Çaglar Söyüncü (born 23 May 1996) is a professional footballer, who plays as a defender for Bundesliga side Freiburg and the Turkish national team.
Joining SC Freiburg in 2016 Bundesliga summer transfer window, he is the first Turkish footballer who made a transfer to Bundesliga directly from TFF First League, the second highest professional level football league of Turkey.
Making his senior national team debut in 2016, Söyüncü is the first Altınordu S.K. player called up to Turkey national football team after 78 years, since Sait Altınordu, the iconic player of the club, was selected in 1938. He is also the first player called up to national team from any İzmir-based football clubs since 1997.
During the 2015-2016 season he was linked with Beşiktaş J.K., Galatasaray S.K. and Sevilla FC but 20 years old Turkish national selected the Bundesliga because he thought it was better choice for his career and his improvement.
On 24 May 2016, Söyüncü joined German side SC Freiburg, which was promoted to the top flight competition of Germany for the 2016–17 season. He made his Bundesliga debut on week 1 encounter away against Hertha Berlin which ended 2–1 for Berlin outfit, on 28 August 2016. He was linked with Lille OSC, AS Roma, and Villarreal CF during the mid-season transfer window of 2016–17 season. Manchester City and Arsenal were also reported to be interested in Söyüncü.
In November 2015, he was called up to Turkey national football team by coach Fatih Terim, following the injury of central defender Serdar Aziz. On 17 November 2015 Söyüncü was a reserve for the a friendly game against Greece but stayed on the bench and did not actually get a chance to play. On 18 March 2016, he was called to national squad for friendly games against Sweden and Austria, to be held on 24 March 2016 in Antalya, Turkey and on 29 March in Austria, respectively.
Substituting Ozan Tufan in the dying minutes of friendly game against Sweden, Söyüncü earned his first senior national team cap on 24 March 2016, Thursday. Earning his 2nd cap, he was on starting line-up at friendly with Russia on 1 September 2016, ended 0–0.
Possessing leadership attributes, Söyüncü is good at playmaking, dribbling and timing. Standing at 1,87 m, he is strong in the air. In 2016, he stated that his idol is Spaniard defender Carles Puyol and he admires German international Mats Hummels.
Catch up on the latest and greatest in the world of International Turks
Appointed as Turkey's Ambassador to Austria, Turkish-German politician and diplomat Ozan Ceyhun is a former Member of Parliament for Germany's SPD and a consultant for AK Parti.
Acquitted from the seven-year saga of the baseless Gezi Park case, exilee actor Memet Ali Alabora tours Europe playing an adaptation of Nazım Hikmet’s ‘Memleketimden Insan Manzaraları’.
Detained in a high-security prison in Turkey for 840 days, Turkish-French businessman Kavala is freed after a surprise ruling for the acquittal of all defendants of the Gezi trial, but arrested for another case.
Charged for 'terror propaganda', facing up to 9 years in prison, exiled author Aslı Erdogan, is acquitted. Her case had started in 2016 for her involvement in the publication of Ozgur Gundem.
Researcher at the University of Manchester, BP's ICAM Kathleen Lonsdale Research Fellow, materials chemist Ahu Dumanlı is awarded £1 million for research funds on bio-inspired functional materials.
Student at Sehit Fatih Satir Bilim ve Sanat Merkezi, 4th grader Elanur Akinci came first place among 7,328 contestants at the Canada based ‘International Caribou Mathematics Competition’.
Playing the lead role of Fatih Sultan Mehmet in the recent Netflix series 'Rise of Empires: Ottoman', talented actor Uzumoglu received top rating, ranking 114th, right after Tom Cruise in the IMDb listings.
Residing in France on a self-imposed exile since 1999, the wife of the late protest folk singer Ahmet Kaya took legal action to stop the screening of a biopic, filmed without her family's approval.
Associate professor at EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), Altug works on the development of powerful, next-generation health diagnostic tools using nanoparticles and light.
Former German Green Party deputy, attorney Memet Kılıç is facing an arrest warrant over insulting President Erdoğan in an interview he gave to online news website ABC in July 2017.
Flying to more countries than any other airline, Turkish Airlines invites all world citizens to explore the planet, with a clip that features the global journeys of three Americans who flew outside the US for the first time with Turkish Airlines.
Citizens of Turkuaz Republic are globetrotters, praised for their ability to adjust to new circumstance, which they owe to their nomadic Turkic past.
With the internet age, many post their experience on Youtube, and we take great joy in enlisting them to help them connect, share and inspire!
Please visit our Community Pages and send us your video on your experience in the International Turkish Community. We look forward to publishing your experience!