Tolgay Arslan

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Tolgay Arslan
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Arslan with Hamburg in 2009.
Personal information
Full name Tolgay Ali Arslan
Date of birth (1990-08-16) 16 August 1990 (age 23)
Place of birth Paderborn, West Germany
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Hamburger SV
Number 18
Youth career
1996–2003 Grün-Weiß Paderborn
2003–2009 Borussia Dortmund
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Hamburger SV II 12 (2)
2009– Hamburger SV 62 (2)
2010–2011 Alemannia Aachen (loan) 31 (6)
National team
2009 Turkey U19 2 (0)
2010 Turkey U21 1 (0)
2011 Germany U20 1 (0)
2012–2013 Germany U21 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 March 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 February 2013

Tolgay Ali Arslan (Turkish pronunciation: [toɫɡaj ali aɾsɫan], born 16 August 1990) is a German-Turkish footballer who plays as a midfielder for Hamburger SV in the Bundesliga.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Arslan was born in Paderborn to Turkish parents from Çorum; his father, a real estate agent, moved to Germany when he was 11 years old. He began playing football at the age of six, when his father brought him along to watch Grün-Weiß Paderborn play. Arslan began his career with the local club. Patterning his game around Zinedine Zidane and Gheorghe Hagi, Arslan earned a move to Borussia Dortmund in 2003. After several years in Dortmund's youth team, Arslan moved to Hamburger SV.[1]

Hamburger SV[edit]

Tolgay Arslan signing an autograph for a young fan.

Arslan moved to Hamburger SV on a free transfer in 2009. He made his debut on 23 September 2009, coming in the 70th minute as a substitute for Marcus Berg in the second round of the DFB-Pokal against Osnabrück.[2] Hamburg managed a 3–3 draw, but went on to lose 5–7 following a penalty shootout. Arslan made his league debut on 17 October 2009 in a 0–0 draw against Bayer Leverkusen.[3]

He moved on loan to Alemannia Aachen for the 2010–11 season and scored his first goal for the club in the fifth week of the 2. Bundesliga in a 3–1 win against FSV Frankfurt.[4]

On friendly pre-season game 24 July 2012 he scored in a 1–2 loss against FC Barcelona.

International career[edit]

Arslan began his career with the Turkey youth teams in 2009. He made two appearances for the U-19 team in 2009.[5] He made his first appearance for the Turkey national under-21 football team against the Republic of Ireland on 7 September 2010.[6]

In December 2010, Arslan switched to the German Football Association.[7] He was first called up to the Germany national under-21 team to face, of all teams, Turkey on 14 November 2012.[8]


  1. ^ Özten, Nihat (1 July 2010). "10 numaranın genç adayı: Tolgay Ali Arslan" (in Turkish). Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "HSV scheitert beim Pokal-Drama in Osnabrück" (in German). 23 September 2009. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Torun scheitert an Castro, Kießling an Rost" (in German). 17 October 2009. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  4. ^ Franzke, Julian; Holger Richter (23 September 2010). "kicker Heft Nr.77". kicker Sportmagazin (in German) (Nuremberg: Olympia Verlag). 
  5. ^ "TOLGAY ALİ ARSLAN" (in Turkish). Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "TÜRKİYE 1–0 İRLANDA" (in Turkish). Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  7. ^ "Kampf um die Talente: Jetzt wird zurückgeklaut!" (in German). 5 December 2010. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "U21: Adrion beruft Neulinge Rüdiger und Arslan" (in German). 9 November 2012. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 

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