Mehmet Özdilek

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Mehmet Özdilek
Mehmet Özdilek Gençlerbirliği.jpg
Personal information
Full name Mehmet Özdilek
Date of birth (1966-04-01) 1 April 1966 (age 53)
Place of birth Samsun, Turkey
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Denizlispor (manager)
Youth career
1981–1984 Samsun Ladikspor
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1988 Kahramanmaraşspor 107 (63)
1988–2001 Beşiktaş 386 (130)
Total 493 (193)
National team
1990–1997 Turkey 31 (0)
Teams managed
2004 Malatyaspor
2005 Sarıyer (youth)
2005 Turkey (assistant)
2007–2008 Yakacık Futbol Okulu (coach)
2008–2013 Antalyaspor
2013–2014 Gençlerbirliği
2014 Çaykur Rizespor
2015 Kayseri Erciyesspor
2015 Gençlerbirliği
2017 Turkey (assistant)
2017–2018 Konyaspor
2019 BB Erzurumspor
2019– Denizlispor
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Mehmet "Şifo" Özdilek (born 1 April 1966, in Samsun) is a Turkish football manager and former player who is currently the manager of Denizlispor. He is nicknamed Şifo after Belgian star Enzo Scifo with whom he shared a similar playing style.

Having spent most of his professional career with Beşiktaş, he is regarded as one of the idols of the İstanbul side. Şifo is one of the most prolific scorers of Turkish football despite playing mainly in midfield. During his Beşiktaş days he has managed to score 130 goals which was a record for most goals scored by a midfield player in Turkish top-flight.

For 13 years, Beşiktaş has worn his form. In 1991, he won the Footballer of the Year award in Turkey.[1] He took part in the squad which was named the champion in 1992. With 130 goals It is the domestic midfielder who scored the most points of the Süper Lig in all time.[2] He also scored 100 goals and entered the 100's club. He was captain of Beşiktaş for 4 years.[3] On behalf of Mehmet Özdilek, who won the appreciation of everyone who is impartial with the personality of the example, the Special Jubilee Match was organized by Besiktas with Ac Milan on 4 August 2001.[4] Beşiktaş's Milan defeat at the BJK İnönü Stadium led to one of the most spectacular jubilees of the Turkish Football History.[5] The match donated all of its income to the Education Volunteers Foundation of Turkey (TEGV) itself.[6] He never saw any red cards in official matches in his career.[3][7][8]

Early years[edit]

Born in Samsun, Şifo started to play at the amateur level with his hometown outfit Samsun Ladikspor. While he was only 16, he was scouted and picked up by Kahramanmaraşspor, a team which has freshly promoted to the second-tier of Turkish football. Şifo managed to make an immediate impact on his new team and became a regular of the starting line-up while Kahramanmaraşspor's record in the league improved every season. In the 1986-87 campaign, Şifo had an outstanding season and became the topscorer of the Turkish 1. League with 29 goals while his team narrowly missed promotion. The following season proved to be an even more successful one for Kahramanmaraşspor. With Şifo's contribution the team finished at the top of the league and promoted to the first-tier of Turkish football for the first time in their short history. His consistently high performance did not go unnoticed and at the end of the 1987-88 season he was transferred to Beşiktaş, the team which he spent the remainder of his career with.

Player career[edit]

In Şifo 's first year Beşiktaş have won the Turkish Cup and came second in the league. The following years proved to be even more successful for the team. Under Gordon Milne's helm, Beşiktaş's young outfit started to dominate Turkish football in a way which was unprecedented before. In the 1988-89 season Beşiktaş claimed the double, winning both the league and the Turkish Cup and broke the record for the highest scoring game of Turkish football history, beating Adana Demirspor 10-0. Şifo contributed to this glorius season by scoring a goal in the Cup final against Trabzonspor. In the following year, Beşiktaş became the league champion again without breaking much sweat. The team has lost only one game throughout the campaign but the team managed to improve even more on the next season. In the 1991-92 football season, Beşiktaş became the only undefeated champion of the Turkish top-flight while Şifo netted 12 goals. This record-breaking string of results came to an end only in the following season when Beşiktaş was finally beaten by Galatasaray after 48 weeks. 1992-93 season ended bitterly for Beşiktaş when the team did not just lost the Turkish Cup to Galatasaray in the Cup final, but also lost the championship to after 3 years to the same team on goal difference while Şifo scored 13 goals in the campaign.

