Semih Kaya

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Semih Kaya
Semih Kaya.jpg
Semih playing for Galatasaray in 2012
Personal information
Full name Semih Kaya
Date of birth (1991-02-24) 24 February 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Bergama, Turkey
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Galatasaray
Number 20
Youth career
2001–2004 Petkimspor
2004 Helvacı Bld. Gençlik ve Spor
2004–2006 Altay
2006–2009 Galatasaray A2
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009– Galatasaray 97 (1)
2010 Gaziantepspor (loan) 1 (0)
2010–2011 Kartalspor (loan) 18 (0)
National team
2006 Turkey U15 2 (0)
2006–2007 Turkey U16 9 (0)
2006–2008 Turkey U17 25 (1)
2007–2009 Turkey U18 10 (0)
2009 Turkey U19 2 (0)
2009–2011 Turkey U21 4 (0)
2012– Turkey 17 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 December 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 July 2014

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.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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 at the 5th 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).

The start of the 2008–09 season saw interest in Semih with reports that Inter Milan were monitoring him.[1]

His first league appearance was against İstanbul B.B. on 19 February 2009.[2] After not getting play time, he joined fellow Süper Lig club Gaziantepspor on loan in January 2010 for the remainder of the season and,[3] in the summer of 2010 he signed for Turkish First League side Kartalspor on loan. On 18 October 2010, he scored two goals in the A2 Lig game against Altay.[4]

Return to Galatasaray[edit]

At the beginning of the 2011–12 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.

Semih scored his first goal for the club against Samsunspor on 7 January 2012, in the 51st Minute in 2–0 comeback as the game ended 4–2 for Galatasaray.[5] In the 2011–12 season, he played 30 games and was a key member of the championship-winning squad. He 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. He finished his second year with 36 appearances all competitions comprised. On 18 November 2013, his contract was extended for 3 years until 2016.[6]

International career[edit]

He has played for all levels of the Turkey national team including the Under-21 level despite his young age. He made his debut for the full side on 29 February 2012, playing the entire game against Slovakia in a 2-1 loss.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 14 December 2014[8][9]

Club[edit]

Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Galatasaray 2008–09 3 0 1 0 - 0 0 4 0
2011–12 30 1 1 0 - - 31 1
2012–13 25 0 0 0 1 0 10 0 36 0
2013–14 29 0 5 0 1 0 6 0 41 0
2014–15 10 0 0 0 2 0 6 0 18 0
Total 97 1 7 0 4 0 22 0 130 1
Gaziantepspor
(loan)
2009–10 1 0 0 0 - - 1 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Kartalspor
(loan)
2010–11 18 0 1 0 - - 19 0
Total 18 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
Career total 116 1 8 0 4 0 22 0 150 1

International[edit]

Turkey national team
Year Apps Goals
2012 8 0
2013 8 0
2014 1 0
Total 17 0

Honours[edit]

Galatasaray

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Inter Milan interest in Semih
  2. ^ "Semih makes his debut". TFF.org. 2009-04-19. Retrieved 2010-09-07. 
  3. ^ Duyuru: Semih Kaya
  4. ^ "Semih ve Erhan Kartal'a". Pasfotomac.com.tr. 2010-07-22. Retrieved 2010-09-07. 
  5. ^ "Samsunspor 2 – 4 Galatasaray". Galatasaray.org. 2012-04-09. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  6. ^ "Galatasaray Semih'in sözleşmesini uzattı". Skorer. Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  7. ^ "Türkiye 1-2 Slovakya". TFF.org. 2012-04-09. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  8. ^ "Semih Kaya". National Football Teams. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "Futbolcu Bilgileri". Turkish Football Federation. 27 June 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 

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