The Rising Star: Kenan Yildiz Shines in Europe with a Spectacular Goal against Germany
By Diego Pic
Updated 11/19/2023 – 12:43 CET
It’s a cyclone. Turkey achieved a remarkable victory against Germany in their own stadium, and the impact of this triumph cannot be underestimated. In this friendly match, the spotlight was on Kenan Yildiz, an 18-year-old German-Turkish talent who seems destined to conquer the football world. Making his debut as a starter for the senior team, Yildiz scored a sensational goal, reminiscent of his idol Del Piero, and celebrated it with a gesture that promises to become his trademark.
Del Piero himself praised Yildiz’s goal and celebration on social media. Just as Juventus stunned Bayern by acquiring Yildiz for free a couple of seasons ago, Turkey has now achieved a similar feat against Germany. Although Yildiz was born in Germany to a Bavarian mother and a Turkish father, Germany hesitated to call him up, and Turkey took advantage of the opportunity. Yildiz made his debut as a starter in Berlin, scoring a magnificent goal that has put him on par with Gler, the Real Madrid player. This young generation has the potential to give Turkey the boost it needs under Montella’s leadership, and Yildiz is undoubtedly a key player in this endeavor.
“My mother is German and my father is Turkish. I have been playing for Turkey since the Under-17s, and I am extremely proud of that,” Yildiz stated. “Germany never contacted me, so the option never existed. I am very happy to represent Turkey.”
Yildiz, who was born in Regensburg, has already made five appearances for Juventus this season under Allegri’s guidance. He is treated like a star at the club and is gradually establishing himself in the first team. With his remarkable goal, Yildiz has announced his arrival in European football with great aplomb. As Turkey has already secured their place in the Euro Cup, Yildiz’s journey is just beginning. Juventus has a diamond in their hands until 2027, and they have certainly made a wise investment.