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Servet Çetin

Servet Çetin (born March 17, 1981), is a Turkey association football who is playing for Galatasaray S.K. (football team) in the Defender (association football) Centre back position. Servet Çetin received the nickname Ayıboğan which literally means; a man who could choke a bear, due to Servet Çetin height and strength.

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Servet Çetin biography

Servet Çetin (born March 17, 1981), is a Turkey association football who is playing for Galatasaray S.K. (football team) in the Defender (association football) Centre back position. Servet Çetin received the nickname Ayıboğan which literally means; a man who could choke a bear, due to Servet Çetin height and strength.

Servet Çetin also has the nickname "Turku Baba" due to large number of Turkish folk songs in Servet Çetin iPod. Servet Çetin also is known for singing these classic Turkish Folk songs. Nowadays Servet is a fans favorite, with the passion and soul Servet Çetin reflects on the field.

Club career


Servet Çetin joined Kartalspor in 1990 after the club manager called Servet Çetin house looking for Servet Çetin older brother İrfan who was playing as a midfielder for the club at the time. Servet informed the club's manager that Servet Çetin older brother was not home and would not be returning until later that evening. The club's manager, in a bind to find players for the match later that day, questioned Servet's interest in football and upon learning that Servet Çetin was interested, Servet was invited to join the club as an amateur player and played in the match later that day as a right fullback.

Servet was signed onto professional terms at the start of the 1999/2000 season.


Servet Çetin joined Göztepe at the start of the 2001/02 season. Having a successful first season in the Turkcell Super League Servet Çetin club finished 7th and missed out on a UEFA Cup berth.


Servet Çetin was signed by Rıza Çalımbay for Denizlispor at the start of the 2002/03 season in a deal which also sent Ersen Martin and Mustafa Özkan. Despite missing out on the UEFA Cup with Göztepe, Servet got a chance to play European football at Servet Çetin new club as Denizlispor. Servet Çetin was an integral part of the team which eliminated FC Lorient, Sparta Prague and Olympique Lyonnais in the first, second and third rounds of the competition respectively. In the fourth round, Denizlispor lost to the eventual winners Jose Mourinho's FC Porto.

Servet had become a household name in Turkish football with Servet Çetin performances for Denizlispor in the league as well as for the Turkey national under-21 football team. Servet Çetin also earned full caps in a friendly match against Czech Republic national football team on 30/4/2003, coming on for Alpay Özalan in the 83rd minute.


With interest in Servet high by the big clubs in Turkey, Denizlispor reached an agreement with Fenerbahçe S.K. (football team) for a reported $1.5 million for the strong centre back to start the 2003/04 season. As Fenerbahçe won the Turkcell Super League, Servet only managed 8 league appearances in Servet Çetin first season at the club with manager Christoph Daum regularly preferring the pairing of Fabio Luciano and Önder Turacı at the heart of the defense.

Fenerbahçe won the league for a second season in a row in 2004/05 with Servet partnering Fabio Luciano for most of the season at the heart of the defense. An injury in March 2005 cut Servet Çetin season short and Servet did not return to action until September of later that year. After finally returning from injury Servet once again became a first choice in the centre of defense for Fenerbahçe.

After the sacking of Christoph Daum at the end of the 2005/06 season, Servet Çetin replacement Zico signed the central defender pairing of Diego Lugano and Edu Dracena. With first team opportunities looking unlikely, Servet joined Sivasspor on the transfer deadline day in 2006, with Fenerbahçe not demanding a fee.


Sivasspor and manger Bülent Uygun welcomed the experience of Servet at the heart of defense as Servet Çetin became a regular in the side and Servet Çetin once again re-discovered Servet Çetin old form, helping lead Sivasspor to 7th place. At the end of the season, Servet was on the move again with Galatasaray S.K. (football team) the interested party this time. The move was for a reported $600,000.


Servet signed a three-year contract with Galatasaray S.K. (football team) on 15 April 2007. After settling into the team and under the tutelage of Karl-Heinz Feldkamp, Servet's play improved immensely and Servet Çetin managed to become a favourite of Galatasaray S.K. (football team) fans shortly thereafter. Servet reaffirmed Servet Çetin importance to the club with an impressive first season with Galatasaray. Servet Çetin was partnered with Rigobert Song in the first half of the season and by Emre Güngör in the second half of the season. Servet made almost 50 appearances and chipped in with five goals in the league winning campaign and became a fixture in the Turkish national football team. Servet Çetin was also selected for the Euro 2008 squad by Fatih Terim.

In October 2008, following on from a successful Euro 2008 campaign, Servet Çetin was linked with Olympique de Marseille for approximately €10 million.

After returning from Euro 2008, Servet continued to be a fixture in Galatasaray S.K. (football team)'s defense. However, Servet Çetin season was cut short in late February 2009 as a foot injury Servet Çetin suffered kept Servet Çetin out for the rest of the season. This injury came at the worst time possible as Galatasaray S.K. (football team)'s back line was ravaged with injuries. Galatasaray S.K. (football team) finished the season 5th in the league but reached the last 16 of the UEFA Cup.

The 2009/10 season also brought change at Galatasaray S.K. (football team) as Frank Rijkaard was appointed manager. Servet began the season with a new partner at the heart of the defense with the newly signed Gökhan Zan, Servet's central defence partner for the Turkish national football team. Servet's play suffered under the manager's new system as Frank Rijkaard demanded that defenders play the ball out of the defence, which was never the towering defender's strong point. After Gökhan Zan suffered a serious shoulder injury, Galatasaray S.K. (football team) signed Lucas Neill for the heart of the defence.

International career

Çetin progressed through the youth ranks of the National Team, from Under-17 to the full senior squad. Servet Çetin made two appearances at the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup in 2003. Servet Çetin captained the international side for the first time during Turkey national football team's 2–1 win against Bosnia and Herzegovina in October 2008.

Euro 2008

Çetin played in the qualifiers for the UEFA Euro 2008 and featured in the finals of the tournament itself. However, Servet Çetin picked up injuries during the group stages and meant Servet Çetin could only feature in three of Turkey national football team's games as they progressed to the semi-finals.

Playing style

Servet Çetin is known as 'Bionic Servet' for Servet Çetin strength and bravery to push on playing despite serious injuries. In Euro 2008 Servet's injuries included a torn groin, strained knee ligaments, a broken tooth and a bruised hip bone all at once. Another nickname used for Çetin is 'Terminator Servet' due to the face-mask Servet Çetin obtained after Servet Çetin cheekbone was broken. Servet Çetin likes to mark opponents tightly and go up in attack sometimes.


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