Kadri Aytaç

Kadri Aytaç (6 August 1931 – 28 March 2003) was a former Turkish football player and then manager. He played for the Beyoğluspor, Karagümrük, Galatasaray, Fenerbahçe and Mersin İdmanyurdu teams. He is the manager with the most titles earned in the Turkish Second Football League, having in the process promoted four teams to the Turkish First Football League.

Kadri Aytaç
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Personal information
Date of birth (1931-08-06)6 August 1931
Place of birth İstanbul, Turkey
Date of death 28 March 2003(2003-03-28) (aged 71)
Place of death Turkey
Buried in Feriköy Cemetery, Istanbul
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Right midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1944–51 Beyoğluspor
1951–58 Galatasaray 87 (45)
1958–60 Karagümrük 64 (25)
1960–62 Fenerbahçe 53 (10)
1962–67 Galatasaray 94 (19)
1967–69 Mersin İdmanyurdu 53 (3)
National team
1953–62 Turkey 26 (0)
Teams managed
1967–68 Mersin İdmanyurdu
1970–71 Denizlispor
1971–72 Boluspor
1972–73 Orduspor
1973–75 Tirespor
1975–77 Mersin İdmanyurdu
1977 Rizespor
1978–79 Ankaragücü
1979–80 Göztepe
1981–82 Kayserispor
1982–83 Gençlerbirliği
1987–88 Gençlerbirliği
1989–90 Karşıyaka
1992 Zeytinburnuspor
1992–93 Mersin İdmanyurdu
1994–95 İstanbulspor
1996 Kartalspor
1997 Nişantaşıspor
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Player careerEdit

In the 1958–59 season, Aytaç was the first expensive transfer, when he was transferred from Galatasaray to Karagümrük for TL 57.000. On 25 February 1959, he made the first penalty kick in Karagümrük-Vefa match and became the first player who missed a penalty in Turkish first division started in 1959. During his playing career, he won league title for two times in 1961 with Fenerbahçe and in 1963 with Galatasaray.

Aytaç was capped in Turkish national football team for 26 times.[1]

He was among the captains of Mersin idmanyurdu football team. In 1966–67 he was transferred to a second division team Mersin İdmanyurdu which promoted to first division at the end of that season. He played for Mersin İdmanyurdu in 1967–68 and 1968–69 seasons in first division, Turkish First Football League. After 1968–69 season he gave up professional football. In his jubilee match Mersin İdmanyurdu played against a celebrities' team.

Manager careerEdit

After his player career Kadri Aytaç started his manager career. In 1968–69 season he was the manager of Mersin İdmanyurdu youth team when he was playing in A team. Before the start of the 1969–70 season Kadri Aytaç became the technical advisor of Mersin İdmanyurdu and look for foreign transfers. Later he attended a course in Romania.[2] Later in that season Aytaç became the manager of Denizlispor, then second division team. He managed Mersin İdmanyurdu in 1975–76, 1976–77 and 1992–93 seasons. in 1975–76 he made Mersin İdmanyurdu champions in second division, Turkish Second Football League. In 1976–77 Mersin İdmanyurdu became 7th of First League. In 1992–93, Mersin İdmanyurdu was 5th of the promotion group of Second League.

Among the teams he managed other than Mersin İdmanyurdu are, Orduspor, Gençlerbirliği, İstanbulspor, Tirespor, Rizespor, Kayserispor, Ankaragücü, and Karşıyaka. He helped Mersin İdmanyurdu, Orduspor, Gençlerbirliği and İstanbulspor promote to First League. Under his management Tirespor promoted to second league and then became 3rd in second league next year.[3] He lastly managed Nişantaşıspor in 1997[4]


He was married to Akgül and had a daughter, Güngör. He died at age 72 due to Alzheimer's disease from which he suffered in last five years of his life[5] He rests at the Feriköy Cemetery.[6]


  1. ^ Turkish Football Federation info-bank. Kadri Aytaç player profile. Retrieved on 05.09.2010.
  2. ^ "Kadri went to Yugoslavia to make foreign transfers". Kadri Yugoslavya'dan oyuncu almaya gitti. Milliyet gazete arşivi, 03.07.1969, p. 10. Retrieved on 24 January 2011. (in Turkish)
  3. ^ "There is life in this trainer". Bu antrenörün içinde hayat var. Milliyet gazete arşivi, 03.06.1979, p. 15. Retrieved on 11.10.2010. (in Turkish)
  4. ^ Turkish Football Federation info-bank. Kadri Aytaç manager profile. Retrieved on 05.09.2010.
  5. ^ Karagümrük S.K. fan site Kadri Aytaç. Retrieved on 05.09.2010. (in Turkish)
  6. ^ Galatasaray S.K. fan site Kadri Aytaç Archived 11 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 05.09.2010. (in Turkish)

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