Bülent Uygun

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Bülent Uygun
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Personal information
Full name Bülent Uygun
Date of birth (1971-08-01) August 1, 1971 (age 48)
Place of birth Sakarya, Turkey
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder, forward
Club information
Current team
Kayserispor (Manager)
Youth career
1985–1989 Sakaryaspor
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1993 Kocaelispor 34 (15)
1993–1996 Fenerbahçe 107 (39)
1996–1998 Kocaelispor 19 (13)
1998–1999 Dardanelspor 28 (9)
1999–2000 Trabzonspor 16 (10)
2000–2001 Göztepe 11 (5)
2001–2002 Sivasspor 20 (9)
2002–2004 Üsküdar 24 (16)
Total 256 (116)
National team
1992–1996 Turkey 18 (7)
Teams managed
2005–2009 Sivasspor
2010 Bucaspor
2010–2011 Eskişehirspor
2012 Elazığspor
2013 Gaziantepspor
2013–2016 Umm Salal
2017 Osmanlispor
2017–2018 Al-Gharafa
2018–2019 Al-Rayyan
2019– Kayserispor
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Bülent Uygun (born 1 August 1971) is a Turkish football manager and former professional footballer. He played as an attacking midfielder after starting his career as a striker, and was the captain of Fenerbahçe. His nickname is The Soldier and is also a clown who destroys every club he touches. He is currently the manager of Kayserispor.

Playing career[edit]

He began his career with Sakaryaspor at youth level, and went on to sign professionally for Kocaelispor in 1989. After four years, he then moved to Istanbul, playing three years with Turkish giants Fenerbahçe, scoring 39 goals in 107 matches. During the 1993–94 season he was Fenerbahçe's top scorer with 22 goals.[1] He then moved back to his former club Kocaelispor in 1996. He has short spells with other clubs including Trabzonspor, Anadolu Üsküdar 1908 and Sivasspor. He was famous for celebrating his goals by giving a soldier's salute. He was capped 16 times for the Turkey Under-21 squad and 11 times for Turkey, scoring only twice for the senior squad.[2] He also played 3 times for the National Olympic Team.

Managerial career[edit]


Bülent took the job as manager of Sivasspor in 2006, with the club having just completed their first ever season in the top flight, after promotion from Turkey’s second tier in May 2005. The club, based in Central Anatolia, have a small stadium with a capacity of just 18,000 people. At the age of 35, this was Bülent's first ever managerial role, having retired from playing professional football two years earlier.

2006–07 season[edit]

In 2006–07, Bülent’s first season in charge, he led them to an over-achieving 7th-place finish, finishing on 48 points. He also led Sivas to the group stage of the Turkish Domestic Cup, also known as the Fortis Cup.

2007–08 season[edit]

The 2007–08, season saw Sivas lead the table until January 2008, having amassed a fantastic home record. The first half of the season saw them play 10 home games, winning all 10, scoring 20 goals and conceding only three. British Press had picked up on this ‘surprise team’ with many wondering if they will be able to break the stronghold of the dominant ‘Istanbul Big Three’, Galatasaray, Fenerbahçe and Beşiktaş, and become only the fifth club to win the league.[3] However, the second half of the season saw them drop points and they finished in a ‘disappointing’ 4th place, with 73 points. Through their league position, the qualified for the 2nd Round of the, now defunct, UEFA Intertoto Cup; the first time in the club's history that they participated in a European Competition. They progressed to third round but missed the chance to play in the UEFA Cup, after losing to eventual Intertoto Cup winners Braga of Portugal. Uygun was named Turkcell Super League manager of the season in May 2008 at the age of 36.

2008–09 season[edit]

The Sivas Fairytale continued to grow in the 2008–09 season when they led at the top of the table for the majority of the season. It was thought that Sivasspor would be the first team in 25 years to win the league, outside of the 'Istanbul Big Three', when Trabzonspor won at the end of the 1983–84 season. However, late April 2009 saw Beşiktaş overtake them to the top spot, and eventually they had to settle for second place, coming in five points behind Beşiktaş. They qualified for the Champions League entering the third round as the best-placed path for non-champions, and were drawn against Anderlecht of Belgium. Uygun relishes the fact that minnows Sivasspor, with a budget of just $12 million, will be playing in the Champions League this coming season.[4]

Sivasspor’s continued success in the 2008–09 season, saw UEFA study the team, along with José Mourinho and experts from the Netherlands and Brazil analyzing the team and also Uygun’s methods.[5]

2009–10 season[edit]

