Kaan Ayhan

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Kaan Ayhan
Kaan-Ayhan-08-2019.jpg
Ayhan in 2019
Personal information
Full name Kaan Ayhan
Date of birth (1994-11-10) 10 November 1994 (age 25)
Place of birth Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender / Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Fortuna Düsseldorf
Number 5
Youth career
1999–2013 Schalke 04
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013 Schalke 04 II 3 (0)
2013–2016 Schalke 04 30 (1)
2016Eintracht Frankfurt (loan) 2 (0)
2016– Fortuna Düsseldorf 89 (7)
National team
2009 Turkey U17 2 (0)
2009–2010 Germany U16 6 (0)
2010–2011 Germany U17 20 (3)
2012 Germany U18 2 (0)
2013–2015 Turkey U21 8 (1)
2016– Turkey 26 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:53, 15 October 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 October 2019

Kaan Ayhan (born 10 November 1994) is a Turkish professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder or centre back as well as operating as a right back for Fortuna Düsseldorf and the Turkish national team.

Club career[edit]

Schalke 04[edit]

Ayhan joined Schalke 04's youth academy when he was four years old.[1] On 18 January 2012, he signed a professional contract with Schalke 04 that would last until 30 June 2015.[2] Ayhan was assigned a number 24 shirt.[3] Ayhan made his debut against FC Augsburg in a 4–1 win on 5 October 2013, coming on as a substitute for Ádám Szalai.[4] On 3 May 2014, Ayhan scored his first Bundesliga goal in the 13th minute of a 2–0 victory at SC Freiburg.[5]

In January 2016, Ayhan joined Eintracht Frankfurt on loan from Schalke for the second half of the season.[6] Frankfurt secured the option of signing him permanently, however, the fixed transfer fee was reported as being too high for a permanent signing to be likely.[7]

Fortuna Düsseldorf[edit]

On 31 August 2016, Ayhan left Schalke 04 after 17 years at the club to join 2. Bundesliga side Fortuna Düsseldorf.[8]

On 13 May 2017 Ayhan scored the third goal in a 3-2 for win over 1. FC Nürnberg, securing the 2017–18 2. Bundesliga title for Fortuna Düsseldorf.[9][10]

International career[edit]

A Turkish-German, Ayhan has been capped by both Germany and Turkey junior national teams. In October 2013, Ayhan was selected for the Turkey under-21 squad.[11] He was called up by manager Fatih Terim for Turkey's friendly match against Russia on August 31, 2016 and subsequent World Cup 2018 qualifier against Croatia.[12] Kaan Ayhan gave his debut for the Turkish national football team on August, the 31st of 2016 in a friendly against Russia.[13]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Turkey's goal tally first.[14]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 25 March 2019 Eskişehir Stadium, Eskişehir, Turkey  Moldova 4–0 4–0 UEFA Euro 2020 qualification
2. 8 June 2019 Büyükşehir Stadium, Konya, Turkey  France 1–0 2–0
3. 14 October 2019 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France 1–1 1–1

Style of play[edit]

Although Ayhan can play in several positions, he is most often used as a central defender.

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played on 15 October 2019
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Schalke 04 2012–13[15] Bundesliga 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14[15] Bundesliga 14 1 0 0 1[a] 0 15 1
2014–15[15] Bundesliga 15 0 0 0 4[a] 0 19 0
2015–16[15] Bundesliga 1 0 0 0 4[b] 0 5 0
Total 30 1 0 0 9 1 39 1
Eintracht Frankfurt (loan) 2015–16[15] Bundesliga 2 0 0 0 2 0
Fortuna Düsseldorf 2016–17[15] 2. Bundesliga 23 1 1 0 24 1
2017–18[15] 2. Bundesliga 31 1 1 0 32 1
2018–19[15] Bundesliga 28 4 3 0 31 4
2019–20[15] Bundesliga 7 1 1 0 8 1
Total 89 7 6 0 95 7
Career total 121 8 6 0 9 1 136 9
  1. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League

Honours[edit]

Fortuna Düsseldorf

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kaan Ayhan" (in German). Schalke 04. Archived from the original on 17 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Schalke-Talent Kaan Ayhan erhält Profi-Vertrag" (in German). Der Westen. 18 January 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Kaan Ayhan ist der dienstälteste Knappe" (in German). Schalke 04. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Schalke 4 Augsburg 1". Soccerway. 5 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Job almost done for Schalke". Bundesliga. 3 May 2014. Archived from the original on 4 May 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2014.
  6. ^ Walsh, Jonathan. "Kaan Ayhan swaps Schalke for Frankfurt". Vavel. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  7. ^ Lieto, Toni (3 January 2015). "Ayhans Ziel: Mit Spielpraxis zurück zum FC Schalke". Kicker Online (in German). Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Ayhan moves to Fortuna Düsseldorf". Schalke 04. 31 August 2016. Archived from the original on 11 September 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  9. ^ Janning, Falk. "Fortuna Düsseldorf: Kaan Ayhan sucht sein Trikot – und findet es bei Bibiana Steinhaus". rp-online.de.
  10. ^ "Nürnberg vs. Fortuna Düsseldorf - 13 May 2018 - Soccerway". int.soccerway.com.
  11. ^ "Ümit Milli Takım'ın Yunanistan ve Polonya maçları aday kadrosu belli oldu" (in Turkish). TFF. 5 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  12. ^ "Fatih Terim'den sürpriz kadro!". spor.haber7.com. 26 August 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  13. ^ "Turkey vs. Russia".
  14. ^ "Ayhan, Kaan". National Football Teams. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Kaan Ayhaan". Soccerway. Retrieved 20 May 2018.

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