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Muzzy Izzet
Personal information
Full name Mustafa Kemal Izzet
Date of birth 31 October 1974 (1974-10-31) (age 35)
Place of birth Mile End, London, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Chelsea
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1996 Chelsea 0 (0)
1996 Leicester City (loan) 9 (1)
1996–2004 Leicester City 260 (37)
2004–2006 Birmingham City 26 (1)
Total 295 (39)
National team
2000–2004 Turkey 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mustafa Kemal "Muzzy" Izzet (born 31 October 1974 in Mile End, London) is a Turkish-English former footballer who played for Chelsea, Leicester City, Birmingham City and the Turkish national team. His father is a Turkish Cypriot, and his younger brother, Kemal Izzet, is also a footballer.

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Career

"I love this place - it's just a shame that we couldn't stay up because you never know, I might have been here for longer."

Izzet on Leicester City's relegation from the Premier League in the 2003-04 season.[1]

Izzet signed as a schoolboy for Chelsea, but never made a first team appearance during three years at the London club. He moved to Leicester City in March 1996 on loan for the rest of the season. He became a regular in the side, scoring one goal. When Leicester beat Crystal Palace in the play-offs, Izzet was able to make his move permanent for a fee of £800,000. He kept his place in the side for their Premier League season, which was successful for City. They came 9th in the Premier League, and won the League Cup. Izzet formed a partnership in midfield with Neil Lennon, which proved vital for Leicester.

In the 1998-99 season, Leicester came 10th in league, and reaching the League Cup Final again, but lost out to Tottenham Hotspur. The following season, Leicester came 8th, and again got to the League Cup Final, this time coming up against Tranmere Rovers, of Division One. This year they won 2-1, with Matt Elliott getting both goals. Izzet had been a regular in the side through all of this time. However, when Martin O'Neill left for Celtic, Izzet reportedly wanted to go with him. But the move never happened, and Izzet remained a Leicester player. Peter Taylor was appointed new City boss, and the team started well, being top in October. The team held on to the top four until January, when they slipped out. They were in the European places until March, until they played Wycombe. They lost 2-1 and the club's form started to slip. City ended up coming 13th. West Ham and Middlesbrough both stepped up their interest for Izzet, but he didn't leave Leicester.

The following season started with a 5-0 home defeat to newly-promoted Bolton Wanderers. Despite pledging to stay at Leicester during pre-season,[2] Izzet handed in a transfer request in autumn of 2001,[3] prior to the club's relegation. But he rejected a move to Middlesbrough as he did not want to be seen to be "jumping ship."[4] He did issue a plea to Martin O'Neill of Celtic to sign him in May 2002, remarking that "only an idiot would wouldn't consider joining Celtic."[5] In July 2002, Leicester insisted they would not accept a reduced offer from Middlesbrough for Izzet, who was priced at £6 million.[6] Izzet withdrew his transfer request in March 2003,[7] after the club achieved automatic promotion by finishing in second place. In January 2004, Leicester rejected £500,000 bids from Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers for Izzet.[8] At the end of the 2003-04 season, Leicester were again relegated.[9] Unable to afford Izzet's £30,000 per week wages,[10] the club admitted he was leaving the club.[1]

Izzet joined Birmingham City in June 2004 on a free transfer, signing a three-year deal.[11] Injury plagued his first season, with him making only a handful of appearances, though he did score his first league goal for Birmingham, an equaliser against Bolton Wanderers.[12] His second season was worse, with a knee injury keeping him out for a long period of time. Izzet announced he planned to return to Leicester, but the injury stopped him from doing so, ending his career. He announced his retirement from football on 27 June 2006.[13]

Honours

Leicester City
Turkey
Individual
  • Premier League top assister: 2003-04

*Runners-up

References

  1. ^ a b "Adams confirms Izzet exit". BBC Sport. 2004-05-08. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/l/leicester_city/3694227.stm. Retrieved 2010-02-02. 
  2. ^ "Izzet: I'm staying at Leicester". BBC Sport. 2001-07-11. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/l/leicester_city/1433667.stm. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  3. ^ "Izzet in no rush". BBC Sport. 2001-11-05. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/l/leicester_city/1594941.stm. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  4. ^ "Izzet uncertain over future". BBC Sport. 2003-01-10. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/l/leicester_city/2645259.stm. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  5. ^ "Izzet wants Celtic switch". BBC Sport. 2002-05-16. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/l/leicester_city/1990680.stm. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  6. ^ "Leicester's Izzet warning". BBC Sport. 2002-07-05. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/2096521.stm. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  7. ^ "Izzet withdraws transfer request". BBC Sport. 2003-03-06. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/l/leicester_city/2825969.stm. Retrieved 2008-10-18. 
  8. ^ "Izzet could leave Foxes". BBC Sport. 2004-01-04. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/l/leicester_city/3369551.stm. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  9. ^ "Adams accepts Izzet loss". BBC Sport. 2004-05-05. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/l/leicester_city/3687817.stm. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  10. ^ "Izzet set for Birmingham". BBC Sport. 2004-05-08. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/l/leicester_city/3649007.stm. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  11. ^ "Birmingham sign Izzet". BBC Sport. 2004-06-03. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/b/birmingham_city/3742427.stm. Retrieved 2008-10-18. 
  12. ^ "Bolton 1-1 Birmingham". BBC. 25 September 2004. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/3661800.stm. Retrieved 24 October 2009. 
  13. ^ "Knee injury forces Izzet to quit". BBC Sport. 2006-06-27. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/b/birmingham_city/5122086.stm. Retrieved 2008-10-18. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Frank Sinclair
Leicester City Players' Player of the Season
2003
Succeeded by
N/A
Preceded by
Tony Cottee
Leicester City Top Goalscorer
2000-01
Succeeded by
James Scowcroft
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