By Emdad Rahman
Original article - Nuri Şahin became
Liverpool's fourth signing of the summer when he joined
on loan from Real Madrid last week.
From a very young age Şahin has been coveted as one of
sought after talents. He made his bones in after winning the
Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund. His performances during the title winning
charge earned him the player of the season accolade. A £10million prestigious
glamour move to Real Madrid followed as Jose Mourinho snapped up Şahin on a
six-year contract. Germany
Despite limited appearances at the Bernabeu last season, more success followed as the sweet left footed playmaker collected a consecutive league title winners' medal as the Spanish giants clinched La Liga last May.
Whilst negotiating the conditions of the exciting loan deal, Mourinho was keen to point out that Şahin was very much a player that he wanted to keep for the future and thus wanted him to build up his experience in a top European league.
Brendan Rodgers has been waxing lyrical about his latest acquisition. Prior to the deal being completed the
Liverpool boss said: “He is a great
technician. He was player of the year in Germany
and captain of .
My hope is that he will be exciting and his quality will help improve the
With Steven Gerrard,
Henderson, Jay Spearing, Joe Allen, Oussama Assaidi fighting for starting
places, Liverpool now have an abundance of
exciting midfield talent. Şahin will be a major player at Liverpool this season
and his chemistry with his fellow midfielders will be the backbone
for a successful Liverpool assault
on a Champions League spot.
- Nuri Kazım Şahin was born in Lüdenscheid in 1988, in the year Liverpool star Ray Houghton broke English hearts by scoring
opening European Championship winner against Bobby Robson’s men in . Stuttgart
- At 16 years and 334 days, Şahin holds the record of being the youngest player to have played in the Bundesliga.
- The Turk also holds the distinction of being the youngest player to score in the Bundesliga.
- Şahin is the youngest player to have played and scored for
. Remarkably, his debut
international goal was against Oliver Kahn and Turkey , the country of his birth
and where he plied his trade. Germany
- Şahin won the bronze ball prize as the third best player at the 2005 Under-17 World Cup in
- In the same tournament he was awarded the Adidas Silver Shoe after scoring four goals to become the tournament’s second top goalscorer.
- In 2007-08, Şahin was loaned to Feyenoord, where he was reunited with his former
coach and mentor Bert van Marwijk.
At the De Kuip in Dortmund ,
Şahin became a KNVB Cup winner in 2008. Rotterdam
- Şahin was voted best player of the season in the Bundesliga for 2011.