İlhan Mansız

İlhan Mansız (born 10 August 1975) is a German-born Turkish former professional footballer who played as a forward. He is also a competing figure skater. He is of Crimean Tatar descent.[2]

İlhan Mansız
2013 Nebelhorn Trophy Ilhan MANSIZ IMG 5900.JPG
İlhan Mansız in 2013
Personal information
Date of birth (1975-08-10) 10 August 1975 (age 45)
Place of birth Kempten, West Germany
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
0000–1989 SV Lenzfried
1989–1992 FC Kempten
1992–1994 FC Augsburg
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 1. FC Köln 1 (0)
1995–1996 Gençlerbirliği 2 (0)
1996–1997 SV Türk Gücü München 24 (11)
1997–1998 Kuşadası Gençlikspor [1] 37 (19)
1998–2001 Samsunspor 89 (26)
2001–2004 Beşiktaş 66 (36)
2004 Vissel Kobe 3 (0)
2005 Hertha BSC 1 (0)
2005–2007 MKE Ankaragücü 9 (4)
Total 198 (78)
National team
2001–2003 Turkey 21 (7)
Teams managed
2018–2019 Beşiktaş (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

Club careerEdit

Mansız gained international recognition at Istanbul's Beşiktaş J.K., and was later acquired by the Vissel Kobe football club in Japan.

After his Japan journey, he signed a contract with Hertha BSC, but, because of his injury, he never had a chance to play for the first team. His contract was cancelled due to a clause in the contract saying that if his knee was injured again, they would release him.[3] After his short stint with Hertha BSC, İlhan signed a one-year contract with Turkish club Ankaragücü. He was slowly but surely coming back from his plague of injuries and helping Ankaragücü in the Turkcell Super League.[4]

Before the 2006–07 season, he declared his decision to retire from football. As of 2007 there were rumors that he was getting training in Los Angeles, US, to make a comeback to football. These rumors are revealed by İlhan Mansız and he declared to sign contract with Ankaragücü again. However, this final comeback attempt was abandoned before the 2007–08 season, as he announced his retirement.[5]

After a car accident in 2007, it seemed the career of İlhan Mansız had ended. In July 2009, after seven knee operations, he tried to make a comeback by training with German second-division side TSV 1860 Munich.[6]

International careerEdit

İlhan made his debut for Turkey as a substitute during their final group-stage qualifier against Moldova in October 2001.[7] The speedy striker earned his way onto coach Şenol Güneş' squad on the strength of an outstanding 2001–02 season for Beşiktaş, when he led the Süper Lig in scoring and helped the squad to a third-place finish.

The best goal of his career came in the 2002 FIFA World Cup quarter final against Senegal. He came on as a substitute for Hakan Şükür in the 67th minute, and netted a golden goal in the 94th minute to send Turkey through to the last four of the competition, in which they ended up taking third place. This was the last time where the golden goal was used in World Cup for extra-time matches. In the third place game İlhan Mansız assisted Hakan Şükür to score the fastest goal ever in a World Cup finals match,[8] and went on to score his team's two other goals in the match.

He is also remembered by his rainbow flick against Brazilian defender Roberto Carlos in 2002 World Cup semifinal clash, which was one of the best skill displays of the cup.

Mansız was a relative unknown in international circles prior to the 2002 World Cup. Despite his display of prodigious talent on the world stage, his health concerns and advanced age precluded serious consideration on the part of European clubs. Mansız declared "It is too late for me, I wish I had been discovered sooner in my career."

Coaching careerEdit

On 11 July 2018, Beşiktaş J.K. announced via their social media accounts that Mansız was appointed as assistant coach to the club, along with Guti, another former player of club.[9] Mansız quit his job at Beşiktaş on 6 February 2019 due to health concerns.[10]

Figure skatingEdit

Mansız learned to skate at the relatively late age of 33[11] when he competed on the Turkish show Buzda Dans, as a pair skater with partner Oľga Beständigová, who is also his girlfriend.

