Abdulah Gegić

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Abdulah Gegić
Personal information
Full name Abdulah Gegić
Date of birth 19 March 1924
Place of birth Novi Pazar, Kingdom of SCS
Date of death 21 June 2008 (aged 84)
Place of death Novi Pazar, Serbia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1946–1947 OFK Beograd
Mačva Šabac
Teams managed
1961–1963 FK Bor
1963–1964 Radnički Niš
1964–1965 FK Sarajevo
1965 Yugoslavia
1965–1966 FK Partizan
1966–1967 Fenerbahçe SK
1967–1971 Eskişehirspor
1969 Turkey
1972–1973 Beşiktaş JK
1973–1974 Adana Demirspor
1974–1975 Bursaspor
1975–1976 Fenerbahçe SK
1976 Adanaspor
1977–1978 Eskişehirspor
1978–1979 Samsunspor
1979 Diyarbakırspor
1983 Eskişehirspor
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Abdulah Gegić (born 19 March 1924 in Novi Pazar, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes - died June 21, 2008 in Novi Sad, Serbia) was a Yugoslav football coach of Bosniak ethnicity who also had Turkish citizenship. While in Turkey he went by the name Abdullah Gegiç.

As a player he played with OFK Beograd and with FK Mačva Šabac[1] in the Yugoslav First League.

Gegić began his coaching career as coach of Serbian clubs FK Bor and FK Radnički Niš,[2] and later of the Yugoslav u-21 team, and also Yugoslavia national football team. He coached Partizan Belgrade where he reached the Final of the European Champion Clubs' Cup (today known as the UEFA Champions League) in 1966 where he saw a 2-1 defeat against Real Madrid. He was named the second best coach of Europe by France Football magazine. If Gegić had won the final, he would have been named the new coach of Real Madrid.

Gegić then came to Turkey to coach Eskişehirspor, where he became very successful and lead the club to many victories. He also coached Beşiktaş J.K. (1972–1973), Fenerbahçe S.K. (1975–1976) and the Turkish national football team.[3]

Gegić is nicknamed Futbol Profesörü (Football Professor) by the Turkish press. In 1979 he took the Turkish nationality and became a citizen of Turkey. Gegić is still an important figure in Turkish football having mentored most of the top Turkish coaches of today such as Fatih Terim, Mustafa Denizli, Şenol Güneş, and others.

On June 4, 2008, in Novi Sad, 84-year-old Gegić had a stroke and died 17 days later of the consequences.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Red Star Belgrade players at redstarbelgrade.info (see section of Milan Krstić)
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Abdullah Gegic @". Mackolik.com. 1924-01-01. Retrieved 2014-08-08. 

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