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Mehmet Topal

Mehmet Topal

Clubs: Çanakkale Dardanelspor, Galatasaray AŞ, Valencia CF

• Mehmet Topal spent four years developing his talent as a tall, tenacious defensive midfielder at Çanakkale Dardanelspor but suffered relegation to Turkey's third tier in his final season.

• Joined Galatasaray in September 2006 but was unable to impress Belgian coach Eric Gerets sufficiently to warrant a regular first-team place during his first season.

• His cause was helped by a long-term injury to new signing Tobias Linderoth, enabling him to establish himself in his team-mate's absence as Galatasaray's midfield pivot, making 26 appearances, 22 of them in the starting lineup, and scoring one goal as Galatasaray regained the Süper Lig title in 2008.

• Made his debut for Turkey as a late substitute in a February 2008 friendly against Sweden (0-0) and went on to star at UEFA EURO 2008, making four appearances as Turkey reached the semi-finals.

• Struggled with injury over the next two years but joined Valencia in May 2010 for €5.5m and made his debut back in Turkey at Bursaspor on UEFA Champions League Matchday 1, playing all 90 minutes in a 4-0 win; scored his first goal for his new club 11 days later in a 2-0 Liga win at Real Sporting de Gijón. 

Last updated: 25/01/11 18.42CET

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Match log

DateCompetitionPhaseMinsGSA
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 09/04/2014 02:15 CET
15.08.2012Friendlies 2014-16First roundAustriaAustria2-0TurkeyTurkey3000
07.09.2012FIFA World CupQualifying roundNetherlandsNetherlands2-0TurkeyTurkey9000
11.09.2012FIFA World CupQualifying roundTurkeyTurkey3-0EstoniaEstonia9000
12.10.2012FIFA World CupQualifying roundTurkeyTurkey0-1RomaniaRomania9000
06.02.2013Friendlies 2014-16First roundTurkeyTurkey0-2Czech RepublicCzech Republic6800
28.05.2013Friendlies 2014-16First roundTurkeyTurkey3-3LatviaLatvia4400
31.07.2013UEFA Champions LeagueThird qualifying roundSalzburgSalzburg1-1FenerbahçeFenerbahçe9000
06.08.2013UEFA Champions LeagueThird qualifying roundFenerbahçeFenerbahçe3-1SalzburgSalzburg8800
21.08.2013UEFA Champions LeaguePlay-offsFenerbahçeFenerbahçe0-3ArsenalArsenal9000
06.09.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundTurkeyTurkey5-0AndorraAndorra9000
10.09.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundRomaniaRomania0-2TurkeyTurkey9000
16.09.2013Turkish Super LeagueKasımpaşaKasımpaşa2-3FenerbahçeFenerbahçe100
21.09.2013Turkish Super LeagueFenerbahçeFenerbahçe4-0ElazığsporElazığspor9000
29.09.2013Turkish Super LeagueGençlerbirliğiGençlerbirliği0-1FenerbahçeFenerbahçe9000
06.10.2013Turkish Super LeagueFenerbahçeFenerbahçe0-0TrabzonsporTrabzonspor9000
11.10.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundEstoniaEstonia0-2TurkeyTurkey9000
15.10.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundTurkeyTurkey0-2NetherlandsNetherlands9000
25.10.2013Turkish Super LeagueFenerbahçeFenerbahçe3-1GaziantepsporGaziantepspor9000
02.11.2013Turkish Super LeagueBursasporBursaspor2-3FenerbahçeFenerbahçe6200
10.11.2013Turkish Super LeagueFenerbahçeFenerbahçe2-0GalatasarayGalatasaray9000
30.11.2013Turkish Super LeagueFenerbahçeFenerbahçe3-3BeşiktaşBeşiktaş9000
07.12.2013Turkish Super LeagueRizesporRizespor1-2FenerbahçeFenerbahçe9000
13.12.2013Turkish Super LeagueFenerbahçeFenerbahçe4-0AkhisarAkhisar9000
22.12.2013Turkish Super LeagueKarabüksporKarabükspor2-1FenerbahçeFenerbahçe8400
29.12.2013Turkish Super LeagueFenerbahçeFenerbahçe5-1KayserisporKayserispor8610
27.01.2014Turkish Super LeagueFenerbahçeFenerbahçe2-1KonyasporKonyaspor9000
01.02.2014Turkish Super LeagueEskişehirsporEskişehirspor2-1FenerbahçeFenerbahçe9000
09.02.2014Turkish Super LeagueSivassporSivasspor2-0FenerbahçeFenerbahçe9000
16.02.2014Turkish Super LeagueFenerbahçeFenerbahçe2-1KasımpaşaKasımpaşa9000
24.02.2014Turkish Super LeagueElazığsporElazığspor1-1FenerbahçeFenerbahçe9010
01.03.2014Turkish Super LeagueFenerbahçeFenerbahçe2-0GençlerbirliğiGençlerbirliği9000
10.03.2014Turkish Super LeagueTrabzonsporTrabzonspor0-3FenerbahçeFenerbahçe4500
16.03.2014Turkish Super LeagueFenerbahçeFenerbahçe2-1ErciyessporErciyesspor9000
24.03.2014Turkish Super LeagueGaziantepsporGaziantepspor0-3FenerbahçeFenerbahçe9000
31.03.2014Turkish Super LeagueFenerbahçeFenerbahçe3-0BursasporBursaspor7800
06.04.2014Turkish Super LeagueGalatasarayGalatasaray1-0FenerbahçeFenerbahçe9000

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General info

  • Name: Mehmet Topal
  • Position: Midfield
  • Date of birth (age): 03/03/1986 (27)
  • Country: Turkey
  • Squad number: 5
  • Club: Fenerbahçe ( TUR)

  • Height: 187cm
  • Weight: 76kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA Champions League 2013/14
    • FIFA World Cup 2012/14

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Champions League (Group stage)
    12/09/06: Galatasaray 0-0 Bordeaux
  • National team: UEFA European Under-21 Championship (Qualifying round)
    01/06/07: Ukraine 1-2 Turkey

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

TeamPGS
Turkey90
Turkey U-2140
Total130

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
ClubPGS
Fenerbahçe70
Galatasaray50
Valencia80
Total200
UEFA Europa League
ClubPGS
Valencia62
Galatasaray191
Fenerbahçe120
Total373
Last updated: 16/10/2013 01:55 CET
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