Denizli in 2009
|Full name||Mustafa Denizli|
|Date of birth||10 November 1949|
|Place of birth||Çeşme, Turkey|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Mustafa Denizli (born 10 November 1949) is a former Turkish football player and now the coach of Galatasaray. He has managed many Turkish notable football clubs, including "Istanbul Big Three" (Fenerbahçe, Galatasaray and Beşiktaş) and has won the Süper Lig title three times. He is currently the only manager in history to win the Süper Lig with three different clubs. He also has worked outside of Turkey with Alemannia Aachen in Germany, Pas and Persepolis in Iran and Khazar Lankaran in Azerbaijan. He managed the Turkish national team for four years and reached the quarter-finals of Euro 2000. On 23 December 2011, he was returned to his former club, Persepolis but resigned at the end of the season. He spent 17 years with his hometown club Altay in İzmir, gaining a reputation as one of the best player in the position of attacking left forward in the league history.
In 1980, he became topscorer with 12 goals. Denizli transferred then in 1983 to Galatasaray after Altay's relegation in 1982–83 season, but retired at the end of the season 1983–84 from active sport. During his playing time, he was capped 33 times for the national team. He started his next career as the assistant coach to German Jupp Derwall and served three years in this position at Galatasaray. In 1987, he took over his master’s position as head coach of the club and won the Süper Lig in the same year. For the same season, Denizli was appointed caretaker head coach of the Turkish national football team. In the season 1988–89, he reached the semi-finals of the European Cup with Galatasaray, but the road to the final was blocked by Steaua Bucuresti.
He resigned in 1989. For the season 1989–90, Denizli signed a contract with the German second league side Alemannia Aachen. Denizli had installed a new type of attacking football for the German club but he left from this club due to Alemannia Aachen was faced with relegation to third league. Returned to Turkey after one season, he was responsible for Galatasaray again. The team won Turkish Cup under his management in 1991–92 and played in the quarter-finals of the Cup Winners' Cup. From 1992 to 1995, he coached Kocaelispor and then he was appointed the second time head coach for the national team, he served until 2000. At the 2000 European Football Championship, Turkey played quarter-finals with him, first time ever in the country’s history.
- 1 Playing career
- 2 Managerial career
- 3 Statistics
- 4 Honours
- 5 Personal life
- 6 Notes
- 7 References
- 8 External links
He spent 17 years with his hometown club Altay in İzmir, gaining a reputation as one of the best left-sided forwards in the league. In 1980, he became topscorer with 12 goals. Denizli transferred then in 1983 to Galatasaray after Altay's relegation in 1982–83 season, but retired at the end of the season 1983–84 from active sport. During his playing time, he was capped 33 times for the national team.
He started his next career as the assistant coach to German Jupp Derwall and served three years in this position at Galatasaray. In 1987, he took over his master’s position as head coach of the club and won the Süper Lig in the same year. For the same season, Denizli was appointed caretaker head coach of the Turkish national football team. In the season 1988–89, he reached the semi-finals of the European Cup with Galatasaray, but the road to the final was blocked by Steaua Bucuresti. He was resigned in 1989. For the season 1989–90, Denizli signed a contract with the German second league side Alemannia Aachen. Denizli had installed a new type of attacking football for the German club but he left from this club due to Alemannia Aachen was faced with relegation to third league. Returned to Turkey after one season, he was responsible for Galatasaray again. The team won Turkish Cup under his management in 1991–92 and played in the quarter-finals of the Cup Winners' Cup. From 1992 to 1995, he coached Kocaelispor and then he was appointed the second time head coach for the national team, he served until 2000. At the 2000 European Football Championship, Turkey played quarter-finals with him, first time ever in the country’s history.
In 2000, Fenerbahçe offered him a position, and at the end of the season 2000–01, Fenerbahçe won the league championship title after 5 years again. Denizli is the first Turkish coach of Fenerbahçe ever to win the league championship, but he enjoyed a rather poor Champions League run with defeats against Barcelona, Lyon and Bayer Leverkusen. In 2002 the Nigerian national football team wanted to sign Denizli for their 2002 World Cup campaign but due to several problems it was cancelled. He then transferred to Manisaspor.
