Basturk Yildiray

Date of birth24 December 1978
Place of birthBochum, Germany
NationalityTurkish
Weight65 kg
Height1.68 m
PositionMidfielder

Born in Germany, he began at Wattenscheid before signing for VfL Bochum in 1997.

He became an idol at the club and broke into the national squad towards the end of the 2000-01 season.

He moved to Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2001 for £4 million and became an important member of the side's midfield.

He made himself pivotal to the national team where his lightening pace and great skill gave the team a real attacking threat from midfield.

He played in all seven of Turkey's games in the 2002 World Cup finals.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Wattenscheid 01 Jul 1996 01 Jul 1997
VfL Bochum 01 Jul 1997 01 Jul 2001
Bayer Leverkusen 01 Jul 2001 01 Jul 2004
Hertha BSC Berlin 01 Jul 2004 01 Jul 2007
VfB Stuttgart 01 Jul 2007
Blackburn Rovers 27 Jan 2010 31 May 2010 L

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
2000-01 VfL Bochum Bundesliga 29
4
6
2
2001-02 Bayer Leverkusen Bundesliga 29
1
3
13
2001-02 Bayer Leverkusen UEFA Champions League 15
4
1
1
2002-03 Bayer Leverkusen Bundesliga 23
3
3
5
1
2002-03 Bayer Leverkusen UEFA Champions League 11
4
2003-04 Bayer Leverkusen Bundesliga 8
9
2
5
2004-05 Hertha BSC Berlin Bundesliga 24
1
7
2
2005-06 Hertha BSC Berlin Bundesliga 25
2
6
4
2006-07 Hertha BSC Berlin Bundesliga 14
3
1
2
2007-08 VfB Stuttgart Bundesliga 18
2
2
2
2009-10 Blackburn Rovers Premier League 1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
12 Aug 2000 1.FC Kaiserslautern v VfL Bochum W 0-1 Bundesliga 1
19 Aug 2000 VfL Bochum v Bayern München L 0-3 Bundesliga 2
06 Sep 2000 Hertha Berlin v VfL Bochum L 4-0 Bundesliga 3
09 Sep 2000 VfL Bochum v Hamburger SV L 0-4 Bundesliga 4
16 Sep 2000 VfL Bochum v VfL Wolfsburg W 2-1 Bundesliga 5
23 Sep 2000 VfB Stuttgart v VfL Bochum D 1-1 Bundesliga 6
30 Sep 2000 VfL Bochum v SpVgg Unterhaching W 3-0 Bundesliga 7
14 Oct 2000 1.FC Köln v VfL Bochum L 2-0 Bundesliga 8
22 Oct 2000 VfL Bochum v Hansa Rostock L 1-2 Bundesliga 7
27 Oct 2000 Energie Cottbus v VfL Bochum L 2-0 Bundesliga 10
04 Nov 2000 VfL Bochum v TSV 1860 München D 1-1 Bundesliga 11
19 Nov 2000 VfL Bochum v Borussia Dortmund D 1-1 Bundesliga 13
24 Nov 2000 Schalke 04 v VfL Bochum L 2-1 Bundesliga 14
02 Dec 2000 VfL Bochum v Eintracht Frankfurt W 2-1 Bundesliga 15
09 Dec 2000 SC Freiburg v VfL Bochum L 5-0 Bundesliga 16
13 Dec 2000 VfL Bochum v Bayer Leverkusen W 3-2 Bundesliga 17
16 Dec 2000 VfL Bochum v 1.FC Kaiserslautern L 0-1 Bundesliga 18
27 Jan 2001 Bayern München v VfL Bochum L 3-2 Bundesliga 19
03 Feb 2001 VfL Bochum v Hertha Berlin L 1-3 Bundesliga 20
17 Feb 2001 VfL Wolfsburg v VfL Bochum D 0-0 Bundesliga 22
25 Feb 2001 VfL Bochum v VfB Stuttgart D 0-0 Bundesliga 23
03 Mar 2001 SpVgg Unterhaching v VfL Bochum L 2-1 Bundesliga 24
17 Mar 2001 Hansa Rostock v VfL Bochum L 2-0 Bundesliga 26
01 Apr 2001 VfL Bochum v Energie Cottbus W 1-0 Bundesliga 27
07 Apr 2001 TSV 1860 München v VfL Bochum W 2-4 Bundesliga 28
14 Apr 2001 VfL Bochum v Werder Bremen L 1-2 Bundesliga 29
20 Apr 2001 Borussia Dortmund v VfL Bochum L 5-0 Bundesliga 30
28 Apr 2001 VfL Bochum v Schalke 04 D 1-1 Bundesliga 31
05 May 2001 Eintracht Frankfurt v VfL Bochum L 3-0 Bundesliga 32


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1996-97 Turkey UEFA Under-18 6
2
1
1997-98 Turkey International Friendly
1
1998-99 Turkey UEFA Under-21 2
1999-00 Turkey UEFA Under-21 7
2000-01 Turkey FIFA World Cup 1
1
2000-01 Turkey International Friendly 1
2001-02 Turkey FIFA World Cup 11
1
1
2001-02 Turkey International Friendly 2
1
2001-02 Turkey Reunification Cup 1
2002-03 Turkey FIFA Confederations Cup 3
1
2002-03 Turkey International Friendly 4
2002-03 Turkey UEFA European Championship 3
1
2003-04 Turkey International Friendly 3
1
2004-05 Turkey FIFA World Cup 3
1
1
1
2005-06 Turkey FIFA World Cup 2
1
2005-06 Turkey International Friendly 1
1
2006-07 Turkey International Friendly 1
1
2006-07 Turkey UEFA European Championship 1
1
1
2007-08 Turkey International Friendly 2


