Jem Karacan

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Jem Karacan
Jem Karacan cropped.jpg
Karacan representing Turkey under-21s in 2010
Personal information
Full name Jem Paul Karacan[1]
Date of birth (1989-02-21) 21 February 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth Catford, London, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Bolton Wanderers
Number 10
Youth career
1996–2003 Wimbledon
2003–2007 Reading
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2015 Reading 155 (11)
2007–2008 Bournemouth (loan) 13 (1)
2008 Millwall (loan) 7 (0)
2015–2017 Galatasaray 2 (0)
2016 Bursaspor (loan) 9 (0)
2017– Bolton Wanderers 5 (1)
National team
2006 Turkey U17 5 (0)
2006 Turkey U18 6 (2)
2006–2008 Turkey U19 10 (0)
2008–2011 Turkey U21 3 (0)
2012 Turkey A2 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:13, 30 April 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 October 2012

Jem Paul Karacan (Turkish: Cem Karacan, IPA: [ˈdʒem kaɾaˈdʒan]; born 21 February 1989) is a Turkish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Bolton Wanderers. Prior to his move to Bolton he played for Turkish club Galatasaray and Reading, as well as various loan spells. He has played internationally for the Turkish youth team, and has captained the U-21 side.

Early life[edit]

Karacan was born in Catford, London to a Turkish father and an English mother.[2] Between the ages of seven and fourteen he played for the now defunct Wimbledon and left after they relocated to Milton Keynes. He had been offered a four-year contract at the club his father supported, Galatasaray, but refused citing language difficulties, "I couldn't go out there at only 14, not speaking the language and so on".[3] Karacan joined Reading's Youth Academy instead, having been spotted playing against the Royals while on trial at Manchester United.

Club career[edit]

Reading[edit]

On 6 July 2007, he signed a two-year professional contract with Reading,[4] and made his debut against Luton Town on 26 August in the League Cup, getting on the scoresheet.

Loan to Bournemouth and Millwall[edit]

Karacan joined Bournemouth on loan, initially for one month, on 18 October 2007.[5] Karacan was put into the starting XI for Bournemouth on 20 October away to Millwall, where he made his league debut in Bournemouth's 2–1 defeat.[6] His loan was subsequently extended to 6 January 2008.[7] Karacan signed a further loan deal in the 2007–08 season on 20 March 2008, this time to Football League One side Millwall, which was originally due to run until 19 April 2008,[8] but was extended to the end of the 2007–08 season.[9]

Return to Reading[edit]

He scored against Aston Villa in a pre season match before the 2008–09 season, and scored his first professional goal for Reading in a League Cup win over Luton Town on 26 August 2008.[10] Towards the end of 2008, he began to start a few matches after impressing in the reserves and following injuries to James Harper and Marek Matejovsky. He signed a new 2 and half-year contract in October 2008, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2010–11 season. He scored his first league goal in Reading's 2–2 draw with Blackpool FC on 13 April 2009, in the Championship.[11] On 20 August 2011, Karacan made his 100th appearance in all competitions for Reading against Barnsley in a 2–1 defeat. During Reading's 2–0 victory over Leeds United on 6 April, Karacan suffered a broken ankle after a tackle by Michael Brown.[12][13] He signed a new contract on 19 September 2012 keeping him at the club until June 2015.[14] On 4 May 2013 Karacan scored his first Premier League goal with a low shot into the bottom corner in Reading's 4–2 away win against Fulham.[15]

He began the 2013–14 season in good goalscoring form, netting twice in a 3–3 draw against Watford on 17 August.[16] A month later he again suffered a serious injury in a game against Leeds and had to be substituted after nine minutes.[17] The club later confirmed that he had ruptured both his anterior cruciate and medial ligaments and would be out for six to nine months.[18][19] After more than a year out, he entered the final part of his recovery in October 2014. [20]

For the 2014-15 season, Karacan changed his squad number to 21, due to his admiration for Italian maestro Andrea Pirlo.[21] He made a brief return from his injury nightmare on 10 January 2015, coming on as a late substitute against Middlesbrough,[22] but another setback kept him out for a further two months. He scored a consolation goal from 20 yards on 14 March, after replacing Jake Taylor as a second-half substitute in a 4-1 defeat at Vicarage Road, in his second appearance of the season.[23]

Galatasaray[edit]

On 8 July 2015, Karacan joined Galatasaray on a three-year contract following the expiration of his Reading contract at the end of the 2014–15 season.[24] He made his Süper Lig debut against Gaziantepspor after replacing Yasin Öztekin, and Galatasaray won that match 2–1. Karacan played 90 minutes against Eskişehirspor where his team won 4–0, showing himself as a central midfielder both offensively and defensively, but term head coach Hamza Hamzaoğlu did not play him much.

Karacan left Galatasaray by mutual consent on 6 January 2017.[25]

Loan to Bursaspor[edit]

On 1 February 2016, Karacan was loaned to fellow Süper Lig club Bursaspor until the end of the 2015–16.[26]

Trials[edit]

Following Karacan's release from Galatasary, he went on trial with Wigan Athletic, and then Norwich City, for whom he featured in their U23's Premier League Cup match against Portsmouth.[27]

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

On 11 March 2017, Karacan joined Bolton Wanderers on a one-month contract, making his debut for the Trotters from the substitutes bench that same day, coming on for Darren Pratley in a 4-2 win away at Fleetwood Town.[28] On the final day of the season, Karacan scored the opening goal to put Bolton 1-0 up against Peterborough United in a 3-0 win, which was enough to seal promotion back to Championship as runners up.[29] On 24 May, the club confirmed that Karacan had signed a one year deal, with an option for a further year, keeping him at the club until at least June 2018.[30]

