Real Sociedad's Nihat Kahveci is one of the Turkish forwards who'll pose the gre
Real Sociedad's Nihat Kahveci is one of the Turkish forwards who'll pose the greatest threat to the England goal...
If Hakan Sukur fails to find the net for Turkey on Saturday, watch out for Nihat Kahveci. The 23-year-old made a name for himself at Besiktas before moving to Real Sociedad where he has been equally effective.
Despite being more of a creator than an out-and-out striker a la Paul Scholes, Nihat tied for second place in the Spanish league last season with 23 goals. He made his international debut almost exactly three years ago against Sweden and has been an integral part of the Turkish squad ever since.
He has not always toed the line, however, having controversially decided to finish last season with his club rather than take part in Turkey's Confederations Cup campaign. Turkish coach Senol Gunes made light of the situation but Nihat's presence cannot be underestimated.
by Andrew Warshaw
Place of Birth: Istanbul
Date of Birth: 23 November 1979
Weight: 75 kg
Height: 175 cm
Club: Real Sociedad
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