Hasan Satay8 October 1994
- LATEST TRIUMPHS:
- 2015 IBSA Blind Football European Championships – Gold
Hasan Satay is rapidly transforming into a prolific goal scorer for the Turkish football 5-a-side national team. He scored 39 goals for Izmir Contemporary Visual Impaired Sports Club in the Turkish Blind Football League in 2017. He added 11 goals for Turkey at the 2017 European Championships in Germany to attain the Top Goal Scorer award.
Born in Kars, Satay began playing blind football in 2012 and made his debut for Turkey at the 2014 World Championships in Japan. The following year, he was selected to represent Turkey at the 2015 European Championships.
Satay scored his first goal for Turkey in their narrow defeat to England 2-1 in their last group stage match. He also scored in the penalty shootout of the semi-final against Spain, where Turkey won 2-0 on penalties and qualified for the final.
They went on to defeat Russia* 1-0 to be crowned European champions for the first time in their history and qualify for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Hasan puts down winning the biennial tournament as one of the best moments of his career:
“2015 was an amazing year for me. For the first time in my life, I scored for the Turkish National Team in an official competition. As a team, we managed to win the European Championships, which was such a wondering feeling and surprised a lot of people.”
Although Turkey were unable to retain their European Championships title in 2017, eventually finishing fifth, Satay scored 11 goals, including seven in Turkey’s 9-2 victory over Georgia.
*Editor's note: The International Paralympic Committee suspended the Russian Paralympic Committee on 7 August 2016 for its inability to fulfil its IPC membership responsibilities and obligations, in particular its obligation to comply with the IPC Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Code (to which it is also a signatory). As a result of the suspension, Russian athletes cannot enter IPC sanctioned events or competitions, including the Paralympic Games.