|Full name||Tuncay Şanlı|
|Date of birth||16 January 1982|
|Place of birth||Sakarya, Turkey|
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 111⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking Midfielder, Winger, Striker|
|Current club||Stoke City|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:06, 13 March 2010 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Tuncay Şanlı (pronounced [ˈtunˈdʒaɪ ˈʃɑnlɯ]; born 16 January 1982) is a Turkish footballer who plays for Stoke City in the Premier League. He plays either as striker or as an attacking midfielder and winger, and can play wide left or right. He is often known solely by his first name, Tuncay, and captains the Turkish National Team. He was in the Turkey teams that finished in third place in both the 2003 Confederations Cup and the 2008 European Championships.
Tuncay was born in Sakarya. He caught the eye of Turkish Süper Lig giants Fenerbahçe in 2002 at the age of 20 after impressive displays for his hometown club Sakaryaspor in the Turkish second tier. He signed a 5 year contract with Fenerbahçe, and during this time, he won the Turkish league title on three occasions. He made his competitive debut for Fenerbahçe in a Süper Lig match against Gaziantepspor on 11 September 2002.
In the 2004-05 season, he became only the second person to ever score a Champions League hattrick against Manchester United, and the first Turkish person to score a hattrick in the Champions League. Tuncay always stated that his dream was to eventually play for a European Club, and moved away from Fenerbahçe on a Bosman transfer.
During his five years at the club, he scored a total of 12 Champions League goals in 26 appearances for Fenerbahçe. His first being against Panathinaikos in a 4-1 defeat in the second round of the 2002–03 UEFA Cup.
On 13 June 2007, Middlesbrough confirmed they had agreed personal terms with Tuncay and the move was now subject to a medical. Tuncay arrived in Middlesbrough on 18 June 2007, having signed a four-year contract. After passing his medical on 22 June 2007, he attained a work permit on 4 July 2007, and completed his free transfer.
In July 2007, Tuncay was interviewed by the Evening Gazette and talked about his ambitions for the upcoming season. He said: "My aim was to play in Europe one day and I have done that in previous seasons. It is also very important for me to play in the Premier League and that, too, is going to happen. But I want to get Middlesbrough back into Europe. That is my target."
Known for his passionate affinity with fans at his beloved Fenerbahçe, Tuncay has developed the same kind of relationship with the fans of Middlesbrough. His efforts aren't going unnoticed, with Middlesbrough supporters singing in his favour, "We've only got one player!" in reference to their admiration of his non-stop attitude.
Tuncay's endless energy and passion shown during matches has won him many plaudits. In May 2009, Matt Le Tissier of Sky Sports acknowledged his performances: "If they [Boro] had 11 Tuncay's they'd be in the top half of the table; this boy is quality, he works his socks off as well. He showed great technique with the overhead kick and was a great example for the rest of the team - it's just a shame there are not a few more like him in the side."
The 2008-09 season saw him pick up all four of the club's major awards for 2009: the Players Player of the Year, Garmin Player of the Year, the Middlesbrough FC Official Supporters’ Club Prize and the Terrace Legends Award. He won the Player of the Year with a massive 75% of the vote.
Although the 2008-09 season was a successful one for Tuncay, Middlesbrough were relegated to the Championship after a terrible season, which saw them create a new club-record, and match a League record of 12 consecutive away defeats. Tuncay had expressed his desire to continue playing in the Premier League. However, he began the 2009-10 season as a Boro player and played in 3 matches in the Championship, coming on as a substitute in all 3 games. He scored two goals in the process: the third goal in a 3-0 victory away to Swansea City in the second league game of the season, and the following week, scored the first goal in a 2-0 victory against Doncaster Rovers, scoring within 60 seconds of coming on.
He turned down the chance to move abroad, after German Bundesliga clubs Wolfsburg and Stuttgart and Spanish La Liga side Villareal making offers for him, in favour of staying in England. Prior to the end of the transfer window, he left Middlesbrough and joined Premier League side Stoke City.
Tuncay took time to settle in the Premier League. He went 12 league games without a goal but then scored 3 in 3 games. The first was a headed goal from a Luke Young cross, on 1 December 2007 in a 1–1 draw against Reading. The second, the following week, was the winner in a 2–1 victory over Arsenal. His third, in a 1–0 victory over Derby County, was a superb volley from a Stewart Downing cross which won the BBC Match of the Day Goal of the Month award for December 2007, and was later nominated for Goal of the Season.
On 29 December 2007, he scored his fourth goal in Boro's 1-0 away victory against Portsmouth which was the first time in 54 years that Middlesbrough had won at Fratton Park in the top flight. His next goal was a seventh minute header against Liverpool to give Middlesbrough the lead. However, a Fernando Torres hattrick, meant Middlesbrough lost 3-2 at Anfield. On the 31st match day of the season he again scored the winning goal against Derby County in a match that ended 1–0. Tuncay then scored two goals against Sunderland and Portsmouth later on in the season to take his tally to eight goals for the season. In his first season for Middlesbrough he was their second leading goal scorer behind Stewart Downing with nine.
