Cihat Arman

Cihat Arman (1915 in Istanbul – May 14, 1994 in Istanbul), was a Turkish football goalkeeper and manager.[1] He represented Turkey at the 1936 Summer Olympics and the 1948 Summer Olympics.[2]

Cihat Arman
1950 02 19 Yeni Sabah Cihat Arman.jpg
Personal information
Full name Cihat Arman
Date of birth (1915-07-16)16 July 1915
Place of birth Istanbul, Ottoman Empire
Date of death 14 May 1994(1994-05-14) (aged 78)
Place of death Istanbul, Turkey
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1934–1937 Gençlerbirliği ? (?)
1937–1939 Güneş 18 (0)
1939–1951 Fenerbahçe 308 (0)
National team
1936–1951 Turkey 13 (0)
Teams managed
1948–49 Fenerbahçe
1949 Turkey
1954–55 Beyoğluspor
1955–56 Beşiktaş
1956 Turkey
1956–57 İstanbulspor
1957–60 Kasımpaşa
1960–61 İstanbulspor
1962–63 Yeşildirek
1964 Turkey
1966–67 Eskişehirspor
1967–68 Mersin İdmanyurdu
1968–69 Vefa
1970–71 Turkey
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Arman started playing football in his age of 15 and debuted in Ankaragücü. In 1936, he transferred to the Istanbul club Güneş. After the closure of this club, he moved to Fenerbahçe, where he uninterruptedly played 308 games in total. He was nicknamed the "Flying goalkeeper" due to his acrobatic and successful saves. Him flying with his yellow shirt was the inspiration behind "The Yellow Canaries" (Sarı Kanaryalar in Turkish), the nickname for the football team of Fenerbahçe.

During World War II, international competitions were rarely held. So, Arman played only 13 games with the Turkey national football team during this time. After 1949 he served as the goalkeeper and captain. He also coached the Turkish national team and qualified for the 1950 World Cup trashing Syria 7–0 but Turkey withdrew due to financial problems.

After Arman retired from active sport in 1950, he coached the Istanbul clubs Kasımpaşa, İstanbulspor, Yeşildirek, Beşiktaş[3] and the national team (1950, 1957, 1958 and 1959).

The sports journalist died on May 14, 1994 in Istanbul.


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  2. ^ "Cihat Arman". Olympedia. Retrieved 26 September 2021.
  3. ^ "Cihat Arman". (in Turkish). Archived from the original on 5 November 2017. Retrieved 8 April 2018.

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