Famous Turkish Sportspersons

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 1 
Arda Turan
(Footballer)
Arda Turan
4
Birthdate: January 30, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Istanbul
 2 
Emre Mor
(Footballer winger or a forward)
Emre Mor
6
Birthdate: July 24, 1997
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brønshøj, Copenhagen, Denmark
 3 
Cedi Osman
(Basketball player)
Cedi Osman
3
Birthdate: April 8, 1995
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ohrid, North Macedonia Macedonia
 4 
Burak Yılmaz
(Turkish Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Forward)
Burak Yılmaz
3
Birthdate: July 15, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Antalya, Turkey
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 5 
Cenk Tosun
(Football player)
Cenk Tosun
4
Birthdate: June 7, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wetzlar, Germany
 6 
Zaza Pachulia
(Basketball player)
Zaza Pachulia
5
Birthdate: February 10, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
 7 
Zehra Güneş
(Volleyball player)
Zehra Güneş
3
Birthdate: July 7, 1999
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kartal, İstanbul, Turkey
 8 
Naim Suleymanoglu
(Bulgarian World Champion Weightlifter and 3-Time Olympic Gold Medalist)
Naim Suleymanoglu
3
Birthdate: January 23, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ptichar, Bulgaria
Died: November 18, 2017

Nicknamed The Pocket Hercules for his 4’10” frame, Bulgarian weightlifter Naim Suleymanoglu was one of the world’s greatest in the sport. While he initially won 2 World Championships for Bulgaria, he later won 3 Olympic gold medals and 5 World Championships for Turkey. He has also joined the Nationalist Movement Party.

 9 
Hakan Şükür
(Footballer striker)
Hakan Şükür
3
Birthdate: September 1, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sapanca, Turkey
 10 
Hidayet Türkoğlu
(Basketball player)
Hidayet Türkoğlu
3
Birthdate: March 19, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Istanbul
 11 
Fatih Terim
(Turkish association football manager)
Fatih Terim
3
Birthdate: September 4, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Adana
 12 
Alperen Şengün
(Basketball player)
Alperen Şengün
2
Birthdate: July 25, 2002
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Giresun, Turkey
 13 
Gökhan Saki
(Dutch-Turkish Kickboxer)
Gökhan Saki
4
Birthdate: October 18, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Schiedam, Netherlands
 14 
Ersan Ilyasova
(Basketball player)
Ersan Ilyasova
3
Birthdate: May 15, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Eskişehir, Turkey
 15 
Furkan Korkmaz
(Basketball player)
Furkan Korkmaz
3
Birthdate: July 24, 1997
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey
 16 
Nuri Şahin
(Football Midfielder)
Nuri Şahin
1
Birthdate: September 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lüdenscheid, West Germany
 17 
Avni Yildirim
3
Birthdate: August 5, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sivas, Turkey
 18 
Emre Belözoğlu
(Football midfielder)
Emre Belözoğlu
3
Birthdate: September 7, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Istanbul
 19 
Rüştü Reçber
(Football player - Goalkeeper)
Rüştü Reçber
3
Birthdate: May 10, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Küçükköy, Turkey
 20 
Ömer Aşık
(Basketball player)
Ömer Aşık
3
Birthdate: July 4, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bursa, Turkey
 21 
Ömer Yurtseven
(Basketball player)
Ömer Yurtseven
2
Birthdate: June 19, 1998
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey
 22 
Hamit Altıntop
(Football player - Midfielder)
Hamit Altıntop
3
Birthdate: December 8, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
 23 
Mehmet Okur
(Basketball player)
Mehmet Okur
3
Birthdate: May 26, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Yalova, Turkey
 24 
Serdar Tasci
(Association football player)
Serdar Tasci
3
Birthdate: April 24, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Esslingen am Neckar
 25 
Ömer Toprak
(Association football player)
Ömer Toprak
3
Birthdate: July 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ravensburg
 26 
Nurettin Sonmez
3
Birthdate: July 24, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey
 27 
Volkan Demirel
(Footballer)
Volkan Demirel
3
Birthdate: October 27, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Istanbul
 28 
Scottie Wilbekin
(Basketball player)
Scottie Wilbekin
3
Birthdate: April 5, 1993
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Gainesville, Florida, United States
 29 
Oğuzhan Özyakup
(Footballer midfielder)
Oğuzhan Özyakup
0
Birthdate: September 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Zaandam, Netherlands
 30 
Eren Derdiyok
(Football Striker)
Eren Derdiyok
3
Birthdate: June 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland
 31 
Murat Yakin
(Football Sébastien Buemi player and manager)
Murat Yakin
2
Birthdate: September 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland
 32 
Bobby Dixon
(Basketball player)
Bobby Dixon
3
Birthdate: April 10, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
 33 
Nadir Çiftçi
(Football player - Forward)
Nadir Çiftçi
0
Birthdate: February 12, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Karakoçan, Turkey
 34 
Orkun Kökçü
(Footballer midfielder)
Orkun Kökçü
0
Birthdate: December 29, 2000
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands
 35 
Tuncay Şanlı
(Football player)
Tuncay Şanlı
1
Birthdate: January 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sakarya, Turkey
 36 
Cüneyt Arkın
2
Birthdate: September 7, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Alpu, Eskişehir, Turkey
 37 
Naz Aydemir
(Volleyball player)
Naz Aydemir
4
Birthdate: August 14, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey
 38 
Nihat Kahveci
(Turkish footballer)
Nihat Kahveci
3
Birthdate: November 23, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Istanbul
 39 
İlhan Mansız
(Turkish Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Forward)
İlhan Mansız
4
Birthdate: August 10, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kempten, Bavaria, Germany
 40 
Kenan Sofuoğlu
(Five-Time Supersport World Champion Turkish Racer)
Kenan Sofuoğlu
2
Birthdate: August 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kuzuluk, Akyazı, Sakarya Province, Turkey

