Ümit Davala

Ümit Aydın Davala (born 30 July 1973) is a Turkish football coach and former international player, who is the co-assistant manager of Galatasaray, alongside co-assistant manager Hasan Şaş and manager Fatih Terim.

Ümit Davala
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Davala with Galatasaray in 2012
Personal information
Full name Ümit Aydın Davala
Date of birth (1973-07-30) 30 July 1973 (age 47)
Place of birth Mannheim, West Germany
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Right back
Right winger
Club information
Current team
Galatasaray (Co-assistant manager)
Youth career
1981–1990 VfR Mannheim
1990–1992 ASV Feudenheim
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1994 Türkspor Mannheim 0 (0)
1994 Afyonkarahisarspor 11 (3)
1995–1996 İstanbulspor 22 (6)
1996Diyarbakırspor (loan) 18 (3)
1996–2001 Galatasaray 125 (15)
2001–2002 Milan 10 (0)
2002–2004 Internazionale 0 (0)
2002–2003Galatasaray (loan) 23 (1)
2003–2004Werder Bremen (loan) 22 (0)
2004–2005 Werder Bremen 11 (0)
Total 241 (28)
National team
1996–2004 Turkey 41 (4)
Teams managed
2007–2008 Turkey U21
2013 Galatasaray (caretaker)
2017 Tuzlaspor
Representing Turkey
Bronze medal – third place FIFA World Cup 2002
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Davala played with VfR Mannheim, ASV Feudenheim, Türkspor Mannheim, Afyonspor, Diyarbakırspor and İstanbulspor before joining Galatasaray in 1997. He won three successive Turkish championships. In 2000, he helped the club to win the Turkish Cup by scoring two goals in the final against Beşiktaş. In the same year, he helped the club win the 2000 UEFA Cup final against Arsenal and the 2000 UEFA Super Cup against Real Madrid.

In September 2001, Davala transferred to Milan in a €5 million deal.[citation needed] He made the transfer because he wanted to follow his former coach at Galatasaray, Fatih Terim, who had been named head coach of Milan. However, in November, Terim was fired and replaced by Carlo Ancelotti, after which Davala lost his first-team place.

In June 2002, Davala was sold to Internazionale in exchange for Dario Šimić, but was immediately loaned to Galatasaray.[1] In July 2003, Davala was loaned to Werder Bremen, helping the club win the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal double. In July 2004, he was signed permanently by Bremen, but injuries limited his appearances. A hip injury suffered in October 2005 proved too difficult, and over the winter break of the 2005–06 season, Davala was released by the club. He subsequently retired from professional football.

International careerEdit

Davala was part of the Turkey squads for UEFA Euro 2000 and the 2002 FIFA World Cup. In the latter, he stood out for his mohawk hair style and scored a goal against PR China in the group stage, adding the winner against Japan in the second round. He also provided the cross that resulted on İlhan Mansız's golden goal against Senegal in the quarter-finals. Turkey would finish the tournament in third place.

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Turkey's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Davala goal.
List of international goals scored by Ümit Davala
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 28 March 2001 Skopje, Macedonia   Macedonia 2–1 2–1 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 13 June 2002 Seoul, South Korea   China PR 3–0 3–0 FIFA World Cup 2002
3 18 June 2002 Miyagi, Japan   Japan 1–0 1–0 FIFA World Cup 2002
4 16 October 2002 Istanbul, Turkey   Liechtenstein 2–0 5–0 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying


After retiring from professional football, Davala played futsal and became captain of the Turkey national futsal team in the UEFA Futsal Championship.[2]

Coaching careerEdit

Davala had been the head coach of Turkey national under-21 team until June 2008. He then joined Galatasaray S.K. as an assistant manager on 11 June 2008. After a loss to Bursaspor, the Galatasaray board stated "radical changes" were on the way, and, true to its word, the board declared that assistant coaches Davala and Edwin Boekamp were sacked on 10 October 2008 after a brief chat with club president Adnan Polat.[3] However, Davala rejoined Galatasaray as an assistant manager again in June 2011.

Music careerEdit

Davala released several rap themed songs, just after he retired from football. One was a collaboration with Kayahan.[4]



Werder Bremen


  1. ^ "IL MILAN PRENDE SIMIC A TITOLO DEFINITIVO, ALL'INTER UMIT CHE VIENE TRASFERITO IN PRESTITO AL GALATASARAY" (in Italian). FC Internazionale Milano. 29 June 2002. Retrieved 5 January 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Ümit excited by EURO challenge". UEFA. 15 January 2007. Retrieved 10 October 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Umit Davala and Edwin Boekamp fired". Galatasaray.org. 10 October 2008. Retrieved 10 October 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tw1sb3J-5jQ

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