Hakan Balta

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Hakan Balta
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Balta playing for Galatasaray in 2011
Personal information
Full name Hakan Kadir Balta
Date of birth (1983-03-23) 23 March 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth West Berlin, West Germany
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender / Left back
Club information
Current team
Galatasaray
Number 22
Youth career
2000–2003 Hertha BSC II
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2007 Manisaspor 116 (19)
2007– Galatasaray 178 (8)
National team
2006– Turkey 37 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 October 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 July 2014

Hakan Kadir Balta (Turkish pronunciation: [haːkan kadiɾ baɫta], born 23 March 1983) is a Turkish professional footballer who plays as a defender for Galatasaray in the Süper Lig.

Club career[edit]

Galatasaray[edit]

He formerly played for Hertha Berlin II and Manisaspor before moving to Galatasaray in September 2007. As part of the transfer deal Galatasaray exchanged Ferhat Öztorun and loaned Aydın Yılmaz, and Anıl Karaer.[1] In the last game of the season he scored the goal that secured the title for Galatasaray and he won 2007–08 Süper Lig with Galatasaray.

2010–11 season[edit]

He was criticised[according to whom?] for the last minute error he made in the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League play-off match against FC Karpaty Lviv in August 2010 where Galatasaray was eliminated.

2011–12 season[edit]

Hakan in a November 2011 match against Gaziantepspor

2011–12 Süper Lig was a year of recovery for Galatasaray. With a new board led by newly elected president Unal Aysal, the club assigned Fatih Terim as the manager. Hakan Balta improved his performance under Terim's management and alongside his new team members. He was regular starter through the season and the only member of the last season's crew to do so. In a derby against arch-rivals Fenerbahçe, Galatasaray were trailing 2–1 when Balta scored the equiliser with a left foot volley inside the area. The result helped maintain Galatasaray's position at the top of the league along. Galatasaray won the championship.

2012–13 season[edit]

After Ayhan Akman leaving the team, Hakan became one of the team captains, and on 12 August during the 2012–13 Süper Lig match, he played as the captain as Galatasaray won the Super Cup against their rivals Fenerbahçe with a 3-2 win.

He scored his first 2012–13 Süper Lig goal of the new season on 19 October 2012, in a match against Gençlerbirliği when they were trailing 3–2 to make the final score 3–3 draw right before the final whistle.

International career[edit]

Hakan playing for Turkey in 2010

Having made his debut for the national side in the 1–1 friendly draw with Azerbaijan in April 2006, Hakan's services were not required again until a crucial point in the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign. He was called up to the Euro 2008 qualifiers against Norway and Bosnia-Herzegovia. He played the full 90 minutes of both victories, which secured Fatih Terim's side their place at Austria and Switzerland. He was a constant starter in all games during Turkey's run in Euro 2008. Turkey reached the semi-final stage with a streak of last-gasp wins. He continued to be a member of the first team also under Guus Hiddink management. He scored Turkey's consolation goal against Germany in a 3–1 defeat in UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 26 October 2014.[2]

Club[edit]

Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manisaspor 2003–04 26 5 3 0 29 5
2004–05 27 5 0 0 27 5
2005–06 31 3 1 0 32 3
2006–07 28 4 7 2 35 6
2007–08 4 2 0 0 4 2
Total 116 19 11 2 127 21
Galatasaray 2007–08 27 3 4 0 1 0 1 0 33 3
2008–09 28 1 6 0 8 0 42 1
2009–10 25 1 3 0 8 1 36 2
2010–11 20 1 4 0 4 0 28 1
2011–12 37 1 1 0 38 1
2012–13 14 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 17 1
2013–14 24 0 9 0 1 0 3 0 37 0
2014–15 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 5 1
Total 178 8 28 0 4 0 26 2 236 10
Career total 294 27 39 2 4 0 26 2 363 31

International[edit]

Turkey national team
Year Apps Goals
2006 1 0
2007 2 0
2008 14 1
2009 7 0
2010 3 0
2011 7 1
2012 0 0
2013 0 0
2014 3 0
Total 37 2

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 20 May 2008 Bielefeld, Germany  Slovakia 1–0 1–0 Friendly
2. 7 October 2011 İstanbul, Turkey  Germany 1–2 1–3 UEFA Euro 2012 qualification

Honours[edit]

Galatasaray
Turkey

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hakan Balta resmen Aslan". Webaslan.com. 4 September 2007. Retrieved 26 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "Hakan Kadir Balta". Mackolik.com. 10 January 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 

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