Nuri Şahin

By raV-Ven on 2/11/2009

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Nuri Şahin of Borussia Dortmund
Nuri Şahin of Borussia Dortmund

"One of the world's biggest talents"

Arsène Wenger, Arsenal manager

"Nuri is the first in line of the young players"

Fatih Terim, Turkey national team coach

"Nuri is a versatile left-footed player with an unbelievable technique"

Bert van Marwijk, former Feyenoord and Borussia Dortmund coach

A teenager with the maturity of a man a decade older, Nuri Şahin is widely regarded as one of the top young talents in Europe and great hope for the future of Turkish football.

The Borussia Dortmund wunderkind is a massively talented playmaker who blessed with superb vision, exquisite ball skills and an ability to make late runs into the box.

He is the pivot in midfield, the man the defence looked to give the ball whenever possible and the player responsible for creating chances for the forward.

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Nuri Şahin
An exceptional player with a great playmaking skills as his passing ability ensure a good supply of balls to the forwards and possesses good shot technique as well.

Dortmund youth system discovered the talented RSV Meinerzhagen player in 2001 and convinced him to sign with Die Borussen before racing through the ranks in the Ruhr club and bursted into Dortmund’s first team in 2005.

Indeed, the year 2005 was one the young Turk is unlikely to forget in a hurry.

Şahin was rising to prominence by orchestrating to perfection the attacking rhythm of a Turkey side that won the UEFA European Under-17 Championship in Italy.

He then went to Peru and helped Turkey to the FIFA U-17 World Championship semi-final in their first ever appearance in the tournament, where he earned the Bronze Ball as the third-best player and the Silver Boot as the second-highest scorer.

In August, aged 16 years and 335 days, he became the youngest player ever to appear in the Bundesliga when he made his Dortmund debut in a 2-2 draw with VfL Wolfsburg.

Then in October, the left-footed playmaker made his Turkish senior national team debut as an 86th-minute substitute and he took just three minutes to score what proved the winner in a friendly against his adopted country Germany, who had hoped Şahin would represent them one day. The goal also made him the youngest ever player to score a goal for the national team.

The following month he became the youngest player to score in the Bundesliga when he notched a goal against FC Nürnberg.

Nuri Şahin in action with Turkey national team
Although Şahin was born in Germany and grew up in the small German town of Lüdenscheid, he still has decided to remain a Turkish citizen and play for Turkey rather than for Germany.

After Yildiray Bastürk, Ümit Davala, Ilhan Mansiz and Hamit and Halil Altintop, Şahin is the sixth Bundesliga player to turn down the chance to play for the German national team and instead play for the country of his parents.

Well, the teenager is one of the products for Turkish Football Association's policy of scouting players from their representative office in Germany which was established in 1998.

On July 2007, the talented midfielder joined Feyenoord on a one-year loan agreement, where he was reunited with Bert van Marwijk, who gave Şahin his break while in charge at Dortmund.

There he helped Feyenoord to end a six-year trophy drought by defeating Roda JC 2-0 in the 2007-08 Dutch Cup final before returning to Germany for the 2008/09 season.

And with pundits regard him as one of the greatest Bundesliga talents ever, added with his self-belief and ability, anything is possible for this young number 10.

Full name: Nuri kazim Şahin
Date of birth: September 05, 1988
Birthplace: Lüdenscheid, Germany
Nationality: Turkish
2nd nationality: German
Height: 1.79 m
Weight: 71 kg
Club: Borussia Dortmund
Position: Attacking Midfielder
Number: 23


UEFA U-17 European Championship (2005)

Dutch KNVB Cup (2008)

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