Kerim Koyunlu

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Kerim Frei
Kerim Frei.jpg
Frei playing for Cardiff City in October 2012
Personal information
Full name Kerim Frei Koyunlu[1]
Date of birth (1993-11-19) 19 November 1993 (age 20)
Place of birth Feldkirch, Austria
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Beşiktaş
Number 21
Youth career
2006–2010 Grasshopper
2010–2011 Fulham
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2013 Fulham 23 (0)
2012 Cardiff City (loan) 3 (0)
2013– Beşiktaş 11 (1)
National team
2008 Switzerland U15 1 (0)
2010–2011 Switzerland U18 7 (4)
2011 Switzerland U19 7 (1)
2012 Switzerland U21 2 (0)
2013 Turkey U20 5 (0)
2013– Turkey U21 4 (2)
2012– Turkey 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 May 2013

Kerim Frei Koyunlu (born 19 November 1993) is a Turkish footballer who plays as a winger for Beşiktaş and the Turkish national team.[2]

Early life[edit]

Frei was born in Feldkirch, Austria to a Turkish father and a Moroccan mother, he was raised in Switzerland.[3]

Career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Frei made his first team début on 7 July 2011 in Fulham's Europa League first qualifying round, second leg match against NSÍ Runavík of the Faroe Islands, where he came on as a substitute in the 72nd minute replacing Andrew Johnson.[4] Following his debut, Huw Jennings gave his thoughts about Frei debut to Fulham.com:

Frei then went on to make his first start for Fulham, playing on the right wing in the Europa League second qualifying round, first leg match against Crusaders in Belfast on 14 July 2011, receiving a yellow card in the 62nd minute.[6]

He made his first start in English competition in a League Cup third round fixture away to Chelsea on 21 September 2011 and made his Premier League début on 10 December 2011, coming on a substitute for Mousa Dembélé in an away match against Swansea City. Fulham lost the match 2–0.[7] Frei scored his first senior goal for Fulham in the Europa League 2–2 draw against Odense BK at Craven Cottage, side footing home from a Dembélé through ball.[8]

On 16 March 2012, Frei signed a contract extension with Fulham, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2015.[9] A week later, Frei started in Fulham's 0–1 loss at Old Trafford against Manchester United. He was replaced by Bryan Ruiz in the 67th minute.[10]

On 9 April 2012 in a 1–1 draw against Chelsea, Frei received the Man of the Match award from Sky Sports for his performance.[11]

On 26 October 2012, Frei joined Cardiff City on loan until 2 December.[12] His first appearance was against Burnley, coming on in the 83rd minute for Craig Noone.[13] On 22 November, Frei was recalled to Fulham after 3 appearances.[14]

Frei joined Turkish club Beşiktaş on 6 September 2013, signing a five year deal.[15][16]

International career[edit]

Kerim Frei switched national team allegiances from Switzerland to Turkey in June 2012.[17] He represented Turkey at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 21 August 2014.
League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2011–12 Fulham Premier League 16 0 1 0 1 0 7 1 25 1
2012–13 7 0 1 0 0 0 8 0
Total 23 0 2 0 1 0 7 1 33 1
2012–13 Cardiff (loan) Championship 3 0 0 0 3 0
Total 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Turkey League Türkiye Kupası League Cup Europe Total
2013–14 Beşiktaş Süper Lig 9 0 1 0 10 0
2014–15 0 0 0 0 3 1 3 1
Total 9 0 1 0 0 0 3 1 13 1
Career total 35 0 3 0 1 0 10 2 49 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ TÜRKİYE 1-1 DANİMARKA, Turkish Football Federation, accessed 17 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Kerim’i İsviçre’ye kaptırmadık". Hürriyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  3. ^ "Through the Ranks". Fulham FC. 7 April 2010. Archived from the original on 15 January 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "UEFA Europa League 2012 – NSÍ-Fulham". UEFA. Retrieved 7 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "A Classic Ten". Fulham Official Website. 8 August 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "UEFA Europa League 2012 – Crusaders-Fulham". UEFA. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Swansea City 2 – 0 Fulham". Fulham FC. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Fulham 2 – 2 Odense BK". Fulham FC. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Frei Contract Extension". Fulham FC. 16 March 2012. Archived from the original on 8 May 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Manchester United – Fulham 1–0". BBC Football. 26 March 2012. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  11. ^ "Frei earns captain's praise". Sky Sports. 11 April 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "Fulham's Kerim Frei loaned to Cardiff City for a month". BBC Sport. 26 October 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  13. ^ "Cardiff 4–0 Burnley". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  14. ^ "Fulham recall winger from Cardiff City loan". Fulham Chronicle. 22 November 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  15. ^ "Frei Departs". Fulham FC. 6 September 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  16. ^ "Kerim Frei chooses Beşiktaş". Beşiktaş JK. 6 September 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  17. ^ Fulham starlet Kerim Frei opts to represent Turkish National Team Turkish-football.com

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