Hakan Şükür

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Hakan Şükür
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Şükür playing for Galatasaray in 2006
Personal information
Date of birth (1971-09-01) 1 September 1971 (age 42)
Place of birth Adapazarı, Turkey
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Sakaryaspor
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1990 Sakaryaspor 41 (19)
1990–1992 Bursaspor 54 (11)
1992–1995 Galatasaray 90 (54)
1995 Torino 5 (1)
1995–2000 Galatasaray 156 (108)
2000–2001 Inter Milan 24 (5)
2002 Parma 15 (3)
2002–2003 Blackburn Rovers 9 (2)
2003–2008 Galatasaray 146 (55)
Total 540 (260)
National team
1987–1988 Turkey U16 6 (2)
1988–1990 Turkey U18 13 (1)
1990–1993 Turkey U21 16 (5)
1992–2007 Turkey 112 (51)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Hakan Şükür (born 1 September 1971) is a Turkish retired footballer who played as a striker. He spent the majority of his professional career with Galatasaray, being a three-time Gol Kralı (Goal King, title and award given to the annual top goalscorer of the Süper Lig),[1] representing the club in three different spells and winning a total of 14 major titles.[2][3][4]

Şükür represented Turkey a total of 112 times, scoring 51 goals, making him the nation's top goalscorer and 19th in the world. One of the most prolific strikers of the modern era, he netted 383 goals throughout his club career, as well as the fastest ever in a World Cup in 2002.[5] He retired from football in 2008, only scoring once in single digits for his main team in 13 seasons; nicknamed the "Bull of the Bosphorus", he was renowned for his heading ability.[6]

In 2011 general elections, he was elected as an Istanbul MP for the Justice and Development Party. He resigned from the party in December 2013.[7]

Club career[edit]

Born in Adapazarı, Sakarya Province, Şükür began his football career with local club Sakaryaspor, making his professional debut shortly after his 17th birthday. His first goal came in a match against Eskişehirspor on 26 February 1989: with the match tied 2–2, he entered the pitch as a substitute and scored the winning goal;[8] he went on to score a further 18 Süper Lig goals in his three-year spell with the club.

In the summer of 1990, Şükür joined fellow first division outfit Bursaspor. He scored six goals in 27 games in his second season, helping the team to a sixth-place finish,[9] and making his Turkish national team debut shortly after.

Subsequently, Şükür signed for national giants Galatasaray SK.[8] Nicknamed the Bull of the Bosphorus,[10] he scored 19 goals in 30 matches in his first year with the club, helping it lift both the league and cup titles, adding 16 and 19, respectively, in the next two seasons, and attracting the attention of Torino FC. In 1995 he moved to the Italian club, becoming the second Turkish player to ever play in the Serie A, but returned to his country and Galatasaray in the following winter transfer window, failing to settle and only netting once in the league.

Upon his return to Galatasaray, Şükür regained his scoring form, scoring 16 goals in the league and helping the club win the cup. The following season, he bagged 38 goals in the league, tying him for second-most goals scored in a season with Metin Oktay, one goal behind record holder Tanju Çolak; both players were playing for Galatasaray when they broke the record.[8] Şükür also finished third in the ESM Golden Boot rankings with 57 points, behind Mário Jardel (60) and Ronaldo (68).[11] He won the Gol Kralı award the following two seasons, netting 32 and 19 goals respectively, with the Istanbul side winning the title in all three seasons.

In the 1999–2000 season, Şükür's last with Galatasaray in his second stint, the team completed a domestic double for the second year in succession, and added the year's UEFA Cup, becoming the first Turkish side to win a European title; in the 4–1 penalty shootout win against Arsenal he scored on his attempt, having netted 10 times in 17 games during the campaign.

Subsequently, Şükür moved to Italy once again, this time to Inter Milan, scoring six goals in 35 official games. In January 2002, after one 1/2 seasons, he signed with another team in the country, Parma FC, but was unable to produce again, only scoring three goals. In December 2002 he joined Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League,[12] netting twice in nine appearances, both goals coming in a match against Fulham.[13]

Şükür returned to Galatasaray in 2003, scoring 12 times in 28 league games in his first season, and 18 in the following, with the team winning the 2005 Turkish cup during that timeframe. Also, on 3 December 2003, he found the net twice in a 2–0 home defeat of Juventus F.C. for the 2003–04 UEFA Champions League.[14] In November 2003, to celebrate UEFA's Jubilee, he was selected as Turkey's Golden Player by the Turkish Football Federation, as their most outstanding player of the past 50 years.[15]

In the 2005–06 season, Şükür again scored in double digits (ten) as Galatasaray again won the league. After helping the club win a record-tying seventeenth first division title in 2007–08, netting 11 goals, he decided to retire from the game, aged nearly 37. Subsequently, he often appeared as a television pundit on TRT. During his career, he scored 38 goals in all European competitions.

International career[edit]

Şükür won his first cap for Turkey in a friendly with Luxembourg in March 1992 – his debut being awarded by German manager Sepp Piontek – scoring his first international goal in his next match, against Denmark, and totalling six in his first 11 appearances.

He represented the nation at UEFA Euro 1996 (three matches, no goals), Euro 2000 (netting twice for the quarterfinalists, in a 2–0 group stage win against hosts Belgium) and the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

In the latter competition, held in South Korea and Japan, he scored once for Turkey in seven matches as the national team finished in third place: on 29 June, Şükür scored the fastest ever goal in a FIFA World Cup, netting against South Korea in 10.8 seconds (3–2 win).[10] Of his 112 senior appearances, he captained Turkey in 30; after appearing in some Euro 2008 qualifiers, notably scoring four against Moldova in a 5–0 win in Frankfurt, Germany,[16] he was not selected for the finals in Switzerland and Austria, his final game being a 0–1 home loss against Greece, at the age of 36 (17 October 2007).

