Fatih Terim

Fatih Terim (born 4 September 1953) is a Turkish association football manager and former player. He is the manager of Galatasaray, a position he previously held three times.

Fatih Terim
Personal information
Full name Fatih Terim[1]
Date of birth (1953-09-04) 4 September 1953 (age 67)
Place of birth Adana, Turkey
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
Galatasaray (manager)
Youth career
1963–1969 Adana Demirspor
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–1974 Adana Demirspor 125 (25)
1974–1985 Galatasaray 327 (16)
Total 452 (41)
National team
1971 Turkey U19 7 (0)
1973–1975 Turkey U21 10 (0)
1975–1984 Turkey 51 (3)
Teams managed
1987–1989 Ankaragücü
1989–1990 Göztepe
1990–1993 Turkey U21
1993–1996 Turkey
1996–2000 Galatasaray
2000–2001 Fiorentina
2001 Milan
2002–2004 Galatasaray
2005–2009 Turkey
2011–2013 Galatasaray
2013–2017 Turkey
2017– Galatasaray
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Terim has managed several clubs in Italy and Turkey, as well as the Turkish national football team, most recently from 2013 to 2017.[2] In a survey conducted by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) in 80 countries, he was placed among the best eight managers in the world, receiving his award at a ceremony held in Rothenburg, Germany, on 8 January 2001. Terim received a nomination for UEFA manager of the year 2008, and Eurosport named him the best coach at UEFA Euro 2008.[3] In December 2008, he was ranked the seventh-best football manager in the world by World Soccer Magazine in 2008.[4] His Turkish nickname is "İmparator", and his Italian nickname is "Imperatore". Both names mean "emperor".

Playing career

In 1969, Terim began his professional football career with Adana Demirspor. Because of his financial difficulties, he was the only player in the team who was being paid secretly by the club at the time.[clarification needed] He became the team captain three years later. Terim played for Adana Demirspor until 1974, when he joined Galatasaray as a sweeper on 8 July 1974. As the team captain, he had to fill in for injured defenders and eventually he ended up playing regularly as a sweeper/defender. Terim played 11 years for the Istanbul club. During that time, the club never won the Turkish league championship trophy.

He played for the Turkey national team 51 times between 1974 and 1985 and was the national team captain for 35 international matches, setting the national record in both categories at that time. He ended his playing career at Galatasaray in 1985. Abdullah Gegiç, a famous football coach with Partizan in the former Yugoslavia and Eskişehirspor in Turkey, knew Terim from his days as a central defender and described him as an intelligent defender with "Beckenbauer-like" qualities. Gegiç attributed Terim's successes as a coach to the unique understanding of the game that he developed while playing as a central defender.

Managerial career

Early years

After retiring from professional football his first training appointment came from Jupp Derwall while they were both at Galatasaray. Terim's coaching career began when he was appointed the coach of Ankaragücü. He coached the club for 18 months before moving on to coach Göztepe in İzmir for a year. He had no significant success with either team. He was appointed as assistant to Turkey's national coach, Sepp Piontek, in 1990. He also coached the Turkey under-21 team. After serving as assistant coach for three years, he was appointed coach in 1993. Under his management, Turkey qualified for the final tournament of European Football Championship in 1996, for the first time in its history. Although they did not perform well in the tournament, losing all their matches and not scoring any goals, qualification was still considered a great achievement for Turkish football.

After Euro 1996, Terim signed a contract with Galatasaray. Under his management Galatasaray won the Turkish league championship for four consecutive years and the UEFA Cup in 2000, making Terim the most successful Galatasaray manager in its history. His departure allowed Mircea Lucescu to clinch the UEFA Super Cup in 2000 for Galatasaray.


