Nihat Bekdik

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Nihat Bekdik
Personal information
Full name Nihat Asım Bekdik
Date of birth 1902
Place of birth Constantinople, Ottoman Empire
Date of death 21 June 1972(1972-06-21) (aged 70)
Place of death Istanbul, Turkey
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1914–1916 Galatasaray SK
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1916–1936[1] Galatasaray SK 268
National team
1923–1932 Turkey 21 (1)
Teams managed
1929 Galatasaray SK
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

"Aslan" Nihat Asım Bekdik (1902 – 21 June 1972) was a Turkish professional footballer. He spent the entirety of his career with his hometown club, Galatasaray.[2] He also represented Turkey on 21 occasions, captaining them 10 times.

Sporting career[edit]


Nihat Bekdik – 1926

Nihat was born in Istanbul and played his entire career as a defense player for Galatasaray SK, playing 268 games between 1916 and 1936. Like many other Galatasaray SK players at that time, he was a student of the Galatasaray High School and started playing football at the Grand Cour of the Galatasaray High School at the age of 10. He was selected to Galatasaray A2 team when he was 12. Two years later he started to do athletics for the next four years. He won the Istanbul Football League sixth times as captain of the team in 1928 and 1936.

Nihat Bekdik as Captain of the Galatasaray SK 1930–1931 Champion Team

Other sports[edit]

Nihat Bekdik during the Istanbul Rowing Championship, 3 August 1933.

He was also a very good triple jumper and high jumper. In 1923 he set new Turkish records at triple jump (11.92m) and high jump (1.58m). After his football career he continued doing sports in equestrian, rowing and swimming. With his Boat "Aslan" he won numerous cups.

Political career[edit]

Between 1957 and 1960 he was in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey as a member of the Democratic Party.


Because of a lion badge at his sweat suit and his fabulous performances on the pitch, the spectators called him "Aslan" which means "Lion" in Turkish. Later "Aslan" became the nickname of the club Galatasaray SK.

Career statistics[edit]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 14 October 1927 Istanbul, Turkey  Bulgaria 3–1 3–1 Friendly


As player[edit]

As manager[edit]

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