Ümit Karan

Ümit Karan

Karan in 2008
Personal information
Date of birth (1976-10-01) October 1, 1976
Place of birth West Berlin, West Germany
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Youth career
SC Minerva 93
Hertha Zehlendorf
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1996 Türkiyemspor Berlin
1996–2001 Gençlerbirliği 136 (58)
2001–2009 Galatasaray 170 (72)
2005Ankaraspor (loan) 12 (5)
2009–2011 Eskişehirspor 40 (12)
National team
1999–2007 Turkey 10 (3)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Ümit Karan (born October 1, 1976) is a retired Turkish football player.

He played for Gençlerbirliği S.K., Ankaraspor, Galatasaray and Eskişehirspor. He made his international debut for Turkey in 1999, and earned a total of 10 caps, scoring 3 goals.

Club career

After playing for Gençlerbirliği for 5 seasons and scoring 47 goals, Ümit moved to Galatasaray at the start of the 2001-02 season and was a key player in Mircea Lucescu's squad as the main striker after Mario Jardel's departure.

During the 2004-05 he was loaned to Ankaraspor by manager Gheorghe Hagi due to his dip in form. However, Ümit made a strong return for the 2005-06 season with Galatasaray's new manager Eric Gerets. Getting along well with Gerets and his playing style, Ümit scored 16 goals in 18 matches at the start of the season. But early in 2006, Umit's season was cut short by a knee injury, which kept him out of the game for 6 months.

At the start of the 2006-07 season, Ümit regained his place on the team after the injury layoff, scoring his 100th goal in the Turkcell Super League on September 18, 2006, against Beşiktaş. He became the 30th player to reach that mark in the league's history.

Ümit has great finishing ability and he is usually in chase of sensational goals, particularly with volleys and bicycle kicks. His most sensational goal is arguably the one he scored against Vestel Manisaspor. Ümit latched onto a 40 meter pass just inside the box and struck a one time shot with his right foot and curled it around the helpless goalkeeper. He also possesses good pace, stamina and strength. He is also loved by the supporters, but he has had his share of problems with his former Galatasaray managers Fatih Terim and Gheorghe Hagi. On 24 June 2009 was fired from his 2010 contract with Galatasaray and he signed a contract with Eskisehirspor for 3 years.


Career statistics

Club Season League Cup[1] Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Gençlerbirliği 1996–97 13310--143
1997–98 30232--334
1998–99 311431--3415
1999–00 331811--3419
2000–01 291357--3420
Total 1365013110015061
Galatasaray 2001–02 287101474314
2002–03 281633203319
2003–04 812140142
2004–05 62000062
Total 7026642079637
Ankaraspor 2004–05 12500--125
Total 1250000125
Galatasaray 2005–06 241742203019
2006–07 281852623922
2007–08 301173534217
2008–09 1805251283
Total 1004621918613961
Eskişehirspor 2009–10 20621--227
Total 2062100227
Career total 00000000
As of 15 April 2010


Sporting positions
Preceded by
Hakan Şükür
Galatasaray captain
Succeeded by
Arda Turan
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