Fatih Terim

Fatih Terim (2009)

Fatih Terim ( born September 4, 1953 in Adana) is a Turkish football coach and former football player. With 13 won competitions Terim is the most successful coach of Turkish football. Because of his uncompromising leadership style he has been nicknamed "Imperator " over the years. He also is rare - called "Il Terimo " - because of his coach stations in Italy.

  • 2.1 As a player
  • 2.2 As a coach 2.2.1 club team
  • 2.2.2 national



As a player, Terim was working as a sweeper in the clubs Adana Demirspor and Galatasaray. He was for a long time most capped player in Turkey. During his active career he never won with Galatasaray ( 1974-1985 ), the Turkish Championship, as a coach for four times in a row (1996 to 2000). He was also twice Turkish Cup winners. Added to this was winning the UEFA Cup in 2000 with Galatasaray. This was also the first European title of a Turkish team.

After these four years of success at Galatasaray Terim moved to Fiorentina. With Florence, he retired in the first round of the UEFA Cup against FC Tirol Innsbruck. On February 25, 2001, he resigned because of disputes with the president Vittorio Cecchi Gori from his post as coach after he had already announced in January not to renew his contract expiring at the end of the season. After he announced his farewell to the end of the season Fiorentina won any of the following six league games and fell in the table from fourth to tenth place. Under his successor Roberto Mancini Fiorentina won the still reached the final of the Coppa Italia under Terim and qualified as for the UEFA Cup 2001/ 02.

For the 2001/02 season Terim new coach of AC Milan, where he was replaced on 6 November 2001 by Carlo Ancelotti.

In summer 2002, Terim was again coach of Galatasaray. In the season 2002/ 03 he was with Galatasaray vice-champion. The 2003/04 season was less successful. On 23 Matchday they lost Fenerbahce and finished second in the table, only the fifth place. Galatasaray parted then Terim and committed Gheorghe Hagi as their new coach.

For the 2011/12 season Terim took over for the third time Galatasaray. He formed the team that ended up in the previous season in 8th place, almost completely around and took the fifth time the Turkish championship. He is thus the coach with the most Turkish league titles. On September 24, 2013 Terim's contract was terminated by the Board of Galatasaray.


Fatih Terim was 1990-1993 coach of the Turkish U-21 national team and also an assistant coach of the national team coach Sepp Piontek at that time. With the Turkish U-21 national team, he took part in the 1993 Mediterranean Games in Languedoc- Roussillon and won the gold medal with a 2-0 victory in the final against Algeria.

After Sepp Piontek had resigned as coach because of lack of success, followed him Terim. He was explicitly recommended by Sepp Piontek as his successor. With a second place in their qualifying group behind Switzerland, the Turkish national team failed to qualify for the European Football Championship 1996. This was the first participation of Turkey in the European Championship. The tournament would retire after defeats against Croatia, Portugal and Denmark as a group Last in the preliminary round. After the tournament, Terim finished his work as manager and became coach of Galatasaray.

On June 26, 2005 Terim was again coach of the Turkish national team. In their qualifying group for the World Cup 2006, the Turkish national team reached still second behind Ukraine, but failed in the subsequent relegation matches against Switzerland. On 19 January 2006, he stepped back at first, but agreed on 30 January 2006 in an interview with the new association president Haluk Ulusoy it to continue its work. With Terim, Turkey is qualified by a second in their qualifying group behind Greece for the European Football Championship 2008., Where Turkey was after a defeat against Portugal and wins against Switzerland and the Czech Republic second in the group and defeated in the quarterfinals Croatia on penalties. In the semifinals, the team retired to Germany to a 2:3 defeat. After initially resignation rumors following the UEFA Euro 2008, which also forced Terim himself, but he extended his contract again until 2012.

Now that Turkey could not qualify for the World Cup 2010, he resigned after the game October 10, 2009 against Belgium, which Turkey lost 0-2 to return as national coach. Even before the game Turkey had no chance at the World Cup. Terim also announced that he will contest on 14 October 2009 at the final qualifier against Armenia his last game as coach. The Federation President Mahmut Özgener confirmed the resignation of Terim on October 11 2009.Terim said afterwards that he felt offended by the catcalls and insults against him on the part of the Turkish fans and his players deserve no offensive language. During the game against Belgium Terim and in particular the person sitting on the bleachers player Emre Belözoglu and Arda Turan were insulted by the Turkish fans. In addition to expanding in qualifying it was because of the situation at the Turkish-born German player Serdar Taşçı and Mesut Ozil allegations at Terim, he would not have dealt with these players and not fought for their commitment to the Turkish national or those addressed incorrectly. Another Anführungspunkt his critics was the composition of the squad, especially Fatih Tekke and Gökdeniz Karadeniz were cited. Although both players performed well in their clubs, they were nominated by Terim for a game. In his last press conference on October 19, 2009, he declined to answer questions in this regard and said that he had made his opinion no error in the squad nomination.

On August 22, 2013 Terim was a third time coach of the Turkish national team. In succession of the two days earlier dismissed Abdullah Avcı he signed a one year contract. At the same time, however, he remained coach of Galatasaray Istanbul until his release there on 24 September 2013.


As a player

  • Adana Demirspor Promotion to the top flight of Turkey: 1973
  • Galatasaray Turkish Soccer Cup winners ( 3): 1976, 1982, 1985
  • Turkish football Supercup winner ( 1): 1982

As a coach

Club team

  • Galatasaray UEFA Cup winners (1 ): 2000
  • Turkish football champions (6): 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2012, 2013
  • Turkish Soccer Cup winners (2): 1999, 2000
  • Turkish football Supercup winner (4): 1996, 1997, 2012, 2013 ( without insert)
  • Move into the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League 2012/13


  • Turkish Mediterranean game selection Silver medal at the Mediterranean Games ( football) 1991
  • Gold medal at the Mediterranean Games ( football) 1993
  • Turkish national team First finals appearance Turkey on a European Football Championship in England in 1996
  • Moving into the semi-finals of Euro 2008 in Switzerland and Austria


  • From the Turkish Sports Journalists Club Terim was in 1986 elected to the best eleven of the last 25 years in Turkish football.


Fatih Terim has been banned after the finale of the Turkish Super Cup 2012 against Fenerbahce Istanbul for three games because he spoke to the referee Tolga Özkalfa after halftime and following said to him: " You should focus on. You play with the fate of the game. Do we necessarily like einschleimen the other teams with them? "

Because of the terrorist attacks in Gaziantep Fatih Terim did after the game against Galatasaray give Kasımpaşa Istanbul on August 20, 2012 There is no interview and said: "While our fellow citizens suffer and die in Gaziantep I'm not able to speak about football ." This was sanctioned by the Türkiye Futbol Federasyonu with a fine of 5,000 Turkish lira.

On April 6, 2013 game against Mersin Idman Yurdu Terim threw in response to the decision of the referee a ball on the floor, which meant that he was sent by the referee Süleyman Abay the whistle. After this decision of the arbitrator Terim freaked out, ran up to the referee and protested aggressively against his decision. He was reassured by his assistant coach Hasan Şaş and Ümit Davala and had to spend the rest of the game in the stands. He was banned for nine games.


  • Terim is married to his wife Fulya and has two daughters.
  • In 2008, Terim was awarded the Italian Commendatore Order.