Rıza Çalımbay

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Rıza Çalımbay
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Personal information
Full name Rıza Çalımbay
Date of birth (1963-02-02) 2 February 1963 (age 51)
Place of birth Sivas, Turkey
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1996 Beşiktaş 494 (42)
National team
1980–1992 Turkey 51 (1)
Teams managed
2001–2002 Göztepe
2002–2003 Denizlispor
2004–2005 Çaykur Rizespor
2005 Beşiktaş
2005–2006 Ankaraspor
2007 Çaykur Rizespor
2008–2010 Eskişehirspor
2010–2013 Sivasspor
2013–2014 Çaykur Rizespor
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 01:09, 23 October 2008 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 01:09, 23 October 2008 (UTC)

Rıza Çalımbay, (born 2 February 1963 in Sivas, Turkey) is a former prominent Turkish international football player, and a manager. He was one of the symbol names of Beşiktaş J.K. and was among the best players of his time. Because of his determination and hard work he was nicknamed Atom Ant (in Turkish, "Atom Karınca").

Playing career[edit]

He started playing football in Beşiktaş J.K. academy. He has depicted for the first team in 1980–81 season. Until his retirement in 1996, he played only for Beşiktaş, and for the Turkish National Football Team, although he played in the UNICEF-world team against Germany and caught the eye of many clubs like Olympique Marseille but Çalımbay would not leave Beşiktaş. He played 494 league games for Beşiktaş and scored 41 goals. He is the most capped player for Beşiktaş. He was also the captain of the team. He also played 37 times for Turkey.

Managerial career[edit]

After retiring from football, Çalımbay took manager courses in England. In 2001, he became the assistant manager for Christoph Daum at Beşiktaş but after a short time he resigned, and became the manager of Göztepe, Denizlispor and Çaykur Rizespor. He was especially successful at Denizlispor, leading the team to latter stages in the UEFA Cup eliminating teams like Sparta Prague and the mighty Olympique Lyon side of Paul Le Guen. The FC Porto side of José Mourinho ended the UEFA Cup dreams of Denizlispor and Çalımbay after an 8–3 win on aggregate. In 2004/2005 season, he became the manager of Beşiktaş after Vicente Del Bosque was sacked. That season Beşiktaş was having really bad results and the squad was in a bad mood. But after Çalımbay took control the team started to perform really well. Çalımbay changed the system back to a 3–5–2 formation the usual formation and began playing good football he also picked a 4–3 win over rivals Fenerbahçe SK in the Fenerbahçe Stadium. However in the season 2005/2006, Beşiktaş was performing bad once again, Despite UEFA Cup wins against FC Vaduz and Malmö FF a 1–2 home defeat by Fenerbahçe SK took the coach into troubled waters. Çalımbay resigned in the 9th week after a 0–0 draw against Kayserispor. Jean Tigana became the manager of Beşiktaş after him. He then coached Ankaraspor but resigned after a few matches.

Çalımbay signed a 1.5 year contract with again Çaykur Rizespor, although he had options to coach abroad in Iran and Germany but he chose Çaykur Rizespor.

On 6 June 2008 he signed a 3 year deal with Eskişehirspor.

International goals[edit]

Managerial statistics[edit]

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win % GF GA +/-
Göztepe Turkey  ? June 2001 19 Dec. 2001 19 7 6 6 36.84 19 34 -15
Denizlispor Turkey 03 Jan. 2002 31 May 2003 56 20 16 20 35.71 81 77 +4
Ankaragücü Turkey 17 Nov. 2003 31 May 2004 24 10 4 10 41.67 35 34 +1
Çaykur Rizespor Turkey 03 Aug. 2004 27 Jan. 2005 19 9 5 5 47.37 23 12 +11
Beşiktaş Turkey 28 Jan. 2005 17 Oct. 2005 30 18 7 5 60 50 26 +24
Ankaraspor Turkey 10 Nov. 2005 24 Jan. 2006 6 1 2 3 16.67 7 10 -3
Çaykur Rizespor Turkey 19 Jan. 2007 31 May 2007 18 6 4 8 33.33 20 21 -1
Eskişehirspor Turkey 4 July 2008 25 Sep. 2010 84 29 23 32 34.52 107 104 +3
Sivasspor Turkey 25 Oct. 2010 present 69 23 19 27 33.33 107 108 -1
Total 325 123 86 116 37.85 449 426 +23

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