Kennedy Bakircioglü

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Kennedy Bakircioglü
Kennedy Bakircioglu, 2013-04-14.JPG
Personal information
Full name Kennedy Bakircioglü
Date of birth (1980-11-02) 2 November 1980 (age 33)
Place of birth Södertälje, Sweden
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Hammarby
Number 10
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1998 Assyriska 34 (10)
1999–2003 Hammarby 127 (38)
2003–2005 Iraklis 24 (4)
2005–2007 Twente 66 (23)
2007–2010 Ajax 35 (6)
2010–2012 Racing Santander 39 (6)
2012– Hammarby 42 (18)
National team
1999–2001 Sweden U21 14 (1)
2001–2008 Sweden 14 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 December 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Kennedy Bakircioglü (Turkish: Bakırcıoğlu; born 2 November 1980) is a Swedish professional footballer who plays as a right midfielder for Hammarby.

Early life[edit]

Bakircioglü's family is ethnic Assyrian, followers of the Syriac Orthodox Church.[1] The family arrived in Sweden in 1972 from Midyat, Turkey.

Born in Södertälje, Bakircioglü was named after United States president John F. Kennedy. His father, Benjamin, was one of the first to play for newly founded Assyriska Föreningen, a club established by the Assyrian diaspora.[2]

Club career[edit]

Sweden/Greece[edit]

Bakircioglü started off his professional career with Assyriska in 1996, playing three seasons with the team. During this spell, he had a trial with Manchester United, but did not do enough to secure a contract with the English club.[3]

In the summer of 1999, Bakircioglü joined Hammarby, and remained there for the next five years. In 2001, he scored eight goals in 26 games to lead the team to its first Allsvenskan championship and, four years later, was voted the club's fourth greatest player of all time in an online poll held on the club's website.

In January 2004, Bakircioglü moved abroad to play in Greece for Iraklis Thessaloniki FC, being sparingly used in his only full campaign in the Super League.

Netherlands[edit]

Kennedy playing for Ajax.

Bakircioglü moved teams and countries again in the 2005 off-season, signing with Dutch team FC Twente, and impressing manager Fred Rutten straight away to become a first-team regular. In 2006–07, he scored a career-best 15 goals in the Eredivisie as the Enschede outfit finished fourth and qualified to the UEFA Cup. His efforts did not go unnoticed and, on 5 May 2007, newspaper De Telegraaf announced that the player had reached an agreement with fellow league side AFC Ajax.[4] He was officially signed ten days later, and scored on his official debut, an 8–1 away routing of De Graafschap.[5]

In August 2008, new Ajax manager Marco van Basten deemed Bakircioglü surplus to requirements, but the player decided to stay, being restricted to only 17 league games in two seasons combined. He did score, however, a crucial club for the Amsterdam team, in the 2008–09 UEFA Cup, in a 1–0 away win against ACF Fiorentina in the round-of-32 (2–1 aggregate success).

Spain[edit]

Bakircioglü left Ajax in June 2010, signing for Spain's Racing de Santander early in the following month.[6][7] He started in all but two games he appeared in his first season, as the Cantabrians retained their La Liga status; three of his league goals came in the last month of competition, against RCD Mallorca (2–0 home win),[8] Atlético Madrid (2–1, home)[9] and Athletic Bilbao (1–2 home loss).[10]

Bakircioglü spent the vast majority of 2011–12 nursing an achilles tendon injury,[11] and Racing would also return to Segunda División after one full decade.

Back in Sweden[edit]

At the end of August 2012, Bakircioglü returned to Hammarby.[12]

International career[edit]

Bakircioglü gained 14 caps for Sweden, after appearing in as many games for the under-21s.

His debut came in 2001 whilst at Hammarby, but he never appeared in a major international tournament.

Honours[edit]

Hammarby
Ajax

Club statistics[edit]

Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Assyriska 1996 1 0
1997 8 1
1998 25 9
Total 34 10
Hammarby 1999 25 2
2000 26 5
2001 26 8
2002 25 11
2003 25 12
Total 127 38
Iraklis 2003–04 7 2
2004–05 17 2
Total 24 4
Twente 2005–06 32 8
2006–07 34 15
Total 66 23
Ajax 2007–08 18 3
2008–09 8 1
2009–10 9 2
Total 35 6
Racing Santander 2010–11 32 6
2011–12 7 0
Total 39 6
Hammarby 2012 9 5
2013 23 7
Career total 321 94

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zweedse Assyriër in Twente" [Swedish-Assyrian in Twente]. De Pers (in Dutch). 9 March 2007. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Assyrian-Swedish Kennedy for Fenerbahçe?". Fenerbahce official website. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Kennedy Bakircioglu". Toronto Winged Bull. 12 September 2009. Retrieved 9 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "Bakircioglu kiest Ajax". De Telegraaf (in Dutch). 5 May 2007. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "De Graafschap 1–8 Ajax Amsterdam". ESPN Soccernet. 19 August 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Bakircioglü naar Racing Santander" [Bakircioglü near Racing Santander] (in Dutch). NOS. 6 July 2010. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "El internacional sueco Kennedy Bakircioglü, tercer fichaje del Racing 2010/11" [Swedish international Kennedy Bakircioglü, third Racing signing for 2010/11] (in Spanish). Racing's official website. 5 July 2010. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "Santander bank on safety". ESPN Soccernet. 1 May 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "Racing secure survival". ESPN Soccernet. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "Bilbao end on a high". ESPN Soccernet. 21 May 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  11. ^ Fernández, Pedro (20 October 2011). "Kennedy pone fin a los rumores sobre su lesión" [Kennedy ends rumours about his injury]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "Den som inte spelat här vet inte vad det innebär" [Those who haven't played here don't know what it means]. Aftonbladet (in Swedish). 28 August 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 

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