Yakin in November 2006
|Full name||Hakan Yakin|
|Date of birth||22 February 1977|
|Place of birth||Basel, Switzerland|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Second striker
|1998–1999||→ St. Gallen (loan)||35||(8)|
|2004–2005||→ Galatasaray (loan)||2||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 May 2013.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 February 2011
Hakan Yakin (Turkish: Hakan Yakın; born 22 February 1977) is a Swiss former footballer who played as a forward or midfielder. Since January 2012 until July 2013 he played for Swiss Challenge League club AC Bellinzona and this was his last club. He was member of the Swiss national team for eleven years.
Yakin was born in Basel, Switzerland, to Turkish parents. He grew up and went to school in suburban Münchenstein, Basel-Landschaft, just outside Basel, and close to the borders of France and Germany. He is the younger brother of international football player Murat Yakin (former member of the Swiss national football team), who is currently manager of the Swiss Swiss Super League club FC Basel. His elder half-brother Ertan Irizik is also a former football professional. Yakin's surname is based on the Turkish word Yakın (meaning close, adjacent), however as he is a Swiss resident and citizen, the name which he uses is Yakin.
As a child Yakin played in the youth teams of his local side FC Concordia Basel. He signed his first professional contract with hometown club FC Basel in January 1995. He played his League debut for Basel on 12 April 1995 in the 1994–95 season in the match against Lausanne Sports. He was brought on as substitute the 60th Minute as replacement for Alexandre Rey and with his first touch of the ball, just 18 seconds later, he scored the 3–0 with a header (end result 5–0).
After two and a half years in Basel he transferred to Grasshopper Club Zürich, with manager Christian Gross, but could not set himself through, making most of his appearances as substitute. Therefore, he was loaned to FC St. Gallen for the second half of the 1997–98 season. Yakin moved immediately into the starting eleven and therefore the loan was prolonged, before Yakin returned to the Grasshoppers.
During January 2001 he transferred back to Basel. At the end of the 2001–02 season Yakin won the national Double with Basel and a year later won the Swiss Cup again. He recalls the 2002–03 Champions League Group B match on 12 November 2002 against Liverpool in St. Jakob-Park as the "match of his life". The game was drawn 3–3 and Yakin gave all three assists as Basel cruised to a 3–0 half-time lead as they qualified, one point above Liverpool, for the 2002–03 UEFA Champions League second group stage.
His career was then overshadowed by some trouble regarding his club transfers, as his engagements outside Switzerland (Paris Saint-Germain, VfB Stuttgart, and Galatasaray) were not accompanied by luck. In 2005–06, Yakin returned to Switzerland, joining BSC Young Boys. In July 2008, Yakin signed a contract with Qatar champions Al-Gharafa, for a salary of around €2.5 million per year.
In March 2009, it was reported that Yakin had been training with the Grasshopper Club Zürich Under-21 side, coached by his brother Murat, in a bid to get fit. Yakin then signed a contract on 25 June 2009 in his homeland Switzerland with FC Luzern, running through to 30 June 2011. In Summer 2011 his brother Murat became his manager at FC Luzern.
During the mid-season break in January 2012 Yakin transferred to AC Bellinzona in the Challenge League, the second tier of Swiss football. He played his team debut on 26 February in the 2–0 home win against Stade Nyonnais. He scored his first two goals for the club in the 3–2 away win against Aarau on 9 April 2012.
Yakin has been capped 87 times for Switzerland, the first coming in 2000. He was offered Turkish nationality before being called up to the Swiss squad, but turned it down for personal reasons. He has played in UEFA Euro 2004, UEFA Euro 2008, and both the 2006 FIFA World Cup and the 2010 FIFA World Cup with his country.
On 11 June 2008, Yakin scored the opening goal in the 32nd minute of Switzerland's second Euro 2008 Group A match against Turkey, giving them a 1–0 lead and he refused to celebrate after the goal. However, he missed another chance shortly afterward as Turkey scored two second-half goals, resulting in Switzerland becoming the first team to be mathematically eliminated from their own tournament within five days of its beginning. However, in Switzerland's final group match against Portugal on 15 June, Yakin added two second-half goals, the second a penalty kick, to secure their first ever win at the UEFA European Championship, 2–0. Yakin finished the tournament as joint-second highest goalscorer with Lukas Podolski, Roman Pavlyuchenko, and Semih Şentürk with three goals each, behind David Villa's four goals.
