Samed Yeşil

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Samed Yeşil
Samed Yesil (cropped).jpg
Yeşil playing for Liverpool U19 in 2012
Personal information
Full name Samed Yeşil[1]
Date of birth (1994-05-25) 25 May 1994 (age 22)[2]
Place of birth Düsseldorf, Germany
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) [3]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Panionios
Number 69
Youth career
2000–2002 CFR Links
2002–2005 BV 04 Düsseldorf
2005–2012 Bayer Leverkusen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012 Bayer Leverkusen II 4 (0)
2012 Bayer Leverkusen 1 (0)
2012–2016 Liverpool 0 (0)
2015–2016 FC Luzern (loan) 14 (1)
2017– Panionios 5 (0)
National team
2010 Germany U16 2 (3)
2010–2011 Germany U17 21 (20)
2012 Germany U18 3 (0)
2012–2013 Germany U19 7 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 March 2017.

Samed Yeşil (Turkish pronunciation: [samed jeʃil], born 25 May 1994) is a German professional footballer who plays as a striker for Panionios.[4]

Formed at Bayer Leverkusen, he concluded his development at Liverpool, where he made his senior debut in 2012. In 2015, he was loaned to Luzern.

Yeşil has represented Germany up to under-19 level. He was particularly successful in their under-17 team, whom he helped become runners-up in the European Championship and third place at the World Cup in 2011.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Yeşil was born in Düsseldorf, but grew up in Krefeld. He started playing football in local club CFR Links, aged just six and then he played for BV 04 Düsseldorf. At age of eleven he was offered trial at Bayer 04 Leverkusen, which he accepted. In 2010, he reached the final of German Junior championship, which his team lost 0–1 to Eintracht Frankfurt. Next season he scored 22 goals in 24 matches for B-Junioren (U17/U16) and was moved one level up.

Yeşil scored 57 goals in 71 matches in the Bayer Leverkusen youth teams between 2010 and 2012. Yeşil made five appearances for the Leverkusen first team in his breakthrough year of 2012–13.[5]

Liverpool[edit]

Liverpool signed Yeşil for a price believed to be £1 million on 30 August 2012 after attracting the attention of manager Brendan Rodgers, who moved quickly to secure the 18-year-old's signature.[5]

Yeşil's first game for Liverpool was in an Under-21 match against Chelsea, with the Reds winning 4–1. He shortly after got his first call-up to the senior squad after that, remaining an unused substitute in a 5–3 UEFA Europa League group stage win away to BSC Young Boys of Switzerland on 20 September.[6] Six days later, Yesil made his senior debut in the Football League Cup third round game against West Bromwich Albion, starting in a 2–1 win at The Hawthorns.[7] He also appeared in the next round against Swansea City, in which Liverpool succumbed to a 3–1 home defeat.[8]

On 7 December 2012 after coming back from injury, Yeşil scored his first goal in a Liverpool shirt with a half-volley lob over the goalkeeper to put Liverpool 3–1 up in a 4–1 win over Crystal Palace at The Academy in the U21 Professional Development League, after coming off the bench as a substitute. In February of the following year, after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament on international duty with Germany U19, he was sidelined for rest of the season.[9]

On 7 October 2013, Yeşil made his comeback as a substitute in a 5–0 win against Tottenham Hotspur in the U21 Premier League. He then again ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in training and was out of the season.[10] Yeşil made his return from injury coming on as a substitute on 19 August 2014 in a U21 Premier League game against Sunderland. On 12 September, he scored his first goal since his return from injury in a 4–0 win over West Ham.[11] After suffering further injury setbacks, he made his first start in 6 months against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on 17 April 2015, scoring twice as Liverpool U21s won 3–1. [12]

On 10 June 2016, he was released from the club after the end of his contract.[13]

FC Luzern (loan)[edit]

On 31 August 2015, Yeşil joined FC Luzern on a season-long deal.[14] He made his non-competitive debut for the club against 1. FC Kaiserslautern on 4 September, scoring twice in three minutes as a second-half substitute in a 5–1 win. His Swiss Super League debut came nine days later, against Grasshopper Club Zürich, replacing Marco Schneuwly for the final fifteen minutes of a 3–3 draw. On 27 September, he scored his first senior goal, the game's only in a win over FC Zürich at the Swissporarena.[15]

Panionios[edit]

On 15 January 2017, Yeşil joined Panionios on a two-and-a-half years' contract for an undisclosed fee.[16] He made his debut for the club in a 2-0 away win against Panetolikos F.C.

International career[edit]

Yeşil is Turkish-German.[2] He has played for the German U-19 team. He is eligible to play for both the German and Turkish national teams at senior level.[17] Until now, he has not decided for which national team he is going to play for. According to Turkish media, his former teammate Nuri Şahin who is also Turkish-German and a Turkish international, tried to convince him to choose the Turkish national team. Turkish national team head coach Fatih Terim wants him in the Turkish national team.[18]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 19 March 2017.[19]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bayer Leverkusen 2011–12 Bundesliga 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Liverpool 2012–13 Premier League 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
Total 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
Luzern (loan) 2015–16 Swiss Super League 14 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 16 1
Total 14 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 16 1
Panionios 2016–17 Super League 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Career total 20 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 24 1

Honours[edit]

International[edit]

Germany U-17

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists" (PDF). Premier League. 4 February 2014. p. 19. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Mannion, Damian (30 August 2012). "Liverpool's surprise new striker signing: facts, stats and video". talkSPORT magazine. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Barclays Premier League Player Profile Samed Yesil". web page. Premier League. 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Co-operation with Samed Yeşil begins" (in Greek). Retrieved 14 January 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "Samed Yesil". LiverpoolFC.com. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Sanghera, Mandeep (20 September 2010). "Young Boys 3–5 Liverpool". BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "West Brom 1-2 Liverpool". BBC. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Liverpool 1 – 3 Swansea". BBC. 31 October 2012. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  9. ^ Yorke, Graeme (11 February 2013). "Ligament woe sees Kop youngster Yesil sidelined for rest of the season". Daily Mail. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  10. ^ Pearce, James (22 January 2014). "Second cruciate knee injury is cruel blow for Reds youngster Yesil". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  11. ^ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2754071/West-Ham-U21-0-4-Liverpool-U21-Sheyi-Ojo-star-Liverpool-secure-convincing-win-Upton-Park.html
  12. ^ http://www.liverpoolfc.com/fixtures2014/reserves/tottenham-v-liverpool-u21s-8294/last-match-report
  13. ^ "View The Retained And Released Lists Submitted By Premier League Clubs". The FA. 
  14. ^ "Yesil makes loan move to Luzern". Liverpool F.C. 31 August 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
  15. ^ "FC Zurich suffer 0-1 defeat against FC Lucerne". FCZ. 27 September 2015. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  16. ^ "Στο πρόσωπο του Σαμέντ Γεσίλ βρήκε τον διάδοχο του Ανσαριφάρντ ο Πανιώνιος". www.sport24.gr. 12 January 2017. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 
  17. ^ 20 September 2012. "Nuri Sahin & Samed Yesil to start for Liverpool FC". Turkish-football.com. Turkish-football.com. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  18. ^ "Nuri Şahin, Samed'i ikna edebilecek mi? (Can Nuri Şahin convince Samed?)". Milliyet (in Turkish). 14 September 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  19. ^ "S. Yeşil". Soccerway. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 

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