The number one enemy

Romania will face Turkey in the World Cup qualifying campaign and that would definitely be a tough opponent. And the reason isn’t that Romania passes a very low form neither that Turkey is a very powerful football squad at the moment. As a matter of fact, they didn’t appear at the previous World Cup and failed to qualify for the EURO 2012, after being crushed by Croatia.

But Turkey has right now one great attacker which has numbers that can compare with those of Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. I’m exaggerating a bit, of course, but not too much, if we see that Yilmaz managed, in only a year and a half to play 48 games in the Turkish League, in which he scored… 41 goals!!!

Born on 15th of July 1985, in the capital city of Turkey, Antalya, Burak started playing professionally since he was 17 years old, at the second division local squad of Antalyaspor. Between 2002 and 2006 he gathered here 78 matches in which he scored an impressive number of 35 goals, which was quite remarkable for a youngster. And all culminated with the 2005-2006 season, when he had an important contribution at his team’s second place in the Division 1. So Antalyaspor promoted and Yilmaz was snapped by giants Besiktas. Here, he stood two seasons and played a total of 47 games, but didn’t impress, scoring only six pieces in all competitions. He won a Cup and a Super Cup and appeared twice in the Champions’ League.

But all the people from Besiktas lost patience and he was sold to Manisaspor at the end of the 2007-2008 season. Here, he rediscovered his value and netted 9 goals in 16 league games, fact that pushed Fenerbahce to grab him. Burak went to play in Istanbul once again and this time, it was even a bigger name than Besiktas. The pressure came even bigger now, and the attacker failed again to impose his style and even worse, he didn’t play but 16 games, in all competitions (including 7 in the Champions’ League) in which he scored zero goals. So, for the 2009-2010 he was loaned at Eskisehirspor, but his form didn’t improve. Having 24 years by than, he looked like forgotten to score, as he only put in two goals in a total of 17 appearances in a half of the season.

Yilmaz started as a big promise, but risked to fail and end his career in a lamentable way. But the breath of air that he needed came from Trabzonspor, which bought him in the early days of 2010. First, he only scored three times in the rest of the competition but regained shortly his form that recommended him into the national team in 2006. So, the 2010-2011 season became from far his best, as he qualified with Trabzon in the Champions’ League, after finishing second in the league, with Burak scoring 19 goals in 30 matches played!

And his form was about to improve in the actual season as Yilmaz scored 22 goals in only 18 league matches!!! So, a simple ecuation leads us to see, that the 1.88 meter striker netted 41 league goals in 48 league encounters in just a year and a half! Numbers that can easily approach to Messi’s and Ronaldo’s records. But Burak still has a problem: the other games. In Champions League he didn’t appear but in three occasions this season but didn’t score one single time. A bad thing if we consider that he already played 14 games in this competition, including those in the preliminary rounds and didn’t manage to put his name on the scoreboard yet.

Things change in the right way when it’s about the Turkish national team. He appeared in 2006 for the first time, but his revival came last year, when he became an indispensable man and also scored three goals in the European Championship preliminary round, all bringing important points for his team, seven to be more precise: one against Belgium and three in each game with Azerbadjan and Kazahstan.

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