Ayhan Akman

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Ayhan Akman
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Personal information
Full name Ayhan Akman
Date of birth (1977-02-23) 23 February 1977 (age 39)
Place of birth İnegöl, Turkey
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Galatasaray (assistant) He has no official contract with Galatasaray and therefore not officially assigned to that post. Even what post he has got is not clear. He trains with the team and sits on the bench during the games under no title.
Youth career
1987–1993 İnegölspor
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1994 İnegölspor 21 (4)
1994–1998 Gaziantepspor 98 (23)
1998–2001 Beşiktaş 81 (19)
2001–2012 Galatasaray 237 (10)
Total 427 (53)
National team
1991–1992 Turkey U15 4 (0)
1992–1993 Turkey U16 8 (0)
1993 Turkey U17 5 (0)
1994–1995 Turkey U18 15 (2)
1995–1998 Turkey U21 12 (1)
1998–2009 Turkey 22 (0)
Teams managed
2013–2014 Galatasaray A2 (assistant)[1]
2014 Kayseri Erciyesspor (assistant)[1]
2015 Karşıyaka[1]
2015–2016 Sarıyer[2]
2016– Galatasaray (assistant)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.


Ayhan Akman (Turkish pronunciation: [ajhan akman], born 23 February 1977) is a retired Turkish footballer who last played for Galatasaray. He is currently the assistant manager of Galatasaray.

Career[edit]

Akman played for İnegölspor, Gaziantepspor and Beşiktaş. He was suspended from football for six months after doping testing positive for banned for used Anabolik Steroid-Metenolone.[3][4] His transfer from Gaziantepspor to Besiktas in 1998 for $8.75 million, as requested by manager John Toshack made Ayhan the most expensive internal transfer in Turkish football history,[5] until recently.

Galatasaray[edit]

Ayhan delivered his greatest performances for Galatasaray during the 2006–2007 season. Since then, he has been getting more credit from the fans. In the 2007–2008 season, Ayhan played a big role in the championship year for Galatasaray.

In the 2008–2009 season, he was an important player under headcoach Michael Skibbe, Ayhan is in the starting line-up from the start of the season and is showing great performances. He is the vice-captain of the Galatasaray squad after Arda Turan.

On 12 August Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim has announced that their new captain is Ayhan Akman after Arda Turan's transfer to Atletico Madrid.

On 15 February 2012, he announced that he will retire at the end of the 2011–2012 season.[6]

International career[edit]

He was called up to Turkey's Euro 2008 squad and played his first match of the tournament in the semi-final against Germany in Basel.

Retirement[edit]

As announced, Ayhan Akman retired from his professional football career as of 13 May 2012, at the age of 35, after winning his fourth and last Turkish League title. He, on a side note, was wearing the number 18, when Galatasaray SK won its 18th League title, thus stated by himself, his last season would have a great memory in his future life.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club Season League Cup League Cup[7] Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Gaziantepspor 1994–95 19 3 2 1 21 4
1995–96 31 8 4 1 35 9
1996–97 25 5 5 1 30 6
1997–98 23 7 3 1 26 8
Total 98 23 14 4 112 27
Beşiktaş 1998–99 29 7 7 3 1 0 37 10
1999–00 25 7 1 0 26 7
2000–01 17 2 0 0 1 0 3 0 21 2
Total 71 16 8 3 2 0 3 0 84 19
Galatasaray 2001–02 23 0 1 0 0 0 6 0 30 0
2002–03 21 2 1 0 0 0 4 0 26 2
2003–04 23 1 2 0 0 0 6 0 30 1
2004–05 21 1 5 2 0 0 26 3
2005–06 17 2 5 1 1 0 23 3
2006–07 31 1 4 0 0 0 6 0 41 1
2007–08 17 1 3 0 1 0 5 1 26 2
2008–09 31 1 4 1 0 0 10 1 45 3
2009–10 19 0 6 0 11 0 36 0
2010–11 26 1 5 0 0 0 4 0 35 1
2011–12 8 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 9 1
Total 237 10 37 5 2 0 52 2 327 17
Career total 406 49 60 11 6 1 55 2 523 63

International[edit]

Turkey national team
Year Apps Goals
1998 2 0
1999 3 0
2000 1 0
2001 0 0
2002 0 0
2003 0 0
2004 0 0
2005 1 0
2006 0 0
2007 2 0
2008 8 0
2009 5 0
Total 22 0

Honours[edit]

Beşiktaş
Galatasaray
Turkey

References[edit]

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