In the mid-2000s, Suat Türker shot Kickers Offenbach into the second Bundesliga with his goals. The striker achieved legendary status on Bieberer Berg – which is why the grief is all the greater. The former footballer died unexpectedly at the age of 46.

Kickers Offenbach mourn their club legend Suat Türker. The former crowd favorite died surprisingly on Sunday at the age of 46, according to the regional league. “The OFC family mourns with the bereaved and is thinking of Suat Türker’s family, relatives and close friends,” writes the traditional Hessian club on Instagram for a black and white photo of the former striker. Nothing is known about the cause of death at this time.

Türker moved to Offenbach in 2003. In the 2004/05 season he played a key role in promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga with 16 goals in 30 regional league games. There, too, the 1.80 meter tall attacker proved his quality, scoring a total of 37 times for the Kickers in the three following seasons. After the Hessians were relegated, Türker moved to SC Freiburg for six months before returning to Bieberer Berg.

“His goals and his passion for playing for Kickers Offenbach made the OFC fans cheer in droves,” writes the current third-placed player in the fourth-rate Regionalliga Südwest. After his return to the Kickers, Türker moved to SV Wehen Wiesbaden in January 2010 before signing again in Offenbach in 2011. After a few appearances for the second team, he ended his active career in the summer of 2012 at the age of 36.

After that, he continued to work for the 1970 cup winners, then worked as a coach in amateur football, most recently at SV Dersim Rüsselsheim. The OFC writes that Türker has always been “a guest at home games in the traditional box” since the end of his career and also took part in the funeral service for club icon Hermann Nuber, who died in December 2022 at the age of 87. Then the message ends with the words: “Rest in peace, Suat” and a black heart.