Emre Belözoğlu is a Turkish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Fenerbahçe. A playmaker, his past clubs include Galatasaray, Inter Milan, Newcastle United, Atlético Madrid and Fenerbahçe. Belözoğlu has been a part of the Turkish national team since 2000, earning over 100 caps and helping the team to the semi-finals at the 2002 World Cup and at Euro 2008. Pelé named him in the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living footballers as a part of FIFA’s centenary celebrations. Belözoğlu’s inspiration came from his father, Mehmet, who introduced him to football at the Zeytinburnuspor training ground. Belözoğlu’s mother, Fatma, had seen the problems that her husband had faced through his football career, and thus did not want their son to become a professional football player. His father, however, urged and inspired Belözoğlu to embark on a career. The fans of Zeytinburnuspor quickly took an interest in him, stating his wonderful control of a left foot. Coach Salih Bulgurlu noticed his talent and started giving him special training. Bulgurlu looked after Belözoğlu for four years, teaching him all the basic techniques, improving and harnessing his fitness and stamina dramatically. Belözoğlu was quickly discovered by former Galatasaray legend Bülent Ünder, a close friend of Galatasaray manager Fatih Terim. Bülent Ünder pleaded to Bulgurlu that Emre join Galatasaray: “Wait and see. In two years, this teenager will be playing proudly within the battlegrounds of Europe. Belözoğlu is a practising Muslim and has said; “like everyone else (who is Muslim), I’m trying to be as moderate as possible in this holy month. But the job I do is physically very hard, so on the day of a match and for one or two days previous I don’t fast”.