Kubilay Türkyilmaz

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Kubilay Türkyilmaz
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Personal information
Full name Kubilay Türkyilmaz
Date of birth (1967-03-04) 4 March 1967 (age 47)
Place of birth Bellinzona, Switzerland
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1985–1986 US Semine
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1989 Bellinzona 79 (46)
1989–1990 Servette 46 (25)
1990–1993 Bologna 83 (24)
1993–1995 Galatasaray 34 (13)
1995–1998 Grasshopper Zurich 84 (51)
1998 Locarno 12 (6)
1999 Luzern 14 (6)
2000 Bellinzona 13 (15)
2000–2001 Brescia 9 (3)
2001 Lugano 6 (3)
Total 380 (192)
National team
1988–2001 Switzerland 62 (34)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Kubilay "Kubi" Türkyilmaz (Turkish: Kubilay Türkyılmaz; born 4 March 1967 in Bellinzona) is a former Swiss footballer of Turkish descent. He completed his international career as the all-time joint leading goal scorer for the Swiss national team, with 34 goals in 62 appearances between 1988 and 2001,[1] equalling the performance of Max Abegglen. Their record was bettered by Alexander Frei in 2008.[2]

Club career[edit]

Turkyilmaz began his club career with the local club AC Bellinzona in 1986 and later joined Servette FC in 1989. He left the country in 1990 for the Italian club Bologna FC before joining Galatasaray SK of Turkey, where he won the Turkish Super League in his first season, 1993-94.[3] In 1995 he returned to Switzerland with Grasshopper Zurich, winning the league in 1995-96 and 1997-98.[4][5]

International career[edit]

Turkyilmaz made his international debut on 2 February 1988 against France in Toulouse as a 65th minute substitute for Hans-Peter Zwicker. Switzerland lost 2-1.[6] His first goals were two against Luxembourg in qualification for the 1990 World Cup, on 21 September 1988, his seventh match.[7]

He appeared at Euro 1996, scoring Switzerland's equaliser against England in the opening match of the tournament, a 1–1 draw at Wembley. Türkyilmaz once refused to play for Switzerland in a game against Turkey for fear of being branded a traitor.[8]

His last 8 international matches, from 1997 to 2001, saw him score 14 times,[9] including his first international hat-trick, versus Azerbaijan in qualification for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. He added another hat trick, of three penalty kicks on 7 October 2000 in a 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Zürich against the Faroe Islands.[10] In his final match, on 5 September 2001, he scored twice against Luxembourg away in qualification for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.[11]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
. 11 October 1997 Hardturm, Zurich, Switzerland  Azerbaijan 1–0 5–0 1998 WCQ
. 2–0
. 5–0