Tuncay started off the season brightly, his first league goal being the winner against Stoke City, in the third league game of the season. After a knee injury while playing for Turkey against Belgium in the World Cup Qualifiers in early September 2008, Tuncay was sidelined for five weeks. He returned to first team action against Blackburn Rovers on 10 October, and scored an overhead kick goal which was wrongly ruled out for offside. Tuncay scored his first brace in the Premier League in a 2-1 away win at Aston Villa on 9 November 2008.
In December 2008, newspapers speculated that he was wanted by Chelsea in the January 2009 transfer window, in a rumoured £8 million bid by Luiz Felipe Scolari. Gareth Southgate laughed off the rumours suggesting that Chelsea could get him for such a small fee, saying that if he was even to start to consider selling him, then Chelsea's bid would have to be much higher.
Tuncay scored two goals in as many games; during his side's 2-0 victories over both West Ham in the FA Cup and against Liverpool in the league, with the latter bringing an end to both Liverpool's 15-match unbeaten run, and Boro's 14-match winless run in the league. The win against West Ham takes Boro to their fourth Quarter Final in the FA Cup in four consecutive seasons. Against Tottenham in March, he had 2 goals again ruled out for offside, in a game which Tottenham defeated Boro 4-0. April 2009 saw Tuncay score Boro's quickest goal of the season, just 3 minutes into the game. The match, against Hull, finished 3-1 to Middlesbrough in what was described as a "must-win game" by manager Gareth Southgate.
In May 2009 he was named Boro's Player of the Year. On 16 May, in the penultimate game of the season, he scored a superb overhead kick goal against Aston Villa, which won him another BBC Goal of the Month award. In the vital game, an injury to captain Stewart Downing in the 23 minute meant that Tuncay took the captain's armband. This was the first time he has played as captain for Boro, and played a vital role in midfield.
Despite Tuncay's efforts, Middlesbrough were relegated at the end of the 2008-09 season after suffering a 2-1 defeat away to West Ham. Middlesbrough had spent the whole second half of the season in the relegation zone. In the final game of the season Tuncay, Boro's captain, provided the assist to Boro's goal, however could not lead Middlesbrough to the win they desperately needed. In a disappointing season which saw Boro score only 28 league goals, Tuncay ended the season as their top scorer with 7 league goals, a quarter of Boro's total.
Tuncay signed for Stoke City on 28 August 2009 for a fee of £5 million and signed a four-year contract. He became manager Tony Pulis' fifth signing of the summer transfer window, having also signed his Middlesbrough teammate Robert Huth the previous day. He was eligible to play for Stoke the day after his transfer in the fourth league game of the season, and made his debut coming on as a substitute for Ricardo Fuller in the 84th minute, against Sunderland at the Britannia Stadium. He made his first start for Stoke in a third-round Carling Cup game against Blackpool, setting up two goals and winning a penalty. He continued to make only brief substitute appearances in the Premier League. A significant moment came during an away match to Hull on 8 November 2009, in which he was substituted off in the 87th minute after only coming on six minutes earlier. Although much was made after the event, Tuncay subsequently denied rumours that he was unhappy and insisted that his future lies with the Premier League club. After eight brief substitute league appearances, he made his first start away to Arsenal on 5 December 2009. He scored his first goal for Stoke in the Premier League on the 12 December 2009 in a home match against Wigan. He also scored the first premier league goal of 2010 when he headed a 12th minute goal againt Fulham on 5 January. He has since become a regular starter for Stoke and is a favourite with the fans.
Tuncay has scored two international hattricks for Turkey. His first came against Switzerland in the 2006 World Cup qualifying play-off match. The game ended 4-2, however the Swiss advanced due to the away goals rule, and meant Turkey would not play in the finals of the 2006 World Cup. His second international hattrick came in November 2008 in a friendly with Austria.
Turkey took part in the FIFA Confederations Cup for the first time in 2003 after finishing third at the World Cup the previous year. Tuncay made his full international debut for the Turkish national team on 19 June 2003, having been promoted the day before when he scored twice in a match for the Under-21 side.
His debut came against the USA. Just three minutes after the USA had taken the lead, he won a penalty after being fouled by Danny Califf and Frankie Hejduk. He then went on to score the winner in the second half, after picking up Volkan Arslan's cross to slot the ball past the USA keeper Tim Howard.
He went on to score three goals and get an assist which won him the Silver Shoe Award and the Silver Ball Award, for the second best player, at the competition. Turkey finished in third place. He won many plaudits during the competition, with British press claiming that Turkey "have unearthed a gem". Tuncay, along with Argentina's Gabriel Batistuta, currently holds the record for scoring the quickest goal in the history of the Confederations Cup for scoring within 120 seconds.
