Mustafa Denizli

Mustafa Denizli (born 10 November 1949) is a former Turkish football player and coach. He has managed many notable Turkish football clubs, including "Istanbul Big Three" (Fenerbahçe, Galatasaray and Beşiktaş) and has won the Süper Lig title three times. He is the only manager in history to win the Süper Lig with three clubs.

Mustafa Denizli
Denizli in 2019
Personal information
Date of birth (1949-11-10) 10 November 1949
Place of birth Çeşme, Turkey
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966–1983 Altay 386 (121)
1983–1984 Galatasaray 15 (3)
Total 401 (124)
National team
1971–1980 Turkey 10 (2)
Teams managed
1987–1989 Galatasaray
1989–1990 Alemannia Aachen
1990–1992 Galatasaray
1994–1996 Kocaelispor
1996–2000 Turkey
2000–2001 Fenerbahçe
2003–2004 Manisaspor
2004–2006 Pas Tehran
2006–2007 Persepolis
2008–2010 Beşiktaş
2011–2012 Persepolis
2012–2013 Çaykur Rizespor
2013–2014 Khazar Lankaran
2015–2016 Galatasaray
2017 Eskişehirspor
2018–2019 Kasımpaşa
2019 Tractor
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Managerial career

Early years

Denizli was appointed manager of FK Khazar Lankaran on 3 December 2013, with a one-and-a-half year deal.[1] On 16 May 2014, Denizli terminated his contract with Khazar.[2]

He also has worked outside Turkey with Alemannia Aachen in Germany, Pas and Persepolis in Iran and Khazar Lankaran in Azerbaijan. He managed the Turkish national team for four years and reached the quarter-finals of Euro 2000. On 23 December 2011, he returned to Persepolis but resigned at the end of the season. He spent 17 years with his hometown club Altay in İzmir, gaining a reputation as one of the best players in the position of attacking left forward in the league's history. On 9 October 2008 he signed a 1-year contract with Beşiktaş. On 30 May the club claimed its 13th Süper Lig title under his guidance. Denizli is the only one in Turkey who have won the national league with the ""three biggest"" football clubs; Beşiktaş, Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray as a manager. With 2008–09 league title, Denizli also clings to the achievement of being "the one and only Turkish coach Beşiktaş earned the league title with". 2 June 2010 According to a number of reports from Turkey, experienced gaffer Denizli has resigned as head coach of Süper Lig titans Beşiktaş due to medical reasons.[3]

Third term at Galatasaray

On 19 November 2015, Galatasaray manager Hamza Hamzaoğlu left his position as a result of mutual agreement.[4] On 22 November 2015, Denizli said "Galatasaray's president called me. I am going to meet with him tomorrow, negotiating for managerial position" on TRT Spor broadcast.[5] A day later, Galatasaray's president Dursun Aydın Özbek met with Denizli at Point Hotel Beşiktaş, Istanbul and he said "I offered managerial position to Mustafa Denizli and he accepted in principle. We will sign the official contract in a few days" on the press conference. Denizli commented "I started my career's unforgettable success' here and I want close the parenthesis here."[6]

Before the signing, Denizli followed UEFA Champions League match, Galatasaray played with Atlético Madrid in Vicente Calderón Stadium. But in this match, the team was managed by Cláudio Taffarel as the interim manager.[7] On 26 November 2015, he signed a contract until June 2017 in Florya Metin Oktay Sports Complex and Training Center.[8]

Denizli started his third term at Galatasaray with a 2–2 draw against Kasımpaşa in Süper Lig.[9] Team was beat Bursaspor with 3-0 in Ali Sami Yen Sports Complex, which is his second match.[10] On 8 December 2015, team draw against 1-1 with FC Astana but they took third place in UEFA Champions League C Group and qualified for 2015–16 UEFA Europa League knockout phase.[11] He said "This was the hardest 90 minutes of my career." after the game.[12] His last European match in 1991–92 European Cup Winners' Cup with Werder Bremen while he was a coach of Galatasaray until this match.[13]

His first derby was with Beşiktaş in Atatürk Olympic Stadium and Galatasaray lost 2-1 this match. Besides, this was first defeat of Denizli on third term.[14] After this, Galatasaray was met with Akhisar Belediyespor, impending Turkish Cup and beat in two matches.[15][16] Denizli went outside Istanbul with Kastamonuspor match since appointed of manager.[17] Denizli resigned from his duty on 1 March 2016.[18]

Kasımpaşa

On 2 October 2018, Denizli was appointed as the head coach of Kasımpaşa.[19] Denizli resigned in May 2019 two weeks before the end of the season.[20]

Tractor

Denizli was appointed as head coach of Tractor in June 2019.[21] One of his biggest successes during his career at Tractor FC, was winning the Persepolis–Tractor rivalry and when he was the head coach, Tractor defeated Persepolis after more than five years.[22][23] However, he was sacked on 7 December 2019 after a series of bad results, including a 4-2 home loss to Esteghlal.[24]

