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Olcay Şahan (Turkish pronunciation: [oɫdʒaj ʃahan], born 26 May 1987) is a Turkish professional footballer who plays as a winger for Denizlispor.[1] and for the Turkey national team. He can also play as an attacking midfielder.

Olcay Şahan
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Şahan with Turkey in 2016
Personal information
Full name Olcay Şahan
Date of birth (1987-05-26) 26 May 1987 (age 32)
Place of birth Düsseldorf, West Germany
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Winger, attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Denizlispor
Number 70
Youth career
1993–2001 Fortuna Düsseldorf
2001–2004 Bayer Leverkusen
2004–2005 Borussia M'gladbach
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Borussia M'gladbach II 75 (16)
2008–2009 MSV Duisburg II 14 (12)
2008–2011 MSV Duisburg 73 (11)
2011–2012 1. FC Kaiserslautern 27 (1)
2012–2017 Beşiktaş 142 (34)
2017–2019 Trabzonspor 64 (7)
2019– Denizlispor 6 (1)
National team
2003 Germany U-17 1 (0)
2011 Turkey A2 1 (0)
2013– Turkey 27 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 October 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 March 2016

Club careerEdit

In 2008, Şahan played his first professional match against Alemannia Aachen with MSV Duisburg shirt. For the following seasons he started to play more frequently. At the season 2010–2011, from the beginning he became the number one choice for his coach Milan Šašić. After a successful season he was transferred to 1. FC Kaiserslautern. With his new team he started to play at Bundesliga level and inspired Fritz-Walter-Stadion guests very quickly in a short time.

BeşiktaşEdit

Before the 2012–2013 season he was transferred to Turkish side Beşiktaş, for an €800.000 fee on a four-year contract. From the beginning of the season, coach Samet Aybaba used him on the first eleven in every each match. On 22 October 2012, Şahan scored his first league goal against Gaziantepspor. He finished the season with 11 goals and 8 assists. With his successful season he became one of the favorite players of Beşiktaş fans.

InternationalEdit

Olcay was born in Germany to parents of Turkish descent and played for the German U-17s, before switching to the Turkish federation. His great performance during the 2012–2013 season was enough to inspire Turkey national team manager Abdullah Avcı. On 22 March 2013, Şahan played his first international match against Andorra national team. After while the new manager of Turkey national team, Fatih Terim also called him to his squads during 2014 World Cup UEFA Group D qualifying matches. He is part of the Turkish national team for Euro 2016.[2]

Playing styleEdit

Şahan plays as an attacking midfielder, generally as a left winger in Turkish Super League. At the international level he was used as a "playmaker" by Fatih Terim. He is known for his quickness, pace and hardworking forms.

Career statisticsEdit

As of 24 August 2018
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Assist Apps Goals Assist Apps Goals Assist Apps Goals Assist
MSV Duisburg 2008–09 16 2 1 1 0 0 - - - 17 2 1
2009–10 23 2 4 0 0 0 - - - 23 2 4
2010–11 34 7 7 6 0 1 - - - 40 7 8
Total 73 11 12 7 0 1 0 0 0 80 11 13
1. FC Kaiserslautern 2011–12[3] 27 1 2 3 0 2 - - - 30 1 4
Total 27 1 2 3 0 2 0 0 0 30 1 4
Beşiktaş 2012–13[4] 34 11 5 3 0 1 - - - 37 11 6
2013–14[5] 34 8 9 0 0 0 2 0 0 36 8 9
2014–15[6] 30 8 6 4 1 1 14 0 4 48 9 11
2015–16[7] 33 5 6 5 0 0 3 0 0 41 5 6
2016–17[8] 10 2 0 4 0 2 2 0 0 16 2 2
Total 141 34 26 16 1 4 21 0 4 178 35 34
Trabzonspor 2016–17[9] 17 1 7 2 0 1 0 0 0 19 1 8
2017–18[10] 28 4 6 3 1 0 0 0 0 31 5 6
2018–19[11] 16 2 3 2 0 2 0 0 0 18 2 5
Total 61 7 16 7 1 3 0 0 0 68 8 19
Career total 302 53 56 33 2 10 21 0 4 356 55 70

International goalsEdit

Scores and results table. Turkey's goal tally first:

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 28 May 2013 MSV-Arena, Duisburg, Germany   Latvia 1–0 3–3 Friendly
3. 3 September 2014 TRE-FOR Park, Odense, Denmark   Denmark 1-1 2-1 Friendly

HonoursEdit

Beşiktaş

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Olcay Şahan ile anlaşma sağlandı" (in Turkish). Trabzonspor. 12 January 2017. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  2. ^ "UEFA EURO 2016". UEFA. Retrieved 12 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Games played by Olcay Şahan in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Games played by Olcay Şahan in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Games played by Olcay Şahan in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Games played by Olcay Şahan in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Olcay Sahan | Football Stats | Besiktas | Season 2015/2016 | Soccer Base". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Olcay Sahan | Football Stats | Besiktas | Season 2016/2017 | Soccer Base". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Olcay Sahan | Football Stats | Trabzonspor | Season 2016/2017 | Soccer Base". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  10. ^ "Olcay Sahan | Football Stats | Trabzonspor | Season 2016/2017 | Soccer Base". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  11. ^ "Olcay Sahan | Football Stats | Trabzonspor | Season 2016/2017 | Soccer Base". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 15 July 2015.

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