Murat Yakin

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Murat Yakin
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Personal information
Full name Murat Yakin
Date of birth (1974-09-15) 15 September 1974 (age 39)
Place of birth Basel, Switzerland
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
FC Spartak Moscow (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1997 Grasshoppers 101 (17)
1997–1999 VfB Stuttgart 23 (2)
1998–1999 Fenerbahçe 23 (3)
1999–2000 Basel 11 (1)
1999–2000 Fenerbahçe 3 (0)
1999–2000 Basel 12 (1)
2000–2001 1. FC Kaiserslautern 9 (0)
2001–2006 Basel 91 (24)
Total 273 (48)
National team
1994–2004 Switzerland 49 (4)
Teams managed
2006–2007 Concordia Basel
2009–2011 Thun
2011–2012 Luzern
2012–2014 Basel
2014– Spartak Moscow
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Murat Yakin (Turkish: Murat Yakın; born 15 September 1974 in Basel) is a Swiss-Turkish football coach and former Swiss national player. He currently manages FC Spartak Moscow in the Russian Premier League.

Playing career[edit]

During his playing career he was capped 49 times for Switzerland, and played in Euro 2004. Murat spent the best years of his career playing for his home town club of FC Basel, where he was the defensive linchpin, captain, and libero, of a team that enjoyed domestic and relative European success. He won the Swiss Super League on five occasions (1995, 1996, 2002, 2004, 2005), and the Schweizer Cup three times (1994, 2002, 2003). He recalls the 2002–03 Champions League second leg qualifying match on 28 August 2002 against Celtic in St. Jakob-Park as the "match of his life". Basel won the game 2:0, Yakin scored the second goal in the 22 Minute, as they qualified (3:3 on away goals) for the 2002–03 UEFA Champions League group stage.[1]

Although his spells abroad were not wholly successful, he was widely regarded as one of Swiss football's finest products, frequently being linked with some of the biggest clubs in Europe. In 2003, he played in the FIFA 'Match against Poverty' as part of a star-studded ensemble showcasing the world's best players.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Murat was appointed coach of FC Thun in 2009 after a time as a youth coach at Grasshopper Club Zürich[citation needed]. In May 2011 he joined FC Luzern for a reported 200,000 Swiss francs.[citation needed] He took over from Christian Brand who was made caretaker after the sacking of Rolf Fringer.[3]

FC Basel[edit]

On 15 October 2012 he was appointed as the new manager of FC Basel.[4]

Under his management, Basel won twice, home and away, against Chelsea in the Champions league 2013 group stages. Murat praised the supporters in the stadium, saying that they pushed the team to win through the ninety minutes. He was also delighted to have received praise from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.[5][6] On 17 May 2014, FC Basel announced Yakin was no longer with the club.[7]

FC Spartak Moscow[edit]

On 16 June 2014 he was appointed as the new manager of FC Spartak Moscow.[8]

Coaching record[edit]

As of 21 January 2014
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win % Ref.
FC Frauenfeld 24 February 2008[9] 30 June 2008[9]
Grasshopper Club Zürich II 1 July 2008[10] 30 June 2009[10]
FC Thun 1 July 2009[11] 30 June 2011[11] 74 35 23 16 138 85 +53 47.30
FC Luzern 1 July 2011[12] 20 August 2012[12] 46 19 16 11 96 47 +49 41.30
FC Basel 15 October 2012[4] 17 May 2014 71 40 20 11 136 71 +65 56.34
Total 191 94 59 38 370 203 +167 49.21

Personal life[edit]

Murat was born in Basel, Switzerland to Turkish parents. He grew up and went to school in suburban Münchenstein, Basel-Landschaft, just a few minutes from Basel and close to the borders of France and Germany. He is the elder brother of international football player Hakan Yakin (former member of the Swiss national football team), who is currently playing for AC Bellinzona. His elder half-brother Ertan Irizik is also a former football professional.

Honours[edit]

Player

Manager
Basel

Luzern

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Switzerland League Schweizer Cup Total
1992-93 Grasshopper Zürich Super League 18 1
1993-94 29 3
1994-95 18 2
1995-96 8 3
1996-97 28 8
Germany League DFB-Pokal Total
1997-98 Stuttgart Bundesliga 23 2
Turkey League Türkiye Kupası Total
1998-99 Fenerbahçe Super League 23 3
1999-00 3 0
Switzerland League Schweizer Cup Total
1999-00 Basel Super League 12 1
Germany League DFB-Pokal Total
2000-01 Kaiserslautern Bundesliga 9 0
Switzerland League Schweizer Cup Total
2000-01 Basel Super League 11 1
2001-02 32 7
2002-03 26 6
2003-04 20 7
2004-05 13 3
2005-06 1 0
Total Switzerland 216 42
Germany 32 2
Turkey 26 3
Career total 274 47

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Switzerland's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 6 October 1996 Olympiastadion, Helsinki  Finland 3–1 3–2 1998 World Cup qualifier
2. 11 October 1997 Hardturm, Zurich  Azerbaijan 3–0 5–0 1998 World Cup qualifier
3. 21 August 2002 St. Jakob-Park, Basel  Austria 3–1 3–2 Friendly
4. 12 October 2002 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana  Albania 1–0 1–1 Euro 2004 qualifier

References[edit]

  1. ^ Widmer, Benedikt; Mugglin, David (2011). Das Spiel meines Lebens. rotweiss Verlag GmbH, Basel. ISBN 978-3-7245-1785-6.  (German)
  2. ^ http://www.fifa.com/classicfootball/awards/gala/news/newsid=90283.html
  3. ^ FC Yakin – the club formerly known as FC Luzern
  4. ^ a b "Vogel fliegt - Yakin übernimmt" (in Deutsch). Kicker. 15 October 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  5. ^ sportsmole.co.uk
  6. ^ theguardian.com
  7. ^ fcb.ch
  8. ^ "МУРАТ ЯКИН — НОВЫЙ ГЛАВНЫЙ ТРЕНЕР «СПАРТАКА»" (in Russian). FC Spartak Moscow. 16 June 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "FC Frauenfeld » Trainerhistorie". World Football. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Grasshoppers Zürich II » Trainerhistorie". World Football. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "FC Thun » Trainerhistorie". World Football. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "FC Luzern » Trainerhistorie". World Football. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 

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