Tolgay Arslan

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Tolgay Arslan
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Arslan with Hamburger SV in 2014
Personal information
Full name Tolgay Ali Arslan [1]
Date of birth (1990-08-16) 16 August 1990 (age 32)
Place of birth Paderborn, West Germany
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Team information
Current team
Number 5
Youth career
1996–2003 Grün-Weiß Paderborn
2003–2009 Borussia Dortmund
Senior career*
2009–2015 Hamburger SV 83 (2)
2010–2011Alemannia Aachen (loan) 31 (6)
2015–2018 Beşiktaş 89 (0)
2019–2020 Fenerbahçe 24 (0)
2020– Udinese 88 (5)
International career
2009 Turkey U19 2 (1)
2010 Turkey U21 1 (0)
2011 Germany U20 1 (0)
2012–2013 Germany U21 3 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 8 April 2023
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 16 February 2013

Tolgay Ali Arslan (Turkish pronunciation:  [toɫɡaj ali aɾsɫan] ; born August 16, 1990) is a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Serie A club Udinese.


Born in Germany, he has Turkish ancestry. He represented both Germany and Turkey internationally at youth level.

Club career

Early career

Arslan was born and raised in Germany, in Paderborn, to Turkish parents from Çorum; his father, a real estate agent, moved to Germany when he was 11 years old. He began playing football at the age of six, when his father brought him along to watch Grün-Weiß Paderborn play. Arslan began his career with the local club. Patterning his game around Zinedine Zidane and Gheorghe Hagi, Arslan earned a move to Borussia Dortmund in 2003. After several years in Dortmund's youth team, Arslan moved to Hamburger SV. [2]

Hamburger SV

Arslan with Hamburger SV in 2009 Tolgay Arslan.jpg
Arslan with Hamburger SV in 2009

Arslan moved to Hamburger SV on a free transfer in 2009. He made his debut on 23 September 2009, coming in the 70th minute as a substitute for Marcus Berg in the second round of the DFB-Pokal against Osnabrück. [3] Hamburg managed a 3–3 draw, but went on to lose 5–7 following a penalty shootout. Arslan made his league debut on 17 October 2009 in a 0–0 draw against Bayer Leverkusen. [4]

He moved on loan to Alemannia Aachen for the 2010–11 season and scored his first goal for the club in the fifth week of the 2. Bundesliga in a 3–1 win against FSV Frankfurt. [5]


On 27 January 2015, Arslan signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with Süper Lig club Beşiktaş. [6] He came on as a substitute for José Sosa on 26 February in the 60th minute of a UEFA Europa League last 32 second leg against Liverpool, and 15 minutes later scored the only goal of the game, taking it to a penalty shootout in which he scored Beşiktaş' last attempt before Dejan Lovren missed to eliminate Liverpool. [7]

International career

Arslan began his career with the Turkey youth teams in 2009. He made two appearances for the U-19 team in 2009. [8] He made his first appearance for the Turkey national under-21 football team against the Republic of Ireland on 7 September 2010. [9]

In December 2010, Arslan switched to the German Football Association. [10] He was first called up to the Germany national under-21 team to face, of all teams, Turkey on 14 November 2012. [11]

Personal life

In November 2018, it was decided that Arslan would perform his military service for Turkey in June 2019. [12]

Career statistics


As of match played 18 September 2022
ClubSeasonLeagueNational cupOther Europe Total
Hamburger SV 2009–10 Bundesliga 50100060
2011–12 Bundesliga810081
2012–13 Bundesliga25010260
2013–14 Bundesliga3214010371
2014–15 Bundesliga13020150
Alemannia Aachen (loan) 2010–11 2. Bundesliga 31640356
Beşiktaş 2014–15 Süper Lig 1603131222
2015–16 Süper Lig60100070
2016–17 Süper Lig3003010100440
2017–18 Süper Lig290601050410
2018–19 Süper Lig80000081161
Fenerbahçe 2018–19 Süper Lig1100010120
2019–20 Süper Lig1308200212
Udinese 2020–21 Serie A 30310313
2021–22 Serie A30130331
2022–23 Serie A610061
Career total323133733027236018



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