Arslan with Hamburg in 2009.
|Full name||Tolgay Ali Arslan|
|Date of birth||16 August 1990|
|Place of birth||Paderborn, West Germany|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|2009–2011||Hamburger SV II||12||(2)|
|2010–2011||→ Alemannia Aachen (loan)||31||(6)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 March 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
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.
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. 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.
On friendly pre-season game 24 July 2012 he scored in a 1–2 loss against FC Barcelona.
Arslan began his career with the Turkey youth teams in 2009. He made two appearances for the U-19 team in 2009. He made his first appearance for the Turkey national under-21 football team against the Republic of Ireland on 7 September 2010.
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- Tolgay Arslan at fussballdaten.de (German)
- Tolgay Arslan – UEFA competition record
- ESPN FC profile
- kicker profile