Mehmet Ekici

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Mehmet Ekici
Mehmet Ekici 1.jpg
Ekici in 2011
Personal information
Full name Mehmet Ekici
Date of birth (1990-03-25) 25 March 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Munich, West Germany
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Trabzonspor
Number 5
Youth career
1995–1997 SpVgg Unterhaching
1997–2009 Bayern Munich
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Bayern Munich II 70 (18)
2010–2011 Bayern Munich 0 (0)
2010–2011 1. FC Nürnberg (loan) 32 (3)
2011–2014 Werder Bremen 41 (4)
2014– Trabzonspor 4 (0)
National team
2007 Germany U17 3 (0)
2007 Germany U18 1 (2)
2008 Germany U19 1 (0)
2009 Germany U20 4 (1)
2010 Germany U21 3 (0)
2010– Turkey 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 September 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

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

Mehmet Ekici (Turkish pronunciation: [me̞hˈme̞t e̞ˈcid͡ʒɪ]; born 25 March 1990) is a Turkish footballer who plays as a midfielder for Trabzonspor, having previously played for Werder Bremen, 1. FC Nürnberg and Bayern Munich.[1] Born in Germany, Ekici played for the Germany national football team at Under-17 to Under-21 level before switching to represent Turkey in senior competition.

Club career[edit]

Bayern Munich[edit]

Ekici has appeared for Bayern Munich's first team, making his debut in the 2008 T-Home Super Cup.[2] He has been named in Bayern Munich's squad for the both the 2008–09 and 2009–10 UEFA Champions League.[3] In January 2010, it was announced that Ekici would train with the first-team for the rest of the 2009–10 season, along with reserve team-mates David Alaba and Diego Contento,[4] and on 1 February, he followed Contento in signing a contract with the senior team.[5] He was an unused substitute for a few matches before injury ruled him out of the end of the season. In July 2010, he joined 1. FC Nürnberg on a season-long loan.

Werder Bremen[edit]

On 18 May 2011,[6] Ekici transferred to Werder Bremen for a fee believed to be around €5 million.[7] He scored his first goal for Bremen on 17 September, against his former club 1. FC Nürnberg in match that ended in a 1–1 draw. On 1 September 2013 he scored two goals leading his team to 4–1 win over VfB Stuttgart.[8]

Trabzonspor[edit]

Ekici joined Trabzonspor on 15 August 2014 for a fee of €1.5 million.[9][10] He made his league debut on 31 August 2014 against Kayseri Erciyesspor, which ended in a 0–0 draw.[11]

International career[edit]

Although he has represented Germany, the nation of his birth, at youth and U21 levels, he has elected to play for Turkey at the senior level.[12][13] He was called up to Turkish side by Guus Hiddink for the friendly match against the Netherlands. On 29 March 2011, Ekici represented Turkey in his first major international match against Austria where he played right-wing with Turkish play-maker Arda Turan on the left-wing, which resulted in Turkey winning the match 2–0 and getting their UEFA Euro 2012 qualification back on-track. Ekici went with Turkish manager Guus Hiddink to 1. FC Nürnberg to try to persuade his close friend İlkay Gündoğan to follow in his paths in playing for Turkey.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 27 September 2014.
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Total
2007–08 Bayern Munich II Regionalliga Süd 9 0 9 0
2008–09 3. Liga 32 6 32 6
2009–10 29 12 29 12
Total 70 18 70 18
2010–11 1. FC Nürnberg (loan) Bundesliga 32 3 4 1 36 4
Total 32 3 4 1 36 4
2011–12 Werder Bremen Bundesliga 21 1 1 0 22 1
2012–13 9 2 0 0 9 2
2013–14 11 1 1 0 12 1
Total 41 4 2 0 43 4
2014–15 Trabzonspor Süper Lig 4 0 0 0 2 0 6 0
Total 4 0 0 0 2 0 6 0
Career total 147 25 6 1 2 0 155 26

Honours[edit]

Bayern Munich

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mehmet Ekici". 1. FC Nürnberg (in German). p. 2. Archived from the original on 15 July 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Borussia edge T-Home Supercup against FCB". FC Bayern Munich. 24 July 2008. Archived from the original on 23 March 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2008. 
  3. ^ "Vote for your stars of 2008". UEFA. Archived from the original on 19 October 2005. Retrieved 7 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "Alaba, Ekici and Contento give it their best shot". FC Bayern Munich. 9 January 2010. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Ekici unterschreibt Profi-Vertrag". FC Bayern Munich (in German). 1 February 2010. Archived from the original on 18 March 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Milli futbolcu resmen Werder Bremen'de" (in Turkish). Hürriyet. 18 May 2011. Archived from the original on 21 May 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Promising Turkish midfielder Mehmet Ekici to Werder Bremen". nationalturk.com. 18 May 2011. Archived from the original on 21 May 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "VfB Stuttgart 1-4 Werder Bremen". ESPN FC. 2 September 2013. Archived from the original on 19 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Trabzonspor Mehmet Ekici'yi borsaya bildirdi". Eurosport Turkey (in Turkish). 15 August 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Mehmet Ekici, Trabzonspor için geldi". Milliyet (in Turkish). 16 August 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Trabzonspor'dan sessiz başlangıç!". Takvim (in Turkish). 31 August 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "Mehmet Ekici'ye Milli Takım yolu açıldı" (in Turkish). TTF. 29 October 2010. Archived from the original on 1 November 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2010. 
  13. ^ "Mehmet Ekici Türkiye dedi". ntvspor.net (in Turkish). 29 October 2010. Archived from the original on 1 November 2010. Retrieved 29 October 2010. 
  14. ^ "Hollanda kadrosu açıklandı". ntvspor.net (in Turkish). 12 November 2010. Archived from the original on 15 November 2010. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 

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