Born in Eskişehir, Kara began playing as a goalkeeper with the youth side of Eskişehir Işıkspor. He would later join Uşakspor and Bursaspor. During his tenure with Bursaspor, he was promoted to the national team. He reached his peak of career with joining Beşiktaş in 1975/76 season where he will have spent his nine years. He achieved the Turkish League title in 1981/82 season. Kara retired football in 1984.
Kara trained Antalyaspor prior to his vice-coaching tasks with Sepp Piontek and Fatih Terim subsequently for Turkish national team. Most notably, he contributed the success of team accessing the Euro 96 for the very first time in history. Following this achievement, he was hired by Beşiktaş as team coach.
Whilst his one season period with Beşiktaş in 1996/97, Kara showed some decent displays as team had competed for the title for the very last week just after Galatasaray. Team also broke the "top average scoring per year" record, with creating one of the best performances in European cups. Despite this successful season, Kara had to leave the team. After that, he owned Bursaspor, Çanakkale Dardanelspor, Çaykur Rizespor, Kocaelispor within short terms.
Kara also coached abroad. He coached Canadian side Ottawa Wizards and led the team for a league title. Then he moved to Azerbaijan, east neighbour of Turkey for coaching FK Khazar Lenkoran. He was in charge for two years there before he signed for FK Qarabağ. He unexpectedly left FK Qarabağ a week before the start of the 2008–09 season, despite having one year contract with the club and moved back to his former team FK Khazar Lenkoran. Has been penalized for his attitude by Football Federation of Azerbaijan AFFA and forced to pay conpensation to his former club.