International career[edit]

Born to a Turkish father and English mother, Karacan is eligible to represent both countries at international level. He chose to represent Turkey and has captained them at youth level.[citation needed] He made his debut for the under-21s as a substitute against Armenia in August 2008,[3] before making his first appearance for the A2 team when they beat Estonia 5–0 in March 2012.[31] Karacan received his first senior call-up for Turkey on 13 October 2012,[32] for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Hungary, but was an unused substitute.[33]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 30 April 2017.[34]
Jem Karacan in Reading's away kit contests with Bryan Ruiz for the ball.
Karacan playing for Reading in 2013
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Reading 2007–08 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Championship 15 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 17 2
2009–10 27 0 4 0 0 0 31 0
2010–11 40 3 3 0 2 0 3[a] 0 48 3
2011–12 37 3 0 0 0 0 37 3
2012–13 Premier League 21 1 3 0 2 0 26 1
2013–14 Championship 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 2
2014–15 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
Total 155 11 12 0 5 1 - - 3 0 175 12
Bournemouth (loan) 2007–08 League One 13 1 3 1 0 0 1[b] 0 17 2
Millwall (loan) 2007–08 League One 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Galatasaray 2015–16 Süper Lig 2 0 2 0 - 1 0 1[c] 0 6 0
2016–17 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 2 0 2 0 - - 1 0 1 0 6 0
Bursaspor (loan) 2015–16 Süper Lig 9 0 0 0 9 0
Bolton Wanderers 2016–17 League One 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Career total 191 12 17 1 5 1 1 0 5 0 219 14
  1. ^ Appearances in the Championship play-offs
  2. ^ Appearance in the Football League Trophy
  3. ^ Appearance in the Turkish Super Cup

Honours[edit]

Reading
Galatasaray

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Mainstream Publishing. p. 229. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0. 
  2. ^ Zaman. "İngiliz futbolu,Kıbrıs Türklerini keşfetti!". Archived from the original on 14 March 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Jem Karacan: my story". Reading F.C. Archived from the original on 13 October 2009. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Royals make six Academy signings". Reading F.C. 6 July 2007. Archived from the original on 11 July 2007. Retrieved 22 October 2007. 
  5. ^ "Bournemouth sign Karacan on loan". BBC Sport. 18 October 2007. Retrieved 22 October 2007. 
  6. ^ "Millwall 2–1 Bournemouth". BBC Sport. 20 October 2007. Retrieved 22 October 2007. 
  7. ^ "Another cracker from Henry". Reading F.C. 19 November 2007. Archived from the original on 13 December 2007. Retrieved 19 November 2007. 
  8. ^ "Karacan loaned to Millwall". Reading F.C. 20 March 2008. Archived from the original on 25 March 2008. Retrieved 20 March 2008. 
  9. ^ "Karacan loan deal extended". Reading F.C. 17 April 2008. Archived from the original on 21 April 2008. Retrieved 18 April 2008. 
  10. ^ "Reading 5–1 Luton". BBC Sport. 26 August 2008. Retrieved 27 October 2009. 
  11. ^ "Blackpool 2–2 Reading". BBC Sport. 13 April 2009. Retrieved 6 May 2010. 
  12. ^ "Karacan season over with broken ankle". Reading F.C. 10 April 2012. Archived from the original on 9 April 2012. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  13. ^ "Jem: I'll be back better and stronger". Reading F.C. 10 April 2012. Archived from the original on 9 April 2012. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  14. ^ "Karacan extends contract". Reading FC. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  15. ^ "Fulham 2–4 Reading". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  16. ^ "Reading 3–3 Watford". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  17. ^ "Reading 1–0 Leeds United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  18. ^ "Karacan update". Reading F.C. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  19. ^ Watts, Charles (29 September 2013). "Karacan: I knew straight away my season was over". Reading Post. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  20. ^ "Jem Karacan: Reading skipper close to ending injury nightmare". www.bbc.co.uk/sport. BBC Sport. 27 October 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  21. ^ "Squad numbers confirmed". http://www.readingfc.co.uk. Reading F.C. Retrieved 14 July 2014.  External link in |website= (help)
  22. ^ www.bbc.co.uk/sport. BBC Sport. 14 March 2015 http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/30663415. Retrieved 14 March 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  23. ^ www.bbc.co.uk/sport. BBC Sport. 14 March 2015 http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/31776038. Retrieved 14 March 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  24. ^ "Jem Paul Karacan Galatasaray'da". http://www.galatasaray.org/ (in Turkish). Galatasaray. 8 July 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  25. ^ "Jem Paul Karacan'ın sözleşmesi feshedildi". galatasaray.org (in Turkish). Galatasaray S.K. 6 January 2017. Retrieved 6 January 2017. 
  26. ^ "Jem Paul Karacan Bursaspor'da !". bursaspor.org.tr (in Turkish). Bursaspor. 1 February 2016. Retrieved 26 February 2016. 
  27. ^ "Norwich City take former Reading star Karacan on trial". itv.com. ITV. 23 January 2017. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  28. ^ "Bolton Wanderers sign Jem Karacan". Bolton Wanderers FC. 11 March 2017. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  29. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39682808
  30. ^ "Jem Karacan agrees deal with Wanderers". Bolton Wanderers FC. 24 May 2017. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
  31. ^ "International Round-Up". Vital Reading. 2 March 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  32. ^ "Jem wins call-up!". Reading F.C. 13 October 2012. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  33. ^ "Hungary vs. Turkey 3 – 1". Soccerway. Retrieved 18 October 2012. 
  34. ^ "Jem Karacan career statistics". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 

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