Alim Öztürk

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Alim Öztürk
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Personal information
Full name Alim Öztürk[1]
Date of birth (1992-11-17) 17 November 1992 (age 27)
Place of birth Alkmaar, Netherlands
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Number 5
Youth career
AFC '34
Hellas Sport Combinatie
FC Groningen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2013 SC Cambuur 13 (0)
2013–2014 Trabzonspor 0 (0)
2013–20141461 Trabzon (loan) 18 (2)
2014–2017 Heart of Midlothian 62 (5)
2017–2018 Boluspor 39 (1)
2018– Sunderland 29 (0)
National team
2013 Turkey U21 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:39, 17 September 2019 (UTC)

Alim Öztürk (born 17 November 1992) is a professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Sunderland. He is a former Turkey U21 international.

Öztürk has previously played for Dutch club SC Cambuur, Trabzonspor, 1461 Trabzon, Scottish club Heart of Midlothian and Boluspor.


Playing in Netherlands[edit]

Born in Alkmaar, Netherlands, to his Turkish parents, Öztürk grew up with three siblings and started playing football when he was nine years old and joining AFC '34 youth team. His parents kept distance from Öztürk playing football.[3] He then joined Groningen.[3] In 2011, Öztürk joined Eerste Divisie side SC Cambuur, where he quickly went through to the first team and made his Eerste Divisie debut for SC Cambuur on 22 January 2012.[4]

Playing in Turkey[edit]

He moved to Turkish club Trabzonspor in 2013[5] for €125,000 on a three year contract, depending on the ongoing payment,[6] but did not break into their first team.[7]

After struggling to break into the first team, Öztürk was sent to join 1461 Trabzon on loan for the 2013–14 season.[8] After a half season with the club, Öztürk left Trabzonspor by mutual consent.[9] Öztürk later described playing in Turkey as difficult, citing more long balls, more fights and unsatisfied playing in the second division.[10]

Heart of Midlothian[edit]

Öztürk moved to then Scottish Championship side Hearts in June 2014 on a three year contract.[7] Öztürk made his Hearts debut, playing in the centre-back along with Danny Wilson, in a 2–1 win over Rangers in the opening game of the season.[11] On 26 October 2014, Öztürk scored his first goal for the club, a 40-yard screamer against Edinburgh rivals Hibernian.[12] He also scored with long-range efforts against Raith Rovers,[13] Cowdenbeath,[14] and he scored a free-kick against Queen of the South.[15] Alim Öztürk is the main free-kick taker at Hearts. With 33 appearances and scoring four times in his first season at Hearts, Öztürk was among six players to be named 2014–15 Championship's Team of the Year.[16] Öztürk was also won Goal of the Season and Memorable Moment at the club's award ceremony.[17]

Following the club's promotion to the Scottish Premiership and Wilson's departure, it was announced that Öztürk was appointed as the new captain at Hearts.[18] He had previously spoke out of becoming the club's captain ahead of the 2015–16 season.[19] Öztürk's first game as Hearts' captain came in the opening game of the season, in a 4–3 win over St Johnstone.[20] On 21 September 2016 the captaincy was transferred to Perry Kitchen.[21]


Öztürk returned to Turkish football in January 2017, signing an 18-month contract with TFF First League club Boluspor.[22]


On the 21 June 2018, EFL League One club Sunderland announced the signing of Öztürk on a free transfer with a two-year contract.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Öztürk speaks Dutch, Turkish and English.[24] Öztürk was so popular with Hearts supporters that they named a beer after him.[25]


  1. ^ "Ali̇m Öztürk" (in Turkish). Turkish Football Federation. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Alim Öztürk" (in Turkish). Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  3. ^ a b "DEFANSA iLAÇ OLABiLECEK BÜYÜK YETENEK!". Yteneki Turk Futbolcular Website. 22 April 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  4. ^ "ALİM ÖZTÜRK – Player Details". Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Cambuur sells Öztürk at Trabzonspor" [Cambuur verkoopt Öztürk aan Trabzonspor] (in Dutch). 31 January 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Scholars Ozturk Trabzonspor" [Alim Öztürk Trabzonspor'da] (in Turkish). Milliyet News. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  7. ^ a b Hearts recruit Turkish defender Alim Ozturk, BBC Sport
  8. ^ "Uğur ve Alim 1461 yolunda" [Uğur ve Alim 1461 yolunda] (in Turkish). 61 Saat Official Website. 19 June 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  9. ^ "Trabzon, Alim Öztürk'ü serbest bıraktı" [Trabzon, Alim Öztürk'ü serbest bıraktı] (in Turkish). Sports 365 Official Website. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Alim Ozturk already feels at home at with Hearts". Edinburgh Evening News. 18 July 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  11. ^ "Rangers 1 – 2 Hearts". BBC Sport. 10 August 2014. Retrieved 30 December 2014.
  12. ^ "Hearts rescued their unbeaten league record with a late Alim Ozturk strike that secured a draw against Hibernian". BBC Sport. 26 October 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  13. ^ "Heart of Midlothian 1–0 Raith Rovers". BBC Sport. 8 November 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  14. ^ "Heart of Midlothian 10–0 Cowdenbeath". BBC Sport. 28 February 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  15. ^ "Hearts 2–0 Queen of the South". BBC Sport. 28 March 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  16. ^ "Capital clubs dominate PFA Team of the Year". Edinburgh Evening News. 1 May 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  17. ^ "THE WINNERS ARE IN!". Heart of Midlothian F.C. 27 April 2015. Archived from the original on 2 May 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  18. ^ "SKIPPER SPEAKS". Heart of Midlothian F.C. 22 July 2015. Archived from the original on 31 July 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  19. ^ "I'd love to be king of Hearts: Alim Ozturk sets his sights on Jambos captaincy". Daily Record. 6 July 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  20. ^ Lindsay, Clive (2 August 2015). "Hearts 4–3 St Johnstone". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  21. ^ "Kitchen replaces Ozturk as Hearts captain as Anderson takes St Johnstone armband". BBC Sport. BBC. 21 September 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  22. ^ Anderson, Barry (8 January 2017). "Alim Ozturk leaves Hearts for Turkish club Boluspor". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  23. ^ "Ozturk becomes first summer signing". 21 June 2018. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  24. ^ "Derby gave Alim Ozturk an appetite for all things Hearts". Edinburgh Evening News. 30 June 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  25. ^ "'40 yard Screamer' beer honours Hearts' Ozturk". Edinburgh Evening News. 28 November 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2015.

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