Under new national team coach, Ottmar Hitzfeld, Yakin participated in seven of Switzerland's ten qualifying matches for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, starting twice, and making five substitute appearances, scoring one goal in Switzerland's opening qualifier against Israel. He announced his retirement from the Swiss national team on 4 October 2011.
|1997–98||St. Gallen||Super League||14||1|
|2005–06||Young Boys||Super League||20||6|
|2008–09||Al-Gharafa Sports Club||Qatar Stars League||15||5|
|2009–10||FC Luzern||Super League||29||10|
|2011–12||AC Bellinzona||Challenge League||2||0|
- Scores and results list Switzerland's goal tally first.
|1.||19 February 2000||Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat||Oman||4–1||4–1||Friendly|
|2.||26 April 2000||Fritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern||Germany||1–0||1–1||Friendly|
|3.||16 August 2000||Espenmoos, St. Gallen||Greece||2–2||2–2||Friendly|
|4.||15 August 2001||Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna||Austria||2–1||2–1||Friendly|
|5.||1 September 2001||St. Jakob-Park, Basel||Yugoslavia||1–0||1–2||2002 World Cup qualifier|
|6.||12 February 2002||Makario Stadium, Nicosia||Cyprus||1–1||1–1||Friendly|
|7.||13 February 2002||Tsirion Stadium, Limassol||Hungary||2–0||2–1||Friendly|
|8.||21 August 2002||St. Jakob-Park, Basel||Austria||1–1||3–2||Friendly|
|9.||8 September 2002||St. Jakob-Park, Basel||Georgia||2–1||4–1||Euro 2004 qualifier|
|10.||16 October 2002||Lansdowne Road, Dublin||Republic of Ireland||1–0||2–1||Euro 2004 qualifier|
|11.||12 February 2003||Nova Gorica Sports Park, Nova Gorica||Slovenia||1–0||5–1||Friendly|
|12.||11 October 2003||St. Jakob-Park, Basel||Republic of Ireland||1–0||2–0||Euro 2004 qualifier|
|13.||28 April 2004||Stade de Genève, Geneva||Slovenia||2–1||2–1||Friendly|
|14.||8 September 2004||St. Jakob-Park, Basel||Republic of Ireland||1–1||1–1||2006 World Cup qualifier|
|15.||13 October 2007||Letzigrund, Zurich||Austria||2–1||3–1||Friendly|
|16.||11 June 2008||St. Jakob-Park, Basel||Turkey||1–0||1–2||Euro 2008|
|17.||15 June 2008||St. Jakob-Park, Basel||Portugal||1–0||2–0||Euro 2008|
|19.||20 August 2008||Stade de Genève, Geneva||Cyprus||2–0||4–1||Friendly|
|20.||6 September 2008||Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan||Israel||1–0||2–2||2010 World Cup qualifier|
- Uhrencup Winner: 2007
- Swiss Player of the Year: 2003, 2008
- Swiss League top goal scorer: 2008 (24 goals)
Notes and references
- "Hakan Yakin – International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
- Muhammet Altıntaş: Hakan`ı kaçırmayın (in Turkish)
- Hurriyetport.com: Milli Futbolcu Hakan Yakın'a Vjosa Jusufi ikizler için babalık testi davası açtı! (in Turkish)
- "FCSG Data Hakan Yakin" (in German). fcsg-data.ch. 2011. Retrieved 16 November 2011.
- Widmer, Benedikt; Mugglin, David (2011). Das Spiel meines Lebens (in German). rotweiss Verlag GmbH, Basel. ISBN 978-3-7245-1785-6.
- "Match report Basel – Liverpool". eufa.com. 2002. Retrieved 12 November 2002.
- "PSG complete Yakin swoop". UEFA.com. 31 July 2003. Retrieved 12 April 2008.
- "Basel boosted by Yakin return". UEFA.com. 30 August 2003. Retrieved 12 April 2008.
- "Yakin follows Streller to Stuttgart". UEFA.com. 2 February 2004. Retrieved 12 April 2008.
- "Galatasaray give Yakin a go". UEFA.com. 26 January 2005. Retrieved 12 April 2008.
- "Young Boys welcome Yakin". UEFA.com. 10 June 2005. Archived from the original on 14 May 2008. Retrieved 12 April 2008.
- "Switzerland striker Hakan Yakin set to sign for Qatar champion".
- Yakin training with GC
- FC Yakin – the club formerly known as FC Luzern
- Switzerland vs Turkey match report
- Switzerland vs Portugal match report
- "Hakan Yakin beendet Nationalmannschafts-Karriere" (in German). FC Luzern homepage. 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
- "Hakan Yakin calls time on Switzerland". eufa.com. 2011. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
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