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Colin Kazim-Richards
Personal information
Full name Colin Kazim-Richards
Date of birth 26 August 1986 (1986-08-26) (age 23)
Place of birth    Leytonstone, London, England
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Right winger, Forward
Club information
Current club Toulouse (on loan from Fenerbahçe)
Number 9
Youth career
Queens Park Rangers
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Brighton & Hove Albion
Sheffield United
Toulouse (loan)
30 0(3)
43 0(6)
27 0(1)
61 (17)
02 0(1)   
National team2
Turkey U21
05 0(1)
16 0(0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 18:40, 20 January 2010 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 14:56, 14 April 2009 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Colin Kazim-Richards (born 26 August 1986, Leytonstone, London, England), also known as Colin Kâzım or Kâzım Kâzım in Turkey, is an English-born footballer who plays for Toulouse FC[1] in Ligue 1, on loan from Fenerbahçe, and internationally for Turkey having qualified for Turkish nationality through his mother's ethnicity.[2] An anglicised form of the Turkish given name Kâzım was intended to be a middle name, which would have rendered his full name as 'Colin-Kazim Richards', but due to an error, he was legally registered as 'Colin Kazim-Richards'. [2]


Personal life

Kazim-Richards attended Stoneydown Park Primary School in Walthamstow, where he developed an interest in football, which continued into his secondary education at Aveling Park, Walthamstow.[3] His mother is a Turkish Cypriot (which enabled him to join the Turkish national team), and his father is of Antiguan descent.[2] When applying for Turkish citizenship, he was forced to change his name due to Turkish laws not allowing non-Turkish names once citizenship has been established.[4] Kazim-Richards selected the name Kâzım Kâzım.

It's difficult because half my family is Muslim, and the other half is Christian. I've always felt Turkish, though. My nine [grandmother], she can't speak English. Half of my family, their first language is Turkish, and so I went to Turkish school before I played football, although I can't remember any of it now.


Club career


In England

Kazim-Richards began his professional career at Bury, after joining the club at the age of 15 and progressing through the club's youth team and centre of excellence. He broke into the first team in the 2004-2005 season, and his performances caught the attention of larger clubs.

At the age of 19, he was signed on a three-year contract by Brighton & Hove Albion for £250,000. The contract was signed after a fan of the club, Aaron Berry, won the sum for the club in a competition run by Coca-Cola which, in turn, led to Kazim-Richards being dubbed the "Coca-Cola Kid". He was often brought on as a second-half substitute, and by the end of the 2005-2006 season, he had scored six league goals for the club, including its 5,000th league goal. He submitted a transfer request after being omitted from the starting line-up of Brighton's opening match as they began their campaign in 2006-2007 against Rotherham.

Subsequently, Brighton sold him to Sheffield United for £150,000 on 31 August 2006, the deadline day for the transfer window. Kazim-Richards signed a three-year deal with the Blades after passing a medical and agreeing personal terms. He scored once for Sheffield United, in a 2-2 draw with Bolton Wanderers in November 2006.[7]

In Turkey

On 15 June 2007, Kazim-Richards signed a four-year contract with the Turkish club Fenerbahçe.[8] He scored his second UEFA Champions League goal for Fenerbahçe in the quarter-final first leg against Chelsea on 2 April 2008. After serving as a rotation player during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons, Kazim-Richards broke into Christoph Daum's first choice lineup in the 2009-10 season.

Despite success on the pitch during the 2009-10 season, Kazim-Richards had an argument with Fenerbahçe fans after being taken off the pitch in a match against İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor.[9]. Against Beşiktaş, Kazim-Richards was red carded for swearing at the referee and banned for 4 matches. [10]. While serving his ban, on the same night that his team mates lost to Kasimpasa, the media reported Kazim-Richards was out on the town. This report was denied by the Fenerbahçe board who released an official statement. The following day, pictures of Kazim-Richards were released and the Fenerbahçe board rescinded their earlier statement, claiming that Kazim-Richards had lied about his whereabouts which had triggered their denial of the report.[11]

In December 2009, Kazim-Richards was also alleged to be involved in a sex scandal also involving other Fenerbahçe players. [12]. A few days later while speeding to get to his team's training session, Kazim-Richards had a car crash during which he had not worn his seat belt and broke his right wrist.[13]

Following these events, the Fenerbahçe board and manager Christoph Daum sought to find an alternative club for Kazim-Richards to join.

In France

French football club Toulouse revealed on 18 January 2010, that Kazim will sign a six-month loan contract between January and June.[14] He scored his first goal for Toulouse on his debut in a 1-3 away win against Le Mans UC72.

In an interview with newspaper L'Equipe, Kazim denied the media claims that he was drunk prior to a car accident he was involved in.[15]

International career

Kazim-Richards scored and was credited with an assist in his debut for the Turkey under-21 team in a victory against Switzerland on 24 March 2007. On 30 April, the Turkish national coach Fatih Terim declared that Kazim-Richards would play for the senior team.[16]

Terim called him up for matches against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Brazil.[17] He received his first senior international cap in a 0–0 friendly draw against Brazil on 5 June 2007, a game in which he played 38 minutes. He was a member of Turkey's Euro 2008 squad, playing in all five matches as the side reached the semi-finals.


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