36 Facts About Arda Turan


Arda Turan was born on 30 January 1987 and is a Turkish football manager and former professional player who played most notably as a winger.


Arda Turan was ranked 38th in "The 100 Best Footballers in the World" by The Guardian in 2014, the only player on the list to be born in Turkey.


On 25 November 2014, Arda Turan was nominated for the UEFA Team of the Year for 2014, among 39 other players.


Arda Turan holds 100 senior national caps and 17 goals for the Turkey national team, making him Turkey's fifth-most capped player of all-time.


Arda Turan helped Galatasaray qualify for the following season's UEFA Champions League group stage.


On 28 January 2015, in the 47th minute of the home leg of the Copa del Rey quarter-final against Barcelona, Arda Turan threw his boot in the direction of the assistant referee, when he was denied a free-kick for an alleged foul by Ivan Rakitic.


On 29 December 2015, Arda Turan picked number 7 for his shirt.


Arda Turan placed a shot in the second half that was saved by Espanyol goalkeeper Pau.


Arda Turan played his first Liga match with Barcelona on 9 January 2016, the 17th matchday of the season, at home against Granada.


On 7 December 2016, Arda Turan scored his first hat-trick for Barcelona during a Champions League group stage match against Borussia Monchengladbach.


Arda Turan became the sixth player in Barca history to score a hat-trick in the Champions League, after Messi, Ronaldinho, Rivaldo, Samuel Eto'o and Neymar.


On 4 May 2018, Arda Turan was sent off in a league match against Sivasspor for pushing an assistant referee after disagreeing with a ruling.


Arda Turan received a 16-match ban from the Turkish Federation's disciplinary board, the longest punishment ever issued to a player in the country.


On 7 January 2020, Arda Turan's loan was terminated six months early by Basaksehir.


On 12 September 2022, Arda Turan has shared via his social media account that he "hung up" his football boots.


Arda Turan was a Turkish international regular, having made over 90 appearances for Turkey at senior level.


Arda Turan scored his first international goal on 25 May 2008 in a friendly against Uruguay.


Arda Turan featured in nine of Turkey's 12 qualification matches for Euro 2008, and starred in the finals of the tournament itself.


Arda Turan scored two goals during Turkey's progression to the semi-finals.


Arda Turan's second came in the final group stage match against the Czech Republic, in which a draw would see a penalty shootout being played to determine who would go through to the quarter-finals because both teams had identical records.


Arda Turan successfully converted a spot-kick in the penalty shootout against Croatia in the quarter-finals, taking Turkey to the semi-finals, where they were eventually knocked out by losing finalists Germany.


Arda Turan scored two goals during the qualification rounds of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but ultimately Turkey failed to qualify from their group.


Arda Turan scored the Turkish national team's 600th international goal in a 2010 World Cup qualification game, against Estonia on 5 September 2009.


In June 2017, Arda Turan attacked verbally and tried to strangulate journalist Bilal Mese in a plane trip back from a game against Macedonia.


Arda Turan then stated that he didn't feel any remorse and that he would not be playing for Turkey anymore.


On 14 April 2023, Arda Turan was appointed as manager of TFF First League club Eyupspor on a one-and-a-half-year contract.


On 16 November 2008, Arda Turan collapsed during a match against Istanbul BB.


The day after the incident, doctors declared that Arda Turan was in good health and that extreme exhaustion caused the arrhythmia.


Arda Turan suffered no serious injuries and continued training with only cuts and bruises.


Arda Turan received a suspended sentence of 2 years and 8 months after being found guilty of firing a gun to cause panic, illegal possession of weapons and intentional injury.


Arda Turan got into a brawl with Berkay Sahin in 2018 which ended with a broken nose for the pop star.


Arda Turan appeared at the hospital with a gun, allegedly begging for forgiveness from Sahin, panic ensued after the footballer fired the weapon at the ground.


Arda Turan is known for his humanitarian work, especially in the helping of sick children.


On 11 May 2014, Arda Turan was announced as a goodwill ambassador for the Khojaly massacre.


Arda Turan was featured on the cover of the video game FIFA 15 in Turkey.


Arda Turan is known for his long-standing support of President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan.