Yiğit Gökoğlan

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Yiğit Gökoğlan
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Personal information
Full name Yiğit İsmail Gökoğlan
Date of birth (1989-06-05) June 5, 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth İzmir, Turkey
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Bandırmaspor
Number 7
Youth career
1999–2006 Göztepe
2006–2008 Manisaspor
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2012 Manisaspor 88 (6)
2008 Altınordu (loan) 14 (1)
2012–2015 Galatasaray 8 (1)
2012–2013 Orduspor (loan) 12 (0)
2014 Kayseri Erciyesspor (loan) 11 (0)
2015 Akhisar Belediyespor 2 (0)
2015–2016 Balıkesirspor 27 (3)
2016– Bandırmaspor 14 (0)
National team
2008 Turkey U19 9 (1)
2008 Turkey U20 2 (0)
2009 Turkey U21 9 (2)
2011 Turkey A2 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 December 2016.

Yiğit İsmail Gökoğlan (born 5 June 1989) is a Turkish professional footballer who plays as a winger for Bandırmaspor.

Gökoğlan is also a youth international, having been capped at U-19, U-20, and U-21 levels for Turkey.

Early years[edit]

Gökoğlan was born in Konak, İzmir. His parents divorced at an early age and he lived with his father, seeing his mother on weekends. Originally a forward, Gökoğlan switched to the winger position after moving to Manisaspor. In 1999, Gökoğlan joined local club Aliağa. At the time, his school and the club's training grounds were near his home, allowing easy access to both. However, once his father decided to move to Turgutlu, a large town in Manisa Province, Gökoğlan was left at to live at the training facilities as a 14-year-old.[1]

Club career[edit]

Manisaspor[edit]

Levent Eriş, along with his assistant Hakan Şapçı, discovered Gökoğlan at a youth league match. They signed him to a youth contract with Manisaspor in 2006. As a 16-year-old, Gökoğlan would train with the senior squad, while still competing in the youth leagues. In total, he made 44 appearances in the A2 league, scoring four goals. At the start of the 2007–08 season, Yilmaz Vural took over as manager. Gökoğlan was loaned out to TFF Third League outfit Altınordu during the winter break. He was unable to settle in at first, but began to feel better once the club started winning matches. At the end of the season, Altınordu missed out on direct promotion because of the goal difference rule. However, the team won promotion after defeating Bingöl Belediyespor and Keçiörengücü in the promotion play-offs. Gökoğlan made 14 appearances, scoring one goal.

Galatasaray[edit]

After months of speculation on his future, on 12 January 2012 it was announced that Yiğit joined Galatasaray on a 4 and a half year deal for a fee of €2.5 million.[2]

On 25 January 2012 he scored his first league goal for Galatasaray against MKE Ankaragücü on his debut in a 4-0 home win.[3]

International career[edit]

Gökoğlan was first called up to national duty in 2008, after a third round matchup against Aydınspor. He competed in six friendlies, before playing all three matches during 2008 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship elite qualification. Turkey finished third and did not progress. Gökoğlan was then called up to the U-20s, playing two friendlies against Finland. He has also been capped at U-21 level, playing in the Akdeniz Cup and 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification.

Honours[edit]

Galatasaray

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mazlum Uluç (2 February 2009). "Yiğit İsmail Gökoğlan: "Düştüğümü zannederken yükseldim "" (in Turkish). tff.org. Retrieved 4 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "Yiğit Gökoğlan Galatasaray'da". galatasaray.org. 12 January 2012. Retrieved January 2012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ "Galatasaray vs Ankaragücü". Goal. 25 January 2012. Retrieved January 2012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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