Çağlar Söyüncü

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Çağlar Söyüncü
AUT vs. TUR 2016-03-29 (381) (cropped).jpg
Söyüncü with Turkey in 2016
Personal information
Full name Çağlar Söyüncü[1]
Date of birth (1996-05-23) 23 May 1996 (age 25)[2][3]
Place of birth İzmir, Turkey
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[4]
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
Leicester City
Number 4
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 63 (2)
National team
2014 Turkey U18 1 (0)
2015 Turkey U19 3 (0)
2015 Turkey U20 3 (0)
2015 Turkey U21 1 (0)
2016– Turkey 38 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:31, 23 May 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10:32, 21 June 2021 (UTC)

Çağlar Söyüncü (Turkish pronunciation: [tʃɑːˈɫɑr̥ sœjynˈdʒy]; born 23 May 1996) is a Turkish professional footballer who plays as a defender for Premier League club Leicester City and the Turkey national team.

Söyüncü's first senior professional team was the Turkish second division Altınordu. In the summer of 2016, he joined SC Freiburg of Germany's Bundesliga, before moving to Leicester City in 2018. He made his senior national team debut in 2016.

Club career[edit]

Altınordu[edit]

Söyüncü began his senior professional career with Altınordu in the TFF First League, the second level of the Turkish football league system. During the 2015–16 season with Altınordu, Söyüncü was linked with Beşiktaş J.K.,[5] Galatasaray S.K. and Sevilla FC but the 20 year old Turkish national player selected the Bundesliga because he thought it was better choice for his career and his improvement[6]

SC Freiburg[edit]

On 24 May 2016, in the 2016 Bundesliga summer transfer window, Söyüncü joined German side SC Freiburg, which was promoted to the top flight competition of Germany for the 2016–17 season.[7][8] He is the first Turkish footballer who made a transfer to the Bundesliga directly from the TFF First League, the second-highest professional level football league of Turkey.[9]

He made his Bundesliga debut on week 1 encounter away against Hertha Berlin which ended in a 2–1 loss, on 28 August 2016.[10] He was linked with Lille OSC, A.S. Roma, and Villarreal CF during the mid-season transfer window of the 2016–17 season.[11] Manchester City was also reported to be interested in Söyüncü.[12]

Leicester City[edit]

On 9 August 2018, Söyüncü joined English Premier League side Leicester City on a five-year contract.[13] He signed for an apparent £18 million transfer fee, possibly rising to £20 million with add-ons.[14] Söyüncü had his Premier League debut on 27 October 2018 at the King Power Stadium where Leicester shared points with West Ham United following the final score of 1–1.[15]

Söyüncü scored his first Premier League goal in Leicester's 11th game of the 2019–20 season on 3 November 2019 against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, a 2–0 win.[16][17] On 11 May 2021, he scored the winning goal for Leicester City in a 2–1 away victory over Manchester United, to be their first win at Old Trafford since 1998.[18]

International career[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.[19][20] Söyüncü is the first Altınordu player called up to Turkey national football team after 78 years, since Sait Altınordu, the iconic player of the club, was selected in 1937.[21] He is also the first player called up to national team from any İzmir-based football clubs since 1997. On 17 November 2015, Söyüncü was a reserve for the friendly game against Greece, but stayed on the bench and did not actually get a chance to play.[22] 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.[23][24]

Substituting for Ozan Tufan in the dying minutes of a friendly game against Sweden, Söyüncü earned his first senior national team cap on 24 March 2016.[25] Earning his second cap, he was in the starting line-up in the friendly with Russia on 1 September 2016, which ended 0–0.[26]

On 1 June 2018, Söyüncü scored his first senior international goal on a friendly game against Tunisia, held at Stade de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland.[27]

Style of play and reception[edit]

Possessing leadership attributes, Söyüncü is good at playmaking, dribbling and timing.[28] Standing at 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in), he is strong in the air.[28] In 2016, he stated that his idol is Spanish defender Carles Puyol and he admires German international Mats Hummels.[29]

Former English international and current pundit Martin Keown analysed Söyüncü for BBC Sport in 2019, describing him "a defender made for the modern game", highlighting his agility, aggressiveness and heading attributes.[30]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Söyüncü playing for Altınordu in December 2015
As of match played 23 May 2021[31][32]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Altınordu 2014–15 TFF First League 4 0 6 0 10 0
2015–16 TFF First League 30 2 0 0 30 2
Total 34 2 6 0 40 2
SC Freiburg 2016–17 Bundesliga 24 0 1 0 25 0
2017–18 Bundesliga 26 1 2 0 2[a] 0 30 1
Total 50 1 3 0 2 0 55 1
Leicester City 2018–19 Premier League 6 0 0 0 2 0 8 0
2019–20 Premier League 34 1 4 0 4 0 42 1
2020–21[33] Premier League 23 1 6 0 0 0 3[a] 0 32 1
Total 63 2 10 0 6 0 3 0 82 2
Career total 147 5 19 0 6 0 5 0 177 5
  1. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Europa League

International[edit]

As of match played 20 June 2021[34]
National team Year Apps Goals
Turkey U18 2014 1 0
Turkey U19 2015 3 0
Turkey U20 2015 3 0
Turkey U21 2015 1 0
Youth total 8 0
Turkey 2016 2 0
2017 9 0
2018 11 1
2019 6 0
2020 2 0
2021 8 1
Senior total 38 2
Scores and results list Turkey's goal tally first.[35]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 1 June 2018 Stade de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland  Tunisia 2–2 2–2 Friendly
2 27 March 2021 La Rosaleda Stadium, Malaga, Spain  Norway 2–0 3–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Leicester City

Individual

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Çağlar Söyüncü'nün doğum günü kutlandı" (in Turkish). Turkish Football Federation. 25 May 2018. Archived from the original on 8 November 2019. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Çaglar Söyüncü: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Çaglar Söyüncü". Leicester City F.C. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Beşiktaş'tan Eto'o bombası!" (in Turkish). Milliyet. 24 April 2016. Archived from the original on 2 October 2019. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
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  10. ^ "Çağlar Söyüncü Freiburg ile ilk maçına çıktı" (in Turkish). Fanatik. 28 August 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  11. ^ "Çağlar Söyüncü'nün yıldızı parlıyor" (in Turkish). Four Four Two Turkish Edition. 2 February 2017. Archived from the original on 10 June 2017. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
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  14. ^ "As it happened: Leicester City 1-1 West Ham United" (in Turkish). West Ham United. 27 October 2018. Archived from the original on 7 November 2019. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  15. ^ Saj Chowdhury (3 November 2019). "Crystal Palace 0-2 Leicester: Caglar Soyuncu and Jamie Vardy scores as Foxes go third". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 7 November 2019. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
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  32. ^ "Games played by Çağlar Söyüncü in 2020/2021". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  33. ^ "Çağlar Söyüncü TFF Futbolcu Bilgileri" (in Turkish). TFF. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
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  36. ^ "PFA Player of the Year: Kevin de Bruyne and Beth England named 2020 winners". BBC Sport. 8 September 2020. Retrieved 8 September 2020.

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