Bülent in 2012
|Full name||Bülent Cesur Korkmaz|
|Date of birth||24 November 1968|
|Place of birth||Malatya, Turkey|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Bülent Cesur Korkmaz (commonly known as Bulent Korkmaz) (born 24 November 1968 in Malatya), known by his nicknames The Stick, Büyük Kaptan and Cengaver –literally meaning "The Stick", Great Captain and The Warrior, respectively–, is a retired Turkish football centre back and current football manager. He is a one club man, played for Galatasaray for his whole career between 1987 and 2005, winning eight Turkish League crowns, six Turkish Cups, five Turkish Super Cups, a UEFA Cup and a UEFA Super Cup. He retired at the end of the 2004–2005 season, having made over 100 appearances for Turkey.
Bülent entered the Galatasaray youth setup at the age of 11 as a goalkeeper. His coach at the time said that he was not suited for that role so he was moved into the defensive midfielder role, and subsequently became a central defender. At age 16 he was offered a contract by German club Bayer Leverkusen. However, he remained at Galatasaray, where he was promoted to the senior squad in 1987.
Bülent spent a quarter of a century at Galatasaray, where he won 29 trophies, including one UEFA Cup, one UEFA Super Cup, 8 league titles and 5 domestic cups. He reached the semi-finals of the European Cup in the 1988–1989 season. Bülent became the 13th player in history to make 100 European club competition appearances, and made 102 such appearances in all. Internationally, he was the first Turkish international to reach 100 caps, gaining 102 by the time of his retirement.
During the 2000 UEFA Cup Final between Galatasaray and Arsenal, his shoulder was dislocated and Bülent declined to leave the pitch, so the doctors strapped his shoulder to his chest and he played the rest of the match, helping his side toward victory after a penalty shootout. However, this injury caused Bülent to miss UEFA Euro 2000.
He was also part of the Turkish squad that finished third at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and, in 2003, had the same finishing position at the FIFA Confederations Cup. Bülent also represented Turkey in EURO 96.
He was selected in the World Team in 2001 against a joint team fielded by 2002 World Cup co-hosts Japan and South Korea, and also in 2003 against Juventus F.C.
On 30 August 2005, Bülent became assistant manager at Gençlerbirliği S.K., but resigned before the season's end. In January 2007, he took on a new job as manager of Kayseri Erciyesspor, who were at the bottom of the Turkish league. Despite better results in the second half of the league, (including reaching the Cup final), the side was relegated from the league, and Bülent again resigned, agreeing to become Bursaspor manager in June 2007.
He was fired from Bursaspor in October 2007, and returned to Gençlerbirliği, this time as the main coach.
On 8 November 2011, after the resignation of Yücel İldiz, Bülent became the new manager of Karabükspor. He took the team from 16th position to the 12th, and at the end of the season, the team stayed out of relegation. Also, Karabükspor reached the semi-finals of the 2011–12 Turkish Cup, which was the first time in the club history. However, they were eliminated by Fenerbahçe in the semi-finals.
Despite his efforts, on 10 May, his contract was not extended by the board, and sacked.
İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor
On 13 November 2012, after the sacking of Carlos Carvalhal, Bülent became the new manager of İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor (football). His contract was mutually terminated after his team got relegated as of 30 May 2013.
Bülent's younger brother, Mert Korkmaz, was also a professional footballer, who retired in 2008. Both played at Galatasaray from 1993–97. Bülent is married and has 2 daughters.
- Turkish League (8): 1987–88, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2001–02
- Turkey Cup (6): 1990–91, 1992–93, 1995–96, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2004–05
- TFF Süper Kupa (5): 1988, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997
- Chancellor Cup (2): 1990, 1995
- TSYD Cup (6): 1987–88, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000
- UEFA Cup (1): 1999–2000
- UEFA Super Cup (1): 2000
- As of 21 May 2015
- As of 21 May 2015:
- As of 30 May 2013
|İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor (football)||2012||2013||22||6||6||10||27.27|
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- Includes Turkish Cup
- Includes Atatürk Cup, Chancellor Cup, President Cup and TSYD Cup
- Includes UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup
- Bülent Korkmaz – FIFA competition record
- Official website (in Turkish)
- Bülent Korkmaz at National-Football-Teams.com
- Profile at galatasaray.org (in Turkish)