Born: 10 May 1973 (age 46)
Korkuteli, Antalya, Turkey
Playing position: Goalkeeper
1993–1994 Antalyaspor (loan)
2004–2006 Fenerbahçe (loan)
1992–1993 Turkey U21
1994–2012 Turkey 120
Rüştü is married to Işıl Reçber and the couple has a son and a daughter. The couple first met in the period when Rüştü just signed for Fenerbahçe from Antalyaspor, in 1994. Rüştü used to be a Galatasaray supporter in his childhood. His son, Burak, born in 2007, plays football at Galatasaray academy.
In March 2020, Reçber tested positive for COVID-19 amidst the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic. He was admitted to the hospital for care where he was put under isolation.
Style of play
Rüştü was renowned as a gifted shot-stopper, possessed an excellent positional sense. Using his height, he was also able to come up for high balls. He also possessed strong reflexes and good deflecting ability. Known as a penalty stopper, his shoot-out performance against Croatia in the UEFA Euro 2008 quarter-finals was described as heroic by UEFA in 2015. He was featured in a UEFA Training Ground series video under the title of Rüştü’s Turkish Delight, in which he was described as a Master of Penalties. He was an eccentric goalkeeper, who also stood out for his charismatic personality. Physically, he was recognizable for his long hair and anti-glare paint under his eyes. He was also adept at taking goal kicks and clearing backpasses.
Rüştü Reçber is a retired Turkish international footballer and a current sports executive. During his professional career, he played as a goalkeeper for Antalyaspor, Fenerbahçe, Barcelona, and Beşiktaş.
Rüştü was part of the Turkish national squad that reached the semi-finals at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2008. At the former, where Turkey finished third, his performances saw him selected for the tournament’s all-star team. He is Turkey’s record appearance holder, having earned 120 cups. He made his debut against Iceland in 1994 and his final appearance came against Finland in 2012.
Rüştü was named the best goalkeeper in European competitions in 2002, selected for the 2002 UEFA Team of the Year by public vote. In 2004, he was selected to FIFA 100 by Pelé as one of the 125 best living footballers in the world.
As a Player in Fenerbahçe
Super League: 1995–96, 2000–01, 2004–05, 2006–07
Atatürk Cup: 1998
Super League: 2008–09
Turkey Cup: 2008–09, 2010–11
FIFA World Cup Third-place: 2002
UEFA Euro Semi-finalist: 2008
FIFA Confederations Cup Third-place: 2003
FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 2002
UEFA Team of the Year: 2002
IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper of the Year 2002: 3rd
IFFHS Best Goalkeeper of the 21st Century: 23rd