Ersan Gülüm

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Ersan Gülüm
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Gülüm playing for Beşiktaş in 2014
Personal information
Full name Ersan Adem Gülüm
Date of birth (1987-05-17) 17 May 1987 (age 30)
Place of birth Carlton, Melbourne, Australia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Number 4
Youth career
1999 Green Gully
2001 Meadow Park
2002–2004 Hume City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005 Hume City 22 (2)
2005–2008 Manisaspor 2 (0)
2008 Elazığspor 13 (1)
2008–2011 Adanaspor 60 (3)
2010–2011 Beşiktaş (loan) 10 (0)
2011–2016 Beşiktaş 84 (2)
2016– Hebei China Fortune 24 (2)
2017– → Beşiktaş (loan) 1 (0)
National team
2007–2010 Australia U23 2 (0)
2013– Turkey 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 April 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 March 2015

Ersan Adem Gülüm (Turkish pronunciation: [æɾˈsan ˈaːdem ˈɟylym], born 17 May 1987) is a Turkish professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Turkish club Beşiktaş on loan from Chinese club, Hebei China Fortune. Born in Australia, Gülüm played for Australia at under-23 level before electing to represent Turkey in senior competition.

Early life[edit]

Gülüm grew up in the Melbourne suburb of Meadow Heights.[1]


Gülüm in 2010

Gülüm progressed up the ranks after playing exceptional football for Hume City as an 18-year-old. He was originally transferred to Turkish Super League team Manisaspor in 2005, after being spotted by Leading Teams Operations Manager Ezel Hikmet and referred to experienced Turkish coach Ersun Yanal whilst playing for and captaining the Australian School Boys team touring the United Kingdom. Impressed with the raw talent of the young defender, Gülüm was a part of the senior squad for the entire season as a backup defender, but only managed 2 Super League and 2 Turkish Cup matches.[2] Gülüm was transferred to Elazigspor in February 2008 where he managed to play in every match, gaining a reputation as a strong left footed defender.[3] After a solid second half of the season, Gülüm was transferred to Adanaspor for the 2008–09 signing a lucrative three-year deal,[4] where he played 30 League matches and was rewarded for his great form by being selected in the team of the year as the best central defender in the competition.[5]

On 17 July 2010, despite being heavily linked with Galatasaray, Gülüm transferred to rival Turkish club Beşiktaş with Adanaspor acquiring an option to loan Gülüm back for one season.[6]

After he had a productive season with Beşiktaş, they acquired Gülüm's full rights for a fee of €4 million.[7]

International career[edit]

Gülüm was born in Australia to Turkish parents,[8] meaning that he was eligible to play for Australia and Turkey from birth as per the FIFA eligibility criteria.

Australia Under 23s[edit]

Gülüm was involved in Australia's qualifying campaign for the 2008 Summer Olympics, he made his international debut for the Australia national under-23 association football team as an 84th-minute substitute replacing Ruben Zadkovich on 6 June 2007 away to Jordan in Ammam.[9]

In November 2010, it was speculated that he would be selected for Australia's friendly against Egypt. After the call-up did not come, Gülüm chose to represent Turkey and said that he often felt overlooked by Football Federation Australia: "For me it has been a case of being overlooked at all levels in the past for Australia, for whatever the reason has been."[10]


Former Australia head coach Guus Hiddink swooped and added Gülüm to the Turkish squad scheduled to play the Netherlands on 17 November 2010, although he did not make his international debut for the Crescent Stars in that match.

The following month, Australia coach Osieck had met with Gülüm while the Australian men's team was touring Europe and stated that Gülüm was "very positive" about representing Australia.[11] Gülüm was named on the 50-man shortlist for Australia's 2011 AFC Asian Cup campaign,[12] but was not selected in the final 23-man squad. Osieck told the press that Gülüm's father "said Ersan should opt for Turkey because he plays in Turkey and makes his living there and they both feel a lot of pressure from the Turkish media and the Besiktas supporters".[13][14]

Gülüm was again called up to the Turkish national team in November 2012, this time by Abdullah Avcı. He said he was proud to be a part of the national team.[15] He was left off the team on the roster when the team played Romania on 12 October 2012.[16] He was an unused sub in Turkey's 6 September 2013 match against Andorra.[17] He made his first appearance for Turkey as a 90th-minute substitute on 10 September 2013 in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying game against Romania.[18]


Beşiktaş J.K.


  1. ^ Young, Richie (4 September 2007). "Who Is Ersan Gulum?". Archived from the original on 1 October 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Recent Ersan Gulum Articles: Dual nationality can be a double-edged sword". Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Recep Özcan (6 October 2009). "Ersan Yuvaya Döndü". Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Ersan Adem Best of Bank Asya'da". Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Bank Asya ödülleri verildi Archived 6 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Young Aussie Seals Besiktas Move – Australian FourFourTwo – The Ultimate football Website". 17 July 2010. Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "Ersan Gülüm Beşiktaş'ta". Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Ersan Adem Gülüm: Asla pes etmedi!" (in Turkish). Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Match Summary: Jordan vs Australia" (PDF). Asian Football Confederation. Archived from the original (pdf) on 16 June 2012. 
  10. ^ Hand, Guy (18 September 2010). "Turkey pinches would-be Socceroo". Fox Sports. Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  11. ^ "Holger Osieck says Ersan Gülüm could still play for Socceroos over Turkey". Courier Mail. 16 December 2010. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  12. ^ Paraskevas, Chris (16 December 2010). "Socceroo Boss Holger Osieck Names Ersan Gulum in Preliminary Asian Cup Squad". Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  13. ^ "Osieck forced to cut reluctant Gülüm". The World Game. 28 December 2010. Retrieved 28 December 2010. 
  14. ^ "Ersan Gulum turns his back on the Socceroos". The Roar. 29 December 2010. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  15. ^ "Beşiktaşlı Ersan Gülüm: A Milli Takıma çağrıldığım için gururluyum" [Milliyet – Besiktas Ersan Gülüm: A National Team was proud to being called] (in Turkish). Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  16. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Preliminaries: Europe - Matches: Turkey 0:1 (0:1) Romania". FIFA. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  17. ^ "FIFA World Cup 2014 – Turkey-Andorra –". 6 September 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  18. ^ "FIFA World Cup 2014 – Romania-Turkey". 6 September 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 

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