After winning the show, Mansız announced his goal was to represent Turkey at the 2014 Winter Olympics,[12] hoping to become the first athlete to compete in both the football World Cup and the Winter Olympics since Aleksandar Shalamanov of Bulgaria.[13][14]

Mansız and Beständigová made their competitive debut at the 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy, which was also the final qualifying opportunity for the 2014 Olympics. They finished 19th and last in the pairs event,[15] ending their hope of skating at the Olympic Games. Nonetheless, they continue to compete, with the goal of qualifying for the 2014 European Figure Skating Championships.[16]

Personal lifeEdit

He has a daughter named Aimee who was born in 2003.[citation needed]

Career statisticsEdit


Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Turkey League Türkiye Kupası League Cup Europe Total
1995–96 Gençlerbirliği Super League 2 0
1997–98 Kuşadası Gençlikspor Turkish Second Football League 37 19
1998–99 Samsunspor Super League 27 4
1999-00 31 10
2000–01 31 12
2001–02 Beşiktaş Super League 30 21
2002–03 23 7
2003–04 13 8
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Total
2004 Vissel Kobe J1 League 3 0 - 0 0 - 3 0
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
2004–05 Hertha BSC Bundesliga 0 0
Turkey League Türkiye Kupası League Cup Europe Total
2005–06 Ankaragücü Super League 9 4
Total Turkey 166 66
Japan 3 0 - 0 0 - 3 0
Germany 0 0
Career total 206 85


Turkey national team
Year Apps Goals
2001 2 1
2002 13 5
2003 6 1
Total 21 7

International goalsEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 17 April 2002 Kerkrade, Netherlands   Chile 2–0 2–0 Friendly
2 22 June 2002 Osaka, Japan   Senegal 1–0 1–0 2002 World Cup
3 29 June 2002 Daegu, South Korea   South Korea 2–1 3–2 2002 World Cup
4 29 June 2002 Daegu, South Korea   South Korea 3–1 3–2 2002 World Cup
5 16 October 2002 Istanbul, Turkey   Liechtenstein 3–0 5–0 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying






  1. ^ Mansıza Eski Bir Dosttan Çağrı Haberi ve Son Dakika Haberler Mynet
  2. ^ 13 maddede Türk futbolunun şanssız prensi: İlhan Mansız Archived 29 May 2019 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Gastspieler-Trio bei den Löwen im Training Archived 3 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Zweite Chance für Ilhan Mansiz Archived 8 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "İlhan abandons comeback plans". UEFA. 14 June 2007. Retrieved 14 June 2007.
  6. ^ Sportnachrichten - Live-Ticker, Streams, Videos und News -
  7. ^ Schnappen sich die Löwen Daums Torschützenkönig?
  8. ^ Video of fastest goal ever in World Cup history
  9. ^ "Guti ve İlhan Mansız, Beşiktaş'taki görevlerine başladı" (in Turkish). Sabah. Demirören News Agency. 11 July 2018. Archived from the original on 6 February 2019. Retrieved 6 February 2019. Beşiktaş Kulübü, teknik direktör Şenol Güneş'in yeni yardımcıları Guti Hernandez ve İlhan Mansız'ın göreve başladığını sosyal medya hesabı üzerinden açıkladı.
  10. ^ "Beşiktaş'ta İlhan Mansız ile yollar ayrıldı" (in Turkish). Sabah. Demirören News Agency. 11 July 2018. Archived from the original on 6 February 2019. Retrieved 6 February 2019. BBeşiktaş Teknik Direktörü Şenol Güneş'in yardımcılığını yapan İlhan Mansız, sağlık nedenlerinden dolayı görevini bıraktı.
  11. ^ Returning guests and Olympic dreams in Oberstdorf
  12. ^ Bőd, Titanilla (9 October 2011). "Olga Beständigová and Ilhan Mansiz – a crazy dream about Sochi". Absolute Skating. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
  13. ^ News report: Football star's new goal: Olympic skating champion (Youtube)
  14. ^ News report: Ex-Nationalspieler Mansiz will als Eiskunstläufer zu Olympia (Youtube)
  15. ^ 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy pairs result
  16. ^ The Inside Edge: A soccer star turns to skating
  17. ^ İlhan Mansız at

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