|Full name||Murat Yakin|
|Date of birth||15 September 1974|
|Place of birth||Basel, Switzerland|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|FC Spartak Moscow (manager)|
|2000–2001||1. FC Kaiserslautern||9||(0)|
|* 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.
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.
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.
Murat was appointed coach of FC Thun in 2009 after a time as a youth coach at Grasshopper Club Zürich. In May 2011 he joined FC Luzern for a reported 200,000 Swiss francs. He took over from Christian Brand who was made caretaker after the sacking of Rolf Fringer.
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. On 17 May 2014, FC Basel announced Yakin was no longer with the club.
FC Spartak Moscow
- As of 8 December 2014
|FC Frauenfeld||24 February 2008||30 June 2008||—|
|Grasshopper Club Zürich II||1 July 2008||30 June 2009||—|
|FC Thun||1 July 2009||30 June 2011||74||35||23||16||138||85||+53||47.30|
|FC Luzern||1 July 2011||20 August 2012||46||19||16||11||96||47||+49||41.30|
|FC Basel||15 October 2012||17 May 2014||71||40||20||11||136||71||+65||56.34|
|FC Spartak Moskva||16 June 2014||19||9||5||5||27||22||+5||47.37|
|This section does not cite any references or sources. (May 2014)|
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.
- Swiss Super League
- Swiss Cup
- Winner (3): 1994, 2002, 2003
- Uhren Cup
- Winner (1): 2003
- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup:
- Runners-up (1): 1997–98
- Swiss Super League
- Swiss Cup
- Uhren Cup
- Winner (2): 2001, 2013
|1992-93||Grasshopper Zürich||Super League||18||1|
- Scores and results list Switzerland's goal tally first.
|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|
- Widmer, Benedikt; Mugglin, David (2011). Das Spiel meines Lebens (in German). rotweiss Verlag GmbH, Basel. ISBN 978-3-7245-1785-6.
- FC Yakin – the club formerly known as FC Luzern
- "Vogel fliegt - Yakin übernimmt" (in German). Kicker. 15 October 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
- МУРАТ ЯКИН — НОВЫЙ ГЛАВНЫЙ ТРЕНЕР «СПАРТАКА» (in Russian). FC Spartak Moscow. 16 June 2014.
- "FC Frauenfeld » Trainerhistorie". World Football. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
- "Grasshoppers Zürich II » Trainerhistorie". World Football. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
- "FC Thun » Trainerhistorie". World Football. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
- "FC Luzern » Trainerhistorie". World Football. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
- "МУРАТ ЯКИН — НОВЫЙ ГЛАВНЫЙ ТРЕНЕР «СПАРТАКА»". (in Russian). Retrieved 16 June 2014.
- Murat Yakin on the website of the Swiss Football League[dead link]
- Murat Yakin on the website of FC Basel[dead link]
- Official site of the Yakin brothers[dead link]
- Article detailing Murat's connection with two of his passions: kebabs and Turkish rap (French)