Bülent Korkmaz

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Bülent Korkmaz
Bülent Korkmaz'12.JPG
Bülent in 2012
Personal information
Full name Bülent Korkmaz
Date of birth (1968-11-24) 24 November 1968 (age 45)
Place of birth Malatya, Turkey
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1979–1986 Galatasaray A2
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–2005 Galatasaray 430 (15)
National team
1988 Turkey U21 3 (0)
1990–2005 Turkey 102 (3)
Teams managed
2005 Gençlerbirliği (Assistant)
2006 Kayseri Erciyesspor
2007 Bursaspor
2007–2008 Gençlerbirliği
2009 Galatasaray
2009–2010 Baku
2011–2012 Karabükspor
2012–2013 Istanbul B.B.
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Bülent Korkmaz (born 24 November 1968 in Malatya) is a retired Turkish football centre back and former manager of Karabükspor. He played for Galatasaray for his whole career (1987–2005), where fans nicknamed him Büyük Kaptan (the Great Captain).

He retired at the end of the 2004–2005 season, having made over 100 appearances for Turkey.

Playing career[edit]

Bülent entered the Galatasaray youth setup at the age of 11 as a goalkeeper. His coach at the time said that he was not suited for that role so he was moved into the defensive midfielder role, and subsequently became a central defender. At age 16 he was offered a contract by German club Bayer Leverkusen. However, he remained at Galatasaray, where he was promoted to the senior squad in 1987.

Bülent spent a quarter of a century at Galatasaray, where he won 29 trophies, including one UEFA Cup, one UEFA Super Cup, 8 league titles and 5 domestic cups. He reached the semi-finals of the European Cup in the 1988–1989 season. Bülent became the 13th player in history to make 100 European club competition appearances, and made 102 such appearances in all. Internationally, he was the first Turkish international to reach 100 caps, gaining 102 by the time of his retirement.

During the 2000 UEFA Cup Final between Galatasaray and Arsenal, his shoulder was dislocated and Bülent declined to leave the pitch, so the doctors strapped his shoulder to his chest and he played the rest of the match, helping his side toward victory after a penalty shootout. However, this injury caused Bülent to miss UEFA Euro 2000.[1]

He was also part of the Turkish squad that finished third at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and, in 2003, had the same finishing position at the FIFA Confederations Cup. Bülent also represented Turkey in EURO 96.

He was selected in the World Team in 2001 against a joint team fielded by 2002 World Cup co-hosts Japan and South Korea, and also in 2003 against Juventus F.C.

Coaching career[edit]

On 30 August 2005, Bülent became assistant manager at Gençlerbirliği S.K.,[2] but resigned before the season's end. In January 2007, he took on a new job as manager of Kayseri Erciyesspor, who were at the bottom of the Turkish league. Despite better results in the second half of the league, (including reaching the Cup final), the side was relegated from the league, and Bülent again resigned, agreeing to become Bursaspor manager in June 2007.

He was fired from Bursaspor in October 2007, and returned to Gençlerbirliği, this time as the main coach.

Galatasaray[edit]

On 23 February 2009, after the sacking of Michael Skibbe, Bülent became the new manager of Galatasaray.[3] He resigned from the role in June 2010.[citation needed]

Karabükspor[edit]

On 8 November 2011, after the resignation of Yücel İldiz, Bülent became the new manager of Karabükspor.[4] He took the team from 16th position to the 12th, and at the end of the season, the team stayed out of relegation. Also, Karabükspor reached the semi-finals of the 2011–12 Turkish Cup, which was the first time in the club history. However, they were eliminated by Fenerbahçe in the semi-finals.

Despite his efforts, on 10 May, his contract was not extended by the board, and sacked.

İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor[edit]

On 13 November 2012, after the sacking of Carlos Carvalhal, Bülent became the new manager of İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor (football).[5] His contract was mutually terminated after his team got relegated as of 30 May 2013.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Bülent's younger brother, Mert Korkmaz, was also a professional footballer, who retired in 2008. Both played at Galatasaray from 1993–97. Bülent is married and has 2 daughters.

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

[7]

Club[edit]

Club Season League Cup[8] League Cup[9] Europe[10] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Galatasaray
1987–88 0 0 - - 2 0 - - 2 0
1988–89 10 0 - - 3 0 7 0 20 0
1989–90 21 0 - - 2 0 2 0 25 0
1990–91 30 2 4 0 2 0 - - 36 2
1991–92 27 3 2 0 2 0 5 0 36 3
1992–93 29 1 6 0 3 0 5 0 43 1
1993–94 30 1 5 1 3 0 9 0 47 2
1994–95 31 1 6 1 2 0 8 0 47 2
1995–96 29 0 6 0 2 0 2 0 39 0
1996–97 32 2 1 1 2 0 4 0 39 3
1997–98 29 1 7 0 2 0 8 0 46 1
1998–99 21 1 6 0 1 0 2 0 30 1
1999–00 22 0 3 1 0 0 8 0 33 1
2000–01 27 0 2 0 0 0 15 1 44 1
2001–02 26 3 0 0 0 0 12 0 38 3
2002–03 30 1 2 0 0 0 6 0 38 1
2003–04 23 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 29 0
2004–05 13 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
Career total 430 15 52 4 26 0 102 1 610 20

International[edit]

National team Year Apps Goals Assists
Turkey 1990 2 0 -
1991 8 0 -
1992 8 0 -
1993 6 1 -
1994 7 1 -
1995 8 0 -
1996 9 0 -
1997 4 0 -
1998 0 0 -
1999 0 0 -
2000 5 0 -
2001 5 0 -
2002 15 1 -
2003 14 0 -
2004 7 0 -
2005 2 0 -
Total 102 3 -

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 30 May 2013[citation needed]
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Kayseri Erciyesspor Turkey 2006 2007 17 7 5 5 41.18
Bursaspor Turkey 2007 2007 9 1 4 4 11.11
Gençlerbirliği Turkey 2007 2008 10 2 3 5 20.00
Galatasaray Turkey 2009 2009 15 7 4 4 46.67
Baku Azerbaijan 2009 2010 44 16 14 14 36.36
Karabükspor Turkey 2011 2012 33 17 4 12 51.52
İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor (football) Turkey 2012 2013 22 6 6 10 27.27
Total 150 56 40 54 37.33

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Galatasaray stars in Turkey squad
  2. ^ Gençlerbirliği go for Bülent
  3. ^ "New Coach Bülent Korkmaz". Galatasaray S.K. Official Website. Retrieved 23 February 2009. 
  4. ^ "Bülent Korkmaz ıle Prensipte Anlaşmaya Varılmıştır". Karabükspor Official Website. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Bülent Korkmaz ile İBB anlaştı". Sonsayfa Internet Newspaper Website. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "İBB ile Bülent Korkmaz'ın yolları ayrıldı". Samanyolu Haber TV News Channel Website. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Korkmaz, Bülent". National Football Teams. Retrieved 10 June 2010. 
  8. ^ Includes Turkish Cup
  9. ^ Includes Atatürk Cup, Chancellor Cup, President Cup and TSYD Cup
  10. ^ Includes UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tugay Kerimoğlu
Galatasaray captain
1995–2005
Succeeded by
Hakan Şükür