Statistics

Player

Club Season League Cup[nb 1][25] Europe[nb 2] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Altay 1967–68 7364--137
1968–69 2435-21314
1969–70 2783-2-328
1970–71 2852---305
1971–72 2810102--2812
1972–73 25122---2712
1973–74 25762--319
1974–75 2852---305
1975–76 224----224
1976–77 26102---2810
1977–78 2753-23328
1978–79 23994--3213
1979–80 221287--3019
1980–81 219211-2410
1981–82 261242--3014
1982–83 27742--319
Total 386121682474461149
Galatasaray 1983–84 15372--225
Total 1537200225
Career totals 401124752674483154

International

[26]

Turkey national team
YearAppsGoals
197741
197961
198010
Total102

International goals

[26]

GoalDateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
1.
6 April 1977
Ankara 19 Mayıs Stadium, Ankara, Turkey Finland1–01–2Friendly
2.
28 October 1979
Empire Stadium, Gżira, Malta Malta0–21–2UEFA Euro 1980 qualifying

Managerial statistics

As of 5 December 2019[27]
Team Nat From To Record
GWDLWin %
Galatasaray 1987 1989 99 60 22 17 060.61
Aachen 1989 1990 15 5 1 9 033.33
Galatasaray 1990 1992 77 47 14 16 061.04
Kocaelispor 1994 1996 81 34 24 23 041.98
Turkey 1996 2000 35 11 10 14 031.43
Fenerbahçe 2000 2001 66 40 8 18 060.61
Manisaspor 2003 2004 39 20 8 11 051.28
Pas Tehran 2004 2006 51 26 17 8 050.98
Persepolis 2006 2007 30 14 11 5 046.67
Beşiktaş 2008 2010 82 45 17 20 054.88
Persepolis 2011 2012 24 8 7 9 033.33
Rizespor 2012 2013 17 10 2 5 058.82
Khazar Lankaran 2013 2014 25 10 9 6 040.00
Galatasaray 2015 2016 22 11 6 5 050.00
Eskişehirspor 2017 2017 16 6 7 3 037.50
Kasımpaşa 2018 2019 32 11 6 15 034.38
Tractor 2019 2019 13 6 4 3 046.15
Total 724 363 174 187 050.14

Honours

Player honours

Altay

Managerial honours

Galatasaray
Fenerbahçe
Beşiktaş
Çaykur Rizespor

Awards and achievements

  • 1 times top goalscorer (1979–80 at Altay)
  • IFFHS's 11th best national team coach in the world: 2000

Notes

References

  1. "Mustafa Denizli signed a 1.5 year contract with XL" (in Azerbaijani). www.azerisport.com/. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  2. "XL Mustafa Dənizli ilə yollarını ayırdı" (in Azerbaijani). Azerisport. Retrieved 16 May 2014.
  3. "Mustafa Denizli Resigns As Besiktas Coach". Goal.com. 2 June 2010. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  4. "Explanation from Galatasaray Sportif A.Ş." (in Turkish). www.galatasaray.org. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  5. "Explanation for Galatasaray from Denizli" (in Turkish). www.trtspor.com.tr/. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  6. "Explanations from Dursun Aydın Özbek and Mustafa Denizli" (in Turkish). www.galatasaray.org. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  7. "Denizli talks after Atlético Madrid match" (in Turkish). www.sporx.com. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  8. "Mustafa Denizli signed with Galatasaray" (in Turkish). www.galatasaray.org. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  9. "Kasımpaşa 2-2 Galatasaray" (in Turkish). www.galatasaray.org. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  10. "Galatasaray 3-0 Bursaspor" (in Turkish). www.galatasaray.org. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  11. "Galatasaray 1-1 Astana" (in Turkish). www.galatasaray.org. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  12. "Comments from Mustafa Denizli for Astana match" (in Turkish). www.galatasaray.org. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  13. "At Europe with Galatasaray after 8665 days" (in Turkish). www.trtspor.com.tr. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  14. "Beşiktaş 2-1 Galatasaray" (in Turkish). www.galatasaray.org. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  15. "Galatasaray 2-1 Akhisar Belediyespor" (in Turkish). www.galatasaray.org. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  16. "Galatasaray 3-2 Akhisar Belediyespor" (in Turkish). www.galatasaray.org. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  17. "Kastamonuspor 1966 1-2 Galatasaray" (in Turkish). www.galatasaray.org. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  18. "Galatasaray'da Mustafa Denizli dönemi sona erdi" (in Turkish). www.t24.com.tr. 1 March 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  19. Mustafa Denizli Kasımpaşamızda, kasimpasaspor.org.tr, 2 October 2018
  20. "Mustafa Denizli istifasını açıkladı! ("Mustafa Denizli announced his resignation!")". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 14 May 2019. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  21. Mu Xuequan (13 June 2019). "Turkish Mustafa Denizli named Iran's Tractor head coach". Xinhuanet. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  22. "شکست پرسپولیس بعد از 5 سال مقابل تراکتور". Farsnews - Persian. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  23. "تراکتور ۱ - ۰ پرسپولیس/ ۳ امتیاز شیرین برای تراکتور با شوت احسان". 90tv.ir (in Persian). Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  24. "مصطفی دنیزلی از تراکتور جدا شد". www.varzesh3.com (in Persian). Retrieved 7 December 2019.
  25. "İstatistikler". mackolik.com. 1 September 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
  26. "Mustafa Denizli". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
  27. "Mustafa Denizli Managerial Statistic". mackolik.com. Retrieved 10 September 2010.
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