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Rüştü Reçber

Rüştü Reçber
Rüştü Reçber (left)
Personal information
Full name Rüştü Reçber
Date of birth (1973-05-10) 10 May 1973
Place of birth Antalya, Turkey
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1985–1988 Korkutelispor[1][2]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1991 Burdurgücü 1 (0)
1991–1993 Antalyaspor 1 (0)
1993–2003 Fenerbahçe 240 (0)
1993–1994 Antalyaspor (loan) 33 (0)
2003–2006 Barcelona 4 (0)
2004–2006 Fenerbahçe (loan) 46 (0)
2006–2007 Fenerbahçe 8 (0)
2007–2012 Beşiktaş 99 (0)
Total 432 (0)
National team
1992-1993 Turkey U-21 12 (0)
1994–2012[3][4] Turkey 120[3][4] (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Rüştü Reçber (pronounced ; born 10 May 1973 in Korkuteli) is a retired Turkish international footballer who played for Antalyaspor, Fenerbahçe, Barcelona and Beşiktaş.

Rüştü also played a key role in the success of the Turkish national squad, and it was at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, where Turkey finished third, that his performances saw him selected for the tournament's all-star team. He is Turkey's record appearance holder, having earned 120 caps.[5] He made his debut against Iceland in 1994 and his final appearance came against Finland in 2012.[6]

Rüştü was named the best goalkeeper in European competitions in 2002, selected for the 2002 UEFA Team of the Year by public vote.[7] In 2004, he was selected to FIFA 100 by Pelé as one of the 125 best living footballers in the world. Rüştü retired from international level after UEFA Euro 2008 with 118 international caps to his name but was called to play against Spain on 28 March 2009 and 1 April and played a final 'farewell' match against Finland in May 2012.

Contents

  • Club career 1
    • Rise to fame 1.1
    • Fenerbahçe 1.2
    • Barcelona 1.3
    • Beşiktaş 1.4
  • International career 2
    • FIFA World Cup 2002 2.1
    • Euro 2008 2.2
  • Personal life 3
  • Career statistics 4
    • Club 4.1
    • International 4.2
  • Honours 5
    • Fenerbahçe 5.1
    • Beşiktaş 5.2
    • International 5.3
    • Individual 5.4
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Club career

Rise to fame

Rüştü was first discovered by goalkeeper coach Ilie Datcu and was later introduced to Fatih Terim. Terim was impressed by Rüştü and told the goalkeeper he would someday become Turkey's greatest ever goalkeeper, even though he was the 3rd choice goalkeeper of his club. Terim recommended Rüştü to the big three clubs of Istanbul: Galatasaray, Fenerbahçe, and Beşiktaş. In 1993, Rüştü signed a contract with Beşiktaş. However, shortly afterwards, he got into a car crash in which he was injured and, consequently, he failed to pass the medical. The transfer was canceled.

Fenerbahçe

At the beginning of the 1993–94 season, he signed a contract with Fenerbahçe. Rüştü was loaned back to Antalyaspor for the season. During the 1994–95 season, the first choice goalkeeper Engin İpekoğlu of Fenerbahçe and the Turkish national team got injured and Rüştü was handed the opportunity to prove himself, rising to the occasion. For the next nine seasons, his spots both in Fenerbahçe and the national team were uncontested. Rüştü won four Süper Lig titles during his tenure at Fenerbahçe and was considered one of the best goalkeeper that Fenerbahçe ever had. Rüştü is also 2nd most capped goalkeeper of Fenerbahçe with 294 games, following Volkan Demirel, the record holder as of 2015.[8]

Barcelona

After spending nine seasons with Turkish football team Fenerbahçe, Rüştü was available on free transfer. Offers came from AC Milan, Barcelona, Internazionale, Valencia, Manchester United, Arsenal, Juventus, and Liverpool. Rüştü was very close to signing for Arsenal, but he had a dispute with manager Arsène Wenger and the transfer was cancelled; instead, he was transferred to La Liga giants Barcelona. Rüştü had a successful pre-season with Barcelona in his first season, until injury hit him. The opening match day of La Liga arrived, and Rüştü made his full recovery a day beforehand. Manager Frank Rijkaard chose to play Víctor Valdés because Rüştü's Spanish was still very weak. Rüştü was upset by this, saying "It is not normal for a goalkeeper of my history and caliber to be left out because I don't speak Spanish." Everything went downhill from there, and after a short, uneventful spell with Barcelona, he returned to Fenerbahçe, initially on loan.