Terim moved from Galatasaray to the Italian Serie A, signing a one-year contract with Fiorentina. His aggressive style of football and his tense relationship with club president and owner Vittorio Cecchi Gori made Terim popular among Fiorentina fans. He made a good start, defeating Milan (4–0), holding Juventus to a 3–3 draw and eliminating Milan 4–2 on aggregate to reach the final of the Coppa Italia. However, in the middle of the 2000–01 season, he announced he would not renew his contract, because Cecchi Gori did not intend to make the investments that he requested. The team's performance declined significantly from then on, and his continuing clashes with Cecchi Gori led Terim to resign before the season ended. The Romanian football legend Gheorghe Hagi praised his work in Florence: "In five months he built up a phenomenal side at Fiorentina. Name me another foreigner capable of that. He's extraordinary – he could coach any side."[5]


In mid-2001, Terim was appointed coach of Milan. He transformed Milan's system, employing a style very similar to the total football of Rinus Michels, playing a 4–3–1–2 formation with Rui Costa as a key player, whom he brought from his previous team, Fiorentina. Terim built a highly attacking side, but during this period Milan was also notorious for being vulnerable at the back, often conceding goals unexpectedly and drawing against "underdog" teams. After several disappointing results, particularly the 0–1 Serie A defeat against Torino on 4 November 2001, his contract was terminated after only five months of work.

Return to Galatasaray

In the summer of 2002, Terim returned to Galatasaray. However, internal problems within Galatasaray's management, financial difficulties at the club and the failure of his transfer policies led to a disappointing performance, and he resigned in March 2004, taking a break in his managing career. Clubs like Inter Milan and Roma tried to lure him back to Serie A, but he did not depart.

Turkey (second term)

In the summer of 2005, Terim became the manager of the Turkey national team for a second time, taking charge of their last three qualifying matches (held in September and October 2005) – against Denmark, Ukraine and Albania – in UEFA qualifying Group 2 of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Turkey finished second in the group and thus advanced to the two-leg play-off against Switzerland, who won the first leg 2–0 in Bern. Turkey won the second leg 4–2 in Istanbul, but Switzerland advanced to the 2006 World Cup finals on the away goals rule.

Turkey started Euro 2008 by losing to Portugal. Against Switzerland, they were trailing at half-time but snatched a win two minutes into stoppage time. In the final group match, against the Czech Republic, Turkey reversed a two-goal deficit by scoring three goals in the final 15 minutes. Their evenly matched quarter-final clash with Croatia went to a penalty shootout, which Turkey won. Turkey lost to Germany in the semi-finals. During their estimated 490 minutes of playing time in this tournament, Turkey only led for 13 minutes.

After the successful Euro 2008 campaign, Terim was recommended by former Newcastle United manager Bobby Robson for the Newcastle position, but he was not appointed. Terim's contract was extended to 2012 at the conclusion of the tournament, despite heavy speculation that he might return to Italy or go to England to manage at club level.

In 2010 World Cup UEFA qualifying, Group 5, as of April 2009, Turkey had won two matches, drawn two and lost two, leaving them four points behind second-placed Bosnia and Herzegovina. This performance saw Turkey move up to tenth position in the FIFA World Rankings. On 11 October 2009, seeing that his country could no longer finish in the top two of Group 5, Terim announced his resignation. Turkey finished Group 5 in third position.[6]

Third term at Galatasaray

Terim with Galatasaray in 2011

Galatasaray failed to qualify for European football in the 2010–11 season. After internal conflict among board members and the poor performance of the team during the 2010–11 Süper Lig season, Galatasaray appointed a new chairman, Ünal Aysal. Aysal's first act was to appoint Terim, his first and only choice, as manager – his third time to manage Galatasaray.

Galatasaray finished the 2011–12 Süper Lig season with 77 points, nine points ahead of rivals Fenerbahçe. The top four teams in the regular season – Galatasaray, Fenerbahçe, Trabzonspor and Beşiktaş – entered the Championship Group of the European play-offs. A new round-robin play-off format was introduced this season for the first time in the Süper Lig. In the last round of the play-offs, Galatasaray won its 18th title with a scoreless draw against Fenerbahçe at the Şükrü Saraçoğlu Stadium. It was one of Galatasaray's best seasons, marked by the good performances of young players such as Semih Kaya and Emre Çolak.

In the third week of the 2012–13 Süper Lig season, Terim earned his 200th win as a Galatasary coach against Bursaspor.[7] In addition, Terim was invited to the UEFA Elite Managers Forum for a second time in 2012. (The first time was in 2002.)[8] Galatasaray made a poor start to the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League season, losing the first two group matches in Group H, but they won three of their last four group matches to advance to the Round of 16. Galatasaray player Burak Yılmaz finished the group stages of the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League as top scorer, with 6 goals in 501 minutes, ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored the same number of goals in 540 minutes.

