Hakan Yakin

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Hakan Yakin
Hakan Yakin - Gare de Berne le 16-11-2006.jpg
Yakin in November 2006
Personal information
Full name Hakan Yakin
Date of birth (1977-02-22) 22 February 1977 (age 37)
Place of birth Basel, Switzerland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Second Striker
Attacking Midfielder
Youth career
1984–1994 Concordia Basel
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 Concordia Basel 9 (4)
1995–1997 Basel 68 (13)
1997–1998 Grasshoppers 11 (1)
1998–1999 St. Gallen (loan) 35 (8)
1999–2001 Grasshoppers 54 (22)
2001–2003 Basel 67 (28)
2003 Paris Saint-Germain 0 (0)
2004 Basel 6 (3)
2004–2005 VfB Stuttgart 9 (0)
2004–2005 Galatasaray (loan) 2 (0)
2005–2008 Young Boys 83 (40)
2008–2009 Al-Gharafa 15 (5)
2009–2011 Luzern 78 (26)
2012–2013 Bellinzona 32 (13)
Total 469 (163)
National team
Switzerland U-19 6 (4)
Switzerland U-20 3 (5)
Switzerland U-21 24 (12)
2000–2011[1] Switzerland 87 (20)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 May 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 February 2011

Hakan Yakin (Turkish: Hakan Yakın; born 22 February 1977) is a Swiss footballer. Since January 2012 until July 2013 he played for Swiss Challenge League club AC Bellinzona and this was his last club. Since the club went redundant on 17 September 2013 Yakin's football future remains unclear. He was member of the Swiss national team for eleven years.

Personal life[edit]

Hakan was born in Basel, Switzerland to Turkish parents. He grew up and went to school in suburban Münchenstein, Basel-Landschaft, just outside of Basel, and close to the borders of France and Germany. He is the younger brother of international football player Murat Yakin (former member of the Swiss national football team), who is currently manager of the Swiss Swiss Super League club FC Basel. His elder half-brother Ertan Irizik is also a former football professional. His surname is based on the Turkish word Yakın[2][3][4] (meaning close, adjacent[5]), however as he is a Swiss resident and citizen, the name which he uses is Yakin.

Club career[edit]

As a child Yakin played in the youth teams of his local side FC Concordia Basel. He signed his first professional contract with hometown club FC Basel in January 1995. He played his League debut for Basel on 12 April 1995 in the 1994–95 season in the match against Lausanne Sports. He was brought on as substitute the 60th Minute as replacement for Alexandre Rey and with his first touch of the ball, just 18 seconds later, he scored the 3–0 with a header (end result 5–0).[6]

After two and a half years in Basel he transferred to Grasshopper Club Zürich, with manager Christian Gross, but could not set himself through, making most of his appearances as substitute. Therefore he was loaned to FC St. Gallen for the second half of the 1997–98 season. Yakin moved immediately into the starting eleven and therefore the loan was prolonged, before Yakin returned to the Grasshoppers.[6]

During January 2001 he transferred back to Basel. At the end of the 2001–02 season Yakin won the national Double with Basel and a year later won the Swiss Cup again. He recalls the 2002–03 Champions League Group B match on 12 November 2002 against Liverpool in St. Jakob-Park as the "match of his life".[7] The game was drawn 3–3 and Yakin gave all three assists as Basel cruised to a 3–0 half-time lead as they qualified, one point above Liverpool, for the 2002–03 UEFA Champions League second group stage.[8]

Yakin celebrating a goal for Young Boys in 2008 with Thomas Häberli

His career was then overshadowed by some trouble regarding his club transfers, as his engagements outside Switzerland (Paris Saint-Germain,[9][10] VfB Stuttgart,[11] and Galatasaray[12]) were not accompanied by luck. In 2005–06, Yakin returned to Switzerland, joining BSC Young Boys.[13] In July 2008, Yakin signed a contract with Qatar champions Al-Gharafa,[14] for a salary of around €2.5 million per year.

