Oğuzhan Özyakup

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Oğuzhan Özyakup
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Özyakup with Turkey in 2016
Personal information
Date of birth (1992-09-23) 23 September 1992 (age 25)
Place of birth Zaandam, Netherlands
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Beşiktaş
Number 10
Youth career
Zaandam Türkspor[1]
2005–2008 AZ
2008–2012 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 Arsenal 0 (0)
2012– Beşiktaş 163 (24)
National team
2008–2009 Netherlands U17 15 (5)
2011–2012 Netherlands U19 9 (2)
2012–2014 Turkey U21 7 (3)
2013– Turkey 30 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 May 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 July 2016

Oğuzhan Özyakup (born 23 September 1992), nicknamed Ozzie,[2][3] is a Turkish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Beşiktaş and for the Turkey national team. Özyakup has previously featured for clubs AZ and Arsenal. While at Arsenal, he won the 2008–09 and 2009–10 Premier Academy League, as well as the 2008–09 FA Youth Cup. Özyakup also won the 2015–16 and 2016–17 Süper Lig with Beşiktaş.[4][5][6][7][8]

Early years[edit]

Özyakup was born in Zaandam, Netherlands, to Turkish parents from the city of Trabzon who emigrated to the Netherlands.[9] His father is into the wholesale nourishment business.[1] Oğuzhan is the youngest of two siblings.[1]

Özyakup began his career at Zaandam Türkspor, a local amateur club which Dutch players with Turkish descent were predominantly recruited, where he later caught the attraction of AZ officials.[1] He was invited to trials of AZ at age 11, in which he succeeded and was recruited.[1]

Özyakup signed for Arsenal on schoolboy forms on 1 September 2008,[10] going on to play regularly for Arsenal's Academy.[5][6][7]

With the Academy, Özyakup won the Premier Academy League of 2008–09 and 2009–10. He also was triumphant in lifting the FA Youth Cup of 2008–09 with the Gunners.[5][6][7]

Club career[edit]

Arsenal[edit]

On 28 August 2011, Özyakup was named a substitute for the Premier League match against Manchester United in which the London-based club suffered a heavy 8–2 defeat.[11] He made his competitive first-team debut in September 2011 in a League Cup match against Shrewsbury Town, where he supplied the assist for Yossi Benayoun to round off the match 3–1.[12]

Özyakup was an unused substitute in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie to Milan, which Arsenal won 3–0 on the night but lost 4–3 on aggregate.[13]

Beşiktaş[edit]

Özyakup at friendly game against Chelsea in Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium, Istanbul, in 2014 August

Beşiktaş completed the signing of Özyakup on 8 June 2012 for a 500,000 transfer fee. The club officially disclosed he would make €400,000 in the 2012–13 season, in addition to a €100,000 sign-on bonus.[14] In June 2014, the club officially announced it was going to pay him €1.3 million in the 2015–16 season plus a €10,000 match bonus per match.[15] Özyakup earned his 100th Süper Lig cap on 6 March 2016,[16] on matchday 24, a home match against Eskişehirspor which ended 3–1 for Beşiktaş.[17]

In May 2016, Beşiktaş club chairman Fikret Orman stated that Italian club Lazio officially approached for Özyakup.[18] Özyakup went on to win the 2015–16 and 2016–17 Süper Lig title while with Beşiktaş.[4][8]

International career[edit]

Özyakup was part of the Netherlands national under-17 team which reached the 2009 UEFA European Under-17 Championship final in 2009,[19] being number 10 and captain of the team.[20]

In 2012, at age 19, Özyakup chose to play for Turkey instead of the Netherlands.[21][22] Coincidentally, Özyakup scored his first international goal for Turkey right against the Netherlands on 6 September 2015 in UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying.[23]

Style of play and reception[edit]

"Someone who saw Oğuzhan [Özyakup] yesterday for the first time might say: "What kind of a player is that? Did he come from outer space?". They might say: "He dribbles like [Zinedine] Zidane." He is an intelligent player."

Rıdvan Dilmen, 17 August 2015, Fanatik.[24]

Özyakup is an energetic attacking-minded central midfielder.[3][25] Being able to play simple and quickly,[26][27] Özyakup can lead the team play.[28] He is "skillful" at finishing and possesses high level of anticipation that allows him to be at the right place on the pitch, according to former Beşiktaş and Turkish international forward Feyyaz Uçar.[29]

Özyakup is considered an "intelligent" player and was once called a "magician"[30][31] by former Turkish international and current pundit Rıdvan Dilmen in 2015.[32] Özyakup is praised by Dilmen for his "Zinedine Zidane-like" dribbling attributes and touted to be talented enough to play for Barcelona.[33] In 2016, Turkey national team captain Arda Turan stated he believes Özyakup will become the leader once he (Turan) quits the national team, describing Özyakup as an "outstanding player", being "very intelligent" and "a big talent".[34]

Özyakup is an admirer of the playmaking styles of Zinedine Zidane and the Argentine Juan Román Riquelme.[35]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 19 May 2018.[36]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Assist Apps Goals Assist Apps Goals Assist Apps Goals Assist Apps Goals Assist
Arsenal 2011–12 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1
Beşiktaş 2012–13 28 2 7 2 0 1 30 2 8
2013–14 26 6 3 1 0 1 2 1 0 29 7 4
2014–15 25 2 5 6 0 3 11 1 4 42 3 12
2015–16 31 9 7 5 1 0 5 0 1 40 10 8
2016–17 29 5 7 1 0 0 9 0 2 39 5 9
2017–18 24 0 4 3 0 3 6 0 0 33 0 7
Total 163 24 33 18 1 8 33 2 7 214 27 48
Career total 163 24 33 18 1 8 2 0 1 33 2 7 216 27 49

International[edit]

As of 16 May 2016.[37]

Scores and results table. Turkey's goal tally first:

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 6 September 2015 Torku Arena, Konya, Turkey  Netherlands 1–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Arsenal[5][6][7]
Beşiktaş

International[edit]

Netherlands

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Beşiktaş'ta Ozzie bombası" (in Turkish). Takvim. 5 June 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
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  6. ^ a b c d "Academy Final: Arsenal 5-3 Nott'm Forest". Arsenal.com. 
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  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-08-05. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
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