Beşiktaş

After winning the league title for a third time with Fenerbahçe in 2006–07, Rüştü had a dispute with the club concerning his future role in the team. Volkan Demirel became the first choice for Fenerbahçe and now Rüştü was the second choice. Beşiktaş saw this opportunity to sign Rüştü, who was a free agent at the time. After the transfer, Fenerbahçe fans were enraged by his decision to move to a rival team. Despite the persistence of injuries, Rüştü was able to play a major role in helping the club win the Süper Lig in 2008–09 and has provided some memorable performances for Beşiktaş, most notably against Manchester United in a Champions League group game at Old Trafford on 25 November 2009 where he produced a number of world-class saves to secure a famous 1–0 win. The result was especially sweet for Rüştü, who conceded six goals on his last visit to Old Trafford with Fenerbahçe.

Rüştü's most recent success came in the 2010–11 Turkish Cup where he played all 120 minutes, including penalties, as the club won the tournament.

International career

FIFA World Cup 2002

Rüştü (top left) played in all of Turkey's fixtures at the 2002 World Cup, and conceded 6 goals in 7 games

Turkey finished third in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, with Rüştü one of the impressing players making his way into the "Team of the Tournament". The tournament enhanced his reputation and Rüştü caught the attention of the big European clubs. However, Rüştü had made a promise to the Fenerbahçe fans before the World Cup that he would see out his contract, which ended after the 2002–03 season.

Euro 2008

With Turkey's first choice goalkeeper Volkan Demirel suspended, Rüştü started their quarter-final match against Croatia. He was the captain of the team for the final handful of minutes due to substitution of injured Nihat Kahveci. A questionable foray from his goalmouth allowed Croatia to score the match's first goal with a minute remaining in extra time. Rüştü immediately made amends for his mistake though, assisting on Semih Şentürk's injury time goal in the 122nd minute. In the ensuing penalty shootout, he faced four kicks, saving the last one to secure Turkey's victory in the shootout and enabling Turkey to progress to the Euro semi-finals for the first time ever. In the aftermath of the semi-final game with Germany, he announced his retirement from the national team. However, he was since called up against Spain for a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying match. He was called up for the last time for Turkey in a game against Finland on 26 May 2012. This was the last game he played for Turkey, which he served successfully for 18 years.

Personal life

Rüştü is married to Işıl Reçber and the couple have a son and a daughter.[9][10]

Career statistics

Club

Rüştü, playing for Beşiktaş in 2010.
As of match played 26 May 2012.[11][12]
Club Season League Cup European Competition[1] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Burdurgücü 1990-91 3. Lig 1 0 - - - - 1 0
Total 1 0 - - - - 1 0
Antalyaspor 1991-92 2. Lig - - - - - - - -
1992-93 1 0 - - - - 1 0
1993-94 33 0 - - - - 33 0
Total 34 0 - - - - 34 0
Fenerbahçe 1994-95[13] 1. Lig[2] 9 0 2 0 - - 11 0
1995-96[13] 29 0 6 0 4 0 39 0
1996-97[13] 27 0 2 0 8 0 37 0
1997-98[13] 33 0 5 0 2 0 40 0
1998-99[13] 30 0 - - 4 0 34 0
1999-00[13] 25 0 1 0 2 0 28 0
2000-01[13] 33 0 5 0 - - 38 0
2001-02[13] Süper Lig 30 0 1 0 8 0 39 0
2002-03[13] 24 0 - - 6 0 30 0
Total 240 0 22 0 34 0 296 0
Barcelona 2003-04[14] La Liga 4 0 - - 3 0 7 0
Total 4 0 - - 3 0 7 0
Fenerbahçe 2004-05[13] Süper Lig 29 0 4 0 8 0 41 0
2005-06[13] 17 0 2 0 - - 19 0
2006-07[13] 8 0 - - 7 0 15 0
Total 54 0 6 0 15 0 75 0
Beşiktaş 2007-08 Süper Lig 22 0 2 0 3 0 27 0
2008-09 29 0 1 0 3 0 33 0
2009-10 25 0 1 0 4 0 30 0
2010-11 11 0 4 0 1 0 16 0
2011-12 12 0 1 0 5 0 18 0
Total 99 0 9 0 16 0 124 0
Career Total 432 0 37 0 68 0 537 0
Last Update: 16 August 2014
  1. ^ Includes appearances in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup.
  2. ^ Named respectively as Milli Lig between 1959-1962, Türkiye 1. Futbol Ligi (1. Lig) between 1962-2000, and Süper Lig from 2001 to present

