Kaya playing for Galatasaray in 2013
|Full name||Semih Kaya|
|Date of birth||24 February 1991|
|Place of birth||Bergama, Turkey|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2004||Helvacı Bld. Gençlik ve Spor|
|2010||→ Gaziantepspor (loan)||2||(0)|
|2010–2011||→ Kartalspor (loan)||18||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 April 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Semih Kaya (Turkish pronunciation: [semih kɑjɑ], born 24 February 1991) is a Turkish footballer who plays for Turkish Süper Lig club Galatasaray and the Turkish national team. His surname means "rock" in Turkish and his nickname is "the Rock" given by fans due to his strength and surname.
He joined Galatasaray's youth academy from Altay's youth team when he was 15.
On 25 February 2007, when he was playing with older young players in the season of Süper Gençler Ligi (Super Teen League), in the match between Galatasaray and Beşiktaş J.K. at 5. minute of the game a kick from Batuhan Karadeniz came to his head, he collided, had to leave game and went to a hospital for a head surgery (Coagulation). When he woke up after the surgery, a nurse told him with humor : "When you recover, you will play for Fenerbahçe S.K. (football) and he replied : "Then leave me in the hospital".
The start of the 2008–2009 season saw interest in Semih with reports that Inter Milan were monitoring him. Semih recently renewed his contract with Galatasaray, keeping him at the club until the end of 2015-2016 season.
Return to Galatasaray
At the beginning of the 2011–2012 season, he wasn't selected in first eleven, but following injuries to other players, notably Gokhan Zan and fall in form of Servet Cetin, Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim gave him a chance to prove himself. Following a series of solid performances, he soon became first-choice centreback with Tomas Ujfalusi.
Kaya scored his first goal for the club against Samsunspor on the 7th of January 2012, in the 51st Minute in 2-0 comeback as the game ended 4-2 for Galatasaray. In 2011-12 season, he played 30 games and was a key member of the championship-winning squad.
Since the start of the 2012-13 Super Lig season, he has continued to be first choice centre-back for the club and country delivering calm and confident performances despite his age against top teams such as Manchester United and Holland. In a press conference after the game with Manchester United, Vice-President Ali Durust stated that the Red Devils has inquired Galatasaray for a possible acquisition of Semih. He played for 26 league games for the club at this season and took a critical role for the championship title.
After the departure of coach Fatih Terim, he continued to play for the first team. Roberto Mancini used him as a center-back with Aurélien Chedjou in several league matches, and in the UEFA Champions League meeting against F.C. Copenhagen, which Galatasaray won 3-1.
He has played for all levels of the Turkey national team including the Under-21 level despite his young age. On 29 February 2012, Semih Kaya made his debut for the Turkish national team against Slovakia in a 2-1 loss.
|Turkey national team|
- Inter Milan interest in Semih
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- Duyuru: Semih Kaya
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- "Türkiye 1-2 Slovakya". TFF.org. 2012-04-09. Retrieved 2012-02-29.
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