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Murat Yakin

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Full name  Murat Yakin
1992–1997  Grasshopper
Position  Defender
Name  Murat Yakin
Date joined  1999
Playing position  Centre back
Role  Coach
Siblings  Hakan Yakin
Years  Team
Height  1.86 m

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Date of birth  (1974-09-15) 15 September 1974 (age 41)
Team coached  FC Spartak Moscow (Manager, 2014–2015)
Similar People  Hakan Yakin, Dmitri Alenichev, Aras Ozbiliz, Quincy Promes, Valeri Karpin

Place of birth  Basel, Switzerland

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Murat Yakin (Turkish: Murat Yakın; born 15 September 1974) is a Swiss football coach and former Switzerland national team player.


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Playing career

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During his playing career, Yakin was capped 49 times for the Switzerland national team, representing his country at UEFA Euro 2004. He spent arguably the best years of his career playing for his hometown club FC Basel, where he was the defensive linchpin, captain and libero of a team which enjoyed domestic and relative European success. He won the Swiss Super League on five occasions (1995, 1996, 2002, 2004, 2005), and the Swiss Cup three times (1994, 2002, 2003). He recalls the 2002–03 Champions League second leg qualifying match on 28 August 2002 against Celtic in St. Jakob-Park as the "match of his life". Basel won the game 2–0, with Yakin scoring the second goal in the 22 minute as Basel qualified 3–3 on the away goals rule for the 2002–03 UEFA Champions League group stage.

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Although his spells abroad were not wholly successful, he was widely regarded as one of Swiss football's finest products, frequently being linked with some of the biggest clubs in Europe. In 2003, he played in the FIFA "Match against Poverty" as part of a star-studded ensemble showcasing the world's best players.

Early career

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Yakin was appointed coach of FC Thun in 2009 after a time as a youth coach at Grasshopper. In May 2011, he joined FC Luzern for a reported 200,000 Swiss francs. He took over from Christian Brand, who was made caretaker after the sacking of Rolf Fringer.


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On 15 October 2012, Yakin was appointed as the new manager of FC Basel. Under his management, Basel won twice, home and away, against Chelsea in the 2012–13 Champions League group stage. He praised the supporters in the stadium, saying that they pushed the team to win through the 90 minutes. He was also delighted to have received praise from then Chelsea manager José Mourinho. On 17 May 2014, FC Basel announced Yakin was no longer with the club.

Spartak Moscow

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On 16 June 2014, Yakin was appointed as manager of Russian Premier League side Spartak Moscow. On 30 May 2015, his contract with the club was terminated after a mutual agreement.

Coaching record

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Personal life

Murat Yakin is the older brother of Hakan Yakin, also a footballer.


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