Murat Yakin

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Murat Yakin
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Personal information
Full name Murat Yakin
Date of birth (1974-09-15) 15 September 1974 (age 45)
Place of birth Basel, Switzerland
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position(s) Centre back
Club information
Current team
FC Schaffhausen (Manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1997 Grasshoppers 101 (17)
1997–1999 VfB Stuttgart 23 (2)
1998–2000 Fenerbahçe 26 (3)
2000 FC Basel 23 (2)
2000–2001 1. FC Kaiserslautern 9 (0)
2001–2006 FC Basel 91 (24)
Total 273 (48)
National team
1994–2004 Switzerland 49 (4)
Teams managed
2006–2007 Concordia Basel (assistant)
2007 Grasshoppers (assistant)
2008 FC Frauenfeld
2008–2009 Grasshoppers (B team)
2009–2011 FC Thun
2011–2012 FC Luzern
2012–2014 FC Basel
2014–2015 Spartak Moscow
2016–2017 FC Schaffhausen
2017–2018 Grasshoppers
2018–2019 FC Sion
2019– FC Schaffhausen
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Murat Yakin (Turkish: Murat Yakın; born 15 September 1974) is a Swiss football coach and former Switzerland national team player. He is currently the manager of FC Schaffhausen.

Playing career[edit]

Yakin spent arguably the best years of his career playing for his hometown club FC Basel, where he was the defensive linchpin, captain and libero of a team which enjoyed domestic and relative European success. He won the Swiss Super League on five occasions (1995, 1996, 2002, 2004, 2005), and the Swiss Cup three times (1994, 2002, 2003). He recalls the 2002–03 Champions League second leg qualifying match on 28 August 2002 against Celtic in St. Jakob-Park as the "match of his life". Basel won the game 2–0, with Yakin scoring the second goal in the 22 minute as Basel qualified 3–3 on the away goals rule for the 2002–03 UEFA Champions League group stage.[1]

Although his spells abroad were not wholly successful, he was widely regarded as one of Swiss football's finest products, frequently being linked with some of the biggest clubs in Europe. In 2003, he played in the FIFA "Match against Poverty" as part of a star-studded ensemble showcasing the world's best players.[2]

During his playing career, Yakin was capped 49 times for the Switzerland national team, representing his country at UEFA Euro 2004.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Yakin was appointed coach of FC Thun in 2009 after a time as a youth coach at Grasshoppers and head coach of FC Frauenfeld.[4] Yakin led Thun to promotion in his first year as manager there, winning the Swiss Challenge League in 2010.[5] In his second season with the club, Thun managed to finish 5th in the Swiss Super League and earned a spot in the second qualifying round of the following season's UEFA Europa League.[5]

In May 2011, he joined FC Luzern for a reported 200,000 Swiss francs.[citation needed] He took over from Christian Brand, who was made caretaker after the sacking of Rolf Fringer.[6]

Basel[edit]

On 15 October 2012, Yakin was appointed as the new manager of FC Basel.[7] Under his management, Basel won twice, home and away, against Chelsea in the 2013–14 Champions League group stage. He praised the supporters in the stadium, saying that they pushed the team to win through the 90 minutes. He was also delighted to have received praise from then Chelsea manager José Mourinho.[8][9] On 17 May 2014, FC Basel announced Yakin was no longer with the club after he guided them to two domestic titles in as many years.[10][11]

Spartak Moscow[edit]

On 16 June 2014, Yakin was appointed as manager of Russian Premier League side Spartak Moscow.[12] According to Russian media, the deal was a long-term contract with Yakin earning an annual salary of 1.6 million euros ($2.18 million).[11]

On 30 May 2015, after only one season with the club, his contract with the club was terminated after a mutual agreement.[13]

Return to FC Schaffhausen[edit]

On 17 June 2019 it was confirmed, that Yakin had returned to FC Schaffhausen as their new manager having left FC Sion previously that year.[14]

Coaching record[edit]

As of 30 May 2015
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win % Ref.
FC Frauenfeld 24 February 2008[15] 30 June 2008[15]
Grasshoppers II 1 July 2008[16] 30 June 2009[16]
FC Thun 1 July 2009[17] 30 June 2011[17] 74 35 23 16 138 85 +53 047.30
FC Luzern 1 July 2011[18] 20 August 2012[18] 46 19 16 11 96 47 +49 041.30
FC Basel 15 October 2012[7] 17 May 2014 71 40 20 11 136 71 +65 056.34
Spartak Moscow 16 June 2014[19] 30 May 2015 32 13 8 11 43 44 −1 040.63
Total 223 107 67 49 413 247 +166 047.98

Personal life[edit]

Murat Yakin is the elder brother of Hakan Yakin, who was also a professional footballer with successful stints at Grasshoppers, Basel, and BSC Young Boys and represented Switzerland at international level also.[20] His parents are from Turkey.

Honours[edit]

As a player[edit]

Basel[21]

Individual[21]

As a manager[edit]

Thun[21]

Basel[11][21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Widmer, Benedikt; Mugglin, David (2011). Das Spiel meines Lebens (in German). rotweiss Verlag GmbH, Basel. ISBN 978-3-7245-1785-6.
  2. ^ https://www.fifa.com/classicfootball/awards/gala/news/newsid=90283.html Archived 26 December 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Switzerland » Squad EURO 2004 Portugal". World Football. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  4. ^ Murat Yakin at WorldFootball.net
  5. ^ a b "FC Thun". Libero Guide. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  6. ^ FC Yakin – the club formerly known as FC Luzern
  7. ^ a b "Vogel fliegt – Yakin übernimmt" (in German). Kicker. 15 October 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  8. ^ sportsmole.co.uk
  9. ^ theguardian.com
  10. ^ "fcb.ch". Archived from the original on 21 May 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  11. ^ a b c "Spartak Moscow appoint Yakin as new coach". Reuters. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  12. ^ МУРАТ ЯКИН — НОВЫЙ ГЛАВНЫЙ ТРЕНЕР «СПАРТАКА» (in Russian). FC Spartak Moscow. 16 June 2014.
  13. ^ «СПАРТАК» И ЯКИН РАСТОРГАЮТ ОТНОШЕНИЯ ПО ОБОЮДНОМУ СОГЛАСИЮ (in Russian). FC Spartak Moscow. 30 May 2015.
  14. ^ Murat Yakin ist wieder Trainer beim FC Schaffhausen, nzz.ch, 17 June 2019
  15. ^ a b "FC Frauenfeld » Trainerhistorie". World Football. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  16. ^ a b "Grasshoppers Zürich II » Trainerhistorie". World Football. Archived from the original on 3 February 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  17. ^ a b "FC Thun » Trainerhistorie". World Football. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  18. ^ a b "FC Luzern » Trainerhistorie". World Football. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  19. ^ МУРАТ ЯКИН — НОВЫЙ ГЛАВНЫЙ ТРЕНЕР "СПАРТАКА" (in Russian). Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  20. ^ "A family affair in need of high maintenance". The Irish Times. 8 October 2003. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  21. ^ a b c d "Murat Yakin". Football Database. Retrieved 29 July 2019.

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