Davala with Galatasaray in 2012
|Full name||Ümit Davala|
|Date of birth||30 July 1973|
|Place of birth||Mannheim, West Germany|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Right back
|1996||→ Diyarbakırspor (loan)||18||(3)|
|2002–2003||→ Galatasaray (loan)||23||(1)|
|2003–2004||→ Werder Bremen (loan)||22||(0)|
|2008–2009||Galatasaray (Assistant manager)|
|2011–2013||Galatasaray (Assistant manager)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Davala played with VfR Mannheim, ASV Feudenheim, Türkspor Mannheim, Afyonspor, Genclerbirligi, Diyarbakırspor and Istanbulspor AS before joining Galatasaray in 1997. He won three successive Turkish championships. In 2000, he helped the club to win the Turkish Football Cup by scoring two goals in the final against Beşiktaş. In same year, he helped the club win the UEFA Cup final against Arsenal and the European Super Cup against Real Madrid.
In September 2001, Davala transferred to A.C. Milan in a  He made the transfer because he wanted to follow his former coach at Galatasaray, Fatih Terim, who had been named head coach of Milan. But in November, Terim was fired and replaced by Carlo Ancelotti, after which Ümit lost his first-team place. In June 2002, he was sold to Internazionale Milano in exchange for Dario Šimić, but was immediately loaned back to Galatasaray. In July 2003, Ümit was loaned to Werder Bremen, helping the club win the German Championship and German Cup. In July 2004, he was signed permanently, but injuries limited his appearances. A hip injury suffered in October 2005 proved too difficult, and over the winter break of the 2005–06 season he was released by the club, and retired from professional football.
Davala was in the squad of Euro 2000 and the 2002 FIFA World Cup. In the latter tournament, he stood out for his mohawk hair style and scored a goal against China in the group stages, adding the winner against Japan in the second round. He also provided the cross that resulted on İlhan Mansız's golden goal against Senegal in the quarter-finals. Turkey would finish the tournament in third place.
|1.||28 March 2001||Skopje, Macedonia||Macedonia||1–2||1–2||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2.||13 June 2002||Seoul, South Korea||China PR||3–0||3–0||FIFA World Cup 2002|
|3.||18 June 2002||Miyagi, Japan||Japan||0–1||0–1||FIFA World Cup 2002|
|4.||16 October 2002||Istanbul, Turkey||Liechtenstein||0–2||0–5||UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying|
|Correct as of 5 June 2009|
Ümit Davala had been the head coach of Turkey national under-21 football team until June 2008. He joined Galatasaray S.K. as an assistant manager on 11 June 2008. After a loss to Bursaspor, the Galatasaray board stated that “radical changes” were on the way. And, true to their word, the board declared that assistant coaches Umit Davala and Edwin Boekamp were sacked on 10 October 2008 after a brief chat with club president Adnan Polat. He joined Galatasaray S.K. again as an assistant manager in June 2011.
- World Footballer of the Year: 2002
- Süper Lig: 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000
- Turkish Cup: 1995–96, 1998–99, 1999–2000
- UEFA Cup: 1999–2000
- UEFA Super Cup: 2000
- "IL MILAN PRENDE SIMIC A TITOLO DEFINITIVO, ALL'INTER UMIT CHE VIENE TRASFERITO IN PRESTITO AL GALATASARAY" (in Italian). FC Internazionale Milano. 29 June 2002. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
- "Ümit excited by EURO challenge". UEFA. 15 January 2007. Retrieved 10 October 2008.
- "Umit Davala and Edwin Boekamp fired". Galatasaray.org. 10 October 2008. Retrieved 10 October 2008.
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