Okan Buruk

Okan Buruk (born 19 October 1973) is a Turkish professional football manager and former player who is the manager of Süper Lig club İstanbul Başakşehir. He played as a midfielder for Galatasaray, Inter Milan, Beşiktaş, and İstanbul B.B. He also appeared in 56 caps for the Turkey national team.

Okan Buruk
Okan Buruk.jpg
Buruk in 2012
Personal information
Full name Okan Buruk
Date of birth (1973-10-19) 19 October 1973 (age 46)
Place of birth Istanbul, Turkey
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Playing position(s) 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 Inter Milan 24 (2)
2004–2006 Beşiktaş 43 (1)
2006–2008 Galatasaray 19 (2)
2008–2010 İstanbul B.B. 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 Akhisarspor
2018–2019 Çaykur Rizespor
2019– İstanbul Başakşehir
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club 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 Inter Milan, 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 B.B. in July 2008 and retired two years later.

International careerEdit

Okan made 56 appearances for the Turkey national 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.

Managerial careerEdit

After his playing career, Okan became a professional manager. On 10 May 2018, he guided Akhisarspor to their second trophy in their history, the 2017–18 Turkish Cup.[2]

After Akhisarspor, he managed Çaykur Rizespor from 2018 until 2019, before becoming the new manager of İstanbul Başakşehir on 11 June 2019. In his first season in charge, Buruk guided the club to their first ever league title.

Personal lifeEdit

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

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 20 September 2020
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Elazığspor   30 October 2013 2 June 2014 34 13 5 16 038.24
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 32 14 7 11 043.75
Akhisarspor   28 March 2017 30 June 2018 54 24 11 19 044.44
Çaykur Rizespor   24 September 2018 29 May 2019 32 11 12 9 034.38
İstanbul Başakşehir   11 June 2019 Present 52 27 12 13 051.92
Total 257 106 58 93 041.25

HonoursEdit

PlayerEdit

Galatasaray

Turkey

ManagerEdit

Akhisarspor

İstanbul Başakşehir

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Okan Buruk at FootballDatabase.eu
  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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