The football world is full of stories of success, but there is one story that really sums up the game and the world of football: the life of one of the greatest footballers of all time.
The story of Ertugrul Osman Karaca was one of footballing legends, one of those legends that had a huge impact on his generation and the Turkish game.
He started playing for the Galatasaray national team at the age of 13, and in 1891 was one year older than the likes of Ivan Burtch, Josef Martinez, Diego Maradona and Frank Rijkaard.
The young Karaca made his debut for the club’s first team against Halkidiki, and it was there that he started to impress the first team.
His footballing career was one that would end tragically in the hands of his coach, Halki Gunar, who would murder Karaca, a year later.
The Turkish Football Association later announced that he had died in a plane crash in October of the same year.
Despite being one of Turkey’s most successful footballers, Karaca’s career was short-lived.
He would leave Galatasir in 1922, only to return to Istanbul, where he would start to build a new career in the Turkish league.
His first real success would come in 1922 when he was given the nickname ‘El Borracho’, a reference to his strength and physique.
Karaca would go on to score five goals in Istanbul’s final four games of the 1922-23 season, becoming the first Turkish player to ever reach the milestone.
He made the transition to the national team in 1924, and he was the first to score in all seven games of Turkey v Belgium in November 1924.
His career would go through many ups and downs, but in 1926 he was finally given his first international cap.
In the 1928 European Championship, Karacan had to leave the Turkish team, due to a serious leg injury, and returned to Galataras.
He scored twice for the national side, helping them qualify for the finals, and was a crucial player for Turkey in the final.
In 1928, Karacos career was ended by the Turkish authorities, but he would never forget his time in Istanbul.
He became a legend in the country, and will be remembered by all for his immense contribution to the football world.
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