Vedat Okyar

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Vedat Okyar
Personal information
Date of birth August 1945
Place of birth Bursa, Turkey
Date of death (2009-07-20)20 July 2009 (age 64)
Place of death Istanbul, Turkey
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1963–1968 Bursaspor
1968–1976 Beşiktaş 253 (21)
1976–1977 Diyarbakırspor
1977–1980 Karagümrük
National team
1969–1971 Turkey 33 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Vedat Okyar (August 1945 – 20 July 2009) was a Turkish international footballer who later became a sports journalist.

Early life[edit]

Vedat Okyar was born in Bursa August 1945. He played amateur football for Yücespor and Adaletspor before becoming a professional in 1965.


Football career[edit]

Okyar played professionally as a midfielder for Bursaspor, Beşiktaş, Diyarbakırspor and Karagümrük. He was club captain of Beşiktaş between 1975 and 1976, and he also earned thirty-three caps for the Turkish national side.[1][2]

Journalism career[edit]

After retiring as a professional footballer at age 42, Okyar became a sports journalist.[1][2]


Okyar died of colorectal cancer in a Istanbul hospital on 20 July 2009, aged 64. Following the religious funeral service at Teşvikiye Mosque, he was laid to rest at the Zincirlikuyu Cemetery.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ a b c "Renowned sportswriter Vedat Okyar dies". Today's Zaman. 2009-07-21. Retrieved 2014-09-27. 
  2. ^ a b c "Türk futbolu Vedat Okyar'ı kaybetti". CNN Türk (in Turkish). 2009-07-20. Retrieved 2014-09-27. 
  3. ^ "Vedat Okyar gözyaşları ile uğurlandı". NTV Spor (in Turkish). 2009-07-23. Retrieved 2014-09-27.