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Alper Potuk
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Alper playing for Fenerbahçe in 2014
Personal information
Full name Alper Potuk
Date of birth 8 April 1991 (1991-04-08) (age 30)
Place of birth Bolvadin, Turkey
Height 1.77 m
Playing position Midfielder, winger
Club information
Current club Çaykur Rizespor
Number 4
Youth career
2002–2005 Çifteler
2005–2009 Eskişehirspor
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 Eskişehirspor 106 (5)
2013–2020 Fenerbahçe 152 (12)
2020–2021 Ankaragücü 24 (2)
2021– Çaykur Rizespor 0 (0)
National team
2010 Turkey U19 4 (1)
2010 Turkey U20 1 (0)
2010–2012 Turkey U21 11 (1)
2012 Turkey A2 2 (0)
2012– Turkey 17 (1)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:54, 14 May 2021 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 March 2018

Alper Potuk (born 8 April 1991) is a Turkish footballer who plays as a midfielder or winger for Turkish Süper Lig club Çaykur Rizespor.

Early life

Potuk was born in Bolvadin, Afyonkarahisar Province, on 8 April 1991. He began playing football with friends in the street, receiving a strong backing from his family, especially his father and brother; his brother would give him a ride to watch Afyonkarahisarspor training sessions. Potuk's family relocated to Eskişehir because of his father's job.

Career

Eskişehirspor

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Alper with Selçuk İnan

Çiftelerspor signed the youngster in 2002, and he competed in their youth teams for three years. In a match against Eskişehirspor, Potuk scored his team's lone goal in a 1–4 loss, impressing the Eskişehirspor coaches. Potuk started his career in the city of Eskişehir, joining Çiftelerspor in 2002, before moving on to Eskişehirspor in 2005. He made his professional debut on 29 May 2009 against Gaziantepspor. In the second qualifying round of the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League, he scored the first goal in a 2–0 win against Scottish Premier League side St Johnstone.

Fenerbahçe

On 22 May 2013, Alper completed a move to Fenerbahçe in five-year contract. The transfer involved Henri Bienvenu moving in the opposite direction, to Eskişehirspor, while Fenerbahçe also paid €6.25 million. According to the reports, a journalist interviewed with Alper in National Team Camp and He talked about his transfer rumor. He promised to Fenerbahçe for transfer. "Before the negotiate contract Fenerbahçe's Boss Aziz Yıldırım called me and they wanted to see me at Fenerbahçe. Also they will transfer great names and Fenerbahçe's squad will be more greater" said Alper. In addition to his conversation he said he is a fan of Fenerbahçe and if Fenerbahçe's managers will deal with Eskişehirspor, he will sign to Fenerbahçe. Then transfer completed after that. I promised only Fenerbahçe. So I dealt with Fenerbahçe 15 days ago." On 31 August 2013, he scored his debut goal for the club in a Süper Lig match against Sivasspor.

International career

Potuk represented his country's U19, U20, and U21 teams. He played his first match for Turkey in a friendly game against Slovakia at Bursa Atatürk Stadium on 29 February 2012. He subsequently represented Turkey in 2014 World Cup qualifying, playing his first qualifier against Andorra on 22 March 2013.

Career statistics

Club

Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Eskişehirspor 2008–09 1 0 0 0 1 0
2009–10 16 0 3 0 19 0
2010–11 24 0 1 0 25 0
2011–12 35 2 3 0 38 2
2012–13 30 3 9 0 4 1 43 4
Total 106 5 16 0 4 1 126 6
Fenerbahçe 2013–14 28 1 1 0 4 0 33 1
2014–15 30 3 6 0 36 3
2015–16 27 4 7 0 11 1 45 5
2016–17 29 1 5 0 9 0 43 1
2017–18 25 3 5 3 4 0 34 6
2018–19 8 0 0 0 6 1 14 1
2019–20 5 0 3 0 0 0 8 0
Total 152 12 27 3 34 2 213 17
Career total 258 17 43 3 38 3 339 23

International

Turkey national team
Year Apps Goals
2012 2 0
2013 6 0
2014 4 1
2015 2 0
2016 2 0
2017 0 0
2018 1 0
Total 17 1

Scores and results table. Turkey's goal tally first:

International goals
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 21 May 2014 Olympic Stadium Adem Jashari, Mitrovica, Kosovo  Kosovo 6–1 6–1 Friendly

Honours

Fenerbahçe
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