Gündüz Tekin Onay

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Gündüz Tekin Onay
Personal information
Date of birth (1942-05-31)May 31, 1942
Place of birth Çankırı, Turkey
Date of death January 4, 2008(2008-01-04) (aged 65)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1957– Eskişehirspor
Bursa Akınspor
National team
National Army Football Team
Teams managed
1968– Kastamonuspor
Turkey (assistant coach)
1975 Zonguldakspor
1975–1976 Beşiktaş
1977–1979 Zonguldakspor
1980–1981 Adanaspor
1981–1982 Bursaspor
1982–1983 Mersin İdmanyurdu
1984 Adana Demirspor
1984–1985 Ankaragücü
1986 Kayserispor
1986–1987 Zonguldakspor
1988–1989 Adanaspor
1989 Gençlerbirliği
1992–1993 Denizlispor
1994 Konyaspor
1994–1996 Adanaspor
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Gündüz Tekin Onay (31 May 1942 in Çankırı – 4 January 2008 in İstanbul, Turkey) was a Turkish footballer and coach who also trained Istanbul club Beşiktaş between 1976 and 1977. He is known for his success in discovering starlets and for his modesty. Additionally, he was the author of a system to explore and breed young talents for Turkish football.[1]


He had begun his professional career in 1957 as a player of Eskişehirspor. Respectively he played for Bursa Akınspor, Kardemir Karabükspor, Muhafızgücü, Karşıyaka, Şekerspor and Kastamonuspor beside National Army Football.

He began to manage the teams when he was 26 with coaching Kastamonuspor in 1968. Afterward, he became the assistant of Abdullah Gegiç for National Team in 1969. He maintained this duty until 1972 as an employer of TFF.[2] Onay entered Turkish League as the coach of Adanaspor at the age of 30. He worked in numerous teams for non-stop 21 years, which is record in Turkish football history as total of 462 matches.[3] He coached successively Zonguldakspor, Beşiktaş, Bursaspor, Mersin İdmanyurdu, Ankaragücü, Kayserispor, Gençlerbirliği, Adana Demirspor alongside Konyaspor, Denizlispor when the teams were competing in Division 2.[4] He was also chairman of Adanaspor.

After ending his managerial career, he contributed the Turkish football in different cases, including the top-adviser function of TFF as well as general co-ordinator of the Researching, Planning, Education and improvement Department (ARPEG). During his task, he created Van Football Village Project, which aimed to gather and train youngsters from different cities, and compose a synthesis of eastern and western Turkish football.[5]

After UNESCO declared 2007 as Year of Rumi, he achieved the clemency and example behaviour prize by Turkish Football Coaches Association. Additionally in 2007, he was awarded the special Namık Sevik Prize after the 54th annual Sportsmen of the Year survey of daily newspaper Milliyet.[6]

Onay died due to cancer during his treatment period.[7] He was inferred on 5 January 2008 in Zincirlikuyu Cemetery in Istanbul. There were several sports persons at his funeral such as UEFA vice presicent Şenes Erzik, former TFF president Haluk Ulusoy, Turkey manager Fatih Terim, Sivasspor chairman Mecnun Otyakmaz, and national footballer Emre Belözoğlu.[8]


  • Onay had typed various newspapers as sports columnist, besides he is the author of 14 books devoted football.
  • He was married and had one daughter and one son. His son Güntekin Onay, is a well known Turkish sports commentator who currently works for Turkish TV station NTV.