Murat Yakin

Murat Yakin (April 2006)

Murat Yakin ( born September 15, 1974 in Basel ) is a former Swiss football player and current football coach. Since October 15, 2012 Yakin coach at FC Basel.

  • 4.1 As a player

Career as a player


Yakin's footballing talent was recognized and encouraged the club Concordia Basel. In 1992 he started his professional career with Grasshopper Club Zurich, where he was engaged as a defender five years. During this time, he played 101 games, scored 17 goals in 1994 and was winner of the Swiss Cup and 1995 and 1996 Swiss Champion.

For the 1997/98 Bundesliga season Yakin moved to VfB Stuttgart; in the season 1998/99 and on the first match day of the 1999/2000 season he played in the Turkish Süper Lig for Fenerbahçe Istanbul, before he returned to FC Basel.

After a trip to the 1 FC Kaiserslautern, for whom he played nine games in the 2000 /01 Bundesliga season, Yakin returned back to Switzerland, and signed a contract at FC Basel, where he his career as a player at 30 June 2006 finished. 2002 and 2003 won Yakin and his team the Swiss Cup and in 2002, 2004 and 2005, he was with the people of Basel Swiss champion. 2002 Yakin qualified with FC Basel for the UEFA Champions League.

Swiss national

Yakin studied in the years 1994-2004 49 games for the Swiss national football team, scoring four goals. His biggest success in the national team, in which he wore the shirt number 5, was the qualifying Switzerland for the Euro 2004 in Portugal.


In 2002, Yakin was voted " Player of the Year " ( Axpo Player of the Year ), in the years 2002, 2003 and 2004, " Defender of the Year ."

Career as a coach

After ending his football playing career Yakin took over in 2006 as coach at his youth club Concordia Basel. From the summer of 2007 he was an assistant coach at Grasshopper Club Zurich, where he was charged to the head coach of the club, Hanspeter Latour, to the side. He later coached at the U GC - 21st

On 5 June 2009 Yakin signed a contract valid until June 2011 as head coach at FC Thun. FC Thun won then the Challenge League championship and returned with it after two years of absence back in the Super League back. In early August 2010, the contract was extended to 2011 valid for a further year until 30 June 2012.

In spite of this contract extension Yakin moved to 2011/12 season as head coach for FC Lucerne, where he met his brother Hakan, who belonged to the Lucerne Player Squad. In his first season at FC Lucerne, he led the club in the Swiss Cup and finished the Super League after FC Basel in the second rank. After the 2012/13 season in the first six games, only three points were scored, Yakin was released on 20 August 2012 and replaced by Ryszard Komornicki.

On October 15, 2012 FC Basel Yakin committed as a successor to the previously dismissed coach Heiko Vogel.


When shooting to the Swiss Film Ferienfieber Murat Yakin played in a cameo appearance himself, who grew up in Munich stone athlete is of Turkish descent, older brother of Hakan Yakin and half-brother of Ertan Irizik, both of which are also professional footballers or were.


As a player

With the Grasshopper Club Zurich:

  • Swiss Cup Winner: 1994

With FC Basel:

  • Swiss Cup Winner: 2002, 2003