Parma, 18 June 2020 – Turkish striker Hakan Sukur is the old flame of both Torino and Parma, the game that’s taking place on Saturday at 19:30 CEST. Let’s revisit his career.
He grew up in Sakaryaspor, for whom he made his debut in the Turkish topflight still just a youngster before winning the Turkish Cup in ’88 with them. He then moved to Bursaspor in the early ‘90s, then from 1992 to 1995 he played for Galatasaray.
Torino signed him in ’95 bringing him to Serie A. However, his experience with the Granata was short lived: on 10 September 1995 he scored his first Italian goal against Bari, but halfway through the season he returned to Turkey for his second stint at Galatasaray until he returned to Italy in 2000.
Inter were the team to bring him back to Serie A and he played 24 games scoring five goals for them. The following year Hakan Sukur moved to Parma. He scored his first Crociati goal in the 2-1 derby win against Bologna, then scored again in the following away match as they beat Brescia 4-1. He also scored in the game against Udinese at the Stadio Tardini. Therefore his experience ended with three goals to his name, and at the end of the season, a Coppa Italia trophy.
His career continued in the Premier League for Blackburn before returning to Galatasaray in Turkey. For the National Team, Hakan Sukur made 112 appearances with 51 goals alongside his third place in the 2002 World Cup and participation in the Euros in 1996 and 2000.