Retired Turkish motorcycle racing star Kenan Sofuoğlu is a 5-time winner of the Supersport World Championship. A string of injuries, including a hip injury, ended his racing career. He later joined politics with the Justice and Development Party, or the AK Party, and represented the Sakarya Province in the Turkish parliament.

 41 
Kerem Kanter
(Basketball player)
Kerem Kanter
2
Birthdate: April 29, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bursa, Turkey
 42 
Semih Erden
(Basketball player)
Semih Erden
2
Birthdate: July 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey
 43 
Okan Buruk
(Football player)
Okan Buruk
2
Birthdate: October 19, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey
 44 
Ramil Guliyev
(Sprinter)
Ramil Guliyev
2
Birthdate: May 29, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan SSR
 45 
Tiago Cukur
(Footballer striker)
Tiago Cukur
0
Birthdate: November 30, 2002
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
 46 
Halil Dervişoğlu
(Footballer Forwarder)
Halil Dervişoğlu
0
Birthdate: December 8, 1999
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
 47 
Riza Kayaalp
(Wrestler)
Riza Kayaalp
2
Birthdate: October 10, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Yozgat, Turkey
 48 
Taha Akgül
(Wrestler)
Taha Akgül
2
Birthdate: November 22, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sivas, Turkey
 49 
Emir Preldžić
(Basketball Player)
Emir Preldžić
2
Birthdate: September 6, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Emir Preldžić is a Bosnian-Turkish basketball player who has played for the Turkish national basketball team. A versatile player, Preldžić can play as a power forward, point guard, and shooting guard, although he predominantly plays at the small forward position. Emir Preldžić has also played for the Slovenian national basketball team.   

 50 
Mirsad Turkcan
(Basketball player)
Mirsad Turkcan
2
Birthdate: June 7, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Novi Pazar, Serbia