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Jem Karacan
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Personal information
Full name Jem Paul Karacan[1]
Date of birth 21 February 1989 (1989-02-21) (age 20)
Place of birth Catford, London, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current club Reading
Number 20
Youth career
1996–2003 Wimbledon
2003–2007 Reading
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007– Reading 31 (1)
2007–2008 Bournemouth (loan) 13 (1)
2008 Millwall (loan) 7 (0)
National team
2006 Turkey U17 5 (0)
2006 Turkey U18 6 (2)
2006–2008 Turkey U19 10 (0)
2008– Turkey U21 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 January 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 June 2009

Jem Karacan (Turkish pronunciation: [dʒɛm ˈkærədʒæn] English pronunciation: /dʒɛm ˈkærəkæn/; born 21 February 1989) is an English-born Turkish professional footballer, currently playing for Reading as a midfielder. He has played internationally for the Turkish youth team, and has captained the U-21 side.

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Early life

Karacan was born in the London Borough of Lewisham to a Turkish father and an English mother. Between the ages of seven and fourteen he played for the now defunct Wimbledon and left after they relocated to Milton Keynes. He had been offered a four-year contract at the club his father supported, Galatasaray, but refused citing language difficulties, "I couldn't go out there at only 14, not speaking the language and so on."[2] Karacan joined Reading's Youth Academy instead, having been spotted playing against the Royals while on trial at Manchester United.

Reading F.C.

On 6 July 2007, he signed a two-year professional contract with Reading,[3] and made his debut against Luton Town on the 26th of August in the League Cup, getting on the scoresheet.

Karacan joined Bournemouth on loan, initially for one month, on 18 October 2007.[4] Karacan was put into the starting XI for Bournemouth on 20 October away to Millwall, where he made his league debut in Bournemouth's 2-1 defeat.[5] His loan was subsequently extended to 6 January 2008.[6] Karacan signed a further loan deal in the 2007–08 season on 20 March 2008, this time to Football League One side Millwall, which was originally due to run until 19 April 2008,[7] but was extended to the end of the 2007–08 season.[8]

He scored against Aston Villa in a pre season match before the 2008-09 season, and scored his first professional goal for Reading in a Carling Cup win over Luton Town on 26 August 2008.[9] Towards the end of 2008, he began to start a few matches after impressing in the reserves and following injuries to James Harper and Marek Matejovsky. He signed a new 2 and half year contract in October 2008, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2010-11 season. He scored his first league goal in Reading's 2-2 draw with Blackpool FC on 13 April 2009, in the Championship.[10]

International career

Karacan has captained Turkey at youth level. He is eligible with them through his father. He is also eligible for England. He made his debut for the Turkey U21s as a substitute in a 2-1 away defeat to Armenia.

Statistics

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Club

Club Performance
England England Season League FA Cup Carling Cup Europe Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Reading 2009-10 16 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 17 0
2008-09 15 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 17 2
Club Total 31 1 2 0 1 1 - - 34 2
Millwall (loan) 2007-08 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Club Total 7 0 0 0 0 0 - - 7 0
Bournemouth (loan) 2007-08 13 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 16 2
Club Total 13 1 3 1 0 0 - - 16 2
CAREER TOTAL 51 2 5 1 1 1 0 0 57 4
Correct as of 3 January 2010[11]

Personal life

Karacan received his primary education at Colfe's School in Lee Green, before spending his senior years at the Riverston School of Eltham in London, which is renowned for its sporting facilities.

References

  1. ^ "Search 1984 to 2006 – Birth, Marriage and Death indexes". Findmypast.com. http://www.findmypast.com/post84BMDSearchStart.action?redef=0&searchType=B. Retrieved 2009-07-20.  
  2. ^ "Jem Karacan: My story". readingfc.co.uk. 2008-09-29. http://www.readingfc.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10306~1403847,00.html. Retrieved 2009-09-19.  
  3. ^ "Royals make six Academy signings". readingfc.co.uk. 2007-07-06. http://www.readingfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10306~1068670,00.html. Retrieved 2007-10-22.  
  4. ^ "Bournemouth sign Karacan on loan". BBC Sport. 2007-10-18. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/b/bournemouth/7050516.stm. Retrieved 2007-10-22.  
  5. ^ "Millwall 2-1 Bournemouth". BBC Sport. 2007-10-20. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_2/7043086.stm. Retrieved 2007-10-22.  
  6. ^ "Another cracker from Henry". readingfc.co.uk. 2007-11-19. http://www.readingfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10306~1170786,00.html. Retrieved 2007-11-19.  
  7. ^ "Karacan loaned to Millwall". readingfc.co.uk. 2008-03-20. http://www.readingfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10306~1270151,00.html. Retrieved 2008-03-20.  
  8. ^ "Karacan loan deal extended". readingfc.co.uk. 2008-04-17. http://www.readingfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10306~1292080,00.html. Retrieved 2008-04-18.  
  9. ^ "Reading 5-1 Luton". BBC. 26 August 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/league_cup/7576408.stm. Retrieved 27 October 2009.  
  10. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_1/7979015.stm
  11. ^ "Jem Karacan club stats". Reading FC. http://www.readingfc.co.uk/page/ProfilesDetail/0,,10306~41005,00.html. Retrieved 2009-08-12.  

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