Full nameNecati Ates Playing positionForward 1994–1997Narlidere Esnafspor RoleFootballer Weight80 kg Salary1.1 million EUR (2012)
Place of birthIzmir, Turkey Number77 NameNecati Ates Height1.82 m Career start1999
Date of birth(1980-01-03) 3 January 1980 (age 35) Current teamsKarsiyaka S.K., Kayseri Erciyesspor (#10 / Forward) Similar PeopleUmit Karan, Johan Elmander, Servet Cetin, Engin Baytar, Bulent Korkmaz Profiles Twitter
Necati Ates ([ned͡ʒaːti ateʃ], born 3 January 1980) is a Turkish professional footballer who plays as a forward for Turkish club Karsiyaka.
Born in Izmir, Ates made his professional debut with Altay SK and Adanaspor, scoring for both at an impressive rate. In 2004, he signed with Super Lig giants Galatasaray SK.
In 2005–06, Ates played an integral part in Galatasaray's 16th Super Lig conquest. However, on 25 July 2007, club manager Karl-Heinz Feldkamp officially reported to the board he was not planning to use the player in the upcoming season, which resulted in a transfer list; he split (always on loan) the campaign between Ankaraspor and Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyespor, netting 11 goals in total.
For 2008–09 another loan ensued, as Ates joined Real Sociedad. Though heavily featured, he only managed to score once and the Basque side finished sixth, thus failing to return to La Liga.
In the 2009 summer, after more than 100 official matches and over 50 goals, Galtasaray released Ates. He immediately joined fellow first-divisioner Antalyaspor, ranking joint-fourth in the topscorers' list as the club finished ninth.
On the last day of the January 2012 transfer window, Ates signed a six-month contract with old club Galatasaray for a fee of €250,000. He scored his first goal in his second spell on 4 February in a 2–1 win at Gaziantepspor, and went on to have an important offensive role to the team's 18th national championship.
Ates made his Turkey national team debut during the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup, playing three times for the third-placed nation and going scoreless in the process.
His first goal came on 26 March 2005, in a 2–0 home win against Albania, for the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. He also netted in the turbulent playoff against Switzerland, in November.
Scores and results table. Turkey's goal tally first: