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Turan Sahinkaya’s Son Selected to Participate in US Club Soccer’s

In Professionals on January 15, 2010 at 1:14 pm

It was a dream come true for eleven year old local soccer player, Chad Sahinkaya, son of Lori and Turan Sahinkaya.

According to Chad’s father, Turan Sahinkaya, “Chad currently plays for the North Texas #1 ranked 98 team of the Solar Soccer Club in Dallas and was selected to participate in US Club Soccer’s id2 invitation-only National Identification Development Program. The id2 Regional Training Camp was held in Frisco on Nov. 12-15 at Pizza Hut Park.”

Turan Sahinkaya explained, “The id2 Regional Training Camps bring together the nation’s top youth players for four days of training, competition, and evaluation in front of U.S. National Team staff in hopes of finding talent for the United States U-14 Boys National Team. The program is sponsored by Nike and covers all players expenses including hotel, food,
transportation, and training gear. Chad told me he felt like he was treated as a professional soccer player,” chuckled Turan Sahinkaya.

“Chad was the only one selected from Solar, and the only 98 selected among all 96 and 97 team players, and one of only a handful of players picked from Texas,” added Turan Sahinkaya.

Turan Sahinkaya was clearly very proud of his son’s accomplishment as he concluded, “Soccer is such a big part of Chad’s life and he was thrilled to learn he was selected for the id2 camp allowing him the opportunity to compete against the most elite players in the nation. He’s been playing soccer since he was three and is a mentally and physically tough little player who is also skilled both technically and tactically. He has a natural gift for the game and his dream is to play professionally one day and I was so proud that he was able to embody his first glimpse of that life through this remarkable camp.”

Turan Sahinkaya | Excelling in the Sport of Soccer | Turan Sahinkaya

In Personal on September 8, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Turan Sahinkaya Excelling in the Sport of Soccer

Turan Sahinkaya excelled in the sport of soccer from an early age, almost a given considering that he came from a family of world-class soccer players for many generations. Sahinkaya’s family enrolled him at the esteemed Juventus Football Club where Turan Sahinkaya blossomed as a speedy and technically gifted winger and midfielder.

Turan Sahinkaya spent his summers playing for Juventus Football Club, which at the time was coached by Giovanni Trapattoni – a friend of the Sahinkaya family.  Trapattoni eventually left Juventus to pursue a coaching opportunity with Bayern Munich, based in Germany.

At a crossroads in his career, Turan Sahinkaya moved to Istanbul, Turkey to play for Fenerbache Sports Club for several years. He followed in the footsteps of all five of his uncles by playing soccer at the professional level.

Turan Sahinkaya learned many of his technical skills in soccer from his youngest uncle, Gungor Sahinkaya, who was a top-notch player for FC Cologne (Germany) and Trabzsonspor (Turkey). Turan Sahinkaya attributes his ability to progress in the sport of soccer to the many training techniques he learned in Europe.

Sahinkaya utilized his skills in the sport of soccer to enhance his educational goals by playing soccer for the University of California at Berkeley. Turan Sahinkaya spent three years playing varsity soccer and during his last year at the University of California at Berkeley he decided to play Rugby to honor his grandfather’s wishes. Sahinkaya’s grandfather was a world champion Rugby player for the New Zealand All Blacks. He also played for the country of New Zealand and was a World Cup of Rugby Champion.

Turan Sahinkaya spent his summers coaching select youth soccer in the San Francisco Bay Area for such powerhouse youth teams as Ballistic United of Pleasanton, California, Sunnyvale United Spartans of Sunnyvale, California, and Peninsula United Soccer Club of Belmont, California. Turan Sahinkaya has coached 3 different Northern California State Champion soccer teams as well as coached in over 47 youth select tournaments.

About Turan Sahinkaya

Turan Sahinkaya has a deep passion for life that extends outside of the world of business to his family, soccer, rugby, coaching, entrepreneurship opportunities, and volunteer work.

Turan Sahinkaya played professional soccer in Europe at the age of 16 for Juventus Football Club for 5 years and Fenerbache Sport Club for 4 years. Mr. Sahinkaya comes from a large family of professional soccer players from top European clubs and National teams throughout England, Italy, Russia, Turkey, and Germany. As a youth growing up in Europe, Turan Sahinkaya spent his early childhood playing soccer for the prestigious Juventus Youth Football Club in Turin, Italy.  Sahinkaya’s parents named him after this great city in Italy.

Turan Sahinkaya is a graduate of University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, where he proudly represented his University playing 3 years Varsity soccer and 1 year Varsity Rugby. He was part of the championship rugby team that won the NCAA–defeating Army.  This was an especially proud moment for his grandfather who was a renowned player for the New Zealand All Blacks for over 10 years and who went on to win several World Cups for New Zealand.

Turan Sahinkaya went on to earn a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

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