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Okan Buruk (born 19 October 1973) is a Turkish former international footballer who is currently the manager of Süper Lig club İstanbul Başakşehir. Who played in the midfielder position. He played for Galatasaray, Internazionale, Beşiktaş, and İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor. He also won 56 caps with the Turkey national football team.

Okan Buruk
Personal information
Full name Okan Buruk
Date of birth (1973-10-19) 19 October 1973 (age 45)
Place of birth İstanbul, Turkey
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
İstanbul Başakşehir (manager)
Youth career
1987–1991 Galatasaray
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–2001 Galatasaray 189 (33)
2001–2004 Internazionale 24 (2)
2004–2006 Beşiktaş 43 (1)
2006–2008 Galatasaray 19 (2)
2008–2010 İstanbul BB 28 (0)
Total 304 (38)
National team
1989–1990 Turkey U16 5 (0)
1990–1992 Turkey U18 28 (4)
1992–1995 Turkey U21 13 (1)
1992–2010 Turkey 56 (8)
Teams managed
2013–2014 Elazığspor
2014–2015 Gaziantepspor
2015–2016 Sivasspor
2016–2017 Göztepe
2017–2018 Akhisar Belediyespor
2018–2019 Çaykur Rizespor
2019– İstanbul Başakşehir
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

CareerEdit

Okan played for Turkish giants Galatasaray between 1991 and 2001, winning six Turkish Süper Lig titles and the 1999–2000 UEFA Cup. He was also named man of the match as Galatasary upset Real Madrid 2–1 to win the 2000 UEFA Super Cup.

In 2001, he was signed by Italian Serie A club Internazionale, where he played for three years. He played two seasons for Beşiktaş before returning to Galatasaray in 2006. After his contract expired with Galatasaray, Okan joined İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor in July 2008 and retired two years later.

Okan made 56 appearances for the Turkey national football team, representing the country at UEFA Euro 2000 and the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He scored Turkey's opening goal of Euro 2000 in a 2–1 loss to Italy in Arnhem. At the 2002 World Cup, Okan made his only appearance as a substitute in the 2-3 win against host nation South Korea in the third-place play-off.

After his playing career, Okan became a coach in Turkey. On 10 May 2018, he managed Akhisar Belediyespor to their first trophy in their history, the 2017-18 Turkish Cup.[2]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Galatasaray 1991–92 1 2 - - - - 1 2
1992–93 15 0 - - 1 0 16 0
1993–94 2 0 - - 2 0 4 0
1994–95 20 0 - - 1 0 21 0
1995–96 28 1 - - - - 28 1
1996–97 16 3 - - 2 0 18 3
1997–98 24 3 - - 2 0 26 3
1998–99 28 11 - - 6 1 34 12
1999–00 28 8 - - 13 2 35 9
2000–01 26 2 - - 12 0 38 2
Total 188 30 0 0 39 3 227 33
Internazionale 2001–02 7 0 - - 3 0 10 0
2002–03 14 2 - - 7 0 21 2
2003–04 3 0 - - 4 0 7 0
Total 24 2 0 0 14 0 38 2
Beşiktaş 2004–05 22 0 - - 4 2 26 2
2005–06 21 1 - - 3 0 24 1
Total 43 1 0 0 7 2 50 3
Galatasaray 2006–07 15 1 - - 3 0 18 1
2007–08 4 1 - - 2 0 6 1
Total 19 2 0 0 5 0 24 2
İstanbul BB 2008–09 17 0 1 0 - - 18 0
2009–10 11 0 2 0 - - 13 0
Total 28 0 3 0 0 0 31 0
Career total 302 35 3 0 65 5 369 40

InternationalEdit

National team Year Apps Goals
Turkey 1992 1 0
1998 3 0
1999 5 0
2000 8 2
2001 9 2
2002 7 2
2003 9 1
2004 9 0
2005 4 1
2010 1 0
Total 56 8

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of 22 June 2018
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Elazığspor   30 October 2013 2 June 2014 33 11 6 16 033.33
Gaziantepspor   1 August 2014 10 June 2015 42 15 9 18 035.71
Sivasspor   27 October 2015 8 February 2016 11 2 2 7 018.18
Göztepe   1 August 2016 22 March 2017 33 15 7 11 045.45
Akhisar Belediyespor   28 March 2017 30 June 2018 53 23 11 19 043.40
Total 172 66 35 71 038.37

HonoursEdit

PlayerEdit

Galatasaray
Turkey
Personal

ManagerEdit

Akhisarspor

Personal lifeEdit

Okan married the model and former Miss Turkey winner Nihan Akkuş on 3 July 2007. His brother, Fuat Buruk, was also a professional footballer and the current assistant manager of Osmanlıspor.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Okan Buruk". Footballdatabase.eu. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Kupa tarihinin 15. şampiyonu oldu!".
  3. ^ "Alican Buruk Orhangazispor'da". 19 November 2013. Archived from the original on 19 November 2013.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

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