|Date of birth||25 February 1987|
|Place of birth||Saint-Claude, France|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
(on loan from Hannover 96)
|1999–2000||Jura Sud Fut|
|2016||→ Guingamp (loan)||15||(4)|
|2016–||→ Metz (loan)||8||(6)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 October 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 October 2016
Mevlüt Erdinç (born 25 February 1987) is a Turkish footballer. He currently plays for Metz on loan from Hannover 96 as a striker. He is both a Turkish and a French citizen. His surname is commonly spelt Erding by the French media and is also spelled Erding on his jersey. In January 2010 he received a medal of honour from his town of birth, Saint-Claude.
Erdinç was promoted from Sochaux's academy to the first-team squad in the 2005–06 Ligue 1 season, scoring a last-minute goal on his debut to gift his side a 1–0 victory away at Ajaccio. Despite early promise, it was not until the 2007–08 season that he was able to hold down a first-team place, becoming the club's top-scorer with 11 goals in 28 appearances in the process. Notably, he scored in the 1–0 win against Grenoble on the final day of the 2008–09 season; Sochaux needed at least a point in order to confirm their top flight status in Ligue 1 for the next season, thus securing their survival. He was their leading goal scorer for the 2008–09 season with 12 goals.
Mevlüt signed for Paris Saint-Germain on 28 June 2009 on a four-year contract, for a reported €9 million transfer fee. Having previously scored 11 goals in the league for the past two seasons for relegation-threatened Sochaux, there was heavy speculation regarding his future prior to the move to PSG. Aston Villa, Fulham, Newcastle United and Wigan all reportedly showed interest in the player throughout May 2009, as well as French sides Bordeaux and Lyon.
He scored his first goal for PSG in a pre-season friendly match away to Fiorentina in Italy on 29 July 2009, a game in which PSG won 3–0. He also played against Rangers in the Emirates Cup on 1 August 2009 but failed to get on the score sheet. He scored his first Ligue 1 goal for PSG in the second week of the 2009–10 season in PSG's 3–1 win at home to Le Mans. In his first month playing for the Paris club, he was selected as Ligue 1 Player of the Month in August by 31 percent of fans who voted on the official website. A foot injury in late October 2009 saw him ruled out of action for approximately four weeks, but nonetheless had still managed to score six league goals in 11 games by December.
In March 2010, Erdinç scored his first hat-trick for PSG in a 4–1 home win against former club Sochaux. He finished as PSG's top scorer in the 2009–10 Ligue and third-placed in the overall league scoring charts, having scored 15 goals in the league and 19 in all games. He was also voted Paris Saint-Germain's Player of the Year for the 2009–10 season.
Various injuries in the 2010–11 season meant that Erdinç could not capture his form from the previous year, and scored just nine goals, eight in Ligue 1. After the takeover of PSG in 2011 by the Qatar Investment Group and a number of high-profile arrivals, such as club-record signing of Javier Pastore for €42 million, Erdinç's place in the first-team looked in danger. Despite much interest from Newcastle United, Rennes and Galatasaray, it was confirmed that he would stay in Paris after an impressive start to the 2011–12 season. In his second game of the season, after coming on as a substitute, he scored in the 90th minute in a game against Toulouse to make it 2–1 and three minutes later, made an assist for Jérémy Ménez to score, ending the game 3–1. On 23 September, after a series of successful performances, Erdinç was offered a one-year contract extension through to the end of the 2013–14 season.
On 1 September 2013, transfer deadline day, Erdinç joined Saint-Étienne in a reported €4 million deal. He made his debut for Les Verts on 14 September, playing 81 minutes in the 3−1 win over Valenciennes. It took Erdinç until 24 November 2013 to score his first goal for Saint-Étienne, scoring the only goal in their away victory over Nice when he stole the ball from goalkeeper Lucas Veronese and tapped it into an empty net. He followed this up with four goals in his next five matches for the club, the final goal of a 4−0 victory over Stade Reims on 30 November, a consolation goal in a 3−1 defeat to former club Rennes, the equalizer in an eventual 2−1 Coupe de la Ligue defeat to former club PSG, and a penalty in Saint-Étienne's 2−0 defeat of Nantes on 21 December.
In the penultimate league match of the 2013–14 Ligue 1 season, Erdinç scored a first-half brace as Saint-Étienne defeated Nantes 3−1 at the Stade de la Beaujoire on 10 May 2014. He then scored Saint-Étienne's second goal, in between strikes from Loïc Perrin, in a 3−1 over Ajaccio on 17 May, securing a 20th league win of the season, fourth place in the league table and a spot in the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League. He finished his first season with Saint-Étienne as the club's top-scorer, netting 11 Ligue 1 goals and 12 in all competitions.
In Saint-Étienne's opening match of the 2014–15 Ligue 1 season, Erdinç scored both goals as the side completed a 2−0 win over Guingamp on 9 August 2014. In their next league fixture, he slotted a home a Romain Hamouma cross to secure a 3−1 come from behind victory over Reims, continuing the club's undefeated start to the season.
Loans to Guningamp and Metz
On 7 January 2016, Erdinç was loaned to Guingamp for the remainder of the 2015–16 season. He went on to score 4 goals in 15 league appearances. On 10 June 2016 it was announced that Erdinç would spend the 2016–17 season on loan with newly promoted Ligue 1 side Metz.
Erdinç has dual-nationality and was thus eligible to represent both Turkish and French internationally. He ultimately earned his first senior international cap, however, for Turkey on 26 March 2008 in a 2–2 draw with Belarus. On 10 May 2008, Fatih Terim announced Erdinç's inclusion in Turkey's 23-man squad for UEFA Euro 2008. He started in the first XI against Turkey's first opponent Portugal, though he was substituted after the first half in an eventual 2–0 defeat. Additionally, he came on as a second-half substitute in the semi-final against Germany, a 3–2 loss that eliminated Turkey.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Paris Saint-Germain||Ligue 1||2009–10||31||15||6||4||0||0||—||37||19|
|Guingamp (loan)||Ligue 1||2015–16||15||4||0||0||1||0||—||16||4|
|Metz (loan)||Ligue 1||2016–17||8||6||0||0||0||0||—||8||6|
|Accurate as of 10 October 2016.|
|1||11 October 2008||BJK İnönü Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey||Bosnia and Herzegovina||2–1||2–1||2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification|
|2||16 October 2012||Ferenc Puskás Stadium, Budapest, Hungary||Hungary||0–1||3–1||2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification|
|3||14 November 2012||Türk Telekom Arena, Istanbul, Turkey||Denmark||1–1||1–1||Friendly|
|4||10 September 2013||Arena Națională, Bucharest, Romania||Romania||0–2||0–2||2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification|
|5||15 November 2013||5 Ocak Stadium, Adana, Turkey||Northern Ireland||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|6||5 March 2014||19 Mayıs Stadium, Ankara, Turkey||Sweden||1–0||2–1||Friendly|
|7||30 May 2014||Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C., United States||Honduras||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|8||31 March 2015||Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg||Luxembourg||0–1||1–2||Friendly|
- Paris Saint-Germain
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