Engin Fırat

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Engin Fırat
Personal information
Full name Engin Fırat
Date of birth (1970-06-11) 11 June 1970 (age 44)
Place of birth Istanbul, Turkey
Teams managed
Years Team
1997–1998 Samsunspor (assistant)
1998–1999 Antalyaspor (assistant)
2000–2002 Eintracht Frankfurt (assistant)
2002–2003 Fenerbahçe (assistant)
2003–2004 LR Ahlen (assistant)
2004 LR Ahlen
2004–2005 Incheon United (assistant)
2005 Incheon United
2005–2006 Sivasspor (assistant)
2006–2007 Saipa (assistant)
2007–2008 Iran (assistant)
2008 Kayseri Erciyesspor
2008 Sepahan
2011 Gostaresh Foolad
2013–2014 Saipa

Engin Fırat (born on 11 June 1970 in Istanbul, Turkey) is a German Turkish head coach who most recently managed Saipa in Iran Pro League.

Early life[edit]

Firat was born on 11 June 1970 in Istanbul from a German father and a Turkish mother. He began his football career when he was 10.

Managerial career[edit]

Early years[edit]

He started his professional career as an assistant coach for German legend Horst Hrubesch in Samsunspor in 1997. This made Firat the youngest professional football coach in Europe. Samsunspor finished the season with an excellent 5th place in Süper Lig. As a 27 year old in pro-soccer, he quickly earned his respect with the club and the players. So it was no surprise, when Hrubesch was sent by the club, Firat was asked to stay and become the assistant coach of new head coach, Joseph Jaranbinsky from the Czech Republic. The next season Jarabinsky and Firat joined league-rivals, Antalyaspor. They finished a very successful season on the 6th spot, with the highest total points and rank in the club's history.

Eintracht Frankfurt and Fenerbahçe[edit]

Between 2000 to 2002, Firat was a member of the technical staff of Fußball-Bundesliga team Eintracht Frankfurt. He also did scouting for the team. Firat joined Turkish giants Fenerbahçe S.K., as an assistant coach of German head coach Werner Lorant in 2002. They finished 2nd in the league and their historical 6-0 win over rivals, Galatasaray was the highlight of the season.

LR Ahlen[edit]

In January 2003, Lorant and Firat took over 2. Fußball-Bundesliga side, LR Ahlen. The team was 17th at the beginning of the second half of the season finished far away from the relegation spots. They ranked 5th on the 2nd half of the season ranking. After Lorant was resigned as the club head coach, Firat became head coach for 3 games, that made him only the second Turkish head coach in German Bundesliga history, after Mustafa Denizli.

Incheon United[edit]

In 2004, Lorant and Firat joined the newly founded south-Korean Pro team Incheon United. Due to family reasons Firat left the team after pre-season camp but was returned to the club one month later and also guided the team in five matches.

Return to Turkey[edit]

At the start of the 2005-06 season, Lorant and Firat took over the Turkish side, Sivasspor. Sivasspor just went up from 2nd division and the coaching duo managed to create the most interesting team that season and they finished at very surprising 8th place. Also they won the Cup of the Republic' during pre-season.

Saipa and Iranian national team[edit]

Firat was once again worked with Lorant as assistant coach, this time at Iran Pro League side, Saipa. As Lorant resigned after 3 month, despite leading the league, the club offered Firat to continue his worked with the new head coach, Ali Daei. Saipa took the boost from the league-lead and finished the season as surprising champions of the IPL. In March 2008, Ali Daei was appointed as the head coach of Iran national football team and asked Firat to become his assistant coach.

Sepahan[edit]

After coming to agreement with Ali Daei and the football federation, Firat signed a head coaching job with last seasons runner up and Asian Champions League finalist Sepahan but was sacked after just thirteen matches in charge.[1] Firat was among the candidates to become head coach of Nigeria to lead the team in 2010 FIFA World Cup, a job he rejected.[2] Engin Firat just recently was honoured with an award, as best Turkish coach abroad, by Celik Bilek Ödülleri in Turkey.[3]

Gostaresh Foolad[edit]

After Luka Bonačić resigned to become the head coach of Sepahan, Firat was appointed as the club head coach for 2011–12 season. Firat led the team in first twelve matches but was sacked on October 2011.

Return to Saipa as head coach[edit]

On 11 May 2013, It was announced that Firat will takes as the manager of the Saipa for the upcoming season. He last worked with the club as assistant coach to Werner Lorant and Ali Daei. His first match as manager of Saipa was a 1–1 draw over Damash Gilan. He led Saipa to the 8th place and was left the club by mutual contest at the end of the season.

Statistics[edit]

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
LR Ahlen Germany July 2004 October 2004 3 1 1 1 33.33
Incheon United South Korea January 2005 June 2005 15 8 2 5 53.33
Kayseri Erciyesspor Turkey January 2008 June 2008 11 7 3 1 63.64
Sepahan Iran June 2008 September 2008 13 5 5 3 38.46
Gostaresh Foolad Iran August 2011 October 2011 5 1 2 2 20.00
Saipa Iran June 2013 June 2014 31 7 15 9 22.58

Honours[edit]

Assistant Manager[edit]

Fenerbahçe
Sivasspor
Saipa
Iran

Manager[edit]

Incheon United

Individual[edit]

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