Berkant Göktan
Berkant Göktan is a Turkish
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 footballer. He was considered one of the hottest prospects in Germany during the late 1990s.

Club career

Giovanni Trapattoni
Giovanni Trapattoni
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 called him up to train with Bayern's senior squad when he was 16 years old, while Ottmar Hitzfeld
Ottmar Hitzfeld
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 granted him his professional debut at age 17. He replaced Hasan Salihamidžić
Hasan Salihamidžic
Hasan Salihamidžić is a Bosnian football midfielder currently playing for VfL Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.-Early life:His father Ahmed and mother Šefika gave him the nickname "Braco" meaning "little brother" in Bosnian since Hasan has an older sister, hence his current nickname "Brazzo". He...

 in a 1998–99 UEFA Champions League
UEFA Champions League
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 game against Manchester United with 30 minutes left when the score was 2–1 for Manchester. Bayern ended up tying the game.

In January 1999, he negotiated a loan deal to Borussia Mönchengladbach
Borussia Mönchengladbach
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In September 2006, Göktan joined TSV 1860 München
TSV 1860 München
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 in the Bundesliga and beaome a star of the team. On 21 October 2008, he was released from his contract after being positively tested for Cocaine
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On 21 January 2010, he has signed a one-year contact with Thai Premier League champions Muangthong United who were hoping to qualify for their first ever AFC Champions League
AFC Champions League
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. Göktan was the club’s first signing under new coach René Desaeyere
René Desaeyere
René Desaeyere is a Belgian former football player and former manager of Muangthong United.-Career:Desaeyere played for Beerschot, Daring Club Bruxelles, Royal Antwerp, R.W.D...

. He left the club without featuring in a single match because of fitness.


  • FC Bayern Munich
    FC Bayern Munich
    FC Bayern Munich , is a German sports club based in Munich, Bavaria. It is best known for its professional football team, which is the most successful football club in Germany, having won 22 national titles and 15 cups....

    • Bundesliga
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      : 2000–01

  • Galatasaray SK
    Galatasaray S.K. (football team)
    Galatasaray Anonim Şirketi is a Turkish football club, part of the Galatasaray S.K. multi-sport club of Istanbul. Galatasaray is a major sports club in Turkey, holding 17 Turkish Super League titles and the highest number of Turkish Cups....

    • Turkish Super League: 2001–02

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