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Kubilay Türkyilmaz

Personal information
Date of birth4 March 1967(age 49)
Place of birthBellinzona, Switzerland
Height1.82 m (5 ft 11.6 in)
Playing positionStriker

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Kubilay Türkyilmaz (Turkish: Kubilay Türkyılmaz) (born 4 March 1967 in Bellinzona) is a former Swiss footballer of Turkish descent. He completed his international career as the all-time joint leading goal scorer for the Swiss national team, with 34 goals in 62 appearances between 1988 and 2001, equalling the performance of Max Abegglen. Their record was bettered by Alexander Frei in 2008. He appeared at Euro 96, scoring Switzerland's equalizer against England in the opening match of the tournament, a 1-1 draw at Wembley. Türkyilmaz once refused to play for Switzerland in a game against Turkey for fear of being branded a traitor.

The former Servette and Grasshoppers player is believed to be the first player ever to record a hat trick solely through penalty kicks in FIFA World Cup qualifying, doing so on 7 October 2000 in a 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Zürich against the Faroe Islands. The feat was later repeated by Henrik Larsson for Sweden against Moldova on 6 June 2001 and Ronaldo for Brazil against Argentina on 2 June 2004.

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