During the qualifying rounds of the tournament, Tuncay played eleven games, scoring three goals. He won his 50th international cap on 21 November 2007 in the final qualification game against Bosnia-Herzegovina. Turkey won 1-0 which secured a place in the finals of Euro 2008 the following summer.
In the final group-stage game of Euro 2008, against the Czech Republic, Tuncay went in goal to play as a goalkeeper for the final few minutes, after starting goalkeeper Volkan Demirel was sent off for a push on Jan Koller, and Turkey having made all their substitutions.
He picked up a second yellow card in the quarter-finals against Croatia which meant that he was suspended for the semi-finals against Germany. Drawing 2-2 until the 90th minute, having just scored minutes earlier to bring the score level, Turkey were undone by a German team who themselves had to come from behind to win the game. Tuncay registed two assists, in his four games during the 2008 European Championships finals.
After a World Cup qualifier on 6 September 2008 between Armenia and Turkey, two sides which have historical political problems, both teams received a FIFA Fair Play Award for 2008. As captain of the side, Tuncay collected the award on behalf of the team in January 2009. During the qualifying round Tuncay managed three goals and two assists in the seven games he played, although Turkey failed to qualify from Group 5.
A creative player of substantial energy, directness and skill. He plays with very high intensity and passion. He is most suited to playing in the 'hole' or as a second striker, but can also play right across the midfield and in attack.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||Carling Cup||Europe||Total|
|Stoke City||Premier League||2009-10||21||4||5||1||2||0||-||28||5|
|Turkey||League||Türkiye Kupası||Süper Kup||Europe||Total|
|Correct as of 24 January 2010|
(mins per goal)
|1.||14 November 2002||Panathinaikos||1-4||Loss||UEFA Cup|
|2.||23 September 2004||Manchester United||6-2||Loss||Champions League|
|3.||3 November 2004||Lyon||4–2||Loss||Champions League|
|4.||8 December 2004||Manchester United||3–0||Win||Champions League|
|5.||8 December 2004||Manchester United||3–0||Win||Champions League|
|6.||8 December 2004||Manchester United||3–0||Win||Champions League|
|7.||28 September 2006||Randers||0-3||Win||UEFA Cup|
|8.||23 November 2006||Palermo||3-0||Win||UEFA Cup|
|9.||13 December 2006||Eintracht Frankfurt||2-2||Draw||UEFA Cup|
|10.||14 February 2007||AZ Alkmaar||3-3||Draw||UEFA Cup|
|1.||19 June 2003||Saint-Étienne, France||United States||2-1||2-1||2003 FIFA Confederations Cup|
|2.||26 June 2003||Paris, France||France||3-2||3-2||2003 FIFA Confederations Cup|
|3.||28 June 2003||Saint-Étienne, France||Colombia||0-1||1-2||2003 FIFA Confederations Cup|
|4.||30 March 2005||Tbilisi, Georgia||Georgia||2-5||2-5||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|5.||8 June 2005||Almaty, Kazakhstan||Kazakhstan||0-4||0-6||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|6.||8 June 2005||Almaty, Kazakhstan||Kazakhstan||0-5||0-6||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|7.||16 November 2005||İstanbul, Turkey||Switzerland||1-1||4-2||2006 FIFA World Cup playoffs|
|8.||16 November 2005||İstanbul, Turkey||Switzerland||2-1||4-2||2006 FIFA World Cup playoffs|
|9.||16 November 2005||İstanbul, Turkey||Switzerland||4-2||4-2||2006 FIFA World Cup playoffs|
|10.||24 May 2006||Genk, Belgium||Belgium||2-3||3-3||Friendly|
|11.||7 October 2006||Budapest, Hungary||Hungary||0-1||0-1||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
|12.||11 October 2006||Frankfurt, Germany||Moldova||5-0||5-0||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
|13.||24 March 2007||Piraeus, Greece||Greece||1-1||1-4||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
|14.||26 March 2008||Minsk, Belarus||Belarus||1-1||2-2||Friendly|
|15.||29 May 2008||Duisburg, Germany||Finland||1-0||2-0||Friendly|
|16.||6 September 2008||Yerevan, Armenia||Armenia||0-1||0-2||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|17.||19 November 2008||Vienna, Austria||Austria||1-2||2-4||Friendly|
|18.||19 November 2008||Vienna, Austria||Austria||1-3||2-4||Friendly|
|19.||19 November 2008||Vienna, Austria||Austria||2-4||2-4||Friendly|
|20.||12 August 2009||Kiev, Ukraine||Ukraine||0-1||0-3||Friendly|
|21.||5 September 2009||Kayseri, Turkey||Estonia||1-1||4-2||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|22.||5 September 2009||Kayseri, Turkey||Estonia||4-2||4-2||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|Correct as of 5 September 2009|
|FIFA Confederations Cup
Silver Shoe award
Alex de Souza
|Fenerbahçe Player of the Year
|Middlesbrough Player of the Year
| Turkey Captain