1993-94 season was not a successful one. For the first time in 8 years, Beşiktaş finished the league outside of the top two while Şifo had a quiet year comparing to his high standards and netted 8 goals. The sole consolation of the year was another Turkish Cup added to the club's trophy cabinet. Next year saw the arrival of Christoph Daum replacing Milne, revitalising the team and winning the league again. This was Şifo's 4. league title with Beşiktaş and he contributed to campaign with 8 goals. In the 1995-96 season Şifo was in top form again, netting 11 goals while Beşiktaş finished the league at the third place. Mehmet continued to score heavily on the next season and scored 11 goals in the league while Beşiktaş improved comparing to the last season and finishing the league at the second place after Galatasaray. The following season proved to be one of the least successful campaigns of Beşiktaş. The team finished the league at the sixth place. Along with the Turkish Cup title, Şifo's spectacular performance was a source of consolation. Mehmet scored 16 times in the league, becoming third most-scoring among all the players and the most-scoring midfield player. He also scored in the Cup final against Galatasaray. This was Şifo's 4. Cup title with Beşiktaş.

In 1998-99 season Beşiktaş once again came very close to a double and prevented by Galatasaray. The Black Eagles lost the league with just one point difference. Şifo scored heavily in this season, too, and netted 13 goals. In the next year, the scenario remained the same. Galatasaray won the league with four point ahead of Beşiktaş while Mehmet scored 11 goals in the contest. Following season proved to be the last one for Şifo and he retired from football after playing 14 years for Beşiktaş. He wore the black and white colours for the last time on the pitch in a testimonial honouring his services for his club against the Italian giants, AC Milan. Gathered money was donated to a charity which grants free education to the children in need. With 130 goals under his belt, Mehmet is still, the second most-scoring player of Beşiktaş's history after Feyyaz Uçar. During his playing career, he made 31 appearances for the Turkey national football team from 1990 to 1997.[9]

National team career[edit]

The team wore a total of 38 times, 31 times A team, 7 times Olympic. UEFA Euro 1992 qualifying, 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification and 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification played.

Coaching career[edit]

Mehmet Ozdilek resigned as coach of the Turkish national football team. He then worked in many Turkish clubs.

Career statistics[edit]



Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Turkish Cup Super Cup Continental Other[a] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Kahramanmaraşspor 1984–85 2.Lig 22 2 4 0 26 2
1985–86 2.Lig 29 6 0 0 29 6
1986–87 2.Lig 24 29 0 0 24 29
1987–88 2.Lig 32 26 0 0 32 26
Total 107 63 4 0 111 63
Beşiktaş 1988–89 1.Lig 34 8 10 1 1 0 2 0 2 0 49 9
1989–90 1.Lig 30 3 4 4 1 0 2 0 2 1 39 8
1990–91 1.Lig 27 10 2 1 1 0 2 0 2 2 34 13
1991–92 1.Lig 30 12 2 1 1 1 2 1 2 1 37 16
1992–93 1.Lig 28 14 6 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 38 15
1993–94 1.Lig 25 9 4 0 1 0 4 1 1 0 35 10
1994–95 1.Lig 31 8 1 0 1 0 3 1 1 0 37 9
1995–96 1.Lig 33 11 3 0 0 0 2 1 4 0 42 12
1996–97 1.Lig 31 11 5 1 0 0 8 0 3 2 47 14
1997–98 1.Lig 29 15 5 2 1 0 7 2 0 0 42 19
1998–99 1.Lig 27 13 6 0 0 0 4 1 2 0 39 14
1999–2000 1.Lig 33 11 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 36 11
2000–01 1.Lig 28 5 2 1 0 0 8 0 0 0 38 6
Total 386 139 51 12 8 1 48 7 20 6 513 156
Career total 493 193 55 12 8 1 48 7 20 6 624 219


