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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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General info

  • Name: Mehmet Topal
  • Position: Midfield
  • Date of birth (Age): 03/03/1986 (28)
  • Country: Turkey
  • Squad number: 5
  • Club: Fenerbahçe ( TUR)

  • Height: 187cm
  • Weight: 76kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA European Football Championship 2014/16

  • 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
Turkey120
Turkey U-2140
Total160

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
ClubPGS
Fenerbahçe70
Galatasaray50
Valencia80
Total200
UEFA Europa League
ClubPGS
Valencia62
Galatasaray191
Fenerbahçe120
Total373
Last updated: 14/10/2014 01:19 CET
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