In March 2009, it was reported that Yakin had been training with the Grasshopper Club Zürich Under-21 side, coached by his brother Murat, in a bid to get fit.[15] Yakin then signed a contract on 25 June 2009 in his homeland Switzerland with FC Luzern, running through to 30 June 2011. In Summer 2011 his brother Murat became his manager at FC Luzern.[16]

During the mid-season break in January 2012 Yakin transferred to AC Bellinzona in the Challenge League, the second tier of Swiss football. He played his team debut on 26 February in the 2–0 home win against Stade Nyonnais. He scored his first two goals for the club in the 3–2 away win against Aarau on 9 April 2012.

International career[edit]

Yakin in Bern, Switzerland in 2006

Yakin has been capped 87 times for Switzerland, the first coming in 2000. He was offered Turkish nationality before being called up to the Swiss squad, but turned it down for personal reasons.[citation needed] He has played in UEFA Euro 2004, UEFA Euro 2008, and both the 2006 FIFA World Cup and the 2010 FIFA World Cup with his country.

On 11 June 2008, Yakin scored the opening goal in the 32nd minute of Switzerland's second Euro 2008 Group A match against Turkey, giving them a 1–0 lead and he refused to celebrate after the goal. However, he missed another chance shortly afterward as Turkey scored two second-half goals, resulting in Switzerland becoming the first team to be mathematically eliminated from their own tournament within five days of its beginning.[17] However, in Switzerland's final group match against Portugal on 15 June, Yakin added two second-half goals, the second a penalty kick, to secure their first ever win at the UEFA European Championship, 2–0.[18] Yakin finished the tournament as joint-second highest goalscorer with Lukas Podolski, Roman Pavlyuchenko, and Semih Şentürk with three goals each, behind David Villa's four goals.

Under new national team coach, Ottmar Hitzfeld, Yakin participated in seven of Switzerland's ten qualifying matches for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, starting twice, and making five substitute appearances, scoring one goal in Switzerland's opening qualifier against Israel. He announced his retirement from the Swiss national team on 4 October 2011.[19][20]

Honours[edit]

Basel

Galatasaray

Young Boys

Individual

  • Player of the Year: 2003, 2008
  • Swiss League top goal scorer: 2008, 24 goals

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Switzerland League Schweizer Cup Total
1994–95 Concordia Basel
Basel Super League 9 4
1995–96 34 6
1996–97 25 3
1997–98 Grasshopper Super League 11 1
1997–98 St. Gallen Super League 14 1
1998–99 20 7
1998–99 Grasshopper Super League 6 2
1999–00 29 10
2000–01 19 10
Basel Super League 12 4
2001–02 27 14
2002–03 27 13
2003–04 6 3
Germany League DFB-Pokal Total
2003–04 Stuttgart Bundesliga 8 0
2004–05 1 0
Turkey League Türkiye Kupası Total
2004–05 Galatasaray Super League 2 0
Switzerland League Schweizer Cup Total
2005–06 Young Boys Super League 20 6
2006–07 31 10
2007–08 32 24 4 0 36 24
Qatar League Cup Total
2008–09 Al-Gharafa Sports Club Qatar Stars League 15 5
Switzerland League Schweizer Cup Total
2009–10 FC Luzern Super League 29 10
2010–11 32 12
2011–12 18 4
2011–12 AC Bellinzona Challenge League 2 0
Total Switzerland 291 108
Germany 9 0
Turkey 2 0
Career total 302 108

