|Full name||Mustafa Denizli|
|Date of birth||10 November 1949|
|Place of birth||Alaçatı, Turkey|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Current club||Khazar Lankaran (manager)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Mustafa Denizli (born 10 November 1949 in Alaçatı) is a former Turkish football player and now a coach who currently manages Khazar Lankaran. 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 in outside of Turkey, 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 was 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 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 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.
|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 8 March 2014
- 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
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,
- "Mustafa Denizli Resigns As Besiktas Coach". Goal.com. 2 June 2010. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
- "Denizli Accepts Persepolis Offer". Persian Football. 23 December 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
- "Denizli joins Persepolis as new coach". Press TV. 24 December 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
- "İstatistikler". mackolik.com. 1 September 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
- "Mustafa Denizli". National Football Teams. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
- 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