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Who is Fatih Terim?

Fatih Terim was born on September 4, 1953 in Adana, nicknamed “Emperor” in Turkey and “Grande” in Italy. He is a former national football player who has served as a Turkish coach and defender.

During his football career, he played for Ceyhanspor, Adana Demirspor and Galatasaray. As a football player in Galatasaray, where he played for 11 years, he won the Prime Minister’s Cup in the 1974-1975 and 1978-1979 seasons, the Turkish Cup in the 1975-1976, 1981-1982 and 1984-1985 seasons, and the Turkish Super Cup in the 1982-1983 season. . Fatih Terim left football at Galatasaray in 1985. He started his coaching career at MKE Ankaragücü. Fatih Terim, who later coached Goztepe, started to run Turkey U-21 simultaneously after a while. He later resigned from Goztepe.

After coaching Turkey and Galatasaray once, Terim went to Italy and coached Fiorentina and Milan. He returned to Turkey after an adventure in Italy that lasted for approximately 1 year. It is referred to as “Grande Terim” by Italian fans. Fatih Terim, who coached Galatasaray and Turkey for 2 more times, started his 4th term in Galatasaray on December 21, 2017. On January 10, 2022, his 4th term at Galatasaray ended. As a coach, he won 8 Super League, 3 Turkish Cups, 5 Turkish Super Cups and 1 UEFA Cup championship with Galatasaray. As a player, he won 3 Turkish Cups and 1 Turkish Super Cup.

He also has the “Commendatore” medal given by the Italian state. Fatih Terim, whose father is Cypriot, is married to Fulya Aksu Terim. He has two daughters named Merve Terim Cetin and Buse Terim Bahcekapili.


Club Career

  • Ceyhanspor: He started football in Ceyhanspor.
Fatih Terim
  • Adana Demirspor: He played for Adana Demirspor between 1969-1974. At that time, Adana Demirspor, who rose to the 1st League as the champion in the 2nd League, attracted attention with the game he played. Playing on the liberal front, Terim played 125 matches in Adana Demirspor in 5 years and scored 25 goals.
Fatih Terim
  • Galatasaray: In 1974, he was transferred to Galatasaray for 1 million 400 thousand liras with the money of that time. He played for Galatasaray for 11 years and won the Prime Minister’s Cup in the 1974-1975 and 1978-1979 seasons, the Turkish Cup and the Turkish Super Cup in the 1975-1976, 1981-1982 and 1984-1985 seasons. trophy in the 1982-1983 season. Fatih Terim left Galatasaray in 1985. He battered the Police Inspector and Galatasaray SK Board Member Gündüz Aktuğ, who opposed his transfer. An arrest warrant was issued for Terim, who beat Aktuğ until he fainted. Aktuğ claimed that about 10 thousand liras of money and his ring were missing. At the insistence of the club managers, Aktuğ withdrew the case. He was arrested in 1977 for raiding the casino, but escaped with the efforts of the club management and police.
Fatih Terim
  • He was arrested in 1980 for fighting with security guards at the end of the match, but his sentence was later commuted to a fine. In 1982-83 season, Adana Demirspor lost 3-0 to lose the championship. In the match, Terim heavily cursed his former teammate Erol Togay and beat his head and broke his tooth. In 1985, he argued with referee Hamza Alan for giving a red card to his teammate in a match, and Terim was given a red card. After being suspended for 5 matches, he decided to quit football. Fatih Terim’s birthday was celebrated at Ali Sami Yen Stadium. While the Trabzonspor-Galatasaray match continues, he lands on the field by helicopter. He was noted for his undisciplined behavior throughout his football career and was frequently fined. Terim, who played football in Galatasaray until he said goodbye to football in 1985, also assumed the captaincy of the team in Galatasaray. He played 327 matches for Galatasaray. Galatasaray did not become a champion in 11 years. Terim, who eliminated this misfortune with his coaching, became the coach with the most champions with Galatasaray.
Fatih Terim

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