|Full name||Kennedy Bakircioglü|
|Date of birth||2 November 1980|
|Place of birth||Södertälje, Sweden|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|* 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. It is his second spell with the club after spending some time abroad with Greek club Iraklis, Dutch clubs Twente and Ajax, and Spanish club Racing Santander. He is also a Swedish international, having made 14 appearances for the senior national team.
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.
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.
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.
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. He was officially signed ten days later, and scored on his official debut, an 8–1 away routing of De Graafschap.
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).
Bakircioglü left Ajax in June 2010, signing for Spain's Racing de Santander early in the following month. 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), Atlético Madrid (2–1, home) and Athletic Bilbao (1–2 home loss).
Back in Sweden
At the end of August 2012, Bakircioglü returned to Hammarby.
In the season of 2014, Bakircioglü captained Hammarby when the side gained promotion to Allsvenskan. Bakircioglü scored 17 goals during the season, as well as contributing with 7 assists - winning the scoring league amongst all players in the division.
His debut came in 2001 whilst at Hammarby, but he never appeared in a major international tournament.
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- Swedish FA profile
- Racing Santander official profile (Spanish)
- Stats at Voetbal International (Dutch)
- BDFutbol profile
- Kennedy Bakircioglü at National-Football-Teams.com