Rıza Çalımbay, (born 2 February 1963) is a former Turkish international footballer, and manager. He was one of the symbol names of Beşiktaş and was among the best players of his time. Because of his determination and hard work he was nicknamed Atom Ant (in Turkish, "Atom Karınca").
|Full name||Rıza Çalımbay|
|Date of birth||2 February 1963|
|Place of birth||Sivas, Turkey|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Born in Sivas, Turkey, Çalımbay started playing football in Beşiktaş academy. He debuted with the Beşiktaş first team in 1980–81 season. Until his retirement in 1995–96 season., he played only for Beşiktaş, and for the Turkey national football team, although he played in the UNICEF-world team against Germany and caught the eye of many clubs like Marseille but Çalımbay would not leave Beşiktaş. He played 494 league games for Beşiktaş and scored 43 goals. He is the most capped player for Beşiktaş. He was also the captain of the team. He also played 38 times for Turkey.
After retiring from football, Çalımbay took manager courses in England. In 2001, he became the assistant manager for Christoph Daum at Beşiktaş but after a short time he resigned, and became the manager of Göztepe, Denizlispor and Çaykur Rizespor. He was especially successful at Denizlispor, leading the team to latter stages in the 2002–03 UEFA Cup season eliminating teams like Sparta Prague and the mighty Olympique Lyonnais side of Paul Le Guen. The Porto side of José Mourinho ended the UEFA Cup dreams of Denizlispor and Çalımbay after an 8–3 win on aggregate. In 2004–05 season, he became the manager of Beşiktaş after Vicente Del Bosque was sacked. That season Beşiktaş was having really bad results and the squad was in a bad mood. But after Çalımbay took control the team started to perform really well. Çalımbay changed the system back to a 3–5–2 formation the usual formation and began playing good football he also picked a 4–3 win over rivals Fenerbahçe in the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium. However in the 2005–06 season, Beşiktaş was performing bad once again, Despite 2005–06 UEFA Cup wins against FC Vaduz and Malmö FF a 1–2 home defeat by Fenerbahçe took the coach into troubled waters. Çalımbay resigned in the 9th week after a 0–0 draw against Kayserispor. Jean Tigana became the manager of Beşiktaş after him. He then coached Ankaraspor but resigned after a few matches. Çalımbay signed a 1.5 year contract with again Çaykur Rizespor, although he had options to coach abroad in Iran and Germany but he chose Çaykur Rizespor. He then coached respectively Eskişehirspor, Sivasspor, Çaykur Rizespor, Mersin İdmanyurdu and Kasımpaşa. On 10 October 2016 he signed a 2 year deal with Antalyaspor.
|Club||Season||League||Cup[nb 1]||Europe[nb 2]||Total|
|Turkey national team|
|1||13 November 1991||BJK İnönü Stadium,||Republic of Ireland||1–1||1–3||UEFA Euro 1992 qualifying|
|Professional career totals|
|Teams||Appearances||Goals||Goals per game|
- As of 18 May 2018
|Göztepe||15 June 2001||19 December 2001||19||7||6||6||36.84|
|Denizlispor||3 January 2002||28 April 2003||58||21||16||21||36.21|
|Ankaragücü||17 November 2003||31 May 2004||24||10||4||10||41.67|
|Rizespor||3 August 2004||28 January 2005||19||9||5||5||47.37|
|Beşiktaş||28 January 2005||17 October 2005||30||18||7||5||60.00|
|Ankaraspor||10 November 2005||23 January 2006||6||1||2||3||16.67|
|Rizespor||26 December 2006||19 June 2007||18||6||4||8||33.33|
|Eskişehirspor||4 July 2008||27 September 2010||84||29||23||32||34.52|
|Sivasspor||25 October 2010||31 May 2013||115||43||30||42||37.39|
|Rizespor||31 May 2013||9 February 2014||22||5||7||10||22.73|
|Mersin İdmanyurdu||3 June 2014||31 May 2015||45||18||10||17||40.00|
|Kasımpaşa||7 July 2015||16 September 2016||39||15||10||14||38.46|
|Antalyaspor||10 October 2016||18 September 2017||34||17||8||9||50.00|
|Trabzonspor||18 October 2017||19 May 2018||31||16||8||7||51.61|
- Süper Lig (6): 1981–82, 1985–86, 1989–90, 1989–90, 1989–90, 1989–90,
- Turkish Cup (3): 1988–89, 1989–90, 1993–94
- Turkish Super Cup (4): 1986, 1989, 1992, 1994
- Chancellor Cup (1): 1988
- TSYD Cup (7): 1983, 1984, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1996
- Beşiktaş All-Time Appearance Maker: 645 games
- Beşiktaş All-Time Appearance Maker in Süper Lig: 494 games
- "Biyografi" (in Turkish). bjk.com.tr. 10 August 2016. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
- "Antalyasporumuz Rıza Çalımbay'a Emanet" (in Turkish). antalyaspor.com.tr. 10 October 2016. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
- "Çalımbay imzayı attı" (in Turkish). mackolik.com. 10 October 2016. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
- "Rıza Çalımbay" (in Turkish). mackolik.com. 10 August 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
- "Rıza Çalımbay / National Football Teams" (in Turkish). national-football-teams.com. 10 August 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2017.