Nurcan Çelik

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Nurcan Çelik
Personal information
Date of birth (1980-01-01) January 1, 1980 (age 39)
Place of birth Artvin, Turkey
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Akdeniz Nurçelik
Number 88
Youth career
1995–1997 Bursaspor
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1999 Bursaspor
1999 Gemlik Zeytinspor
2001–2002 Zeytinburnuspor
2003 Maltepe Yalıspor
2003–2004 VfL Wolfsburg 0 (0)
2006–2007 Dostluk Spor
2007–2009 Zeytinburnuspor 27 (1)
2010 Akdeniz Spor Birliği 2 (0)
2011– Akdeniz Nurçelik Spor 36 (3)
National team
1997–1998 Turkey U-19 3 (0)
1999–2008 Turkey 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 March 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 July 2008

Nurcan Çelik (born 1 January 1980) is a Turkish women's football goalkeeper currently playing with jersey neumber 88 in the Turkish Women's Second Football League for Akdeniz Nurçelik Spor, which she is the founder and the president of. She played for the Turkey women's U-19 national team before she became a member of the Turkey women's team.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Early life[edit]

Nurcan Çelik was born in a low-income family as the youngest of a brother and a sister in Artbin, northeastern Turkey in 1 January 1980.[1][2] Her mother died from breast cancer as she was four years old. Her father remarried, and the family moved a couple of years later from Artvin to Bursa. Her father died as she was 16 years old. Her elder sister was killed by a gynman. In 2013, her stepmother died also from breast cancer.[2]

Health issues[edit]

In 2008, she contracted thyroid cancer.[3] After a surgery and radioactive treatment, she underwent eight months in medication therapy in her fanily house in a village in Bursa.[2][4][5] In 2010, she was diagnosed this time with breast cancer and invaded lymph nodes.[3] As a result, one of her breasts was removed, and she underwent a chemotherapy eight months long in a hospital in Bursa.[2]

Sports career[edit]

Çelik got interested in football as a young girl when she developed a platonic love for the handsome Polish football striker Roman Kosecki, who played between 1990–1992 for Galatasaray S.K. in Turkey. He became an idol for her.[2][4]


She learned from a cousin that women's football was being established in Turkey. At that time, she was able to juggle the ball 500-600 times. She entered the selections, and her football career started as a player in Bursaspor in 1995, where she played two seasons in the youth setup.[5] She was a member of Bursasopr until 1999. Her coach wanted her in the goalkeeper position against her will. Even her father was against it. She unwillingly accepted the goalkeeper position. He was shocked as he saw his daughter as goalkeeper during a match visit.[2]

She transferred to Gemlik Zeytinspor in Gemlik, Bursa Province. In the second half of the 2000–01 season, she joined the Istanbul-based club Zeytinburnuspor. She moved to Maltepe Yalıspor in the beginning of the 2003–04 season's second half.[1]

In 2003, as the Turkish Football Federation suspended the women's football leagues, players found no chance to continue performing football. Women with a educated profession have found employment. Çelik applied to the German club VfL Wolfsburg upon their advertisement in the internet. She signed a six-month contract with the club, and went to Germany, and obtained a residence permit for six months. The first half season,[2] she took part in trainings only. After that period, she had to return to Turkey because her residence permit was not extended.[6]

Returned home, she signed for Dostluk Spor, where she was one season. She then returned to her former club Zeytinburnuspor in the 2007–08 season, where she played three seasons until 2010.[1][7]

In June 2010, she moved to Northern Cyprus, and obtained a license.[8][2] She played in two matches for Akdeniz Spor Birliği in the KTFF Women's League. However, she had to return home after the final match in July 2010 due to cancelleation of her license, which was issued out of the transfer period by way of an exception.[9]

In the 2011–12 season, she played one match for İstanbul Nurçelik Spor. Following a break of one year, she started to play again in her club, which was renamed to Akdeniz Nurçelik Spor in the 2013–14 season. Besides as a goalkeeper,[2] she occasionally plays in the midfielder position.[1]


Çelik was admitted to the Turkey women's national U-19 team, and debuted in the 1998 UEFA Women's Under-18 Championship qualifying round match against Russia on 17 November 1997. Later, she played in two matches of the 1999 UEFA Women's Under-18 Championship qualifying round against Ukraine and Norway in September 1998.[1]

She was nominated to play for the Turkey women's national football team in February 1999.[10] After playing for the first time for the national team in a friendly match against Israel on 3 July 1999, she took part in two matches of the UEFA Women's Euro 2001 qualification round the same year. In 2007 and 2008,[11] Çelik played three matches in the UEFA International Support Tournament.[1]

Club founder and president[edit]

Akdeniz Nurçelik Spor (black/red) vs Osmaniye Spor (green/yellow) in the 2018-19 Turkish Women's Second Football League match. Nurcan Çelik (left in lila/black/red) shooting a photograph of her team.

During her brief stay in Northern Cyprus, where she played for Akdeniz Spor Birliği, she met talented women's footballers. In 2010, she founded her own football club İstanbul Nurçelik Spor in Turkey giving her personal name to the club.[3] She took over the players of her former club Zeytinburnuspor, which was recently folded. She established a women-only club, and did not opened a branch of a men's club, because she did not want that one day a club president decides to close down the women's branch.[2] She intended to bring the women's footballers from the Northern Cyprus to Turkey. However, this became impossible as an international embargo was imposed on the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Therefore, the two clubs, İstanbul Nurçelik Spor and Akdeniz Spor Birliği, were merged into Akdeniz Nurçelik Spor in the 2013-14 season.[12] Çelik acts as the president of her club.[4][5]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 27 March 2019.[1]
Club Season League Continental National Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bursaspor 1995-1999 - - 3 0 3
Total 3 0 3
Gemlik Zeytinspor
Maltepe Yalıspor
VfL Wolfsburg
Dostluk Spor
1999-2006 - - 3 0
Total 3 0 3 0
Zeytinburnuspor 2007-08 First League 9 0 - - 2 0 11 0
2008-09 First League 11 0 - - 1 0 12 0
2009-10 Scond League 7 1 - - 0 0 7 1
Total 27 1 3 0 30 1
Akdeniz Spor Birliği 2009-10 KTFF Women's League 2 0 - - 0 0 2 0
Total 2 0 0 0 2 0
İstanbul Nurçelik Spor 2011-12 Scond League 1 0 - - 0 0 1 0
Akdeniz Nurçelik Spor 2013-14 Scond League 1 0 - - 0 0 1 0
2014-15 Third League 8 3 - - 0 0 8 3
2017-18 Second League 12 0 - - 0 0 12 0
2018-19 Second League 14 0 - - 0 0 14 0
Total 36 3 0 0 36 3
Career total 65 4 9 0 74 4


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  9. ^ "MAGEM federasyona 'çelenk' verdi". Star Kıbrıs (in Turkish). 13 July 2010. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Bayan Futbolda kadro açıklandı". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 3 February 1999. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  11. ^ "İşte Bayan Milliler!". Habrtürk (in Turkish). 29 May 2008. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Hangi Kulübün İsmi Nereden Geliyor?". Yerel Futbol (in Turkish). 2 August 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2019.

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