Tolga Seyhan

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Tolga Seyhan
Personal information
Full name Tolga Seyhan
Date of birth (1977-01-17) 17 January 1977 (age 40)
Place of birth Giresun, Turkey
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Central defender, Right back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1996 Düzcespor 36 (5)
1996–2002 Çanakkale Dardanelspor 116 (4)
2002–2004 Malatyaspor 67 (11)
2004–2005 Trabzonspor 41 (1)
2005–2008 Shakhtar Donetsk 16 (0)
2006–2007 Galatasaray (loan) 4 (0)
2007–2008 Trabzonspor (loan) 12 (0)
2008–2009 Kocaelispor 10 (1)
2009 Hacettepespor 9 (1)
2009–2010 Gaziantepspor 17 (0)
2010–2011 Giresunspor 7 (0)
National team
2004–2006 Turkey 18 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 July 2011.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:09, 7 April 2009 (UTC)

Tolga Seyhan (born January 17, 1977) is a Turkish former footballer.[1] He was born in Giresun, a city on the Black Sea.

Club career[edit]

Tolga started out his career as a striker at Giresun Şafakspor. He continued at this position for a number of years and at several clubs including Sivasspor, Düzcespor and Çanakkale Dardanelspor. It was here that he was originally moved to defence, and he took it in his stride as he made the position of central defence his own.

He soon joined Malatyaspor and was extremely impressive as Malatyaspor defied expectations to remain in the Turkish Superlig in their first season in the top flight, in the 2001/2002 season.[2] The next season was even more impressive as a late season run enabled Malatyaspor to claim a UEFA Cup place for the next season. By this point, Tolga had made his first appearances for the Turkish national team and was being courted by many clubs, but remained with Malatyaspor for the beginning of the next season.

When the Malatyaspor manager Ziya Doğan left to join Trabzonspor in January 2004 he took Tolga with him. Tolga has since developed into one of the best defenders in Turkish football.

Eighteen months later, Tolga was bought by the Ukrainian team Shakhtar Donetsk.

Tolga is a powerful big defender who uses his frame to stifle opponents in the air and on the ground. He is very quick for his size and despite playing in defence still impresses with the amount of goals he scores, obviously due to his experience in playing for many years as a striker. Tolga won the Ukrainian championship and is thinking about a comeback to Trabzonspor.

In July 2006, Galatasaray had made an agreement with Tolga to play for them, on loan for one season.

In July 2010, he turned back where he was born Giresun for one year contract with Giresunspor which team is playing in Turkish 1st division "Bank Asya League". Giresunspor's board decide to give to captain band to him. He did not care about money as he signed an empty contract.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TOLGA SEYHAN". TFF. Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
  2. ^ "Stats Centre: Tolga Seyhan Facts". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-04-07. 

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