Hakan

Calhanoglu



30

Age

1.78 M

Height

20

Squad number

MIDMidfielder
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Career Story

Mannheim, Bayburt. These are the cities that tell the story of Hakan Çalhanoğlu’s roots, his early beginnings in football, his development and journey.

Born in Mannheim, Germany, after his family had moved there from Bayburt, Hakan’s love for football began in his youth. A family passion, he was following a natural instinct.

Germany was where his career began to take shape: after spending eight seasons in SV Waldhof Mannheim’s youth setup, he moved to Karlsruher in 2009, at the age of 15. This was a crucial step on his journey of growth, one which allowed him to enter the professional game and showcase his talents.

In 2012, he signed a contract with Hamburg, who loaned him out to Karlsruher for another season. That 2012/13 campaign was a very successful one, too, with Çalhanoğlu finishing on 17 goals in 36 matches and making a vital contribution to the team’s title triumph.

His Hamburg debut, which was also his first Bundesliga appearance, came in August 2013, at the start of the following season. Hakan finished the campaign with eleven goals in 32 matches, with his performances catching the attention of many clubs, first and foremost Bayer Leverkusen.

It is precisely here that Çalhanoğlu made a definitive leap in quality, demonstrating all his skills and playing three seasons that saw him net 28 goals in 115 matches. Game after game, Hakan refined his technique and long-range shooting capabilities, becoming lethal between the lines, where he often beat his opponent and took aim for goal. In doing so, he managed to score significant goals, such as the one against Bayern Munich – the first free kick conceded by Neuer. In 2017, Çalhanoğlu made the move to Serie A, where he has since gone on to bag 32 goals in 172 appearances.

Despite developing in Germany, Hakan never forgot his roots, as underlined by his decision to play for the Turkish National Team. He made his Turkey debut on 6 September 2013 in a 5-0 win over Andorra, the first of 78 appearances to date. In total, he’s scored 17 goals for his country.

In the summer of 2021, Çalhanoğlu moved to the Nerazzurri. In two seasons, he has collected 95 appearances, scoring twelve times, as well as lifting two Coppa Italia and two Supercoppa Italiana trophies.

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MONZA, ITALY - JANUARY 13:  Hakan Calhanoglu of FC Internazionale celebrates after scoring the goal during the Serie A TIM match between AC Monza and FC Internazionale - Serie A TIM  at U-Power Stadium on January 13, 2024 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
BERGAMO, ITALY - NOVEMBER 04:  Lautaro Martinez of FC Internazionale celebrates after scoring the goal during the Serie A TIM match between Atalanta BC and FC Internazionale at Gewiss Stadium on November 04, 2023 in Bergamo, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
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MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 24: Hakan Calhanoglu of FC Internazionale with the best player award during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and FC Salzburg at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 24, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
EMPOLI, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 24:  Hakan Calhanoglu of FC Internazionale in action during the Serie A TIM match between Empoli FC and FC Internazionale at Stadio Carlo Castellani on September 24, 2023 in Empoli, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)

Career Path

2021 - now

Inter

FC Internazionale Milano

130 appearances

3 seasons played

24 goals scored

2X Coppa Italia

3X Super Cup

2013 - now

TUR

Türkiye

84 appearances

11 seasons played

18 goals scored

 

 

2017 - 2021

MIL

AC Milan

172 appearances

4 seasons played

32 goals scored

 

 

2014 - 2017

LEV

Bayer 04 Leverkusen

115 appearances

3 seasons played

28 goals scored

 

 

2013 - 2014

HSV

Hamburger SV

38 appearances

1 season played

11 goals scored

 

 

2013 - 2013

TUR

Türkiye Under 21

1 appearance

First Season

0 goals scored

 

 

2011 - 2013

TUR

Türkiye Under 19

9 appearances

2 seasons played

4 goals scored

 

 

2013 - 2013

TUR

Türkiye Under 20

4 appearances

First Season

1 goal scored

 

 

2012 - 2013

KSC

Karlsruher SC

34 appearances

1 season played

14 goals scored

1X 3. Liga

 

2012 - 2013

KSC

Karlsruher SC Under 19

1 appearance

1 season played

0 goals scored

 

 

2012 - 2012

KSC

Karlsruher SC

21 appearances

First Season

3 goals scored

1X 3. Liga

 

2010 - 2011

TUR

Türkiye Under 17

5 appearances

1 season played

0 goals scored

 

 

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