Hakan Şükür born 1 September 1971 a Turkish former footballer, who played as a striker.
He spent the majority of his professional career with Galatasaray, being a three-time Gol Kralı (Goal King, title and award given to the annual top goalscorer of the Süper Lig), the club in three different spells and winning a total of 14 major titles.
Şükür represented Turkey a total of 112 times, scoring 51 goals, making him the nation's top goalscorer and 19th in the world. One of the most prolific strikers of the modern era, he netted 383 goals throughout his club career, as well as the fastest ever in a FIFA World Cup, in 2002. He retired from football in 2008, only scoring once in single digits for his main team, in 13 seasons.
* 1 Club career
* 2 International career
o 2.1 International goals
* 3 Statistics
o 3.1 Club
o 3.2 European Cup goals
o 3.3 International
* 4 Honours
o 4.1 Club
o 4.2 Country
o 4.3 Individual
* 5 References
* 6 External links
Born in Adapazarı, Sakarya Province, Şükür began his football career with local club Sakaryaspor, making his professional debut shortly after his 17th birthday. His first goal came in a match against Eskişehirspor on 26 February 1989: with the match tied 2–2, he entered the pitch as a substitute and scored the winning goal. He went on to score a further 18 Süper Lig goals in his three-year spell with the club.
In the summer of 1990, Şükür joined fellow first division outfit Bursaspor. He scored six goals in 27 matches in his second season, helping the team to a sixth-place finish, and making his Turkish national team debut shortly after.
Subsequently, Şükür signed for national giants Galatasaray SK. Nicknamed the Bull of the Bosphorus, he scored 19 goals in 30 matches in his first season with the club, helping it lift both the league and cup titles, adding 16 and 19, respectively, in the next two seasons, and attracting the attention of Torino FC. In 1995, he moved to the Italian club, becoming the second Turkish player to ever play in the Serie A, but returned to his country and Galatasaray in the following winter transfer window, failing to settle and only scoring once in the league.
Upon his return to Galatasaray, Şükür regained his scoring form, scoring 16 goals in the league and helping the club win the cup. The following season, he bagged 38 goals in the league, tying him for second-most goals scored in a season with Metin Oktay, one goal behind record holder Tanju Çolak; both players were playing for Galatasaray when they broke the record. Şükür also finished third in the ESM Golden Boot rankings with 57 points, behind Mário Jardel (60) and Ronaldo (68). He won the Gol Kralı award the following two seasons, scoring 32 and 19 goals respectively, with the Istanbul side winning the title in all three seasons.
In the 1999–2000 season, Şükür's last with Galatasaray in his second stint, the team completed a domestic double for the second year in succession, and added the year's UEFA Cup, becoming the first Turkish side to win a European title; in the 4–1 penalty shootout win against Arsenal, he scored on his attempt, having netted 10 times in 17 games during the campaign.
Subsequently, Şükür moved to Italy once again, this time to F.C. Internazionale Milano, scoring six goals in 35 official games. After one single season, he signed with another team in the country, Parma FC, but was unable to produce again, only scoring three times. In December 2002, he joined Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League, scoring twice in nine appearances, both goals coming in a match against Fulham),
Şükür returned to Galatasaray in 2003, scoring 12 times in 28 league games in his first season, and 18 in the following, with the team winning the 2005 Turkish cup during that timeframe. Also, on 3 December 2003, he scored twice in a 2–0 home defeat of Juventus FC, for the 2003–04 UEFA Champions League. In November 2003, to celebrate UEFA's Jubilee, he was selected as Turkey's Golden Player by the Turkish Football Federation, as their most outstanding player of the past 50 years.
In the 2005–06 season, Şükür again scored in double digits (ten) as Galatasaray again won the league. After helping the club win a record-tying seventeenth first division title in 2007–08, netting 11 goals, he decided to retire from the game, aged nearly 37. Subsequently, he often appeared as a television pundit on TRT. During his career, he scored 38 goals in all European competitions.
Hakan Şükür playing for Turkey during the 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Şükür won his first cap for Turkey in a friendly with Luxembourg in March 1992 - his debut being awarded by Danish manager Sepp Piontek - scoring his first international goal in his next match, against Denmark, and totalling six in his first 11 appearances.
He represented the nation at UEFA Euro 1996 (three matches, no goals), Euro 2000 (scoring twice for the quarterfinalists, in a 2–0 group stage win against hosts Belgium) and the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
In the latter competition, held in South Korea and Japan, he scored once for Turkey in seven matches, as the national team finished in third place: on 29 June, Şükür scored the fastest ever goal in a FIFA World Cup, netting against South Korea in 10.8 seconds (3–2 win). Of his 112 senior appearances, he captained Turkey in 30; after appearing in some Euro 2008 qualifiers, notably scoring four against Moldova in a 5–0 win in Frankfurt, Germany, he was not selected for the finals in Switzerland and Austria, his final game being a 0–1 home loss against Greece, at the age of 36 (17 October 2007).