Aziz Yıldırım

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Aziz Yıldırım
Aziz Yıldırım.jpg
Chairman of Fenerbahçe Spor Külübü
Incumbent
Assumed office
14 February 1998
Preceded by Ali Haydar Şen
Personal details
Born (1952-11-02) 2 November 1952 (age 62)
Ergani
Alma mater Ankara Devlet Mühendislik Mimarlık Akademisi[1]
Profession Engineer

Aziz Yıldırım (born 2 November 1952 in Ergani, Diyarbakır Province) is currently the 52nd chairman of the Turkish multi sport club Fenerbahçe.[2] He is currently serving his fifth two-year term since coming to helm. He has a degree in civil engineering.[3]

Fenerbahçe SK[edit]

Yıldırım was a professional football player with Diyarbakırspor and Düzcespor. He retired from professional football at the age of 27 in 1979 and started a construction business. For two years, he acted as chairman at Anadolu Üsküdar football club during 1981–82 and 1982–83 seasons. He resumed his career in football administration in 1990 when he became Director of Football at Fenerbahçe in the 1990–91 and 1991–92 seasons. Afterwards, he took up the post of chairman at Düzcespor between 1993–1995. He became Fenerbahçe's chairman in 1998 after Ali Şen's resignation – a position he still holds. During his reign, the professional football team had six Turkish League Championships. Under his leadership, significant changes have been made in the club's infrastructure: Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium was expanded to a capacity of 55,000 from 30,000. Another significant mark of his success was evident in the 2006–07 season when over 100,000 Fenerbahçe membership cards were sold. The stadium's modern outlook gave the city of Istanbul the right to host UEFA Cup championship in 2009. Moreover, the club's financial portfolio changed dramatically under his leadership. Before 1998, a significant portion of the club's revenues came from media deals. By building a modern stadium and utilizing the vast potential of the millions of Fenerbahçe fans, he decreased this percentage down to about 40%. Spanish daily tabloid AS wrote that his career resembled that of Florentino Perez.[4][5]

Titles won by Fenerbahçe while president[edit]

Football[edit]

Men's Basketball[edit]

Women's Basketball[edit]

Men's Volleyball[edit]

Women's Volleyball[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Boxing[edit]

Swimming[edit]

Table Tennis[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Yıldırım was born in Ergani. He has 3 daughters. On 7 April 2010, he divorced his wife of 30 years. He is now married to Gonca Çelikkıran.[6]

2011 Turkish sports corruption scandal[edit]

On 2 July 2012, a Turkish "Special Authority Court" sentenced Yıldırım to three years and nine months for match-fixing and two years and six months for forming an illegal organisation. The sentence was later approved by the Turkish Supreme Court of Appeals. He was detained for one year in Metris Prison together with several other sportspeople involved in the scandal. However on 6 March 2014 special authority courts were abolished in Turkey. On 23 July 2014, his earlier retrial demand was accepted meaning that him and all the people involved will have a retrial about this case. [7][8][9] [10]

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