Murat Yakin

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Murat Yakin
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Murat Yakin in 2014
Personal information
Full name Murat Yakin
Date of birth (1974-09-15) 15 September 1974 (age 48)
Place of birth Basel, Switzerland
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Centre back
Club information
Current team
Switzerland (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1997 Grasshoppers 101 (17)
1997–1999 VfB Stuttgart 23 (2)
1998–2000 Fenerbahçe 26 (3)
2000 Basel 23 (2)
2000–2001 1. FC Kaiserslautern 9 (0)
2001–2006 Basel 91 (24)
Total 273 (48)
National team
1994–2004 Switzerland 49 (4)
Teams managed
2006–2007 Concordia Basel (assistant)
2007 Grasshoppers (assistant)
2008 FC Frauenfeld
2008–2009 Grasshoppers (B team)
2009–2011 Thun
2011–2012 Luzern
2012–2014 Basel
2014–2015 Spartak Moscow
2016–2017 Schaffhausen
2017–2018 Grasshoppers
2018–2019 Sion
2019–2021 Schaffhausen
2021– Switzerland
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Murat Yakin (Turkish: Yakın; born 15 September 1974) is a Swiss football coach and former player. He is currently the manager of the Switzerland national football team.

Playing career[edit]

Yakin spent the longest spell of his career playing for his hometown club FC Basel, where he was the defensive linchpin, captain and libero of a team which enjoyed domestic and relative European success. He won the Swiss Super League on five occasions (1995, 1996, 2002, 2004, 2005), and the Swiss Cup three times (1994, 2002, 2003). He recalls the 2002–03 Champions League second leg qualifying match on 28 August 2002 against Celtic in St. Jakob-Park as the "match of his life". Basel won the game 2–0, with Yakin scoring the second goal in the 22-minute as Basel qualified 3–3 on the away goals rule for the 2002–03 UEFA Champions League group stage.[1]

In 2003, he played in the FIFA "Match against Poverty" in Basel, on Ronaldo's team which won 4–3 against Zinedine Zidane's.[2]

Yakin was capped 49 times for the Switzerland national team, representing his country at UEFA Euro 2004.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Yakin was appointed coach of FC Thun in 2009 after a time as a youth coach at Grasshoppers and head coach of FC Frauenfeld.[4] Yakin led Thun to promotion in his first year as manager there, winning the Swiss Challenge League in 2010.[5] In his second season with the club, Thun managed to finish 5th in the Swiss Super League and earned a spot in the second qualifying round of the following season's UEFA Europa League.[5]

In May 2011, he joined FC Luzern for a reported 200,000 Swiss francs.[citation needed] He took over from Christian Brand, who was made caretaker after the sacking of Rolf Fringer.[6]

Basel[edit]

On 15 October 2012, Yakin was appointed as the new manager of FC Basel.[7] Under his management, Basel won twice, home and away, against Chelsea in the 2013–14 Champions League group stage. He praised the supporters in the stadium, saying that they pushed the team to win through the 90 minutes. He was also delighted to have received praise from then Chelsea manager José Mourinho.[8][9] On 17 May 2014, FC Basel announced Yakin was no longer with the club after he guided them to two domestic titles in as many years.[10][11]

Spartak Moscow[edit]

On 16 June 2014, Yakin was appointed as manager of Russian Premier League side Spartak Moscow.[12] According to Russian media, the deal was a long-term contract with Yakin earning an annual salary of 1.6 million euros ($2.18 million).[11]

On 30 May 2015, after only one season with the club, his contract with the club was terminated after a mutual agreement.[13]

Return to FC Schaffhausen[edit]

On 17 June 2019, it was confirmed, that Yakin had returned to FC Schaffhausen as their new manager having left FC Sion previously that year.[14]

Switzerland national football team[edit]

On 9 August 2021, Yakin was appointed as the manager of the Switzerland national football team.[15] In 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification, Northern Ireland held reigning European champions Italy to a goalless draw, thereby ensuring that Switzerland qualified for the tournament and Italy had to play in the playoffs. In gratitude, he sent 9.3 kg of Swiss chocolate to the Irish Football Association.[16][17]

Personal life[edit]

Yakin is the elder brother of Hakan Yakin, who was also a professional footballer with successful stints at Grasshoppers, Basel, and BSC Young Boys and represented Switzerland at international level also.[18] Yakin is of Turkish descent.

