Akın in action for Anderlecht.
|Full name||Niyazi Serhat Akın|
|Date of birth||5 June 1981|
|Place of birth||Bretten, West Germany|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Striker, Winger, Attacking Midfielder|
|Current club||Berliner AK|
|1986–1991||FC Viktoria Jöhlingen|
|2006–2007||→ 1. FC Köln (loan)||7||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Akin started his career with Karlsruher SC in Germany.
RSC Anderlecht and 1. FC Köln (2005–2008)
In 2005, Akin joined the Belgian R.S.C. Anderlecht. He continued his winning ways by winning the 2005–06 Jupiler League. He wore the number 24 jersey for the Mauves, with the number 9 jersey worn by the more senior Mbo Mpenza. In his first year at Anderlecht, he helped them become champions of the Belgian First Division, by scoring the first goal in their 2–0 victory over direct rivals Standard Liège three matchdays from the end of the season.
However in the winter transfer window or 2006–07, he was loaned out to Second Bundesliga side 1. FC Köln due to the lack of opportunities and having lower seniority than Nicolas Frutos, Mohammed Tchite and Mbo Mpenza. He received further setback in the 2006–07 season when he had stomach injuries which kept him sidelined for half a year. However, with the transfer of Tchite, and the injury to Frutos in the early part of the 2007–08 Jupiler League, Akin has returned to the starting eleven of Anderlecht. He has repaid the faith of his manager, Franky Vercauteren and scoring two vital goals in the UEFA Cup tie against Rapid Vienna, sending the Belgian team into the group stage of the second-tier European competition. Akin calls it a "small miracle", that he is part of the Anderlecht team again. This brief period of goals was interrupted by another injury to the striker, causing him to miss out an opportunity to cement his spot in the Anderlecht team.
Akın signed a one-year contract for the 2008–09 season with the recently promoted Turkish Super League side Kocaelispor. However, after six months with Kocaelispor, he left the team as Kocaelispor could not pay his wages.
In November 2009 he signed a contract with Karlsruher Sport Club until 30 June 2010.
Akın returned to Turkey after accepting an offer from his old team mate Yusuf Simsek who was appointed as the player-manager for the TFF Second League team. According to his manager, Akın has grown into a more humble player as his fame deteriorated.
He has both German and Turkish citizenship.
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- "Futbolcu Yusuf, hocasi Simsek'i cok begeniyor" (in Turkish). zaman.com.tr. 10 October 2011. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
- "Serhat Akin – Niyazi Serhat Hikmet Akin" (in German). transfermarkt.de. Retrieved 10 January 2010.