Kennedy Bakircioglü

Kennedy Bakircioglü (born November 2, 1980 in Södertälje, Sweden) is a Swedish football player of Assyrian origin. He currently plays for Ajax in the Dutch Eredivisie. He has also played for the Sweden national football team.


Bakircioglü's family arrived in Sweden in 1972 from Midyat, Turkey. His father, Bünyamin (Benjamin) Bakircioglü, was one of the first to play for the new club Assyriska Föreningen, a club established by the Assyrian diaspora. He started off his professional career with Assyriska in 1996 and stayed at the club until 1999. In 1998-99, Bakircioglü had a trial with Manchester United, but did not do enough to secure a contract with the English club. In the summer of 1999, he joined Hammarby IF, and remained there for the next five years, during which time he led the team to its first championship in 2001. In his time at Hammarby, Bakircioglü was well known to many players of the computer game Championship Manager. Bakircioglü had the reputation of a legend in the game. In 2005, he was elected Hammarby's fourth greatest player of all time in an online poll held on the club's website.

In 2003, Bakircioglü moved abroad to play in Greece for Iraklis. As he had played the 2003 season in Sweden, he joined his new team half-way through their season and only managed seven league appearances. In his second and last season at the club, he was unable to hold down a first team place and was soon on the move again. He joined the Dutch team FC Twente prior to the start of the 2005-06 season and impressed his manager Fred Rutten straight away to become a first team regular. In fact, in his two seasons at the club he only missed two league appearances and managed to score 23 goals. His efforts didn't go unnoticed and on 5 May 2007, Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf announced that Bakircioglü would be playing for Ajax in the 2007-08 season. He was officially signed by Ajax ten days later on 15 May 2007. At Ajax, he immediately secured his second career trophy when they beat PSV Eindhoven 1-0 in the Johan Cruijff-schaal. In his first Eredivisie match for Ajax, he scored one goal in the 8-1 drubbing of De Graafschap.

On the 4 August, Van Basten told Ajax official webpage that Kennedy was no longer needed in the club and the search for a new club should begin right away.


Season Club Competition Apps Goals
1996 Assyriska Föreningen Division 2 1 0
1997 Assyriska Föreningen Division 2 8 1
1998 Assyriska Föreningen Division 1 Norra 25 9
1999 Hammarby IF Allsvenskan 25 2
2000 Hammarby IF Allsvenskan 26 5
2001 Hammarby IF Allsvenskan 26 8
2002 Hammarby IF Allsvenskan 25 11
2003 Hammarby IF Allsvenskan 25 12
2003/04 Iraklis Super League Greece 7 2
2004/05 Iraklis Super League Greece 17 2
2005/06 FC Twente Eredivisie 32 9
2006/07 FC Twente Eredivisie 33 15
2007/08 Ajax Eredivisie 19 3
Total 252 76

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