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
04 Sep 1996 Turkey v Belgium W 5-3 UEFA U18 Group 6
22 Sep 1996 Germany v Turkey W 2-4 UEFA U18 Group 6
17 Oct 1996 Turkey v Germany L 0-2 UEFA U18 Group 6
30 Oct 1996 Turkey v Portugal W 2-1 UEFA U18 Group 6
14 Nov 1996 Belgium v Turkey W 0-1 UEFA U18 Group 6
28 Nov 1996 Portugal v Turkey L 5-0 UEFA U18 Group 6
21 Jan 1998 Turkey v Albania L 1-4 International Friendly
26 Mar 1999 Turkey v Moldova W 2-0 UEFA U21 Group 3
04 Jun 1999 Finland v Turkey D 0-0 UEFA U21 Group 3
03 Sep 1999 Northern Ireland v Turkey W 1-2 UEFA U21 Group 3
08 Oct 1999 Germany v Turkey D 1-1 UEFA U21 Group 3
12 Nov 1999 Poland v Turkey L 2-1 UEFA U21 Quarter-final
16 Nov 1999 Turkey v Poland W 1-0 UEFA U21 Quarter-final
27 May 2000 Slovakia v Turkey L 2-1 UEFA U21 Final round group B
29 May 2000 England v Turkey L 6-0 UEFA Under-21 Final round group B
01 Jun 2000 Turkey v Italy L 1-3 UEFA U21 Final round group B
25 Apr 2001 Turkey v Albania L 0-2 International Friendly
02 Jun 2001 Turkey v Azerbaijan W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 4
06 Jun 2001 Turkey v FYR Macedonia D 3-3 FIFA World Cup Europe group 4
15 Aug 2001 Norway v Turkey D 1-1 International Friendly
01 Sep 2001 Slovakia v Turkey W 0-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 4
05 Sep 2001 Turkey v Sweden L 1-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 4
07 Oct 2001 Moldova v Turkey W 0-3 FIFA World Cup Europe group 4
10 Nov 2001 Austria v Turkey W 0-1 FIFA World Cup Europe play-off
14 Nov 2001 Turkey v Austria W 5-0 FIFA World Cup Europe play-off
12 Feb 2002 Turkey v Ecuador L 0-1 International Friendly
26 Mar 2002 Turkey v Korea Republic D 0-0 International Friendly
23 May 2002 Turkey v South Africa L 0-2 REUNIFICATION CUP
03 Jun 2002 Brazil v Turkey L 2-1 FIFA World Cup Finals Group C
09 Jun 2002 Costa Rica v Turkey D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Finals Group C
13 Jun 2002 Turkey v China PR W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Finals Group C
18 Jun 2002 Japan v Turkey W 0-1 FIFA World Cup Finals 2nd round
22 Jun 2002 Turkey v Senegal W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Finals quarter-final
26 Jun 2002 Brazil v Turkey L 1-0 FIFA World Cup Finals semi-final
29 Jun 2002 Korea Republic v Turkey W 2-3 FIFA World Cup Finals 3rd place
21 Aug 2002 Turkey v Georgia W 3-0 International Friendly
07 Sep 2002 Turkey v Slovakia W 3-0 UEFA European Championship Group 7
20 Nov 2002 Italy v Turkey D 1-1 International Friendly
12 Feb 2003 Turkey v Ukraine D 0-0 International Friendly
02 Apr 2003 England v Turkey L 2-0 UEFA European Championship Group 7
30 Apr 2003 Czech Republic v Turkey L 4-0 International Friendly
07 Jun 2003 Slovakia v Turkey W 0-1 UEFA European Championship Group 7
21 Jun 2003 Cameroon v Turkey L 1-0 FIFA Confederations Cup Group B
23 Jun 2003 Brazil v Turkey D 2-2 FIFA Confederations Cup Group B
26 Jun 2003 France v Turkey L 3-2 FIFA Confederations Cup Semi-final
28 Apr 2004 Belgium v Turkey W 2-3 International Friendly
02 Jun 2004 Korea Republic v Turkey W 0-1 International Friendly
05 Jun 2004 Korea Republic v Turkey L 2-1 International Friendly
17 Nov 2004 Turkey v Ukraine L 0-3 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
26 Mar 2005 Turkey v Albania W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
30 Mar 2005 Georgia v Turkey W 2-5 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
04 Jun 2005 Turkey v Greece D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
03 Sep 2005 Turkey v Denmark D 2-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
08 Oct 2005 Turkey v Germany W 2-1 International Friendly
12 Oct 2005 Albania v Turkey W 0-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
16 Nov 2005 Turkey v Switzerland W 4-2 FIFA World Cup Play-off 2nd leg
01 Mar 2006 Turkey v Czech Republic D 2-2 International Friendly
16 Aug 2006 Luxembourg v Turkey W 0-1 International Friendly
06 Sep 2006 Turkey v Malta W 2-0 UEFA European Championship Group C
02 Jun 2007 Bosnia and Herzegovina v Turkey L 3-2 UEFA European Championship Group C
05 Jun 2007 Brazil v Turkey D 0-0 International Friendly
06 Feb 2008 Turkey v Sweden D 0-0 International Friendly
25 May 2008 Turkey v Uruguay L 2-3 International Friendly


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.