After having lost seven players from their first 11 during the summer 2009 transfer window,[6] Sivasspor began the pre-season slowly. While away at their Netherlands training camp, they lost three of their five pre-season friendly's managing only one win and a draw.[7]

For the first time in Sivas's 42-year history, the 2009–10 season saw Sivasspor take part in the Champions League and the Europa League, formerly the UEFA Cup. They were drawn in the third round against Anderlecht, and on their debut match on 29 July 2009, lost 5–0 away to the Belgian side. However, the second leg saw Sivas's first Champions League win after the Turkish side won 3–1 at home, and gave Bulent Uygun his first competitive win for the 09–10 season, although they lost 6–3 on aggregate and did not progress to the next stage.[8]

Having been eliminated at the third round, Sivas were drawn to face UEFA Cup holders Shakhtar Donetsk in the Europa League play-off's, however they lost both legs and were thus eliminated from all European competitions.[9]

Sivas' poor start to the season saw them second from bottom of the Turkish Süper Lig with just one points from seven games. Their first victory of the season came on matchday 8 against Antalyaspor, in a 1–0 home win. However, shortly after this match on 4 October 2009, Uygun announced he was stepping down as manager, believing he had taken the club as far as he could.[10][11]

Umm Salal SC[edit]

On 15 December 2013, Bülent was appointed new head coach of Umm Salal SC in Qatar Stars League.[12]

Management style[edit]

Bülent has stated that his managerial influence has come from Brazilian 1994 World Cup manager Carlos Alberto Parreira, whom he worked under while playing for Fenerbahçe S.K.. In a recent interview, in June 2009, Uygun is quoted as saying:

“My father was a wrestling coach. He told me that my career as a soccer player would end in 15 years. He advised me to think like a coach at all times. So when I was a player, I always looked at the game with the eyes of a coach. I took the good bits from Parreira, Osieck, Fatih Terim and all of the other coaches with whom I had worked. I viewed every training session as an experiment. After I quit playing, I watched more than 100 matches in Europe. I attended the training courses and read the best books about it. And I developed my own system, which I call "TürBülent"” [5]

The computer program he devised called "TürBülent", is a training system sees players alternate between performance-enhancing fitness binges and prolonged rests, the idea being that form-sapping fatigue can be meticulously scheduled against breaks in the fixture calendar.

He is known to be very strict with his players, and has previously spoken of banning his players from drinking alcohol and partying at nightclubs. He credits some of Sivasspor's success down to this.[4]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 14 March 2015
Nation Team From To Record
Pld W D L Win%
Turkey Sivasspor June 2006 October 2009 132 64 25 43 048.48
Turkey Bucaspor December 2009 March 2010 7 1 3 3 014.29
Turkey Eskişehirspor July 2010 January 2011 27 12 8 7 044.44
Turkey Elazığspor November 2011 May 2012 14 3 5 6 021.43
Turkey Gaziantepspor November 2012 February 2013 26 11 6 9 042.31
Qatar Umm Salal December 2013 December 2016 53 23 17 13 043.40
Total 225 102 52 71 045.33


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  2. ^ "Profile with Turkish Football Federation". tff.org (Turkish). Retrieved 2007-11-23.
  3. ^ Anthony, Scott (2008-01-24). "Turkish Delights continue to delight". Guardian.co.uk. London. Retrieved 2008-01-24.
  4. ^ a b "Just kebabs and tea in Sivas – hence the team's success". Reuters. 2009-03-31. Retrieved 2009-03-31.
  5. ^ a b "Bülent Uygun: Our success is unique". Sunday’s Zaman. 2009-06-12. Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2009-06-14.
  6. ^ "Super League transfers pre 2009–10". Zaman. Archived from the original on 2009-07-30. Retrieved 2009-07-29.
  7. ^ "Sivasspor bite the dust in Brussels". Today's Zaman. Archived from the original on 2009-08-03. Retrieved 2009-07-30.
  8. ^ "Anderlecht stumble but march on". UEFA.com. Retrieved 2009-08-04.
  9. ^ "Shakhtar face Sivasspor test". UEFA.com. Retrieved 2009-08-07.
  10. ^ "Uygun calls it quits". Todayszaman. Archived from the original on 2012-09-14. Retrieved 2009-10-04.
  11. ^ "Uygun quits as Sivasspor coach". Hurriyet Daily News. Retrieved 2009-10-05.
  12. ^ "www.qsl.com.qa/users/newsen/NewsDetails.aspx?pid=1735". Qatar Stars League. Archived from the original on 2013-12-17. Retrieved 2013-12-17.

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