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Full name  Can Bartu
Name  Can Bartu
Place of birth  Istanbul, Turkey
Role  Basketball Player
?-1955  Fenerbahce
Height  1.80 m
1955–1961  Fenerbahce

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Date of birth  (1936-01-31) 31 January 1936 (age 79)
Playing position  Attacking midfielder, Left winger
Nominations  Milliyet Sports Award for Athlete of the Year
Similar People  Lefter Kucukandonyadis, Metin Oktay, Cemil Turan, Oguz Cetin, Turgay Seren

Can Bartu, Turkish basketball player and footballer, Died at 83


Can Bartu (born 31 January 1936 in Istanbul) is a Turkish former basketball and football player. He is currently a sports journalist.

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He started to play basketball for Fenerbahçe and was a six-time international representative with the national basketball team. He was invited by the football coach Fikret Arıcan to play football beside basketball. On 25 January 1957, Bartu played football for his club against Beyoğluspor. He scored two goals and assisted for two more. He helped so his team won 4–0. Then, that evening, Bartu played basketball for Fenerbahçe, scoring 10 points. He helped his club win 44–43 shooting a goal three seconds before the finish. Bartu switched then over to football in his club. He played 26 times for the Turkish national football team.

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In 1961, Bartu transferred to ACF Fiorentina in Italy. Later, he played for Venezia A.C. in 1962 and for S.S. Lazio in 1964. He is the first ever Turkish footballer, who played a final game in Europe with Fiorentina against Atlético Madrid in 1962. He was nicknamed "Signor" by the Italians due to his technique and gentile manner on the playground and because of his chic outfits worn off field.

After successful seasons in Italy, Bartu returned to Turkey in 1967 to play in his former club Fenerbahçe for more three years. Overall, Bartu played 326 games with Fenerbahçe and scored 162 goals. He became four-time Turkish Super League champion in 1959, 1961, 1968 and 1970 with Fenerbahçe.

He retired from active sport in 1970. Bartu currently is a sports journalist writing for the newspaper Hürriyet.

Nowadays he also takes part on a national TV channel in Turkey as a commentator.

Bartu was the UEFA Cup ambassador of Turkey in 2008/2009 season, when the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium in Istanbul hosted the final.

Bartu replaced the injured Turgay Şeren at 77' and played as a goalkeeper against Romania on 2 November 1958 in Bucureşti during a European Cup game.

The current training facilities of the Fenerbahçe senior football team are named after Bartu.

References

Can Bartu Wikipedia


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