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Serdar Taşçı

Published: Friday 1 January 2010, 15.14CET
VfB Stuttgart
Published: Friday 1 January 2010, 15.14CET

Serdar Taşçı

VfB Stuttgart

Born in Germany to Turkish parents, Serdar Taşçı has developed quickly at VfB Stuttgart, winning the Bundesliga in his first full season and becoming a German international shortly afterwards. He is a classy, confident central defender who can also play at right-back.

• Born in Esslingen, close to Stuttgart, he played for the youth teams of SC Altbach and Stuttgarter Kickers before registering with VfB aged 12.

• Played for Stuttgart's amateur side in regional league before breaking through to first-team squad in 2006/07 and making Bundesliga debut on 20 August 2006 against DSC Arminia Bielefeld (3-2); scored his first goal in his next game, six days later, in 3-1 home defeat by BV Borussia Dortmund.

• Made 26 appearances in Stuttgart's title-winning campaign and all six in 2007/08 UEFA Champions League group stage, his debut coming in a 2-1 defeat at Rangers FC.

• Given his Germany Under-21 debut in February 2007, he won his first senior cap, aged 21, in friendly with Belgium in Nuremberg in August 2008; started five 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

• Extended Stuttgart contract to 2014 in August 2009 and scored his first UEFA Champions League goal in 1-1 draw at FC Unirea Urziceni a month later.

Did you know?
Taşçı collected his first full international cap for Germany exactly two years to the day after his Bundesliga debut.

Last updated: 27/01/10 17.43CET

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