Zeki Rıza Sporel

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Zeki Rıza Sporel
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Personal information
Date of birth (1898-02-28)February 28, 1898
Place of birth Istanbul, Ottoman Empire
Date of death November 3, 1969(1969-11-03) (aged 71)
Place of death Turkey
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1912–1915 Fenerbahçe
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1915–1934 Fenerbahçe 352 (470)
National team
1923–1934 Turkey 16 (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Zeki Rıza Sporel (February 28, 1898 – November 3, 1969)[1] was a Turkish football player. He plied his trade at the striker position for Fenerbahçe and the Turkey national football team. His career started in the Fenerbahçe youth teams until he was promoted to the senior team. Zeki spent his entire career with the club, setting numerous records. He was also a forerunner for Turkey, becoming the first player to score for the team. He is often cited as the best striker of Turkish football.[2]

He is also younger brother of Hasan Kamil Sporel who both played for and been president of Fenerbahçe.[3]

Early life & club career[edit]

Born in Istanbul in 1898, Zeki's career began in the Fenerbahçe youth system, where he spent three years. He was promoted to the senior squad during the 1915–16 season at the age of eighteen. His left foot was dominant, as he scarcely used his right foot and his head. Zeki set many scoring records at Fenerbahçe, including most goals, most goals in a single match, and fastest goal. On February 12, 1931, Zeki scored a record eight goals in a match as Fenerbahçe won 16–0. His prolific goal-scoring ability led him to be affectionately named Üstad (The Master). The entirety of his career was spent at Fenerbahçe, retiring in 1934 after eighteen years of service. Zeki's final goal record was 470 goals in 352 matches.[4]

International career[edit]

A member of the first Turkish national football team, Zeki played and scored in the country's first international match against Romania. He rounded off the performance with a second goal in the other half.[5] Winning sixteen caps, Zeki led the team ten times while scoring 15 goals.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 26 October 1923 Taksim Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey  Romania 2–2 Draw Friendly
2. 26 October 1923 Taksim Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey  Romania 2–2 Draw Friendly
3. 17 June 1924 Töölön Pallokenttä, Helsinki, Finland  Finland 2–4 Win Friendly
4. 17 June 1924 Töölön Pallokenttä, Helsinki, Finland  Finland 2–4 Win Friendly
5. 17 June 1924 Töölön Pallokenttä, Helsinki, Finland  Finland 2–4 Win Friendly
6. 17 June 1924 Töölön Pallokenttä, Helsinki, Finland  Finland 2–4 Win Friendly
7. 19 June 1924 Reval Stadium, Tallinn, Estonia  Estonia 1–4 Win Friendly
8. 19 June 1924 Reval Stadium, Tallinn, Estonia  Estonia 1–4 Win Friendly
9. 22 June 1924 LSB Stadions, Riga, Latvia  Latvia 1–3 Win Friendly
10. 22 June 1924 LSB Stadions, Riga, Latvia  Latvia 1–3 Win Friendly
11. 22 June 1924 LSB Stadions, Riga, Latvia  Latvia 1–3 Win Friendly
12. 1 May 1925 Stadionul Romcomit, Bucharest, Romania  Romania 1–2 Win Friendly
13. 2 October 1925 Taksim Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey  Poland 1–2 Lost Friendly
14. 14 October 1927 Taksim Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey  Bulgaria 3–1 Win Friendly
15. 14 October 1927 Taksim Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey  Bulgaria 3–1 Win Friendly
Correct as of 10 February 2010 [6]

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zeki Rıza Sporel's profile at Sports Reference.com
  2. ^ Forumexe: Zeki Rıza Sporel (Turkish)
  3. ^ Fenerbahçe past presidents
  4. ^ a b "Zeki Rıza Sporel". FenerbahceCumhuriyeti.org (in Turkish). Retrieved 2007-06-18. 
  5. ^ "1923–1924". Walter Verani, Erdinç Sivritepe and Turkish Soccer. 1999-09-12. Retrieved 2007-06-18. 
  6. ^ Profile at TFF.org