Alper Potuk

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Alper Potuk
Alper Potuk'14-15.JPG
Alper playing for Fenerbahçe in 2014
Personal information
Date of birth (1991-04-08) 8 April 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth Bolvadin, Turkey
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Fenerbahçe
Number 7
Youth career
2002–2005 Çifteler
2005–2009 Eskişehirspor
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 Eskişehirspor 106 (5)
2013– Fenerbahçe 107 (9)
National team
2010 Turkey U19 4 (1)
2010 Turkey U20 1 (0)
2010–2012 Turkey U21 11 (1)
2012 Turkey A2 2 (0)
2012– Turkey 12 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 March 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 November 2014

Alper Potuk (born 8 April 1991) is a Turkish footballer who plays as a central midfielder/winger for Fenerbahçe in the Turkish Süper Lig.

Early life[edit]

Potuk was born in Bolvadin, Afyonkarahisar Province, on 8 April 1991. He began playing football with friends in the street, receiving a strong backing from his family, especially his father and brother; his brother would give him a ride to watch Afyonkarahisarspor training sessions. Potuk's family relocated to Eskişehir because of his father's job.

Career[edit]

Eskişehirspor[edit]

Alper with Selçuk İnan

Çiftelerspor signed the youngster in 2002, and he competed in their youth teams for three years. In a match against Eskişehirspor, Potuk scored his team's lone goal in a 1–4 loss, impressing the Eskişehirspor coaches. Potuk started his career in the city of Eskişehir, joining Çiftelerspor in 2002, before moving on to Eskişehirspor in 2005. He made his professional debut on 29 May 2009 against Gaziantepspor. In the second qualifying round of the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League, he scored the first goal in a 2–0 win against Scottish Premier League side St Johnstone.

Fenerbahçe[edit]

On 22 May 2013, Alper completed a move to Fenerbahçe in 5-year contract.[1] The transfer involved Henri Bienvenu moving in the opposite direction, to Eskişehirspor, while Fenerbahçe also paid €6.25 million. According to the reports, a journalist interviewed with Alper in National Team Camp and He talked about his transfer rumor. He promised to Fenerbahçe for transfer. "Before the negotiate contract Fenerbahçe's Boss Aziz Yıldırım called me and they wanted to see me at Fenerbahçe. Also they will transfer great names and Fenerbahçe's squad will be more greater" said Alper. In addition to his conversation he said he is a fan of Fenerbahçe and if Fenerbahçe's managers will deal with Eskişehirspor, he will sign to Fenerbahçe. Then transfer completed after that. I promised only Fenerbahçe. So I dealt with Fenerbahçe 15 days ago."[2] On 31 August 2013, he scored his debut goal for the club in a Süper Lig match against Sivasspor.[3]

International career[edit]

Potuk represented his country's U19, U20, and U21 teams. He played his first match for Turkey in a friendly game against Slovakia at Bursa Atatürk Stadium on 29 February 2012. He subsequently represented Turkey in 2014 World Cup qualifying, playing his first qualifier against Andorra on 22 March 2013.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 20 March 2017.

Club[edit]

Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Eskişehirspor 2008–09 1 0 0 0 1 0
2009–10 16 0 3 0 19 0
2010–11 24 0 1 0 25 0
2011–12 35 2 3 0 38 2
2012–13 30 3 9 0 4 1 43 4
Total 106 5 16 0 4 1 126 6
Fenerbahçe 2013–14 28 1 1 0 1 0 4 0 34 1
2014–15 30 3 5 0 1 0 36 3
2015–16 27 4 7 0 11 1 45 5
2016–17 22 1 4 0 9 0 35 1
Total 107 9 17 0 2 0 24 1 150 10
Career total 213 14 33 0 2 0 28 2 276 16

International[edit]

Turkey national team
Year Apps Goals
2012 2 0
2013 6 0
2014 4 1
Total 12 1

International goals[edit]

Scores and results table. Turkey's goal tally first:

International goals
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 21 May 2014 Olympic Stadium Adem Jashari, Mitrovica, Kosovo  Kosovo 6–1 6–1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Fenerbahçe

Personal life[edit]

His father worked in a fabric factory, while his mother was a housewife. Potuk has one older brother and one younger sister.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ALPER İMZAYI ATTI!" (in Turkish). ntvspor.net. 22 May 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Tek sözüm Yıldırım'a" (in Turkish). haberturk.com. 28 May 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Fenerbahçe 5–0 Sivasspor" (in Turkish). fenerbahce.org. 31 August 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Andorra 0–2 Turkey". fifa.com. 22 March 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 

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