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Rıza Çalımbay, (born 2 February 1963 in Sivas, Turkey) 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").

Rıza Çalımbay
Personal information
Full name Rıza Çalımbay
Date of birth (1963-02-02) 2 February 1963 (age 55)
Place of birth Sivas, Turkey
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1996 Beşiktaş 494 (43)
Total 494 (43)
National team
1980–1981 Turkey U18 6 (0)
1981–1984 Turkey U21 8 (0)
1981–1992 Turkey 38 (1)
Teams managed
2001 Göztepe
2002–2003 Denizlispor
2003–2004 Ankaragücü
2004–2005 Rizespor
2005 Beşiktaş
2005–2006 Ankaraspor
2006–2007 Rizespor
2008–2010 Eskişehirspor
2010–2013 Sivasspor
2013–2014 Rizespor
2014–2015 Mersin İdmanyurdu
2015–2016 Kasımpaşa
2016–2017 Antalyaspor
2017–2018 Trabzonspor
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Contents

CareerEdit

Playing careerEdit

He 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.[1]

Managerial careerEdit

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.[2][3]

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of 18 May 2018
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Göztepe   15 June 2001 19 December 2001 19 7 6 6 036.84
Denizlispor   3 January 2002 28 April 2003 58 21 16 21 036.21
Ankaragücü   17 November 2003 31 May 2004 24 10 4 10 041.67
Rizespor   3 August 2004 28 January 2005 19 9 5 5 047.37
Beşiktaş   28 January 2005 17 October 2005 30 18 7 5 060.00
Ankaraspor   10 November 2005 23 January 2006 6 1 2 3 016.67
Rizespor   26 December 2006 19 June 2007 18 6 4 8 033.33
Eskişehirspor   4 July 2008 27 September 2010 84 29 23 32 034.52
Sivasspor   25 October 2010 31 May 2013 115 43 30 42 037.39
Rizespor   31 May 2013 9 February 2014 22 5 7 10 022.73
Mersin İdmanyurdu   3 June 2014 31 May 2015 45 18 10 17 040.00
Kasımpaşa   7 July 2015 16 September 2016 39 15 10 14 038.46
Antalyaspor   10 October 2016 18 September 2017 34 17 8 9 050.00
Trabzonspor   18 October 2017 19 May 2018 31 16 8 7 051.61
Total 544 215 140 189 039.52


HonoursEdit

Player honoursEdit

BeşiktaşEdit

IndividualEdit

RecordsEdit

  • Beşiktaş All-Time Appearance Maker: 645 games
  • Beşiktaş All-Time Appearance Maker in Süper Lig: 494 games

Career statisticsEdit

As of 7 May 2017[4][5]

ClubEdit

Club Season League Cup[nb 1] Europe[nb 2] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Beşiktaş 1980–81 13 0 4 0 17 0
1981–82 32 1 8 0 40 1
1982–83 34 1 10 0 2 0 46 2
1983–84 31 0 13 0 44 0
1984–85 32 2 11 1 1 0 44 3
1985–86 36 9 10 1 46 10
1986–87 36 10 5 3 4 1 45 14
1987–88 36 6 7 0 2 0 45 6
1988–89 33 3 12 1 2 0 47 4
1989–90 34 3 5 1 2 0 42 4
1990–91 30 5 5 0 2 0 37 5
1991–92 30 1 6 0 2 0 38 1
1992–93 29 0 9 2 2 0 40 2
1993–94 29 1 9 0 4 0 42 1
1994–95 32 1 4 0 4 0 40 1
1995–96 27 0 4 0 2 0 33 0
Total 494 43 122 9 29 1 645 53
Career totals 494 43 122 9 29 4 645 53

InternationalEdit

Turkey national team
Year Apps Goals
1981 1 0
1982 3 0
1983 3 0
1984 1 0
1985 1 0
1987 5 0
1989 2 0
1990 5 0
1991 10 1
1992 7 0
Total 38 1

International goalsEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Goals Result Competition
1 13 November 1991 BJK İnönü Stadium,   Republic of Ireland 1–1 1–3 UEFA Euro 1992 qualifying

Career totalsEdit

Professional career totals
Teams Appearances Goals Goals per game
Clubs 645 53 0.08
National team 038 01 0.03
Total 683 54 0.08

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Biyografi" (in Turkish). bjk.com.tr. 10 August 2016. Retrieved 7 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "Antalyasporumuz Rıza Çalımbay'a Emanet" (in Turkish). antalyaspor.com.tr. 10 October 2016. Retrieved 7 May 2017. 
  3. ^ "Çalımbay imzayı attı" (in Turkish). mackolik.com. 10 October 2016. Retrieved 7 May 2017. 
  4. ^ "Rıza Çalımbay" (in Turkish). mackolik.com. 10 August 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2017. 
  5. ^ "Rıza Çalımbay / National Football Teams" (in Turkish). national-football-teams.com. 10 August 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2017. 

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