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Rustu Recber
Gender Male
Ethnic Turkish
Job Turkish Footballer
Desc Barcelona signed Rustu Recber on a free transfer from Fenerbahce in the summer of 2003, but the Turkey goalkeeper was left out of the Catalans’ first league game because of his poor Spanish and he never recovered from that. Rustu had recovered from injury, but coach Frank Rijkaard opted for Victor Valdes instead and the Turk complained to the media that a player of his reputation deserved to be in the team. But while Valdes went on to become probably the greatest goalkeeper in Barca’s history, Rustu made just seven appearances before moving back to Fenerbahce


Org Turkey National Team
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2009 09 12 Retrieve

[Besiktas goalkeeper Rustu Recber has warned Manchester United to expect a hostile reception like they have never seen before when they arrive in Istanbul to kick off their Champions League campaign] The level of hostility at the Inonu is unique. United have been to Galatasaray and Fenerbahce, but the Besiktas fans are in a league of their own. They are the noisiest, the most passionate, and they stay with the team for 90 minutes. The noise is incredible. It will be a new experience even for those United players who think they have seen everything. Our fans can really make it hell

[Now nearing the end of his career at 36 years of age, Rustu says his biggest regret was not joining United after Ferguson showed interest following the tournament in Korea and Japan] There was an opportunity to go to England. My agent spoke to Sir Alex and he wanted me as his goalkeeper. In the end I allowed my heart to rule my head and I joined Barcelona. But my experience there was a bitter one and looking back I should have gone to England

2009 10 07 Retrieve

[Rustu Recber Confident Besiktas Will Turn Things Around] We have played well in all our games, but haven’t been able to convert that form into results. There is something called luck in football - and I don’t think luck was on our side during those weeks. The longer we went without scoring, the more the pressure grew and it hurt our forwards’ confidence. Nevertheless, we have a quality squad and a very experienced coach. Everything can change. We will never lose our belief that we can win the championship. We are a very big team. We won’t give up until it’s mathematically impossible. We will give everything to defend our title. We plan to get through to the next round, but we haven’t managed a win yet, so our aim is to win the rest of our games. Then, if we can’t make it, our objective will be to play in the UEFA Europa League

2012 12 28 Retrieve

[Former Besiktas goalkeeper Rustu Recber has slammed his ex-club and Fenerbahce for rescinding the deals of Ricardo Quaresma and Alex, respectively] Both sides [Fenerbahce and Alex] have made mistakes. Alex had been a very helpful player for Fenerbahce. He should’ve seen the end of this season in Turkey. The timing was completely wrong. Aziz Yildirim’s decision to terminate his contract has come out of anger and it was also wrong. If he [Quaresma] had played throughout the season, maybe Besiktas could be leaders now. I don’t understand why he was sacrificed so suddenly. This is also a marketing mistake. They made him lost his value. His [Kocaman’s] additions were a hit-and-miss. Dirk Kuyt, Mehmet Topal, Raul Meireles and Milos Krasic have all been insufficient for the team. That’s a mistake on the one who made those transfers

2014 02 22 Retrieve

[Rustu Recber has questioned the credentials of Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and says he is not yet at the level of the man he is expected to replace at Barcelona - Victor Valdes] Ter Stegen is not at the level of Valdes. Besides none of the German goalkeepers have been successful in Spain. I met with Valdes when he was very young. At the time he seemed a bit crazy but he has matured into a very good and experienced goalkeeper. I would advise him to continue at Barca. I met with Valdes when he was very young. At the time he seemed a bit crazy but he has matured into a very good and experienced goalkeeper. I would advise him to continue at Barca.

You need to be good with the ball at your feet and have good technique on the ball

2020 04 27 Retrieve

[Former Turkey goalkeeper Recber Rustu was hospitalised with the coronavirus, with his wife Isil explaining] Everything was normal when he suddenly developed symptoms really fast and we are still in shock