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Semih Şentürk
Personal information
Full name Semih Şentürk
Date of birth 29 April 1983 (1983-04-29) (age 26)
Place of birth    İzmir, Turkey
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Fenerbahçe
Number 23
Youth career
1995–2001 Fenerbahçe PAF
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
2001– Fenerbahçe 132 (42)   
National team2
1999–2004
2007–
Turkey U21
Turkey
083 (42)
019 0(6)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 4 January 2010.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 4 January 2010.
* Appearances (Goals)

Semih Şentürk (born 29 April 1983) is a Turkish footballer who currently plays for Turkish Süper Lig side Fenerbahçe as a striker, and also the Turkish national team.

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Club career

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Fenerbahçe

Semih has spent his entire club career at Fenerbahçe having risen through the ranks of the Fenerbahçe youth team. He scored 63 goals in 56 games for the youth team and was subsequently called up to the first team.[1]. His goalscoring exploits increased hopes among the supporters that Semih could be the future of the Fenerbahçe attacking line. Indeed, he managed to become something of a regular fixture in the team during the 2007-08 campaign, in which he scored 17 goals and finished the season as League's top scorer. His more prominent role in the team was rewarded after he was named as the vice-captain of the team in 2007 after the departure of the former captains Ümit Özat and Tuncay Şanlı.

He secured an away victory in the 2nd round of the Champions League qualifiers, guaranteeing a place for his team in the third knockout phase of the Champions League. His four goals against MTK Budapest on 6 August 2008 meant that Semih became only the second Turkish player after Fethi Heper to score four goals in a single European match. Also he is a member of the leader fan group Genç Fenerbahçeliler (GFB). In 2008 he signed a new contract extension keeping him at the club until the May 2011.

International career

Şentürk was called up the Turkey team following his successful performances in the 2007-08 season. He wears the number 9 shirt, which was previously worn by Turkish football legend Hakan Şükür.

Euro 2008

Şentürk was selected as part of the squad for the finals of the European Championships in 2008. On 11 June he came on as a substitute in the 46th minute and in the 57th minute of Turkey's second Group A match against Switzerland, he scored the equaliser with a powerful header outjumping the Swiss defence and beating the goalkeeper, even though he got a hand on it.

In the quarter-finals match versus Croatia, Şentürk saved the Turkish squad from a late 1-0 defeat to Croatia, scoring a last-second equalizer in the 120+2 minute, now holding the record for scoring the latest goal in a European Championship tounament. Just three minutes after Croatia's goal, Turkish goalkeeper Rüştü Reçber cleared an offside free-kick long into Stipe Pletikosa's area, giving Şentürk the opportunity to score with a powerful left-foot shot. Turkey went on to win the subsequent penalty shoot-out 3-1 and advance to semi-finals. Semih successfully converted the second spotkick.

The semi-finals match against Germany turned out to have a thriller ending in which Şentürk played a key role. In the 86th minute, just 7 minutes after of Miroslav Klose's goal (which gave Germany a 2 to 1 advantage), Şentürk took a low cross provided by team-mate Sabri Sarioglu and steered in the crucial equalizer. However, his side went on to be defeated as Germany's left-back Philipp Lahm managed to score a decisive goal in the 90th minute, which knocked out Turkey from the competition. Upon the end of the competition, Şentürk received many plaudits for his last minute heroics, with the press labeling him as the super-sub of the tournament.

Career statistics

Club

Club Performance
Turkey Turkey Season League Turkish Cup Super Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Fenerbahçe 2009-10 12 4 1 0 - - 2 0 15 4
2008-09 24 7 5 1 0 0 6 6 35 14
2007-08 27 17 3 0 - - 8 2 38 19
2006-07 18 1 7 7 - - 7 2 32 10
2005-06 22 9 5 4 - - 1 0 28 13
2004-05 3 0 - - - - - - 3 0
2003-04 - 1 - 0 - - - - 14 1
2002-03 - 3 - 0 - - - - 14 3
CAREER TOTAL 132 42 25 12 - - 22 11 168 62
Correct as of 4 January 2010

Fenerbahce Goals

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. May 29, 2008 MSV-Arena, Duisburg, Germany  Finland 2 - 0 2 - 0 Friendly
2. June 11, 2008 St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland  Switzerland 1 - 1 2 - 1 UEFA Euro 2008
3. June 20, 2008 Ernst Happel Stadion, Wien, Austria  Croatia 1 - 1 1 - 1 UEFA Euro 2008
4. June 25, 2008 St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland  Germany 2 - 2 2 - 3 UEFA Euro 2008
5. September 6, 2008 Hrazdan Stadium, Yerevan, Armenia  Armenia 0 - 2 0 - 2 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
6. April 1, 2009 Ali Sami Yen Stadium, İstanbul, Turkey  Spain 1 - 0 1 - 2 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours

Club

National team

Individual

Trivia

  • He played 56 times for Fenerbahçe PAF and scored 63 goals.
  • His playing style was compared with Ole Gunnar Solskjær during 2007/08 season, as he scored most of his goals after coming from bench.
  • Semih Şentürk scored the latest goal at 120+2 minutes in European Cup history in Turkey's Euro 2008 quarterfinal match against Croatia.
  • Semih Şentürk is frequently called "The Lifeguard" because of his knack for scoring goals late in matches.

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