Can Bartu

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Can Bartu
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Full nameCan Bartu
Date of birth(1936-01-31)31 January 1936
Place of birth Istanbul, Turkey
Date of death 11 April 2019(2019-04-11) (aged 83) [1]
Playing position Attacking midfielder, Left winger
Youth career
?–1955 Fenerbahçe
Senior career*
1955–1961 Fenerbahçe 326 (173)
1961–1962 Fiorentina 14 (5)
1962–1963 Venezia 30 (11)
1963–1964 Fiorentina 10 (3)
1964–1967 Lazio 46 (11)
1967–1970 Fenerbahçe 46 (8)
National team
1956–1968 Turkey 26 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Can Bartu (31 January 1936 – 11 April 2019) was a Turkish basketball and football player. He was also a sports journalist before his death.

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He started to play basketball for Fenerbahçe and was a six-time international representative with the national basketball team. He was invited by the football coach Fikret Arıcan to play football beside basketball. On 25 January 1957, Bartu played football for his club against Beyoğluspor. He scored two goals and assisted for two more. He helped so his team won 4–0. Then, that evening, Bartu played basketball for Fenerbahçe, scoring 10 points. He helped his club win 44–43 shooting a goal three seconds before the finish. Bartu switched then over to football in his club. He played 26 times for the Turkish national football team.

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In 1961, Bartu transferred to ACF Fiorentina in Italy. Later, he played for Venezia A.C. in 1962 and for S.S. Lazio in 1964. He is the first ever Turkish footballer, who played a final game in Europe with Fiorentina against Atlético Madrid in 1962. He was nicknamed "Signor" by the Italians due to his technique and gentile manner on the playground and because of his chic outfits worn off field.

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After successful seasons in Italy, Bartu returned to Turkey in 1967 to play in his former club Fenerbahçe for more three years. Overall, Bartu played 326 games with Fenerbahçe and scored 162 goals. He became four-time Turkish Super League champion in 1959, 1961, 1968 and 1970 with Fenerbahçe.

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He retired from active sport in 1970. Bartu currently is a sports journalist writing for the newspaper Hürriyet.

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Nowadays he also takes part on a national TV channel in Turkey as a commentator.

Bartu was the UEFA Cup ambassador of Turkey in 2008/2009 season, when the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium in Istanbul hosted the final.

Bartu replaced the injured Turgay Şeren at 77' and played as a goalkeeper against Romania on 2 November 1958 in Bucureşti during a European Cup game. [2]

The current training facilities of the Fenerbahçe senior football team are named after Bartu.

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  1. "Son dakika: Fenerbahçe efsanesi Can Bartu yaşamını yitirdi" (in Turkish). 11 April 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2019.