In 2004, Denizli received several offers from Japan and South Korea, but he chose to use his knowledge for Iran to coach the premier league champion Pas. Denizli made a run for the league title but became only second in the league. There were rumours that Denizli would be the coach of the Iran national football team to lead it to a successful 2006 World Cup. He also reached the quarter–finals of the Champions League with Pas, where he was knocked out 4–4 on aggregate by Al Ain. Denizli said he was going to leave Pas and head back for Turkey, although he had an option to sign a contract in Dubai.
In August 2006, Denizli was hired as the manager of the Iranian giants, Persepolis, after Arie Haan was fired. He resigned on 3 June 2007 after an unsuccessful season with Persepolis in which he failed in the Hazfi Cup with an embarrassing 4–1 defeat to Sepahan and more importantly the IPL in which his immensely talented team only managed a third-place finish. Denizli announced he was interested in becoming Iran national football team manager, provided he can reach agreements with the IRIFF. It was said that Denizli would take over the Iranian national team after Branko Ivankovic failed to make an impression on the world stage, but the Iranian Amir Ghalenoei was chosen over him.
On 9 October 2008 he signed a 1-year contract with Beşiktaş. On 30 May the club claimed its 13th Süper Lig title under his guidance. Denizli is the only one in Turkey who have managed to win the national league with the "three biggest" football clubs; Beşiktaş, Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray as a manager. With 2008–09 league title, Denizli also clings to the achievement of being "the one and only Turkish coach Beşiktaş earned the league title with". 2 June 2010 According to a number of reports from Turkey, experienced gaffer Denizli has resigned as head coach of Süper Lig titans Beşiktaş due to medical reasons.
Return to Persepolis
On 23 December 2011 Denizli signed a one and a half year contract with Iran Pro League side Persepolis, Return to his former club after four years. His first competitive game as coach was against Malavan, in which Persepolis comfortably lost 2–0. After that, Persepolis defeated Shahin Bushehr 4–1 in Azadi Stadium with goals from Ali Karimi, Gholamreza Rezaei, Mohammad Nouri and Mehrdad Oladi. Five days later, Persepolis makes a 2–2 draw with Shahrdari Tabriz. Then, defeated Mes Sarcheshmeh 2–1 with a late penalty scored by Ali Karimi. Denizli saw a bad day with a 4–2 loss to Sanat Naft. After that, Persepolis hosted Zob Ahan which ended 0–0. A week later, the match between Persepolis and Esteghlal known as Tehran derby was held. had previously experienced victory over Esteghlal back in 2006. Persepolis found themselves 2–0 down yet again and had Mehrdad Oladi very harshly sent off for what was seen as just a foul. Mazloumi and blues fans were beginning celebrations of yet another victory over their rivals as Persepolis fans began to leave the stadium when suddenly newly signed forward Eamon Zayed bagged a goal back for the reds in the 82nd minute. Persepolis were lifted by this goal and Éamon Zayed immediately connected with Mehdi Mahdavikia's excellent cross a minute later and levelled the score to 2–2 with a fine header. The last five minutes of the game was very open with Persepolis looking more lively and in the 92nd minute of the match, Hossein Badamaki's cross found Éamon Zayed yet again and the Irish born Libyan striker turned his defender and finished brilliantly to round off a historic hat-trick and great win for Persepolis and its fans.
Denizli started Champions league with a 1–1 draw with Al-Hilal. Then defeated Al-Shabab 6–1 with goals from Zayed (3 times), Rezaei, Karimi and Amir Hossein Feshangchi. Persepolis continued their good results in Champions league despite poor in the domestic league with a 3–0 away win over Al-Gharafa. Denizli's side was very unlucky in the 2nd round, missed winning over Al-Gharafa with a late goal, match ended 1–1. They lost 0–1 to Al-Hilal in home that was very disappointing. With this loss, Denizli's record in Asia that doesn't have any lose in his years with Pas and Persepolis was broken.
He finished the league in the 12th place, the worst in the history of Persepolis. On 22 June 2012, he stepped down as the manager of Persepolis due to family problems.
Third term at Galatasaray
On 19 November 2015, Galatasaray manager Hamza Hamzaoğlu left his position as a result of mutual agreement. On 22 November 2015, Denizli said "Galatasaray's president called me. I am going to meet with him tomorrow, negotiating for managerial position" on TRT Spor broadcast. A day later, Galatasaray SK's president Dursun Aydın Özbek met with Denizli at Point Hotel Beşiktaş, Istanbul and he said "I offered managerial position to Mustafa Denizli and he accepted in principle. We will sign the official contract in a few days" on the press conference. Denizli commented "I started my career's unforgettable success' here and I want close the parenthesis here."
