Ümit Özat

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Ümit Özat
Özat during his playing days with 1. FC Köln.
Personal information
Full name Ümit Özat
Date of birth (1976-10-30) 30 October 1976 (age 41)
Place of birth Ankara, Turkey
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender, Midfielder
Youth career
0000–1995 Keçiörengücü
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2001 Gençlerbirliği 150 (10)
2000–2001Bursaspor (loan) 24 (1)
2001–2007 Fenerbahçe 182 (12)
2007–2009 1. FC Köln 35 (0)
Total 391 (23)
National team
1996–1997 Turkey U21 7 (0)
1997 Turkey Olympic 5 (1)
2000–2005 Turkey 41 (1)
Teams managed
2010–2011 MKE Ankaragücü
2012 Manisaspor
2014–2015 Elazığspor
2015 Boluspor
2015–2016 Samsunspor
2016 Mersin İdman Yurdu
2016–2017 Gençlerbirliği
2017–2018 Gençlerbirliği
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ümit Özat (born 30 October 1976) is a retired Turkish footballer. He is currently manager.


Born in Ankara, Özat initially played for Gençlerbirliği and for Fenerbahçe as a central defender or a defensive midfielder. Later, he was converted to a full-back on the left side. He is right-footed, but still he can play as left full-back. He was once a regular of the Turkish national team. Mostly playing as a wingback and also supporting attackers, he is known for his unexpected long shots and rather successful crosses with his weak foot. He can also play the sweeper and central defender positions, as well as being able to play as a defensive midfielder when needed.

In May 2007, he signed a three-year contract with 1. FC Köln. On 29 August 2008 he collapsed during a Bundesliga match against Karlsruher SC. After losing consciousness for a short period and being treated on the field, he became responsive and was sent to hospital for further examination. Further testing has determined that the ex-club captain has a heart condition called myocarditis. On 14 March 2009, it became official that he had ended his career. His retirement was influenced by the collapse.


Özat made his debut for Turkey on 16 August 2000 against Bosnia and Herzegovina. He played 41 times for national team including at the 2002 World Cup in which they achieved third place.

Coaching career[edit]

His career continued as an assistant coach of 1. FC Köln under Zvonimir Soldo, between his resign on 21 December 2009. He subsequently became Roger Lemerre's assistant at Ankaragücü, stepping up to become the manager when Lemerre was sacked in May 2010.

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 4 January 2015
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
MKE Ankaragücü assistant coach 2009 2010
MKE Ankaragücü 2010 2011
Elazığspor 2014 2015 29 10 7 12 034.48
Boluspor 2015 -
Total 29 10 7 12 034.48






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