Gökhan Zan

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Gökhan Zan
Gökhan Zan 2013 1.jpg
Zan in 2013
Personal information
Full name Gökhan Zan
Date of birth (1981-09-07) 7 September 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Hatay, Turkey
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Galatasaray
Number 5
Youth career
1997–1998 Hatayspor
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Hatayspor 12 (2)
2000–2003 Çanakkale Dardanelspor 80 (9)
2003–2009 Beşiktaş 69 (4)
2004–2005 Gaziantepspor (loan) 2 (0)
2009– Galatasaray 56 (3)
National team
2000 Turkey U19 2 (0)
2002–2003 Turkey U21 7 (0)
2005– Turkey 35 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 December 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 April 2012

Gökhan Zan (born 7 September 1981[1] in Antakya) is a Turkish football defender who plays for Süper Lig club Galatasaray.

Club career[edit]

Zan started his career with Hatayspor and then moved on to Çanakkale Dardanelspor before joining Beşiktaş in 2003. He needed time to make his mark with the Turkish giants, and spent a spell on loan with Gaziantepspor before returning to the İnönü Stadium.[1]

Galatasaray[edit]

Following 2008–09 season-end, Zan could not negotiate a deal with Beşiktaş. On 22 June 2009, it had been announced that Zan made a deal with Galatasaray for a period of 2 years starting from 2009–10 season.[2] In further rumours, it has been written on papers that Zan had never been called by Beşiktaş in order to negotiate after his contract had been expired, which was dealt for two years within an optional second season. After 20 days with no proposal from the club, Zan have accepted Galatasaray's offer.[3]

On 27 June 2011, Zan signed a new contract, with €700,000 per annum wage plus €20,000 per game.[4] He scored his first goal for the club on the second half of the 2010–11 Süper Lig season which came in the first half as the game ended in a 1–1 draw against Kayserispor. Zan played 12 matches on the 2011–12 Süper Lig season and scored 2 goals, one against Eskişehirspor in 2–0 win and the other in a 4–0 win against Ankaragücü. He was part of Galatasaray's champion squad.

In early April 2013, his contract was extended for another two-years until 2015.

International career[edit]

Zan emerged as a key man for Turkey in their Euro 2008 qualifying push, starring in seven games for Fatih Terim's side. At the tournament itself, Zan made three appearances after he was initially injured in the opening game against Portugal. He has appeared in two qualifying matches for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Playing style[edit]

A tall, commanding central defender who plays with great pride and muscle but lacks agility and football intelligence. Another fault-line is his fragile physical make-up (which earned him the nickname the Glassman), but he has still managed to enjoy a fine career for club and country despite his flaws.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 22 December 2013[5]

Club[edit]

Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hatayspor 1999–00 12 2 - - - - - 12 2
Total 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 2
Çanakkale Dardanelspor 2000–01 29 2 2 0 - - - - 31 2
2001–02 25 3 2 0 - - - - 27 3
2002–03 26 4 2 1 - - - - 28 5
Total 80 9 6 1 0 0 0 0 86 10
Beşiktaş 2003–04 2 0 2 0 - - - - 4 0
Total 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Gaziantepspor 2004–05 29 1 3 1 - - - - 32 2
Total 29 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 32 2
Beşiktaş 2005–06 11 0 3 0 1 0 2 0 17 0
2006–07 24 3 6 0 - - 2 0 32 3
2007–08 20 0 1 0 - - 4 0 25 0
2008–09 19 1 7 0 - - - - 26 1
Total 74 4 17 0 1 0 8 0 100 4
Galatasaray 2009–10 9 0 1 0 - 6 0 16 0
2010–11 15 1 2 0 - 0 0 17 1
2011–12 12 2 1 0 0 0 - 13 2
2012–13 10 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 15 0
2013–14 9 0 1 0 1 0 3 0 14 0
Total 55 4 7 0 1 0 12 0 75 4
Career total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 22

International[edit]

Turkey national team
Year Apps Goals
2006 10 0
2007 6 0
2008 11 0
2009 4 0
2010 2 0
2011 2 0
2012 0 0
Total 35 0

Honours[edit]

Beşiktaş
Galatasaray

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c hurriyet.com.tr (13 July 2003). "Luca'nın Prensi" (in Turkish). Retrieved 2011-05-23. 
  2. ^ Gökhan Zan Galatasaray’da
  3. ^ "Beşiktaş'tan 4 milyon Euro'luk unutkanlık". Hürriyet. 30 June 2009. Retrieved 30 June 2009. 
  4. ^ "Sözleşmenin Uzatılması Hakkında". Turkish Public Disclosure System (in Turkish). 27 June 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Gökhan Zan". National Football Teams. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 

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