In the round of 16, Galatasaray eliminated Schalke 04 4–3 on aggregate. In the quarter-finals, they played Real Madrid – their first official match since the 2000–01 UEFA Champions League. Galatasaray lost 3–0 at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, but won the second match 3–2 in Türk Telekom Arena. On 5 May 2013, Galatasaray secured its 19th title in the Süper Lig two weeks before the end of the season.[9]

On 24 September 2013, Terim was relieved of his club duties after overseeing one win and three draws in four league matches in the 2013–14 Süper Lig season, plus a 6–1 home defeat in the 2013–14 Champions League group stage opening match against Real Madrid. The club's decision to sack Terim was taken after Terim and the board members had held a two-hour meeting at the Türk Telekom Arena in the afternoon of 24 September, followed by a unanimous vote by the board. The club stated Terim had rejected an offer of a two-year extension on his current contract, which had been due to expire in June 2014. Terim was directing a training session at the club's facilities when the board's decision was publicized later that day. As the news filtered out, dozens of supporters reportedly assembled in front of the training facilities to protest the decision, calling on the board to resign.[10][11]

Turkey (third term)

On 22 August 2013, Terim was appointed interim manager of Turkey, replacing Abdullah Avcı, ahead of four critical 2014 World Cup UEFA Group D qualifying matches. Turkey won their next three qualifying matches (against Andorra, Romania and Estonia), but lost their last qualifying match against the Netherlands 2–0 in Istanbul. Turkey finished Group D in fourth position and therefore did not qualify for the 2014 World Cup finals.[12]

Under his tenure, Turkey also lost the first two group matches against Iceland and the Czech Republic.[citation needed] They also drew the next game against outsiders Latvia,[citation needed] lost in a friendly clash against Brazil by a wide margin[citation needed] and closed the year with a brink of success by beating Kazakhstan in a final qualifier of 2014.[citation needed] Later in the UEFA Euro qualifiers, in 2015 Turkey drew 1–1 with the Netherlands, defeated Kazakhstan 1–0, drew with Latvia 1–1, defeated the Netherlands 3–0, defeated the Czech Republic 2–0 and defeated Iceland 1–0, therefore qualifying as the best third-placed team and automatically being sent to the Euro 2016 final stages.

Fourth term at Galatasaray

On 22 December 2017, Terim was announced as manager of Galatasaray, replacing Igor Tudor, on a contract that will see him at the helm until the end of the 2018–19 season.[13]

2017-18 season he became a seventh-time Turkish Süper Lig winner with Galatasaray.[citation needed]

On 16 October 2018, it was announced that Terim and Galatasaray agreed on a two plus three-year contract. The contract is for a guaranteed two-year extension with an optional three-year extension. He signed an "empty" contract and the amount will be determined by the club president Mr. Cengiz.[citation needed]

On 19 May 2019, Galatasaray became the champion of 2018–19 Süper Lig season after in week 33. Terim won his eighth title in total and second consecutive Süper Lig trophy with Galatasaray. On 25 May 2019, during the cup ceremony at Türk Telekom Stadium, Galatasaray president Mustafa Cengiz announced that the club agreed on a 2+3 years new deal with Terim.[14] He signed the new contract in front of 52,500 spectators.[15]

On 8 July 2019, Terim has celebrated his 45th anniversary with Galatasaray.[16]

Career statistics



Club Season League Cup Other[nb 1] Europe[nb 2] Total
Adana Demirspor 1973–74 282------282
Total 282------282
Galatasaray 1974–75 302--30--332
1975–76 303814140465
1976–77 29220----312
1977–78 2925020--362
1978–79 272223121346
1979–80 3021002020442
1980–81 2726010--342
1981–82 2809130--401
1982–83 2912021--332
1983–84 2805020--350
1984–85 3008330--413
Total 317165772538140727
Career total 345185772538143529



Turkey national team

International goals


118 March 1979İzmir Atatürk Stadium, İzmir, Turkey Malta2–1WinUEFA Euro 1980 qualifying
224 September 1980İzmir Atatürk Stadium, İzmir, Turkey Iceland1–3Lost1982 FIFA World Cup qualifying
312 October 198319 Mayıs Stadium, Ankara, Turkey Northern Ireland1–0WinUEFA Euro 1984 qualifying

