Çağlar Söyüncü

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Çağlar Söyüncü
AUT vs. TUR 2016-03-29 (383).jpg
Söyüncü with Turkey in 2016.
Personal information
Full name Çağlar Söyüncü
Date of birth (1996-05-23) 23 May 1996 (age 22)
Place of birth İzmir, Turkey
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Leicester City
Youth career
2006–2011 Menemen Belediyespor
2011–2013 Bucaspor
2013–2014 Gümüşorduspor
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2016 Altınordu 34 (2)
2016–2018 SC Freiburg 50 (1)
2018– Leicester City 0 (0)
National team
2014 Turkey U18 1 (0)
2015 Turkey U19 3 (0)
2015 Turkey U20 3 (0)
2015 Turkey U21 1 (0)
2016– Turkey 15 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:44, 22 May 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14:45, 5 June 2018 (UTC)

Çağlar Söyüncü (born 23 May 1996) is a Turkish professional footballer, who plays as a defender for Premier League side Leicester City and the Turkish national team.

Joining SC Freiburg in 2016 Bundesliga summer transfer window, he is the first Turkish footballer who made a transfer to Bundesliga directly from TFF First League, the second highest professional level football league of Turkey.[2]

Making his senior national team debut in 2016, Söyüncü is the first Altınordu S.K. player called up to Turkey national football team after 78 years, since Sait Altınordu, the iconic player of the club, was selected in 1938.[3] He is also the first player called up to national team from any İzmir-based football clubs since 1997.

Club career[edit]

Altınordu S.K[edit]

During the 2015–2016 season he was linked with Beşiktaş J.K., Galatasaray S.K. and Sevilla FC but 20 years old Turkish national selected the Bundesliga because he thought it was better choice for his career and his improvement[4]

SC Freiburg[edit]

On 24 May 2016, Söyüncü joined German side SC Freiburg, which was promoted to the top flight competition of Germany for the 2016–17 season.[5][6] He made his Bundesliga debut on week 1 encounter away against Hertha Berlin which ended 2–1 for Berlin outfit, on 28 August 2016.[7] He was linked with Lille OSC, AS Roma, and Villarreal CF during the mid-season transfer window of 2016–17 season.[8] Manchester City was also reported to be interested in Söyüncü.[9]

Leicester City[edit]

On 9 August 2018 Söyüncü joined Premier League side Leicester City on a five year contract, subject to a successful work permit application.[10]

International career[edit]

Senior[edit]

In November 2015, he was called up to Turkey national football team by coach Fatih Terim, following the injury of central defender Serdar Aziz.[11][12] On 17 November 2015 Söyüncü was a reserve for the a friendly game against Greece but stayed on the bench and did not actually get a chance to play.[13] On 18 March 2016, he was called to national squad for friendly games against Sweden and Austria, to be held on 24 March 2016 in Antalya, Turkey and on 29 March in Austria, respectively.[14][15]

Substituting Ozan Tufan in the dying minutes of friendly game against Sweden, Söyüncü earned his first senior national team cap on 24 March 2016, Thursday.[16] Earning his 2nd cap, he was on starting line-up at friendly with Russia on 1 September 2016, ended 0–0.[17]

Style of play[edit]

Possessing leadership attributes, Söyüncü is good at playmaking, dribbling and timing.[18] Standing at 1.87 m, he is strong in the air.[18] In 2016, he stated that his idol is Spaniard defender Carles Puyol and he admires German international Mats Hummels.[19]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Söyüncü playing for Altınordu S.K., in December 2014
As of 22 May 2018[20][21]
Club Season League Cup[22] Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Altınordu 2014–15 4 0 6 0 10 0
2015–16 30 2 0 0 30 2
Total 34 2 6 0 40 2
SC Freiburg 2016–17 24 0 1 0 25 0
2017–18 26 1 2 0 2 0 30 1
Total 50 1 3 0 2 0 55 1
Career total 84 3 9 0 2 0 95 3

International[edit]

(Correct as of 5 June 2018).[23]
National team Year Apps Goals
Turkey U-18 2014 1 0
Turkey U-19 2015 3 0
Turkey U-20 2015 3 0
Turkey U-21 2015 1 0
Turkey 2016 2 0
2017 9 0
2018 4 1
Total 23 1

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Turkey's goal tally first.[24]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 1 June 2018 Stade de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland  Tunisia 2–2 2–2 Friendly

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ana Sayfa > Altınordu > A Takım > Çağlar SÖYÜNCÜ **" (in Turkish). www.altinordu.org.tr. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "1. Lig'den yurt dışına ilk transfer" (in Turkish). Al Jazeera Türk. 24 May 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "İzmir'in son gururu: Çağlar Söyüncü" (in Turkish). TFF. 29 April 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Çağlar Söyüncü için itiraf:Beşiktaş ve Sevilla" (in Turkish). Milliyet. 20 May 2016. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "Offiziell: Söyüncü schlägt im Breisgau auf" (in German). Kicker. 24 May 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "Freiburg sign Turkey defender Caglar Söyüncü". www.bundesliga.com. 24 May 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  7. ^ "Çağlar Söyüncü Freiburg ile ilk maçına çıktı" (in Turkish). Fanatik. 28 August 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "Çağlar Söyüncü'nün yıldızı parlıyor" (in Turkish). Four Four Two Turkish Edition. 2 February 2017. Retrieved 9 February 2017. 
  9. ^ Template:Cite web=url=https://www.lcfc.com/news/799283/leicester-city-agree-alar-sync-transfer/press-release
  10. ^ "Hedefim kalıcı olmak" (in Turkish). Habertürk. 15 November 2015. Retrieved 17 November 2015. 
  11. ^ "Terim'den sürpriz davet!" (in Turkish). NTV Spor. 14 November 2015. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  12. ^ "Türkiye 0–0 Yunanistan" (in Turkish). TFF. 17 November 2015. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  13. ^ "A Milli Takım'ın İsveç ve Avusturya maçları aday kadrosu ve programı" (in Turkish). TFF. 18 March 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  14. ^ "A Milli Takımı'nın Aday Kadrosu Açıkandı" (in Turkish). Milliyet. 18 March 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  15. ^ "Türkiye 2–1 İsveç" (in Turkish). TFF. 24 March 2016. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  16. ^ "Türkiye - Rusya: 0-0" (in Turkish). NTV Spor. 1 September 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  17. ^ a b "Bu çocukta iş var: Çağlar Söyüncü (Altınordu)" (in Turkish). Four Four Two Turkish Edition. 16 November 2015. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
  18. ^ "A Milli Takımı'nın Aday Kadrosu Açıkandı" (in Turkish). Milliyet. 8 May 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  19. ^ "C. Söyüncü". Soccerway. Retrieved 31 May 2017. 
  20. ^ "Çağlar Söyüncü (Altınordu) @ Maçkolik.com" (in Turkish). mackolik.com. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  21. ^ Includes Turkish Cup and Turkish Super Cup
  22. ^ "Çağlar Söyüncü TFF Futbolcu Bilgileri" (in Turkish). TFF. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
  23. ^ "Söyüncü, Çağlar". national-football-teams.com. National Football Teams. Retrieved 5 June 2018. 

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