Feb
19
2008
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Hakan Sukur

For years, Hakan Sukur was an object of veneration in Turkey until German coach Karl-Heinz Feldkamp banished the aging Galatasaray star to the sidelines. The club suggested the 36-year-old should call time on his career at the end of the season. “We are building a new team,” announced Galatasaray Vice-President Adnan Polat, “so there is no room for him. He should stop playing at the end of the season or else we’ll have to go our separate ways.” Sukur is anything but willing to hang up his boots. “I want to play for another two years,” insisted the striker nicknamed “The Bull from the Bosporus” and he is willing to move to another club to achieve his goal. The striker holds the all-time goalscoring record for Turkey with 51 goals in 109 international appearances. He also holds the record for the fastest goal at a FIFA World Cup™ when he took just eleven seconds to find the back of the net in Turkey’s 3-2 win over Korea Republic in the play-off for third place in 2002.