(born on July 20, 1968 in Arsin
) was a Turkish footballer
. He played for Trabzonspor
nearly all of his career, and is one of the most famous and talented Turkish footballers of all time.
Mandıralı joined Trabzonspor aged 10, and continued on to make his professional debut in 1985, aged 17. He quickly established himself as one of the most consistent finishers of his time. He became a regular in the Turkish national team
, and was always near the top of the goalscorers charts. Mandıralı proved his reputation was deserved by scoring many goals in European
competition. In all, he scored 23 goals in European football.
Mandıralı was particularly famous for his free-kicks
, from which he scored many times in his career. He did not try and curl the ball, like most of his more illustrious colleagues in the art of scoring free-kicks. Instead, he would unleash thunderous shots that would fly past or through walls and leave the goalkeeper standing motionless. In this manner his style is similar with Roberto Carlos
, Brazilian national player.
In 1998, he joined the German
club FC Schalke 04
7 million (equivalent of EUR
3.5 million), but remained there for one year only. He was transferred back to Trabzonspor in the 1999/2000 season for a sum of EUR
2.25 million. Upon his return, he regained his position as top marksman,... Read More