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 12 June 2022[19]
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Thun Switzerland 1 July 2009 1 July 2011 74 35 23 16 138 85 +53 047.30
Luzern Switzerland 1 July 2011 19 August 2012 46 19 16 11 64 46 +18 041.30
Basel Switzerland 15 October 2012 19 May 2014 99 56 28 15 172 91 +81 056.57
Spartak Moscow Russia 16 June 2014 30 May 2015 32 13 8 11 43 44 −1 040.63
Schaffhausen Switzerland 21 December 2016 28 August 2017 25 19 2 4 66 24 +42 076.00
Grasshoppers Switzerland 28 August 2017 10 April 2018 26 9 7 10 34 29 +5 034.62
Sion Switzerland 17 September 2018 7 May 2019 28 9 7 12 38 45 −7 032.14
Schaffhausen Switzerland 17 June 2019 9 August 2021 77 22 26 29 97 117 −20 028.57
Switzerland Switzerland 9 August 2021 Present 13 5 4 4 17 12 +5 038.46
Total 420 187 121 112 669 493 +176 044.52

Honours[edit]

As a player[edit]

Basel[20]

Individual[20]

As a manager[edit]

Thun[20]

Basel[11][20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Widmer, Benedikt; Mugglin, David (2011). Das Spiel meines Lebens (in German). rotweiss Verlag GmbH, Basel. ISBN 978-3-7245-1785-6.
  2. ^ [1] Archived 26 December 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Switzerland » Squad EURO 2004 Portugal". World Football. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  4. ^ Murat Yakin at WorldFootball.net
  5. ^ a b "FC Thun". Libero Guide. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  6. ^ "justcantbeatthat.com". Archived from the original on 27 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Vogel fliegt – Yakin übernimmt" (in German). Kicker. 15 October 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  8. ^ "Yakin delighted with Mourinho praise". Sports Mole.
  9. ^ "Basel 1-0 Chelsea | Champions League Group E match report". the Guardian. 26 November 2013.
  10. ^ "fcb.ch". Archived from the original on 21 May 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  11. ^ a b c "Spartak Moscow appoint Yakin as new coach". Reuters. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  12. ^ МУРАТ ЯКИН – НОВЫЙ ГЛАВНЫЙ ТРЕНЕР «СПАРТАКА» (in Russian). FC Spartak Moscow. 16 June 2014.
  13. ^ «СПАРТАК» И ЯКИН РАСТОРГАЮТ ОТНОШЕНИЯ ПО ОБОЮДНОМУ СОГЛАСИЮ (in Russian). FC Spartak Moscow. 30 May 2015.
  14. ^ Murat Yakin ist wieder Trainer beim FC Schaffhausen, nzz.ch, 17 June 2019
  15. ^ swissinfo.ch/ug. "New manager for Swiss national football team appointed". SWI swissinfo.ch. Retrieved 9 August 2021.
  16. ^ "We kept our word, @NorthernIreland 😉 A sweet Thank You is on its way! #sweetcaroline #sweetchocolate". Twitter. 24 November 2022.
  17. ^ Fullerton, Gareth (25 November 2021). "Switzerland boss Murat Yakin sends thank-you chocolates to Northern Ireland". Belfast Live. Retrieved 19 June 2022.
  18. ^ "A family affair in need of high maintenance". The Irish Times. 8 October 2003. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  19. ^ Murat Yakin coach profile at Soccerway
  20. ^ a b c d "Murat Yakin". Football Database. Retrieved 29 July 2019.

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