Turkish national team
Year Apps Goals
1990 4 0
1991 6 0
1992 8 0
1993 5 0
1994 1 0
1995 2 0
1996 1 0
1997 4 0
Total 31 0

Captain (off-site) duty[edit]

At that time, when the darkness returned to darkness, the middle-aged man was shouting behind the crowd behind the wire looms: "Captaaaiiinnn!" That ominous November evening Besiktas, the unknown representative of Norwegian name unknown in Valerenga And he was eliminated from the Cup Winners' Cup. The black and white captain, Sifo Mehmet, did not remain indifferent to the man's call, facing the other side of the wire. "The captain said," The first circuit is over, my son. "Look how we got on the tour. You go, yacht. I will go to the book early in the morning 'and I said to the child. What am I going to say to this kid when you wake up in the morning? How will I say that Besiktas is being handed down for God's sake? "There was nothing to say about Şifo, but a few solace was heard ... The words were sung and everything was lost. Actually, he did not go to his supporters to say anything. He was the captain of Besiktas and had responsibilities. The captain was not just carrying a piece of cloth attached to the armor in the center of the heart; His task was stipulating to him that his confrontation with the crying repetition of his supporters was there. Şifo was the captain even after the match. He was the captain of Beşiktaş because he could perform the art of captain. "The captain is not the only player in the seremon who throws a coin with the referee and picks the ball. Captain's symbol. The team represents the community, "says Ziya Sengul. Mehmet Ozdilek's appearance against the angry and sad fans of the match hours after the match is an act of protecting the honor of the whole team, not just one person. Sengul thinks that the captain should fulfill these and other heavy responsibilities.[12]

Style of Play[edit]

Şifo Mehmet; He used both legs with the same skill, turning his opponents head to head with unbelievable strikes. Although it was short, it made a very aesthetic head kick. Great goals scored, nice unforgettable goals rust out of the feet. The wrists were soft and he turned the soccer ball between his feet as he wanted. The midfield served as the brains of the team, directing the game as he wanted, not showing the ball in the opposite direction. He attracted attention with his sportsmanship in the field, approached his fans with love and humility, respecting his opponents.[13]





Winner (19 Cup)

Runner-up (12 Cup)


Managerial stats[edit]

Last updated 4 June 2013

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Malatyaspor Turkey 2004 2004 18 4 6 8 022.22
Antalyaspor Turkey 2008 2013 201 77 48 76 038.31
Gençlerbirliği Turkey 2013 2014 28 13 5 10 046.43
Çaykur Rizespor Turkey 2014 2015 23 6 4 13 026.09
Gençlerbirliği Turkey 2015 5 1 1 3 020.00
Total 219 81 54 84 036.99


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  3. ^ a b "25 Mayıs 2001 Cuma".
  4. ^ "Beşiktaş 2 - 1 Milan MS 04.08.2001".
  5. ^ "Mehmet Özdilek kimdir".
  6. ^ "Güle güle Mehmet".
  7. ^ "Güle güle Şifo".
  8. ^ "İlginç futbol rekorları!".
  9. ^ Mamrud, Roberto (29 October 2009). "Turkey – Record International Players". RSSSF.
  10. ^ "Şifo Mehmet İstatistik". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  11. ^ "TFF Futbolcu Bilgileri Mehmet Özdilek". Archived from the original on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  12. ^ "Kaptanlık Sanatı - FourFourTwo". 6 July 2016.
  13. ^ "Şifo Mehmet efsanesi nasıl doğdu?". 10 March 2017.
  14. ^ fanatik. "Böyle deliye can kurban". Fanatik.

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