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Bülent Korkmaz

Bülent Korkmaz
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Personal information
Full name Bülent Korkmaz
Date of birth (1968-11-24) 24 November 1968 (age 53)
Place of birth Malatya, Turkey
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
Çaykur Rizespor (manager)
Youth career
1979–1985 Galatasaray
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–2005 Galatasaray 430 (15)
Total 430 (15)
National team
1988 Turkey U21 3 (0)
1990–2005 Turkey 102 (3)
Teams managed
2006 Kayseri Erciyesspor
2007 Bursaspor
2007–2008 Gençlerbirliği
2009 Galatasaray
2009–2010 Baku
2011–2012 Karabükspor
2012–2013 İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor
2014–2015 Kayseri Erciyesspor
2015–2016 Mersin İdman Yurdu
2018–2019 Antalyaspor
2020 Konyaspor
2021 Alanyaspor
2022– Çaykur Rizespor
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Bülent Korkmaz (born 24 November 1968), colloquially known by his given nicknames "Büyük Kaptan" (lit.'Great Captain') and "Cengaver" (lit.'Warrior'), is a Turkish former professional footballer and current manager of TFF First League club Çaykur Rizespor.

Korkmaz was a one club man during his club career, playing as a centre-back for Galatasaray for his whole career for 18 consecutive seasons between 1987 and 2005, winning 8 Süper Lig, 6 Turkish Cup, 5 Turkish Super Cup,1 UEFA Cup and 1 UEFA Super Cup titles.

He is the 13th player in history to make over 100 appearances across European club competitions.

Korkmaz has got 102 senior caps for Turkey national football team.

Club career

Korkmaz started his career at Galatasaray Futbol Akademisi as a goalkeeper in 1979.[citation needed] He changed his field role to become a defender following the advise from his youth coach.[citation needed] He was offered a professional contract by German club Bayer Leverkusen at the age of 16 but he chose to stay at Galatasaray and he was eventually promoted to senior squad in 1987.

Korkmaz was a part of squad reaching semi-finals of 1988–89 edition of UEFA European Cup. During the 2000 UEFA Cup Final between Galatasaray and Arsenal, he dislocated his shoulder but he declined to quit the game, continued the game until the end following in-field physio treatment where Galatasaray won the cup after extra time. However, the injury caused Korkmaz eventually to miss UEFA Euro 2000 competition.

Korkmaz was invited to play at "FIFA XI" squad against the 2002 FIFA World Cup hosts "Japan & Korea XI" at World Dream soccer exhibition, held at Yokohama International Stadium on 3 January 2001.

International career

Korkmaz was part of the Turkey national team that finished third at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and, in 2003, had the same finishing position at the FIFA Confederations Cup. Korkmaz also represented Turkey in EURO 96.

Coaching career

On 30 August 2005, Korkmaz was appointed as the assistant manager at Gençlerbirliği S.K., and resigned during the same season. In January 2007, he signed in Kayseri Erciyesspor as head coach while the team were sitting at the bottom of the ladder. Under Korkmaz's management, Kayseri Erciyesspor reached the final of 2006–07 Turkish Cup, losing 0–1 to Beşiktaş J.K., however; spotting 17th position, they relegated at the end of the season.

On 23 February 2009, after the leaving of Michael Skibbe, Korkmaz was appointed as the head coach of Galatasaray. Putting a performance of 7 wins out of 15 official games, his was sacked by the club in June 2009.

On 8 November 2011, after the resignation of Yücel İldiz, Korkmaz joined Karabükspor as the head coach. Taking the team over from 16th position of standings, he managed the team to finish the season at 12th place, for a safe avoiding the relegation. In same season, Karabükspor reached semi-finals at 2011–12 Turkish Cup, for the first time at club's history.

On 13 November 2012, Korkmaz replaced Carlos Carvalhal at İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor. His contract was mutually terminated after his team got relegated as of 30 May 2013.

Style of play and reception

Korkmaz was described as "an aggressive and powerful defender" by Bleacher Report, in 2014. Ozan Kabak, another home-grown Galatasaray player, expressed that he idolised Korkmaz, in 2020.

Personal life

Korkmaz was born in Malatya in 1968. His younger brother, Mert Korkmaz (born 1971) is also a former professional footballer, played also for Galatasaray and holds 5 caps for Turkey. Korkmaz is married with 2 daughters.

Career statistics

Club

Source:
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Turkish Cup Other Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Galatasaray 1987–88 1. Lig 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0
1988–89 10 0 0 0 3 0 7 0 20 0
1989–90 21 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 25 0
1990–91 30 2 4 0 2 0 36 2
1991–92 27 3 2 0 2 0 5 0 36 3
1992–93 29 1 6 0 3 0 5 0 43 1
1993–94 30 1 5 1 3 0 9 0 47 2
1994–95 31 1 6 1 2 0 8 0 47 2
1995–96 29 0 6 0 2 0 2 0 39 0
1996–97 32 2 1 1 2 0 4 0 39 3
1997–98 29 1 7 0 2 0 8 0 46 1
1998–99 21 1 6 0 1 0 2 0 30 1
1999–00 22 0 3 1 0 0 8 0 33 1
2000–01 27 0 2 0 0 0 15 1 44 1
2001–02 Süper Lig 26 3 0 0 0 0 12 0 38 3
2002–03 30 1 2 0 0 0 6 0 38 1
2003–04 23 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 29 0
2004–05 13 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
Career total 430 15 52 4 26 0 102 1 610 20
  1. ^ Appearances in Atatürk Cup, Chancellor Cup, President Cup and TSYD Cup
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup
  3. ^ Named respectively as Milli Lig between 1959–1962, Türkiye 1. Futbol Ligi (1. Lig) between 1962–2000, and Süper Lig from 2001 to present

International

Source:
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Turkey 1990 2 0
1991 8 0
1992 8 0
1993 6 1
1994 7 1
1995 11 0
1996 9 0
1997 4 0
1998 0 0
1999 0 0
2000 5 0
2001 4 0
2002 15 1
2003 14 0
2004 7 0
2005 2 0
Total 102 3

Managerial statistics

As of 20 May 2022
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat. From To Record Ref.
G W D L Win %
Kayseri Erciyesspor Turkey 16 January 2006 29 May 2007 17 7 5 5 041.18
Bursaspor Turkey 27 June 2007 22 October 2007 9 1 4 4 011.11
Gençlerbirliği Turkey 1 November 2007 30 January 2008 10 2 3 5 020.00
Galatasaray Turkey 25 February 2009 30 June 2009 16 8 4 4 050.00
Baku Azerbaijan 24 September 2009 22 March 2010 44 16 14 14 036.36
Karabükspor Turkey 16 November 2011 30 June 2012 28 14 3 11 050.00
İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor Turkey 14 November 2012 30 June 2013 23 6 7 10 026.09
Kayseri Erciyesspor Turkey 30 July 2014 25 November 2014 11 1 6 4 009.09
Mersin İdman Yurdu Turkey 22 September 2015 4 January 2016 15 3 4 8 020.00
Antalyaspor Turkey 14 June 2018 15 November 2019 52 20 10 22 038.46
Konyaspor Turkey 13 February 2020 12 September 2020 13 4 4 5 030.77
Alanyaspor Turkey 6 September 2021 30 December 2021 16 7 4 5 043.75
Çaykur Rizespor Turkey 20 February 2022 Present 18 6 4 8 033.33
Total 272 95 72 105 034.93

Honours

Turkey

Galatasaray

See also


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