Deniz Naki

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Deniz Naki
Deniz Naki 2012.jpg
Naki in 2012
Personal information
Date of birth (1989-07-09) 9 July 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Düren, West Germany
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 23
Youth career
2001–2003 FC Düren 77
2003–2005 FC Düren-Niederau
2005–2007 Bayer Leverkusen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
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)
2013– Gençlerbirliği 14 (0)
National team
2007–2008 Germany U19 15 (9)
2008–2009 Germany U20 6 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 April 2009

Deniz Naki (born 9 July 1989) is a Turkish-German footballer. He currently plays for Gençlerbirliği as an attacking midfielder.

Club career[edit]

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.[1]

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.[2] He helped with seven league goals as St. Pauli returned to the top level.

Following an unsuccessful trial at Nottingham Forest, Naki completed a move to SC Paderborn 07, signing a two year contract with the 2. Bundesliga side in the summer of 2012.

International career[edit]

As a member of the Germany U-19 team, Naki represented the nation at the 2008 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship, played in the Czech Republic.


  1. ^ "Tolles Solo von Großkreutz" [Nice solo by Großkreutz] (in German). kicker. 8 February 2009. Retrieved 18 March 2009. 
  2. ^ "Cut-Throat: Deniz Naki (St. Pauli) provokes Rostock fans with an unsavoury gesture". 101 Great Goals. 3 November 2009. Retrieved 30 July 2011. 

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