HAMIT ALTINTOP PROFILE

HAMIT ALTINTOP born 8 December 1982 is a German-born Turkish professional footballer who will play for Real Madrid C.F. from the 2011–12 season onwards. He is a versatile midfielder who can play either in a defending or attacking role and on both flanks. He is well known for his flair of long-shot ability, as shown when he played for Schalke 04 and so far with Bayern Munich. He is the identical twin brother of footballer Halil Altıntop, who was born 10 minutes after Hamit.

Altıntop was part of the Turkey squad that reached the semi-finals of Euro 2008. After the tournament he was voted as part of the 23-man Team of the tournament awards. He won the 2010 FIFA Puskas award 2010 for scoring the best goal of the season in an UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match against Kazakhstan in a 3–0 win for his country

Altıntop started his professional career in local German club Wattenscheid in 2000 along with his brother. As successful performances grabbed the attention of bigger clubs, he was transferred to Schalke 04 in 2003, where he played in a primarily defensive midfield role. In the 2006–07 summer transfer window, Schalke signed his brother Halil from Kaiserslautern. Schalke came second in the Bundesliga, only pipped by VfB Stuttgart by two points.

Altıntop joined Bayern Munich for the 2007–2008 season on a free transfer from Schalke 04. He scored his first goal in his first game for Bayern when they faced the Brazilian champions São Paulo. Munich went on winning the game 2–1 after his spectacular free-kick. Remaining as one of Munich's starters, he scored another left-foot goal out of 30 meters distance against Werder Bremen in the Liga-Pokal. Munich completed the match with a 4–1 victory.

Altıntop also scored against Aberdeen in the first leg of their tie in the UEFA Cup competition on 14 February 2008. The initial penalty kick was saved by Aberdeen goalkeeper Jamie Langfield; however, Altıntop scored with the rebound. The match finished 2–2.

In 2009–10 season, Bayern Munich competed in Champions League and they eventually went to 2010 UEFA Champions League Final, which was played at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, home of Real Madrid on Saturday, 22 May 2010. He started the match in the first 11, but he was substituted with Miroslav Klose, on 63rd minute.

On 2 June 2010, Altıntop signed a new one year contract with Bayern Munich.

On 19 May 2011, it was announced Altıntop will move on a free transfer to Real Madrid. He signed a four year contract with the Spanish club.

Altıntop played in all five of Turkey's matches at UEFA Euro 2008. He assisted all three goals in the comeback against the Czech Republic and in the quarter finals against Croatia he scored the third penalty to make it 3–1 in the shoot out. After goalkeeper Rüştü Reçber saved the next Croatian penalty, Turkey advanced to the semi-finals against Germany. Turkish coach Fatih Terim used him as a right defender in the first two games of the tournament, a move that was heavily criticized by the media, since Altıntop is a midfielder for his club Bayern Munich. After the match against Switzerland, Terim switched him to midfield for the remainder of the tournament, which boosted both Turkey's and his own performance. His bold playing style and decisive passes made him a dominant player in the Turkish midfield. He was awarded with the Carlsberg Man of the Match award following the quarter final match against Croatia.

At the conclusion of the tournament, Altıntop was universally acknowledged to be one of the tournament's stars, and was included in UEFA's official 23-man "Team of the Tournament".

In January 2011, Altıntop won the FIFA Puskas Award for Goal of the Year of 2010 for his volley against Kazakhstan in September 2010 in a Euro 2012 qualifier.

He was captain of the national team for the first time on 30 March 2011 in a 2–0 victory against Austria.

PLAYER DETAILS

Date of birth: 8 December 1982
Place of birth: Gelsenkirchen, West Germany
Height: 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position: Right winger / Central midfielder

Club information
Current club: Bayern Munich
Number: 8

Youth career
1991–1992 Schwarz-Weiß Gelsenkirchen
1992–1997 TuS Rotthausen
1997–2000 Wattenscheid 09

Senior career
2000–2003 Wattenscheid 09 75 (12)
2003 Schalke 04 II 1 (0)
2003–2007 Schalke 04 113 (8)
2007–2011 Bayern Munich 63 (7)

National team
2004– Turkey 55 (6)

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