Okan Buruk

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Okan Buruk
Okan Buruk.jpg
Buruk in 2012
Personal information
Full name Okan Buruk
Date of birth (1973-10-19) 19 October 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth Istanbul, Turkey
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1987–1991 Galatasaray
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–2001 Galatasaray 189 (33)
2001–2004 Internazionale 24 (2)
2004–2006 Beşiktaş 43 (1)
2006–2008 Galatasaray 19 (2)
2008–2010 İstanbul B.B. 28 (0)
Total 304 (38)
National team
1989–1990 Turkey U16 5 (0)
1990–1992 Turkey U18 28 (4)
1992–1995 Turkey U21 13 (1)
1992–2010 Turkey 56 (8)
Teams managed
2011–2013 Turkey (Assistant)
2013–2014 Elazığspor
2014– Gaziantepspor
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Okan Buruk (born 19 October 1973) is a Turkish former international footballer who played in the midfielder position. He played for Galatasaray, Internazionale, Beşiktaş, and İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor. He also won 56 caps with the Turkey national football team.

Career[edit]

Okan Buruk played for Turkish giants Galatasaray and helped them win a UEFA Cup, Super Cup and many Turkish titles during his 10-year stay (1991–2001). In 1992, his leg was broken in a game against Trabzonspor, and he had a year long hiatus. During his tenure at Galatasaray, he was best known for his incredible pace, determination, high work rate and long range shots on goal.

This talent was not missed by top European clubs and in 2001, he was signed by Italian Giants Internazionale and stayed on for 3 years. He was then signed by Beşiktaş and returned to Turkey. At the start of the 2006/2007 season Okan signed for Galatasaray, rejoining his old club. Okan has been having trouble to play first-team game since he is back to Turkey from Italy. Okan scored his first goal after returning to Galatasaray against Liverpool in Champions League first round closing match with a spectacular long range shot. That goal secured Galatasaray's only victory in their Champions League season but, not quite enough to keep them alive in European football for 2007 winter.

He was signed by İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor for 2 years on 3 July 2008 after his contract expired with Galatasaray.

Personal life[edit]

Okan married the model and former Miss Turkey winner Nihan Akkuş on 3 July 2007.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Galatasaray 1991–92 1 2 - - - - 1 2
1992–93 15 0 - - 1 0 16 0
1993–94 2 0 - - 2 0 4 0
1994–95 20 0 - - 1 0 21 0
1995–96 28 1 - - - - 28 1
1996–97 16 3 - - 2 0 18 3
1997–98 24 3 - - 2 0 26 3
1998–99 28 11 - - 6 1 34 12
1999–00 28 8 - - 13 2 35 9
2000–01 26 2 - - 12 0 38 2
Total 188 30 0 0 39 3 227 33
Internazionale 2001–02 7 0 - - 3 0 10 0
2002–03 14 2 - - 7 0 21 2
2003–04 3 0 - - 4 0 7 0
Total 24 2 0 0 14 0 38 2
Beşiktaş 2004–05 22 0 - - 4 2 26 2
2005–06 21 1 - - 3 0 24 1
Total 43 1 0 0 7 2 50 3
Galatasaray 2006–07 15 1 - - 3 0 18 1
2007–08 4 1 - - 2 0 6 1
Total 19 2 0 0 5 0 24 2
İstanbul BB 2008–09 17 0 1 0 - - 18 0
2009–10 11 0 2 0 - - 13 0
Total 28 0 3 0 0 0 31 0
Career total 302 35 3 0 65 5 369 40

Manager[edit]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 11 May 2014
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Turkey Elazığspor 2013 2014 33 12 5 16 36.36
Turkey Gaziantepspor 2014 Present 15 7 3 5 46.67
Total 48 19 8 21 39.58

International[edit]

National team Year Apps Goals
Turkey 1992 1 0
1998 3 0
1999 5 0
2000 8 2
2001 9 2
2002 7 2
2003 9 1
2004 9 0
2005 4 1
2010 1 0
Total 56 8

Honours[edit]

Galatasaray
Turkey
Personal

2000 UEFA Super Cup: "Man of the match"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Okan Buruk". Footballdatabase.eu. Retrieved 1 June 2012.

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