Hakkı Yeten

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Hakkı Yeten
Beşiktaş JK squad (1940-1941) (Hakkı Yeten) (cropped).jpg
Yeten in 1940-1941 season
Personal information
Date of birth 3 December 1910
Place of birth Vodina, Ottoman Empire
Date of death 16 April 1989 (aged 78–79)
Place of death Istanbul, Turkey
Playing position Second striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1931–1948 Beşiktaş 439 (382)
National team
1931–1933 Turkey 3 (1)
Teams managed
1949 Beşiktaş
1950–1951 Beşiktaş
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Hakkı Yeten, (3 December 1910 – 16 April 1989) was a Turkish football player and president of the İstanbul-based football club Beşiktaş J.K., which he also coached.

Early life and career[edit]

Yeten was born in 1910 at Vodina, in the Salonica Vilayet of the Ottoman Empire (present-day Greece). His father, a major in the Ottoman Army moved his family of six children to İstanbul, settling in the Beşiktaş district when Yeten was a year old. In 1914, Yeten's father was killed in the Battle of the Dardanelles. Yeten went on to attend military high school, as his two elder brothers did before him.

Yeten was attracted to football after his eldest brother, Muhtar, a multi-talented sportsman) introduced him to the sport. Yeten played in the school team, and was discovered soon by Beşiktaş J.K. club managers. He was one of the founders of Karagümrük and played for them between 1926 and 1931. In 1931, Yeten dropped out of school and joined Beşiktaş.

He played for Beşiktaş for 17 years mostly in the second striker position, contributing to its numerous victories. Declared as permanent captain, he led Beşiktaş to 8 İstanbul League Champions, 3 İstanbul Cups, one İzmir International Fair Cup, 3 National League Champions, one Turkish Champion, 2 Prime Minister Cups and 4 Private Cups. Yeten was capped only three times for the Turkey national football team due to World War II.[1] His fame became international, and eventually the English team Arsenal showed and interest in him. However, Yeten preferred to stay in Turkey. Yeten scored 382 goals in 439 games. He quit football as a player in 1948 after fans hooted him during a match.

He was appointed coach in the 1948–1949 season, and served once again as manager in the 1950–1954 season.

Yeten studied Law, graduating in 1937. He became a legal advisor for a state owned bank. After his retirement from the active sports, he served as Vice Chairman of the Turkish Football Federation, and acted as president of Beşiktaş J.K. for three terms in 1960–1963, 1964–1966 and 1967–1968. In 1984, he backed Süleyman Seba in the elections, who became club president.

Called "Baba" ("Father") Hakkı, he was elected the first honorary president of his club before he died on April 17, 1989 in İstanbul. He was buried at the Zincirlikuyu Cemetery.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 27 September 1931 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria  Bulgaria 5–1 Lost Balkan Cup
Correct as of 10 February 2010 [2]


  1. ^ a b Danaş, Ali (2011-04-16). "Beşiktaş'ta 'Baba Hakkı' anıldı". Hürriyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 2011-10-15.
  2. ^ Profile at TFF.org

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Nuri Togay
President of Beşiktaş JK
Succeeded by
Selahattin Akel
Preceded by
Selahattin Akel
President of Beşiktaş JK
Succeeded by
Hasan Salman
Preceded by
Hasan Salman
President of Beşiktaş JK
Succeeded by
Talat Asal