Aytek Genc

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Aytek Genc
Personal information
Full name Aytek Genc
Date of birth (1966-02-03) 3 February 1966 (age 51)
Place of birth Ankara, Turkey
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
St George Football Association
Youth career
1983–1984 Bankstown Soccer Club
1985 Marconi Stallions
1986 Auburn Uruguay
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1989 Penrith Uruguay 61 (26)
1989–1993 Parramatta Eagles 67 (11)
1994–1995 Johor FC 53 (28)
1995–1996 Sydney United 19 (3)
1996 Johor FC 30 (12)
1996–1997 Sydney United 13 (3)
1997–1998 Johor FC 54 (17)
1999–2002 Sydney United 57 (4)
National team
1991–1997 Australia 3 (1)
Teams managed
2002–2004 Sydney United Technical Director Youth Football
2004–2005 St. George Assistant Coach
2006–2007 Blacktown City Demons
2007 Sydney FC Assistant Coach
2008 Blacktown City Demons Manager
2009 Sydney Olympic FC
2010–present Oakhill College Head Coach
2010 Blacktown City Demons
2010–present St. George Football Association Director of Football
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Aytek Genc (Turkish: Aytek Genç) (born 3 February 1966) is a former Turkish Australian football (soccer) player and was the coach of the Sydney Olympic FC in the NSW Premier League. Considered one of the most technically gifted players in the NSL, he featured in over 350 professional games over a career period of 15 years. Genç won 3 official caps for the Australian football (soccer) team and spent five years of his playing career in Malaysia with Johor FC.

Early career[edit]

Aytek Genc was born in Ankara, Turkey. He came to Australia as a child. Aytek Genc played his junior football in Sydney's Granville, Nepean and Southern Districts. At the age of 16 (1983) Genc was chosen for the Australian U16 Indoor Soccer team which toured the United States. Genc's first professional contract was in 1984 with the Bankstown Soccer Club in the NSW Premier League. In 1985, Genc played for the Marconi under 19 team and made his National Soccer League debut in the final game of the season. Between 1986 and 1989 Genç played for the Penrith Uruguay club in the NSW Premier League

National League and overseas career[edit]

At age 22 Genc joined Parramatta Eagles then coached by Raul Blanco and played his first full season in the Australian NSL. Genc became a favourite of the Parramatta fans and was known for his speed and skill on the ball. Genc came to the attention of the then National Team coach Eddie Thomson who handed Genc his first cap in the Trans-Tasman Series against New Zealand. Genc went on to earn 3 caps for Australia his last in 1997 under Terry Venables. He played in a friendly match for Australia against the great AC Milan team of the early '90s.

Aytek Genc was offered playing opportunities with Turkish club Trabzonspor and with Korean side Posco Atoms, however both opportunities fell through due inopportune injury and negotiation problems. In 1994 Genc moved to Malaysian side Johor FC and played five seasons in Malaysia where he became a legend with the Johor fans. During those years Genc came back to Australia in the Malaysian off season to play for the Sydney United team coached by Branko Culina, and was a member of the 1997 side. This team was considered one of the greatest NSL sides ever. In 1999 Genc finally returned to Australia finish his playing career and captained NSL side Sydney United until his retirement in 2002.

Playing/coaching honours and achievements[edit]

  • Australian Under 16 Indoor Soccer Representative 1983
  • NSW Representative 1991, 1993
  • Australian National Team (3 Caps)
  • Winner NSL Cup with Parramatta Eagles
  • NSL Minor Premiership and Grand Final Runner-up with Sydney United
  • Winner NSW Premier League Premiership with Blacktown City Demons (Coach-2006)
  • Winner NSW Continental Tyres Cup (Coach-2006)
  • Winner NSW Premier League Premiership and Grand Final with Blacktown City Demons (Coach-2007)
  • Head Coach 1st XI Football Oakhill College 2010

Coaching career[edit]

Triple Championship Winning Coach in the NSW Premier League in 2006, 2007 and 2010. Assistant Coach of Sydney FC in 2009. His return to Blacktown from Sydney FC & Sydney Olympic was successful; he led the team to the NSW Premier League title, while also coaching the Oakhill College first XI.

In 2010, Genc became coaching director for the St. George Football Association.[1]

He is part of the coaching staff of the 1st Eleven Football Academy.[2]

Coaching Staff (Director of Football), Football United,[3] NSW


Currently on the commentary team on SBS Australia TV and Radio[4]


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