International goals[edit]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Sakaryaspor
Bursaspor
Galatasaray
Inter
Parma

Country[edit]

Individual[edit]

  • Süper Lig: Top Scorer 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99
  • IFFHS: World‘s Best Top Division Goal Scorer 1997[17]
  • UEFA Jubilee Awards: Turkey's Golden Player 2004
  • Top Scorer of Turkish League of all Times: 249 goals
  • Top Scoring Turkish Player in Champions League: 13 goals

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club Season League Cup[18] Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sakaryaspor 1987–88 3 0 2 1 5 1
1988–89 11 5 11 5
1989–90 27 5 27 5
Total 41 10 2 1 43 11
Bursaspor 1990–91 27 4 27 4
1991–92 27 7 7 3 34 10
Total 54 11 7 3 61 14
Galatasaray 1992–93 30 19 8 5 6 2 47 26
1993–94 27 16 7 4 9 0 43 20
1994–95 33 19 7 1 8 5 48 25
Total 90 54 22 10 23 7 135 71
Torino 1995–96 5 1 5 1
Total 5 1 5 1
Galatasaray 1995–96 25 16 7 2 32 18
1996–97 32 38 3 4 4 4 39 46
1997–98 34 32 9 2 7 0 50 34
1998–99 33 19 9 2 7 6 49 27
1999-00 32 14 5 1 17 10 54 25
Total 156 119 33 15 35 20 224 152
Inter Milan 2000–01 24 5 1 0 9 1 34 6
Total 24 5 1 0 9 1 35 6
Parma 2001–02 15 3 1 0 16 3
Total 15 3 1 0 16 3
Blackburn Rovers 2002–03 9 2 9 2
Total 9 2 9 2
Galatasaray 2003–04 28 12 1 0 9 6 38 18
2004–05 33 18 3 4 35 22
2005–06 31 10 4 2 2 1 37 13
2006–07 26 4 2 0 6 1 34 5
2007–08 28 11 4 1 9 2 41 14
Total 146 55 14 7 26 10 186 72
Career total 540 260 79 34 94 38 709 332

European Cup goals[edit]

International[edit]

National team Year Apps Goals
Turkey 1992 8 5
1993 3 1
1994 5 3
1995 7 4
1996 12 3
1997 5 6
1998 4 1
1999 7 3
2000 9 3
2001 10 6
2002 10 2
2003 9 4
2004 8 5
2005 5 0
2006 5 4
2007 5 1
Total 112 51

Personal life[edit]

Şükür is of Kosovar-Albanian origin.[2][3][4][19] He is married and has three children.

Politics[edit]

On 18 June 2011, Şükür was elected as an Member of Parliament to the Grand National Assembly of Turkey in the 2011 general elections, from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), representing the 2nd electoral district of Istanbul Province.[20]

On 16 December 2013, Şükür, known for his links to the Islamic Gülen movement of the Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen,[7] resigned from his position in protest after the interdiction of the group's "dershane" system and decided to continue working as a MP independently.[7][21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ligin Gol Kralları" [League top scorers] (in Turkish). Turkish Football Federation. Retrieved 29 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Serkan Demirtaş (12 October 2005). "Kosovalılara üç nasihat" (in Turkish). Radikal. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Erdoğan'dan Hakan Şükür açıklaması" (in Turkish). NTV. 23 February 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Thaçi priti legjendën Şükür" (in Albanian). Telegrafi. 21 August 2010. Retrieved 27 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Meet Hakan Sukur". The Guardian. 4 December 2002. Retrieved 29 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Hakan Sukur". BBC Sport. 9 April 2002. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c "Ex-footballer Hakan Şükür resigns from ruling AKP". Hurriyet Daily News. 16 December 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c "Hakan Şükür" (in Turkish). Galatasaray's official website. Retrieved 29 August 2010. 
  9. ^ "1991–1992 Sezonu" [Season 1991–1992] (in Turkish). Turkish Football Federation. Retrieved 29 August 2010. 
  10. ^ a b "Hakan Sukur Biography". FootballTeamPlayers. Retrieved 29 August 2010. 
  11. ^ "Golden Boot ("Soulier d'Or") Awards". RSSSF. Retrieved 29 August 2010. 
  12. ^ "Blackburn sign Sukur". BBC Sport. 4 December 2002. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  13. ^ "Blackburn overpower Fulham". BBC Sport. 7 April 2003. Retrieved 20 October 2009. 
  14. ^ "Sukur double sinks Juventus". BBC Sport. 3 December 2003. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  15. ^ "Golden Players take centre stage". UEFA.com. 29 November 2003. Retrieved 16 March 2009. [dead link]
  16. ^ "Round-up of Euro 2008 qualifiers". BBC Sport. 11 October 2006. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  17. ^ "The World‘s best Top Division Goal Scorer 1997". IFFHS. 1998. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  18. ^ Includes Atatürk Cup, Chancellor Cup, President Cup, TSYD Cup, Turkish Cup and Turkish Super Cup
  19. ^ "Hakan Şükür: Ben Türk değilim" (in Turkish). Fanatik. 22 February 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  20. ^ Hakan Sukur becomes MP for Istanbul; Goal.com, 18 June 2011
  21. ^ "Hakan Şükür'den 'dershane' istifası" (in Turkish). Turkiye Gazetesi. 17 December 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bülent Korkmaz
Galatasaray Captain
2005–2008
Succeeded by
Ümit Karan
Preceded by
Vaclav Masek
Fastest World Cup Goal-Scorer
10.8 seconds

29 June 2002–present
Incumbent