Naki in 2012
|Date of birth||9 July 1989|
|Place of birth||Düren, Germany|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|2001–2003||FC Düren 77|
|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)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 November 2014.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 April 2009
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.
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. He helped with seven league goals as St. Pauli returned to the top level.
On November 5, Naki decided to leave Gençlerbirliği after an alleged racist attack. 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).   
In February 2016 Naki was suspended for 12 games and received a large fine after expressing his support to the PKK fighters in the Kurdish-Turkish conflict.
- As of 30 May 2015.
- "Tolles Solo von Großkreutz" [Nice solo by Großkreutz] (in German). kicker. 8 February 2009. Retrieved 18 March 2009.
- "Cut-Throat: Deniz Naki (St. Pauli) provokes Rostock fans with an unsavoury gesture". 101 Great Goals. 3 November 2009. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
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