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Ayhan Akman : biography

23 February 1977 -

Ayhan Akman ( born 23 February 1977 in İnegöl, Turkey) is a retired Turkish footballer.

Career

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. 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,http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/ekonomi/12371390.asp?gid=254 until recently.

Galatasaray

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.

International career

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

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.

Honours

Beşiktaş
  • Türkiye Kupası (1): 1997–98
  • Atatürk Kupası (1): 2000
Galatasaray
  • Süper Lig (4): 2001–02, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2011–12
  • Türkiye Kupası (1): 2004–05
  • Süper Kupa (1): 2007–08
Turkey
  • UEFA European Championship: Semi-finals (1): 2008

Career statistics

Club

Club Season League Cup League CupIncludes Atatürk Cup and Turkish Super Cup 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 0 0 0 0 112 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

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
2010 0 0
Total 22 0
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