Deniz Naki

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Deniz Naki
Deniz Naki 2012.jpg
Naki in 2012
Personal information
Date of birth (1989-07-09) 9 July 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth Düren, Germany
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Laçın S.K.
Number 62
Youth career
2001–2003 FC Düren 77
2003–2005 FC Düren-Niederau
2005–2007 Bayer Leverkusen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Bayer Leverkusen II 36 (7)
2009 Rot Weiss Ahlen (loan) 11 (4)
2009–2012 FC St. Pauli 71 (12)
2012–2013 SC Paderborn 07 23 (2)
2013–2014 Gençlerbirliği 21 (0)
2015–2018 Amed S.K. 58 (28)
National team
2007–2008 Germany U19 15 (9)
2008–2009 Germany U20 6 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 2017
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 April 2009

Deniz Naki (born 9 July 1989) is a Kurdish/German footballer who is currently playing for Amed SK.[1][2]

Club career[edit]

Naki began his football career at Bayer 04 Leverkusen, but could never make it past its reserves.

On 2 February 2009, he was loaned to Rot Weiss Ahlen, playing eleven games and scoring four goals in his short spell. On 8 February, he made his professional debut in the second division, coming on as a 79th-minute substitute for Marco Reus in a match against FC Augsburg.[3]

On 25 June 2009, Naki left Bayer Leverkusen and signed a three-year contract with FC St. Pauli at the Millerntor-Stadion. He caused controversy on 2 November when, after scoring his team's second goal away at rivals FC Hansa Rostock (2–0 win), he celebrated with a 'cut-throat' gesture towards the opposing fans.[4] He helped with seven league goals as St. Pauli returned to the top level.

Following an unsuccessful trial at Nottingham Forest, Naki completed a move to SC Paderborn 07, signing a two-year contract with the 2. Bundesliga side in the summer of 2012.

On November 5 2014, Naki decided to leave Gençlerbirliği after an alleged racist attack.[5][6] Naki said he was attacked on the street in the Turkish capital by three men shouting racist abuse and challenging him over his support for the Syrian-Kurdish town of Kobane, which is battling a siege by Islamic State (ISIS).[7] [5] [1] [8]

In February 2016 Naki was suspended for 12 games and received a large fine after allegedly expressing support for the PKK, in the Kurdish-Turkish conflict. He had written on his personal Facebook page that he dedicated the victory, a win over Bursaspor in the Turkish Cup, to those killed and wounded "under the oppression that has gone on for 50 days in our land," referring to the imposed curfews in numerous Kurdish towns. [9]

In January 2018 shots were fired at his car.[10] In March 2018, Deniz Naki started a hunger strike in front of the UN building in Geneva, in protest against the Afrin occupation by Turk forces.[11]

International career[edit]

As a member of the Germany U-19 team, Naki represented the nation at the 2008 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship, played in the Czech Republic.

Club[edit]

As of 30 May 2015.
Club Season League Cup Other Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Gençlerbirliği 2013–14 16 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 19 1
2014–15 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Total 21 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 25 1
Amedspor 2015–16 12 1 7 2 0 0 0 0 19 3
Total 12 1 7 2 0 0 0 0 19 3
Career total 33 1 11 3 0 0 0 0 44 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Girit, Selin (6 November 2014). "Footballer flees Turkey after attack" – via www.bbc.com. 
  2. ^ Türkçe, Selin Girit BBC. "Deniz Naki: Türkiye'ye dönme niyetim yok". BBC Türkçe. 
  3. ^ "Tolles Solo von Großkreutz" [Nice solo by Großkreutz] (in German). kicker. 8 February 2009. Retrieved 18 March 2009. 
  4. ^ "Cut-Throat: Deniz Naki (St. Pauli) provokes Rostock fans with an unsavoury gesture". 101 Great Goals. 3 November 2009. Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  5. ^ a b sport, Guardian (5 November 2014). "Striker Deniz Naki leaves club in Turkey after alleged racist attack" – via www.theguardian.com. 
  6. ^ "FC St. Pauli: Deniz Naki löst Vertrag in Ankara auf". 
  7. ^ http://rudaw.net/english/middleeast/turkey/06112014
  8. ^ "Alevi German-Turkish footballer decides to leave Turkey after attack". Hürriyet Daily News. 
  9. ^ Kurdistan24. "Turkey: Kurdish footballer banned for 12 matches". 
  10. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-42603843
  11. ^ "Deniz Naki, BM binası önünde Afrin için açlık grevine başlayacak". Demokrat Haber (in Turkish). Retrieved 2018-03-28. 

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