Ersen Martin (born 23 May 1979) is a Turkish former footballer who played as a centre forward.

Ersen Martin
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Personal information
Full name Ersen Martin
Date of birth (1979-05-23) 23 May 1979 (age 40)
Place of birth Marktredwitz, West Germany
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Centre forward
Youth career
0000–1996 Baiersdorfer SV
1996–1998 1. FC Nürnberg
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 1. FC Nürnberg 1 (0)
1999–2000 Beşiktaş 18 (2)
2000–2001 Siirtspor 21 (8)
2001–2002 Göztepe 28 (7)
2002–2005 Denizlispor 87 (30)
2005–2006 Ankaraspor 29 (6)
2006–2007 Trabzonspor 28 (12)
2007–2009 Recreativo 25 (3)
2009 Sivasspor 11 (0)
2010 Manisaspor 5 (0)
2010–2011 Kasımpaşa 29 (8)
2012 Gençlerbirliği 4 (0)
2012–2013 Eyüpspor 16 (3)
Total 302 (79)
National team
2000–2001 Turkey U21 3 (0)
2003–2006 Turkey A2 5 (3)
2004–2006 Turkey 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He amassed Süper Lig totals of 256 games and 73 goals over the course of 12 seasons, in representation of ten clubs.

Club careerEdit

Born in Marktredwitz, West Germany, Ersen started playing for 1. FC Nürnberg, his Bundesliga input consisting in 20 minutes in a 0–1 away loss against SC Freiburg in 1998–99. After that sole season he switched to Turkey, going on to represent Beşiktaş JK, Siirtspor, Göztepe AS, Denizlispor and Ankaraspor.

In the 2006–07 campaign, Ersen represented Trabzonspor, finishing the season as the league's eighth best-scorer and helping his team finish fourth, good enough for qualification to the UEFA Cup. Subsequently, he had everything arranged with La Liga club Recreativo de Huelva in August 2007, but the deal eventually collapsed and he stayed at Trabzonspor; in October, FIFA stepped in and declared Ersen a player of the Spanish side[1][2]– he had dual citizenship, but that status changed with 2007 changes in German laws and so, he eventually played his first season for the Andalusians as a foreign player.

On 3 February 2008, Ersen finally made his Recreativo debut, on a sour note as Sevilla FC won 2–1 away and he was sent off for a reckless challenge after just eight minutes as a substitute.[3] On 27 April he got his first start and scored his first goal for Recre, also assisting Javier Camuñas in a 2–0 home win that sent Levante UD to the second division.[4]

On 1 July 2009, Ersen signed a two-year deal with Sivasspor, ending speculation he would be joining Scotland's Heart of Midlothian. On 4 August he netted his first competitive goal for the club, in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League: on the 12th minute of the second leg against R.S.C. Anderlecht he scored the team's first ever in the competition, in a 3–1 home victory (3–6 on aggregate).[5]

After a poor first half of 2009–10, Ersen switched to Manisaspor. Overall, he finished the year with no goals and his teams ranked just above the relegation zone (15th and 14th).

International careerEdit

Ersen received his first cap for the Turkish national team on 18 August 2004, in a 1–2 friendly home loss to Belarus. He appeared in a further two internationals two years later, also in exhibition games.

Personal lifeEdit

Martin's younger brother, Erkan, was also a footballer.[6]


  1. ^ "La RFEF reconoce la legalidad del fichaje de Ersen Martin" [RSFF deems Ersen Martin signing legal]. Marca (in Spanish). 5 September 2007. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Ersen Martin: "Jugar en el Recre es un sueño"" [Ersen Martin: "To play for Recre is a dream"]. Marca (in Spanish). 19 October 2007. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Recreativo Huelva 1–2 FC Sevilla". ESPN Soccernet. 3 February 2008. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  4. ^ "Ersen Martin Recreativo Huelva'da ilk golünü attı" [Ersen Martin scores first goal for Recreativo Huelva]. Milliyet (in Turkish). 28 April 2008. Archived from the original on 8 February 2009. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Anderlecht stumble but still march on". UEFA. 4 August 2009. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Erkan Martin bereitet seine zweite Karriere vor" [Erkan Martin sets up his second career] (in German). Infranken. 21 July 2010. Retrieved 5 June 2018.

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