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Switzerland's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 19 February 2000 Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat  Oman 4–1 4–1 Friendly
2. 26 April 2000 Fritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern  Germany 1–0 1–1 Friendly
3. 16 August 2000 Espenmoos, St. Gallen  Greece 2–2 2–2 Friendly
4. 15 August 2001 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna  Austria 2–1 2–1 Friendly
5. 1 September 2001 St. Jakob-Park, Basel  Yugoslavia 1–0 1–2 2002 World Cup qualifier
6. 12 February 2002 Makario Stadium, Nicosia  Cyprus 1–1 1–1 Friendly
7. 13 February 2002 Tsirion Stadium, Limassol  Hungary 2–0 2–1 Friendly
8. 21 August 2002 St. Jakob-Park, Basel  Austria 1–1 3–2 Friendly
9. 8 September 2002 St. Jakob-Park, Basel  Georgia 2–1 4–1 Euro 2004 qualifier
10. 16 October 2002 Lansdowne Road, Dublin  Republic of Ireland 1–0 2–1 Euro 2004 qualifier
11. 12 February 2003 Nova Gorica Sports Park, Nova Gorica  Slovenia 1–0 5–1 Friendly
12. 11 October 2003 St. Jakob-Park, Basel  Republic of Ireland 1–0 2–0 Euro 2004 qualifier
13. 28 April 2004 Stade de Genève, Geneva  Slovenia 2–1 2–1 Friendly
14. 8 September 2004 St. Jakob-Park, Basel  Republic of Ireland 1–1 1–1 2006 World Cup qualifier
15. 13 October 2007 Letzigrund, Zurich  Austria 2–1 3–1 Friendly
16. 11 June 2008 St. Jakob-Park, Basel  Turkey 1–0 1–2 Euro 2008
17. 15 June 2008 St. Jakob-Park, Basel  Portugal 1–0 2–0 Euro 2008
18. 2–0
19. 20 August 2008 Stade de Genève, Geneva  Cyprus 2–0 4–1 Friendly
20. 6 September 2008 Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan  Israel 1–0 2–2 2010 World Cup qualifier

Notes and references[edit]

References
  1. ^ "Hakan Yakin – International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Muhammet Altıntaş: Hakan`ı kaçırmayın (Turkish)
  3. ^ Hurriyetport.com: Milli Futbolcu Hakan Yakın'a Vjosa Jusufi ikizler için babalık testi davası açtı! (Turkish)
  4. ^ http://www.habervitrini.com/haber.asp?id=346326
  5. ^ http://online.ectaco.co.uk/main.jsp?do=e-services-dictionaries-word_translate1&status=translate&lang1=20&lang2=en&source_id=3668175&refid=-1
  6. ^ a b "FCSG Data Hakan Yakin". fcsg-data.ch. 2011. Retrieved 16 November 2011.  (German)
  7. ^ Widmer, Benedikt; Mugglin, David (2011). Das Spiel meines Lebens. rotweiss Verlag GmbH, Basel. ISBN 978-3-7245-1785-6.  (German)
  8. ^ "Match report Basel – Liverpool". eufa.com. 2002. Retrieved 12 November 2002. 
  9. ^ "PSG complete Yakin swoop". UEFA.com. 31 July 2003. Retrieved 12 April 2008. 
  10. ^ "Basel boosted by Yakin return". UEFA.com. 30 August 2003. Retrieved 12 April 2008. 
  11. ^ "Yakin follows Streller to Stuttgart". UEFA.com. 2 February 2004. Retrieved 12 April 2008. 
  12. ^ "Galatasaray give Yakin a go". UEFA.com. 26 January 2005. Retrieved 12 April 2008. 
  13. ^ "Young Boys welcome Yakin". UEFA.com. 10 June 2005. Archived from the original on 14 May 2008. Retrieved 12 April 2008. 
  14. ^ "Switzerland striker Hakan Yakin set to sign for Qatar champion". 
  15. ^ Yakin training with GC
  16. ^ FC Yakin – the club formerly known as FC Luzern
  17. ^ Switzerland vs Turkey match report
  18. ^ Switzerland vs Portugal match report
  19. ^ "Hakan Yakin beendet Nationalmannschafts-Karriere". FC Luzern homepage. 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2011.  (German)
  20. ^ "Hakan Yakin calls time on Switzerland". eufa.com. 2011. Retrieved 6 October 2011. 

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