Managerial statistics

As of match played 21 April 2021[20]
Team From To Record
Ankaragücü 1987 1989 82 34 23 25 041.46
Göztepe 1989 1990 32 18 9 5 056.25
Turkey U21 1990 1993 25 13 4 8 052.00
Turkey 1993 1996 34 17 8 9 050.00
Galatasaray 1996 2000 203 130 46 27 064.04
Fiorentina 2000 2001 28 11 10 7 039.29
Milan 2001 2001 15 8 5 2 053.33
Galatasaray 2002 2004 83 43 16 24 051.81
Turkey 2005 2009 58 26 18 14 044.83
Galatasaray 2011 2013 96 57 24 15 059.38
Turkey 2013 2017 44 27 8 9 061.36
Galatasaray 2017 Present 163 87 36 40 053.37
Total 863 471 207 185 054.58

Turkish Super Lig statistics with Galatasaray

As of 6 October 2020
Team From To Record
Galatasaray 1996 1997 34 25 7 2 073.53
1997 1998 34 23 6 5 067.65
1998 1999 34 23 9 2 067.65
1999 2000 34 24 7 3 070.59
2002 2003 34 24 5 5 070.59
2003 2004 26 11 8 7 042.31
2011 2012 40 25 11 4 062.50
2012 2013 34 21 8 5 061.76
2013 2013 5 2 3 0 040.00
2017 2018 18 14 1 3 077.78
2018 2019 34 20 9 5 058.82
2019 2020 34 15 11 8 044.12
Total 361 227 85 49 062.88





Turkey U21



Honours and decorations

Personal life

He was born in Adana, Turkey, to Nuriye and Talat Terim.[22] Talat, his father, is a Turkish Cypriot who emigrated to Turkey.[23][24][25][26] He is married to Fulya Terim. They have two daughters, Merve and Buse.[27]

On 23 March 2020, Terim received a positive diagnosis for coronavirus.[28] He was discharged from hospital on 30 March 2020.[29]

See also



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  3. "En iyisi Terim seçildi". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 13 December 2008.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link) (in Turkish). Sevilenfrm.com. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
  4. "Culture and Sports: Turkish football coach is listed among top ten in world". Setimes. 8 February 2011.
  5. "Gheorghe Hagi". World Soccer Magazine. 2000.
  6. "Fatih Terim hat genug – Lagerbeck vor Rücktritt". Nzz.ch. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  7. "Fatih Terim'in Galatasaray'daki 200. Galibiyeti – 21.08.2012 14:15 (SPOR TOTO SÜPER LİG)". / Galatasaray.org. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  8. "Fatih Terim UEFA Elit Teknik Direktörler Forumu'na Katıldı – 05.09.2012 23:15 (KULÜP HABERLERİ)". / Galatasaray.org. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  9. "Ve Şampiyon Galatasaray!" (in Turkish). galatasaray.org. Archived from the original on 7 May 2013.
  10. "Terim and Galatasaray part company". www.uefa.com. 24 September 2013.
  11. "Galatasaray parts ways with veteran manager Fatih Terim". Hürriyet Daily News. 24 September 2013.
  12. "Fatih Terim in talks to take over as manager of Turkey". www.turkish-football.com. 24 September 2013. Archived from the original on 29 September 2013.
  13. Editorial, Reuters. "Soccer: Terim becomes Galatasaray coach for fourth time". Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  14. "Fatih Terim'in sözleşme detayları KAP'a bildirildi" (in Turkish). Galatasaray.org. 8 July 2019. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
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  16. ""İyi ki Galatasaraylı olmuşum"" (in Turkish). Galatasaray.org. 8 July 2019. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
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  18. "Fatih Terim". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
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  21. "Terim Sig. Fatih". Presidenza della Repubblica. 25 April 2007. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
  22. "Fatih'i fazla beklemeyeceğiz" (in Turkish). Aksiyon. 30 January 2011. Archived from the original on 3 September 2011.
  23. "Fatih Terim 50 yaşında". Hürriyet Daily News (in Turkish). 30 January 2011.
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  27. "Buse evlendi ablası hastaneye gitti" (in Turkish). Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  28. Tiryaki, Erkan (23 March 2020). "Fatih Terim'in koronavirüs testi pozitif çıktı" (in Turkish). Anadolu Agency. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  29. "Fatih Terim corona virüsü tedavisi gördüğü hastaneden taburcu edildi". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 30 March 2020. Retrieved 30 March 2020.