Yılmaz Yücetürk

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Yılmaz Yücetürk
Personal information
Date of birth 12 March 1941[1]/1 July 1940[2]
Place of birth Gönen, Turkey[1]/Balikesir, Turkey[2]
Date of death 20 May 2005
Place of death Kadıköy, Istanbul, Turkey
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1957–1961 Fenerbahce
1961–1967 Türk Telekom GSK
1967–1969 MKE Ankaragücü
National team
1959 Turkey U-18 2 (0)
1964–1965 Turkey U-21
Teams managed
1987[3] Fenerbahce (technical director)
1987–1988[1] Kusadasispor
1990–1992[2] Zeytinburnuspor (coach and technical director)
1995 Erzurumspor
2000–2002[4] Eritrea
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Yılmaz Yücetürk (died 20 May 2005 in Kadıköy, Istanbul) was a Turkish football coach who last managed the Eritrea national football team.


Rising through Fenerbahce's youth ranks, Yücetürk played for MKE Ankaragücü and PTT, the previous incarnation of Türk Telekom GSK, during his senior career.[5] One year succeeding his retirement, Yücetürk took over the family business and never thought about a return to football;[6] however, after going to Germany to watch the 1974 World Cup, the former player entered the Cologne Sport University as a superannuated student and got a PhD in football.[6] More than a decade later, Yücetürk was technical director of Fenerbahce and served as coach for Kusadasispor, Zeytinburnuspor, and Erzurumspor in his later career. The former midfielder also assumed the role of president of the Turkish Football Federation's Research and Planning Department upon returning to Turkey.[5]

In the summer of 2000, Yücetürk took charge of the Eritrea national team upon request as part of a Meridian project for African football development, an idea incubated by FIFA.[7] There, he trained over 100 coaches and organized 5 coaching symposiums.[6] Besides heading the Eritrean men's team, he helped develop the Eritrea women's national football team as well[6] with the Turkish Football Federation covering half his salary.[6]

On May 20, 2005, Yücetürk died at the Acıbadem Kozyatağı Hospital in Istanbul.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Yücetürk had a wife and two sons.[6]