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Kennedy Bakircioglü
Personal information
Full name Kennedy Bakircioglü
Date of birth 2 November 1980 (1980-11-02) (age 29)
Place of birth    Södertälje, Sweden
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Ajax
Number 34
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
034 (10)
127 (38)
024 0(4)
066 (23)
029 0(5)   
National team2
Sweden U21
014 0(1)
015 0(0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of September 21, 2009.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 12:00, 22 August 2007 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Kennedy Bakircioglü (born 2 November 1980 in Södertälje, Sweden) is a Swedish football player of Aramean origin.[1][2] He currently plays for Ajax in the Dutch Eredivisie. He has also played for the Sweden national football team.



Bakircioglü's family arrived in Sweden in 1972 from Midyat, Turkey. His father, Bünyamin (Benjamin) Bakircioglü, was one of the first to play for the new club Assyriska Föreningen, a club established by the Assyrian diaspora.[citation needed] He started off his professional career with Assyriska in 1996 and stayed at the club until 1999. In 1998–99, Bakircioglü had a trial with Manchester United, but did not do enough to secure a contract with the English club.[3] In the summer of 1999, he joined Hammarby IF, and remained there for the next five years, during which time he led the team to its first championship in 2001. In 2005, he was elected Hammarby's fourth greatest player of all time in an online poll held on the club's website.

In 2003, Bakircioglü moved abroad to play in Greece for Iraklis. As he had played the 2003 season in Sweden, he joined his new team half-way through their season and only managed seven league appearances. In his second and last season at the club, he was unable to hold down a first team place and was soon on the move again. He joined the Dutch team FC Twente prior to the start of the 2005–06 season and impressed his manager Fred Rutten straight away to become a first team regular. In fact, in his two seasons at the club he only missed two league appearances and managed to score 23 goals. His efforts didn't go unnoticed and on 5 May 2007, Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf announced that Bakircioglü would be playing for Ajax in the 2007–08 season.[4] He was officially signed by Ajax ten days later on 15 May 2007. At Ajax, he immediately secured his second career trophy when they beat PSV Eindhoven 1–0 in the Johan Cruijff-schaal. In his first Eredivisie match for Ajax, he scored one goal in the 8–1 win over De Graafschap.

On the 4 August, Van Basten told Ajax official webpage that Kennedy was no longer needed in the club. Kennedy decided to stay though he only played a couple of matches. In the winter transfer window of 2008/2009 he was still allowed to leave, but once again remained with the squad. In February, he re-entered the starting squad and scored the only goal in an UEFA Cup game away at Fiorentina.


Season Club Competition Apps Goals
1996 Assyriska Föreningen Sweden Division 2 1 0
1997 Assyriska Föreningen Sweden Division 2 8 1
1998 Assyriska Föreningen Sweden Division 1 Norra 25 9
1999 Hammarby IF Sweden Allsvenskan 25 2
2000 Hammarby IF Sweden Allsvenskan 26 5
2001 Hammarby IF Sweden Allsvenskan 26 8
2002 Hammarby IF Sweden Allsvenskan 25 11
2003 Hammarby IF Sweden Allsvenskan 25 12
2003–04 Iraklis Greece Super League Greece 7 2
2004–05 Iraklis Greece Super League Greece 17 2
2005–06 FC Twente Netherlands Eredivisie 32 8
2006–07 FC Twente Netherlands Eredivisie 34 15
2007–08 Ajax Netherlands Eredivisie 18 3
2008–09 Ajax Netherlands Eredivisie 8 1
Total 270 79

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