo von Großkreutz" [Nice solo by Großkreutz] (in German). kicker. 8 February 2009. Retrieved 18 March 2009.
- "Cut-Throat: Deniz Naki (St. Pauli) provokes Rostock fans with an unsavoury gesture". 101 Great Goals. 3 November 2009. Retrieved 30 July 2011.