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Hamit Altintop

Hamit Altıntop (born 8 December 1982) is a Germany-born Turkey professional association football who plays for Real Madrid C.F. in La Liga. Hamit Altintop is a versatile midfielder who can play either in a defending or attacking role and on both flanks. Hamit Altintop is well known for Hamit Altintop flair of long-shot ability, as shown when Hamit Altintop played for FC Schalke 04 and FC Bayern Munich. Hamit Altintop is the identical twin brother of footballer Halil Altıntop, who was born 10 minutes after Hamit.

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Hamit Altintop biography


Hamit Altıntop (born 8 December 1982) is a Germany-born Turkey professional association football who plays for Real Madrid C.F. in La Liga. Hamit Altintop is a versatile midfielder who can play either in a defending or attacking role and on both flanks. Hamit Altintop is well known for Hamit Altintop flair of long-shot ability, as shown when Hamit Altintop played for FC Schalke 04 and FC Bayern Munich. Hamit Altintop is the identical twin brother of footballer Halil Altıntop, who was born 10 minutes after Hamit.

Altıntop was part of the Turkey national football team that reached the semi-finals of UEFA EURO 2008. After the tournament Hamit Altintop was voted as part of the 23-man EURO 2008 Awards awards. Hamit Altintop won the 2010 FIFA Puskás Award for scoring the best goal of the season in an UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match against Kazakhstan in a 3–0 win for Hamit Altintop country.

Club career

Schalke

Altıntop started Hamit Altintop professional career in local German club SG Wattenscheid 09 in 2000 along with Hamit Altintop brother. As successful performances grabbed the attention of bigger clubs, Hamit Altintop was transferred to FC Schalke 04 in 2003, where Hamit Altintop played in a primarily defensive midfield role. In the 2006–07 summer transfer window, Schalke signed Hamit Altintop brother Halil from 1. FC Kaiserslautern. Schalke came second in the Fußball-Bundesliga, only pipped by VfB Stuttgart by two points.

Bayern Munich

Altıntop joined FC Bayern Munich for the Fußball-Bundesliga 2007–08 on a free transfer from FC Schalke 04. Hamit Altintop scored Hamit Altintop first goal in Hamit Altintop first game for Bayern when they faced the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A champions São Paulo Futebol Clube. Munich went on winning the game 2–1 after Hamit Altintop spectacular free-kick. Remaining as one of Munich's starters, Hamit Altintop scored another left-foot goal out of 30 meters distance against SV Werder Bremen in the Liga-Pokal. Munich completed the match with a 4–1 victory.

Altıntop also scored against Aberdeen F.C. 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 C.F. on Saturday, 22 May 2010. Hamit Altintop started the match in the first 11, but Hamit Altintop was substituted with Miroslav Klose, on 63rd minute.

On 2 June 2010, Altıntop signed a new one year contract with Bayern Munich. Hamit Altintop was eventually released by Bayern during the end of the 2010–11 season, after failing to negotiate an extension to Hamit Altintop contract. Thus, Hamit Altintop became a free agent.

Real Madrid

On 19 May 2011, it was announced Altıntop will move on a free transfer to Real Madrid C.F.. Hamit Altintop signed a four year contract with the Spanish club. Hamit Altintop made Hamit Altintop debut for the club on 27 September at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in a UEFA Champions League match against AFC Ajax, coming on in the 84th minute as a replacement for Mesut Özil. Hamit Altintop feels upset about the limited playing time and is contemplating a move away from the club.

International career

Altıntop played in all five of Turkey's matches at UEFA Euro 2008. Hamit Altintop assisted all three goals in the comeback against the Czech Republic national football team and in the quarter finals against Croatia national football team Hamit Altintop 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 national football team. Turkish coach Fatih Terim used Hamit Altintop 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 Hamit Altintop club Bayern Munich. After the match against Switzerland national football team, Terim switched Hamit Altintop to midfield for the remainder of the tournament, which boosted both Turkey's and Hamit Altintop own performance. Hamit Altintop bold playing style and decisive passes made Hamit Altintop a dominant player in the Turkish midfield. Hamit Altintop was awarded with the Carlsberg Group 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 "UEFA Euro 2008 Awards".

Hamit Altintop was captain (association football) of the national team for the first time on 30 March 2011 in a 2–0 victory against Austria.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamit_Alt%C4%B1ntop

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