Football player infobox
playername = Azar Karadas
fullname = Azar Karadas
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1981|8|9
height = 187 cm
clubnumber = 6
position = Centre back/
youthyears = ?–1998
years = 1999–20012002–20042004–20072005–20062006–20072007–present
clubs = BrannRosenborgBenfica→ Portsmouth (loan)→ Kaiserslautern (loan)Brann
caps(goals) = 60 0(12) [http://brann.no/brann_link/index.php?valg=spiller&spiller=32 Sportsklubben Brann - Ekte lidenskap har et navn ] no icon] 60 0(13)27 0(4)20 0(1)11 0(1)11 0(5)
nationalyears = ?-2000 2000–
nationalteam = Norway U21 Norway
nationalcaps(goals) = 33 0(12) 9 0(1)
pcupdate = April 14 2008
ntupdate = May 2006
Although he can also play as a
central defender, Karadas is renowned primarily as a centre forward.
Beginning his career at
S.K. Brann, Karadas signed for Rosenborg B.K.in a shock transfer on March 13, 2002. A former favourite at Brann, Karadas received death threats after moving to the bitter rivals.
At Rosenborg, Karadas' performances soon earned him a call up to the Norwegian Under-21s, and it was not long before foreign eyes began to be trained on the teenager. He further enhanced his reputation by scoring 2 goals against the mighty Inter Milan in a
UEFA Champions Leaguegame.
Karadas was linked with many of
Europe's major clubs, including Roda JC, Liverpool FCand Udinese Calcio, however SL Benficamanager Giovanni Trapattoniconvinced the talented youngster to join his team, starting in 2004/05.
After one season at Benfica, where he scored 6 goals and helped the team to win the national championship after 11 years, Karadas was loaned to
FA Premier Leagueclub Portsmouth for the 2005/06 season. [cite news |title=Pompey snap up Benfica's Karadas |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/p/portsmouth/4706547.stm |publisher=BBC Sport |date= 2005-07-22|accessdate=2007-08-31] His spectacular volley which helped then-relegation-threatened Portsmouth earn a crucial 1-1 draw against Bolton Wanderers F.C.in 2006, helped make him known in England.
June 16Norwegian press release reported that Benfica and Brann had agreed on a Karadas transfer back to Bergen. The deal was speculated to be worth £ 695.000 (€ 102.000), where Karadas was to give up £ 435.000 worth of bonuses Benfica owed him. Only is personal contract was an issue, as the player refused to give up a £ 350.000 compensation which Benfica had to pay him whenever Karadas was sold from the Lisbonclub. Benfica believed that by selling Karadas to a bigger international club, they could get a better transfer fee for him, and therefore his compensation would cost the club less than a Brann transfer would.
Despite being declared unwanted in Lisbon, Karadas returned to Benfica after his transfer to Brann fell through. His agent Karadas worked to find a new club for his cousin and on
August 16, 2006the news broke out that Karadas was in negotiations with German side 1. FC Kaiserslautern, who got relegated to the Second Bundesliga after 2005-06. The clubs agreed with a one-year loan deal, and Karadas joined Kaiserslautern for the 2006-07 season.
Karadas debuted in Germany football (and its second level) on
August 27, 2006in their 2-0 home league victory over SC Paderborn 07. He started the match, but was substituted in the 61st minute. On September 9, Karadas scored his first goal for the club in their 2-0 away victory over amateur side 1. FC Gera 03in the first round of the German Cup. His first league goal came on September 29, in Kaiserslautern's 1-1 away draw at SpVgg Unterhaching. Until winter break, he made 10 league appearances for the club, but did not score any further goals and was also sent off with two yellow cards in derby at 1. FC Köln, which ended in a 2-2 draw, on the final day before winter break. He finished with 11 games and 1 goal, as Kaiserslautern ended in sixth place.
Return to Brann
August 24, 2007Azar finally signed a contract with Brann. [ [http://brann.no/index.php?valg=nyhet&nyhet=5683 Sportsklubben Brann - Ekte lidenskap har et navn ] no icon] In his comeback to Brann stadium, in a match against Sandefjord B.K. on September 2, 2007, he was greeted as a hero and a banner stating «Vi hatet deg så mye, fordi vi elsker deg så høyt!» ("We hated you so much, because we love you so much!") . [ [http://fotball.bt.no/eliteserien/article89194.ece 100% Fotball ] no icon]
*Norwegian League: 2002, 2003 and 2007
*Norwegian Cup: 2003
* [http://www.fussballdaten.de/spieler/karadasazar/ Stats at fussballdaten.de] de icon
* [http://www.playerhistory.com/Default.aspx?page=player_details&playerID=9/ Stats at Playerhistory.com] en icon
NAME= Karadas, Azar
ALTERNATIVE NAMES= Karadaş, Azar
DATE OF BIRTH=
August 9, 1981
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