Çiğdem Belci

Çiğdem Belci (born 17 June 1987) is a Turkish women's football defender currently playing in the First League for Beşiktaş J.K. in Istanbul with jersey number 5. She is a member of the Turkish national team since 2003.[1][2]

Çiğdem Belci
Çiğdem Belci for Ataşehir Belediyespor in the 2013–14 season.
Personal information
Date of birth (1987-06-17) 17 June 1987
Place of birth Mersin, Turkey
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Beşiktaş J.K.
Number 5
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2008 Mersin Camspor 13 (2)
2008–2009 Mersingücü Cengiz Topelspor 17 (4)
2009–2010 Trabzonspor 17 (3)
2010–2015 Ataşehir Belediyespor 88 (11)
2015–2016 Kireçburnu Spor 18 (5)
2016–2018 Ataşehir Belediyespor 41 (2)
2018– Beşiktaş J.K. 16 (4)
National team
2003 Turkey U-19 5 (0)
2006–2016 Turkey 45 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 12, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 6, 2016

Early life

Çiğdem Belci was born on 17 June 1987 in Mersin, southern Turkey. She has three older sisters and a younger brother, who follows her footsteps playing in a feeder club in Mersin.[3]

At the age of eight, she began playing football with boys in the neighborhood. Convinced by her daughter's interest, the father took her then to Mersin Camspor, and registered her. However, feared of her daughter's future, he wanted her leave the club. Her mother supported Çiğdem, and was able to stop the father's pressure. Her father changed his mind when she transferred to successful clubs and continued with her higher education.[3]

She studied physical education and sports at Ondokuz Mayıs University in Samsun. After graduation, she was appointed a teacher.[3]



Çiğdem Belci obtained her license from her hometown club Mersin Camspor on 1 September 1999, where she played until the end of 2007–08 season and capped 13 times scoring three goals. She moved to Mersingücü Cengiz Topelspor and after one season, she transferred to the Black Sea club Trabzonspor for the 2009–10 season.[1]

The next season, Belci signed for the Istanbul-based club Ataşehirspor, and enjoyed two consecutive league championships in 2011 and 2012. She debuted in the UEFA Women's Champions League playing against Lithuanian side Gintra Universitetas on 11 August 2011. She participated in three group matches of the qualifying round. The next year, she played again in three qualifying round matches. However, her team was not successful either in 2011–12 or in 2012–13 to advance further to the knockout stage.[4][5]

For the 2015–16 season, she signed with Kireçburnu Spor, which was recently promoted to the Women's First League. Belci serves as the captain of the team.[6] In the 2016–17 season, she returned to her former club Ataşehir Belediyespor.[1]

In the 2018–19 league season, she transferred to Beşiktaş J.K..[7] She enjoyed the champion title of her team in the 2018-19 season.[1] She took part at the 2019–20 UEFA Women's Champions League - Group 9 matches.[8][9][10]


Belci made her first appearance in the Turkey women's U-19 national team in the match against Romania juniors at the International Norte Alentejano Tournament held in Portugal on 28 May 2003. She capped five times in the junior women's national team.[1]

On 6 August 2003, she debuted in the national team playing in the friendly match against Russia. Her international participations followed at the UEFA Women's Euro 2009 qualifying round (Northern Ireland, Croatia and Georgia), at the UEFA Support International Tournaments (Bulgaria, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Croatia, Malta, Latvia and Macedonia). Belci played in seven of the eight matches at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 5 matches (Spain, England, Malta and Austria) as well as in eight of ten matches at the UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying – Group 2 (Spain, Kazakhstan, Romania, Germany and Switzerland). In 2013, she participated in all the three 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 6 matches against English and Montenegron women.[1]

Career statistics

As of match played August 13, 2019.[1]
Club Season League Continental National Total
Mersin Camspor 1999–2008 First League 132120252
Total 132120252
Mersingücü Cengiz Topelspor 2008–09 First League 17440214
Total 17440214
Trabzonspor 2009–10 First League 17340213
Total 17340213
Ataşehir Belediyespor 2010–11 First League 22640266
2011–12 First League 1933070293
2012–13 First League 1713020221
2013–14 First League 15170221
2014–15 First League 15030180
Total 88116023011711
Kireçburnu Spor 2015–16 First League 18590275
Total 18590275
Ataşehir Belediyespor 2016–17 First League 23000230
2017–18 First League 18200182
2018–19 First League 00300030
Total 4123000442
Beşiktaş J.K. 2018–19 First League 16400164
2019–20First League 3030
Total 1643000194
Career total 2103112052027431


Turkish Women's First Football League

Ataşehir Belediyespor
Winners (3): 2010–11, 2011–12, 2017–18
Runners-up (3): 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15
Third places (1): 2016–17
Beşiktaş J.K.
Winners (1): 2018–19


  1. "Player Details – Çiğdem Belci". Turkish Football Federation. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  2. "Çiğdem Belci". UEFA. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  3. "Çiğdem Belci "Kadın olarak zor bir iş yapıyoruz" /Hürriyet Röportajı" (in Turkish). Bilgin Defterli. 17 December 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  4. "Ataşehir Belediyespor 1–4 Olimpia Cluj" (in Turkish). Türkiye Futbol Federasyonu. 16 August 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  5. "Ataşehir Belediyespor 2–4 Pomurje" (in Turkish). Türkiye Futbol Federasyonu. 16 August 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  6. "Kireçburnu yine gururlandırdı". Sarıyer Posta (in Turkish). 4 September 2015. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  7. "Ataşehir Belediyespor 0–2 Beşiktaş A.Ş." (in Turkish). Türkiye Futbol Federasyonu. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  8. "Beşiktaş (TUR) 1-1 Górnik Leczna (POL)". UEFA. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  9. "Twente (NED) 2-2 Beşiktaş (TUR)". UEFA. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  10. "Alashkert (ARM) 0-3 Beşiktaş (TUR)". UEFA. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
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