Before the signing, Denizli followed UEFA Champions League match, Galatasaray played with Atlético Madrid in Vicente Calderón Stadium. But in this match, the team was managed by Cláudio Taffarel as the interim manager. On 26 November 2015, he signed a contract until June 2017 in Florya Metin Oktay Sports Complex and Training Center.
Denizli started his third term at Galatasaray with a 2–2 draw against Kasımpaşa in Süper Lig. Team was beat Bursaspor with 3-0 in Ali Sami Yen Sports Complex, which is his second match. On 8 December 2015, team draw against 1-1 with FC Astana but they took third place in UEFA Champions League C Group and qualified for 2015–16 UEFA Europa League knockout phase. He said "This was the hardest 90 minutes of my career." after the game. His last European match in 1991–92 European Cup Winners' Cup with Werder Bremen while he was a coach of Galatasaray until this match.
His first derby was with Beşiktaş in Atatürk Olympic Stadium and Galatasaray lost 2-1 this match. Besides, this was first defeat of Denizli on third term. After this, Galatasaray was met with Akhisar Belediyespor, impending Turkish Cup and beat in two matches. Denizli went outside Istanbul with Kastamonuspor match since appointed of manager.
|Club||Season||League||Cup[nb 1]||Europe[nb 2]||Total|
|Turkey national team|
||Ankara 19 Mayıs Stadium, Ankara, Turkey||Finland||1–0||1–2||Friendly|
||Empire Stadium, Gżira, Malta||Malta||0–2||1–2||UEFA Euro 1980 qualifying|
- As of 10 February 2016
- Süper Lig: 1987–88
- Türkiye Kupası: 1990–91
- Cumhurbaşkanlığı Kupası: 1988, 1991
- European Cup Semi-final: 1988–89
- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Quarter-final: 1991–92
- Çaykur Rizespor
Awards and achievements
He married Juliette Aruh in 1970 and he has one daughter from this marriage. His first daughter is born in 1977. He divorced his first wife in 1989. Then Mustafa Denizli is married to Çiğdem Kayalı and also had a daughter in 1991. Her second daughter Lâl is currently involved in politics at The Republican People's Party in Turkey. In 2003 Mustafa Denizli has divorced from his second wife. He later married his third wife, Evin Elçi in 2010. Evin Elçi is involved in sociology and she's also the daughter of the former Minister Şerafettin Elçi.
- Includes Türkiye Kupası, Atatürk Kupası, Başbakanlık Kupası, Cumhurbaşkanlığı Kupası and TSYD Kupası
- Includes European Cup, UEFA Cup, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup,
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- "Explanations from Dursun Aydın Özbek and Mustafa Denizli" (in Turkish). www.galatasaray.org. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
- "Denizli talks after Atlético Madrid match" (in Turkish). www.sporx.com. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
- "Mustafa Denizli signed with Galatasaray" (in Turkish). www.galatasaray.org. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
- "Kasımpaşa 2-2 Galatasaray" (in Turkish). www.galatasaray.org. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
- "Galatasaray 3-0 Bursaspor" (in Turkish). www.galatasaray.org. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
- "Galatasaray 1-1 Astana" (in Turkish). www.galatasaray.org. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
- "Comments from Mustafa Denizli for Astana match" (in Turkish). www.galatasaray.org. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
- "At Europe with Galatasaray after 8665 days" (in Turkish). www.trtspor.com.tr. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
- "Beşiktaş 2-1 Galatasaray" (in Turkish). www.galatasaray.org. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
- "Galatasaray 2-1 Akhisar Belediyespor" (in Turkish). www.galatasaray.org. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
- "Galatasaray 3-2 Akhisar Belediyespor" (in Turkish). www.galatasaray.org. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
- "Kastamonuspor 1966 1-2 Galatasaray" (in Turkish). www.galatasaray.org. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
- "İstatistikler". mackolik.com. 1 September 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
- "Mustafa Denizli". National Football Teams. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
- "Mustafa Denizli Managerial Statistic". mackolik.com. Retrieved 10 September 2010.
- Mustafa Denizli – Player profile at TFF.org
- Mustafa Denizli – Coach profile at TFF.org
- Profile at Mackolik.com
- Mustafa Denizli at Eurosport.com
- Mustafa Denizli at National-Football-Teams.com