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Euro Stars: Burak Yilmaz (Turkey)

Euro Stars: Burak Yilmaz (Turkey)

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Publish on 06/08 at 22:00 - E. RAZO

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As UEFA Euro 2024 draws closer, we’re focusing on a player from each of the 24 participating countries (except for France). In this latest article of the series, we’ll concentrate on former LOSC Lille standout Burak Yilmaz.

Before joining Lille, Yilmaz spent his career playing in Turkey and a brief stint in China, playing for Beijing Guoan during the 2016-17 season. The forward has played for the top clubs in Turkey: Beşiktaş J.K., Fenerbahçe SK, Galatasaray S.K., and Trabzonspor.

 

Galatasaray are the club where the 38-year-old spent the most time during his career, making 141 appearances across all competitions while scoring 82 goals and registering 23 assists.

 

Following a career between China and Turkey, Yilmaz joined Les Dogues in 2020. The veteran player not only proved crucial on the pitch, but there was a connection to the supporters, and he repaid their love with goals, as he stated on the club's official website in 2021.

 

"I’ve always felt the positive energy from our supporters on social media, and it’s still going strong. My main goal is to make them happy. I feel their support, and I want to win, score, and be a key player for them. Their love is always evident, and when I put on the club’s jersey, I play for them."

Over his three-year stint with Lille in Ligue 1, Yilmaz played 73 matches, netting 25 goals and notching up ten assists. His standout performance came in the 2020-21 season when he played a crucial role in Lille clinching both the league title and the Trophée des Champions in the following season.

 

On the international level, Yilmaz amassed 77 caps for the national team, scoring 31 goals. He also represented Turkey in two UEFA Euro tournaments, in 2016 and 2021, but fans won't see him grace the pitch for Turkey at Euro 2024 as he retired in 2023, marking the end of an era for the Crescent-Stars.

 

Turkey will be in Group F alongside Czechia, Georgia, and Portugal. Vincenzo Montella and his team will open up the tournament against Georgia on June 18 at the Westfalenstadion in Dortmund, Germany.

 

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