Özkan Sümer

Özkan Sümer (born January 20, 1937) is a Turkish former footballer and coach. He played as defender in Trabzonspor (and later coached the same club), Galatasaray SK, and the Turkey national football team. He also served as president of Trabzonspor.

Özkan Sümer
Personal information
Full name Özkan Sümer
Date of birth (1937-01-20) January 20, 1937
Place of birth Trabzon, Turkey
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Sebat Gençlik
1967–1970 Trabzonspor
Teams managed
1978–1981 Trabzonspor
1981 Turkey
1982–1983 Galatasaray SK
1984–1985 Trabzonspor
1990–1991 Trabzonspor
1998 Trabzonspor
2000–2001 Mobellaspor
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only



Sümer was born in Trabzon and started to play football in his home town's club of Trabzonspor. After some time at Karabükspor and Sebat Gençlik, Sümer re-joined Trabzonspor. He was a successful defender of his team. During this time, he earned the nickname "Deve" (literally: "Camel") due to his tallness and stubborn rough playing temperament.


After having ended his active sports life, Sümer served as an instructor for a while at the Turkish Football Federation (TFF). He coached later the youth and amateur squads of Trabzonspor before he was appointed manager of the main team in 1978.

Trabzonspor became league champion with Sümer as manager in the seasons 1978–79 and 1980–81. In 1981, he was appointed manager of the Turkey national football team. The national team played two matches under his managership losing both. He then transferred to coach Galatasaray SK in the 1982–83 season. Sümer was manager again at Trabzonspor in the seasons 1984–85, 1990–91 and 1996. In the season 2000–01, he coached Mobellaspor, a Second League club in Konya.[1]

Club president

In 2001, Sümer was elected president of Trabzonspor succeeding Mehmet Ali Yılmaz.[2] He resigned from this post on September 5, 2003 in protest of a resolution made by the Ombudsman Board of the TFF that lifted a ban against Fenerbahçe SK concluded before.[3]


Since July 22, 2006, Sümer serves as the regional coordinator for education at Trabzonspor.[4]

In 2007, he co-founded the women's football branch of Trabzonspor along with Zeliha Şimşek, a former KTÜ women's club footballer only six weeks before the beginning of the football season. The team was invited to join the Turkish Women's Football Premier League. in its first season of 2007–08. Trabzonspor women became league champion already the next season.[5]


As manager

As club president


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  2. "Trabzonspor'un yeni başkanı Sümer" (in Turkish). Ntvmsnbc.com. 2000-12-31. Retrieved 2010-09-26.
  3. "Özkan Sümer isyanı" (in Turkish). Radikal.com.tr. 2003-09-06. Retrieved 2010-09-26.
  4. "Trabzon'da Özkan Sümer'e yeni görev" (in Turkish). Tüm Gazeteler. Retrieved 2009-09-21.
  5. "Zeliha Şimşek'in futbol aşkı!" (in Turkish). Ajans Spor. 2008-12-03. Retrieved 2009-09-06.
  6. "Başarı Tablosu" (in Turkish). Trabzonspor.mobi. Retrieved 2009-09-22.
  7. "Başarı Tablosu" (in Turkish). Trabzonspor.mobi. Retrieved 2009-09-22.
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