Bilgin Defterli

Bilgin Defterli (born November 1, 1980) is a Turkish women's football forward currently playing in the 2. Frauen-Bundesliga for Alemannia Aachen in Germany with jersey number 9. She is a member of the Turkey women's national football team since 1999 and serves as their captain. Defterli is 160 cm (5 ft 3 in) tall.[1]

Bilgin Defterli
Bilgin Defterli for Turkey national team in the match against Belarus.
Personal information
Date of birth (1980-11-01) November 1, 1980
Place of birth Erzurum, Turkey
Height 160 cm (5 ft 3 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
1. FC Köln, Germany
Number 9
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1997 Istanbul Dinarsu Spor
1997–1999 Feriköy SK
1999–2001 Delta Mobilyaspor
2001–2002 Kuzeyspor
2002–2003 Hatay Sanayispor (on loan)
2004–2005 FSV Frankfurt
2005–2009 FFC Brauweiler Pulheim
2009–2014 1. FC Köln
2014– Alemannia Aachen
National team
1999–2014 Turkey 52 (17)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 2, 2013
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of September 17, 2014

Early life

Defterli was born on November 1, 1980 in Erzurum, Turkey.[2] She was the youngest of six children, four girls and two boys.[3] Between 1991 and 1996, she participated in several sports, winning five titles and two second places.[4] She enjoyed football, playing with boys in the neighborhood and competing on the school boys' team that took part in tournaments. Her secondary school physical education teacher noticed Defterli's talent and convinced her parents that she had a football playing future. Defterli entered the women's football club Istanbul Dinarsu Spor in 1996.[2][3][5][6]

Playing career


In Turkey

At Istanbul Dinarsu Spor, she played and experienced championships in the Turkish Women's First Football League. Defterli was loaned out then to Feriköy SK, where she won a championship in the Second League and helped her team to get promoted to the First League. That season, she was honored with the title Top Scorer for her 29 goals in 20 league matches. In the 2000 season with Delta Mobilyaspor, Defterli finished with another league championship and her second Top Scorer title. The following year she was with Kuzeyspor, where she earned a First League championship once again. After playing one year on loan at Hatay Sanayispor,[7] she returned home to Istanbul and learned that the women's football leagues in Turkey would be dissolved.[2][3][6]

In Germany

Seeing no chance to play football in Turkey due to the dissolution of women's football leagues in 2003, she decided to go abroad.[3] She applied to women's football clubs around Frankfurt in Germany, where her uncle was living. She received an invitation from FSV Frankfurt to take part in trainings limited to one month. In 2004, the Turkish women's national football player was accepted to join the squad of FSV Frankfurt. Lacking knowledge of any foreign language, Defterli did not have an easy time there in the beginning. She transferred to FFC Brauweiler Pulheim the next season, where she scored 28 goals in 24 matches. Her club disbanded in 2009 and she joined 1. FC Köln. The club competes in the German Regionalliga West.[8] Scoring 22 goals in 20 league matches in her first year with 1. FC Köln, she was awarded the title Top Scorer for the third time in her career, and became the first foreign player honored with this title in the "2. Fußball-Bundesliga für Frauen".[1][3][6][9][10] In June 2013, she extended her contract with 1. FC Köln.[2][11]

After playing five years for 1. FC Köln, Defterli transferred to Alemannia Aachen in July 2014,[12] which was recently promoted to the 2. Fußball-Bundesliga für Frauen.[13]

Bilgin Defterli is nicknamed Billy by her fans in Germany. She is known for turning a somersault on the field after scoring a goal.[3]


Defterli made her national-team debut in the UEFA Women's Euro 2001 qualifying match against the Greek team, which was held on December 18, 1999 in Karditsa, Greece.[14]

At the 2003 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA) – Group 8 round, she scored a goal against both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Hungary.[15][16][17] Defterli netted two of the nine goals scored against the Georgian women's team at the UEFA Women's Euro 2009 qualifying in 2006.[18] At UEFA Support International Tournament matches between 2007 and 2009, she scored a total of seven goals.[19][20][21][22][23] She scored goals in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 5 matches against both Malta and Austria.[24][25] Defterli netted a goal in the friendly game against Greece on April 29, 2011.[26] At the UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying – Group 2 match against the Romanian team, which the Turkish women lost 1–7, she scored the only goal for her country.[27]

International goals
October 27, 2001Zeytinburnu Stadium Istanbul, Turkey Bosnia and Herzegovina5–12003 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA) – Group 81[15]
November 21, 2001Şenlikköy Stadium Istanbul, Turkey Hungary1–41[16]
May 2, 2002Stadion Rudara Kakanj, Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina2–31[17]
November 23, 2006Adana 5 Ocak Stadium Adana, Turkey Georgia9–0UEFA Women's Euro 2009 qualifying2[18]
November 8, 2007Buca Arena Buca, İzmir Province, Turkey Azerbaijan4–2UEFA Support International Tournament1[19]
June 27, 2008Paide linnastaadion Paide, Estonia Estonia6–0UEFA Support International Tournament2[20]
June 29, 2008Rakvere linnastaadion Rakvere, Estonia Croatia4–2UEFA Support International Tournament2[21]
December 19, 2008İsmet Paşa Stadium İzmit, Turkey Latvia5–0UEFA Support International Tournament1[22]
May 16, 2009Mikheil Meskhi Stadium Tbilisi, Georgia Macedonia4–0UEFA Support International Tournament1[23]
April 11, 2010Hüseyin Avni Aker Stadium Trabzon, Turkey Malta5–12011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 51[24]
August 25, 2010Samsun 19 Mayıs Stadium Samsun, Turkey Austria2–21[25]
April 29, 2011Bolu Atatürk Stadium Bolu, Turkey Greece4–1Friendly1[26]
October 27, 2011Stadionul Mogoşoaia Bucharest, Romania Romania1–7UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying – Group 21[27]



  • Top Scorer 1998–99 – Turkish Women's Second Football League with Feriköy SK
  • Top Scorer 1999–2000 – Turkish Women's First Football League with Delta Mobilyaspor
  • Top Scorer 2009–10 – 2. Fußball-Bundesliga für Frauen, Group South with 1. FC Köln


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