Semih Kaya

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Semih Kaya
Semih Kaya.jpg
Semih playing for Galatasaray in 2012
Personal information
Full name Semih Kaya
Date of birth (1991-02-24) 24 February 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth Bergama, Turkey
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Galatasaray
Number 26
Youth career
2001–2004 Petkimspor
2004 Helvacı Bld. Gençlik ve Spor
2004–2006 Altay
2006–2009 Galatasaray A2
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009– Galatasaray 140 (5)
2010 Gaziantepspor (loan) 1 (0)
2010–2011 Kartalspor (loan) 18 (0)
National team
2006 Turkey U15 2 (0)
2006–2007 Turkey U16 9 (0)
2006–2008 Turkey U17 25 (1)
2007–2009 Turkey U18 10 (0)
2009 Turkey U19 2 (0)
2009–2011 Turkey U21 4 (0)
2012–2015 Turkey 23 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 May 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 July 2015

Semih Kaya (Turkish pronunciation: [semih kɑjɑ], born 24 February 1991) is a Turkish professional footballer who plays for Turkish club Galatasaray and the Turkish national team.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Kaya joined Galatasaray's youth academy from Altay's youth team when he was 15.

On 25 February 2007, when he was playing against older young players in the season of Süper Gençler Ligi (Super Teen League) against Beşiktaş, in the fifth minute of the game, a kick from Batuhan Karadeniz collided with his head, forcing him to leave the game; he later went to a hospital to undergo head surgery (coagulation).

The start of the 2008–09 season saw foreign interest in Kaya rise, with reports that Italian club Internazionale were monitoring him ahead of a transfer deal, though the rumours never materialized.[1]

Kaya's first Süper Lig appearance was against İstanbul B.B. on 19 February 2009.[2] After not receiving significant playing time, he joined fellow Süper Lig club Gaziantepspor on loan in January 2010 for the remainder of the season, and,[3] in the summer of 2010 he signed for Turkish First League side Kartalspor on loan. On 18 October 2010, he scored two goals in the A2 Lig game against Altay.[4]

Return to Galatasaray[edit]

At the beginning of the 2011–12 season, Kaya was not typically selected for Galatasaray's starting line-up, but following injuries to other players, notably Gökhan Zan, and a fall in form of Servet Çetin, Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim granted him a chance to prove himself. Following a series of solid performances, he soon became first-choice centreback alongside the Czech Tomáš Ujfaluši.

Kaya scored his first goal for the club against Samsunspor on 7 January 2012 in the 51st minute of a 2–0 comeback, with the game ending 4–2 for Galatasaray.[5] In the 2011–12 season, he played 30 games and was a key member of the championship-winning squad. He continued to be first choice centre-back for the club and country, delivering calm and confident performances despite against top teams such as Manchester United and, internationally, against the Netherlands. He finished his second year with 36 appearances in all competitions. On 18 November 2013, his contract was extended for three years until 2016.[6]

International career[edit]

Kaya has played for all levels of the Turkish national team, including the under-21 level despite being at a younger age at the time. He made his debut for senior Turkish side on 29 February 2012, playing the entire game against Slovakia in a 2–1 loss.[7] He is part of the Turkish national team for Euro 2016.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Kaya' grandfather was Albanian and he emigrated from Macedonia to the Turkish city of İzmir. He is the younger of three brothers.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 28 May 2016[10][11]

Club[edit]

Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Galatasaray 2008–09 3 0 1 0 - 0 0 4 0
2011–12 30 1 1 0 - - 31 1
2012–13 25 0 0 0 1 0 10 0 36 0
2013–14 29 0 5 0 1 0 6 0 41 0
2014–15 19 0 1 0 6 0 6 0 32 0
2015–16 21 2 0 0 6 0 4 0 31 2
Total 127 3 8 0 14 0 26 0 175 3
Gaziantepspor
(loan)
2009–10 1 0 0 0 - - 1 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Kartalspor
(loan)
2010–11 18 0 1 0 - - 19 0
Total 18 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
Career total 146 3 9 0 14 0 26 0 195 3

International[edit]

As of 12 June 2015
Turkey national team
Year Apps Goals
2012 8 0
2013 8 0
2014 5 0
2015 2 0
Total 23 0

Honours[edit]

Galatasaray

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Inter Milan interest in Semih
  2. ^ "Semih makes his debut". TFF.org. 2009-04-19. Retrieved 2010-09-07. 
  3. ^ Duyuru: Semih Kaya
  4. ^ "Semih ve Erhan Kartal'a". Pasfotomac.com.tr. 2010-07-22. Retrieved 2010-09-07. 
  5. ^ "Samsunspor 2 – 4 Galatasaray". Galatasaray.org. 2012-04-09. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  6. ^ "Galatasaray Semih'in sözleşmesini uzattı". Skorer. Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  7. ^ "Türkiye 1-2 Slovakya". TFF.org. 9 April 2012. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "UEFA EURO 2016". UEFA. Retrieved 12 June 2016. 
  9. ^ "Kaya gibi stoper: Semih Kaya". TFF.org. 2009-02-02. Retrieved 2016-01-19. 
  10. ^ "Semih Kaya". National Football Teams. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  11. ^ "Futbolcu Bilgileri". Turkish Football Federation. 27 June 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 

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