International

As of match played 26 May 2012.[12][15]
Turkey national team
Year Apps Goals
1994 2 0
1995 10 0
1996 10 0
1997 7 0
1998 5 0
1999 7 0
2000 9 0
2001 10 0
2002 13 0
2003 13 0
2004 12 0
2005 4 0
2006 10 0
2007 2 0
2008 3 0
2009 1 0
2010 - -
2011 - -
2012 1 0
Total 120 0

Honours

Fenerbahçe

Beşiktaş

International

Individual

References

  1. ^ "Rüştü: Maçlara Dua İle Başlarım" (in Türkçe).  
  2. ^ Özpınar, Zekai (27 June 2005). "Rüştü'yü Bir Galatasaraylı Yetiştirmiş" (in Türkçe).  
  3. ^ a b Mamrud, Roberto (4 December 2014). "Turkey - Record International Players".  
  4. ^ a b "FIFA Century Club" (PDF).  
  5. ^ Mamrud, Roberto (6 April 2011). "Turkey – Record International Players". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 20 December 2011. 
  6. ^ Mamrud, Roberto (29 October 2009). "Reçber Rüstü – Century of International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 20 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "UEFA Team of the year 2002". .uefa.com. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  8. ^ "'Fenerbahçe Volkan Demirel yerine yabancı kaleci alacak'" (in Türkçe). t24.com.tr. 29 May 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Germany vs. Turkey coverage: Penalty hero’s dark past – News" (in Deutsch). Bild.de. 25 June 2008. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  10. ^ Wallace, Sam (15 April 2003). "Wenger leads head-to-head race with Ferguson for Rustu". The Daily Telegraph. 
  11. ^ "Rüştü Reçber (Beşiktaş) @ Maçkolik". mackolik.com. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  12. ^ a b Rüştü Reçber at National-Football-Teams.com
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Duruk, Alper. "Rüştü Reçber'in Performansı" (in Türkçe). turkfutbolu.net. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  14. ^ "Rüstü: Rüstü Reçber 2003–04". BDFutbol. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  15. ^ "Rüştü Reçber - National Team Player". http://eu-football.info/. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  16. ^ "FIFA Announces World Cup All-Star Team - 2002-06-28".  
  17. ^ "Reyna Named to FIFA World Cup All-Star Team". www.ussoccer.com. 28 June 2002. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  18. ^ "Last updated at: (Beijing Time) Friday, June 28, 2002 FIFA Announces All-Star Team for the 2002 World Cup". 28 June 2002. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  19. ^ "Team of the Year 2002".  
  20. ^ "Team of the Year 2002".  
  21. ^ "30. Bradley Howard Friedel – Kalecinin kralları – Sporx Galeri". Live.sporx.com. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  22. ^ Davies, Christopher (5 March 2004). "Pele open to ridicule over top hundred".  
  23. ^ "FIFA 100". bestfootballplayersever.com. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 

External links

  • Rüştü Reçber – FIFA competition record
  • Profile at TFF (Turkish)
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