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Galatasaray Appoint Okan Buruk as Head Coach

Okan Buruk (Twitter)

Okan Buruk (Twitter)

48-year-old Buruk was capped 56 times for Turkey and represented Galatasaray for 12 seasons, winning the UEFA Cup with them in 2000 as a player. As a coach Buruk led Istanbul Basaksehir to their first-ever Turkish league title in 2020

Ex-Turkey midfielder Okan Buruk has been appointed coach of his former club Galatasaray on a two-year deal, the Istanbul side announced on Thursday.

After the departure of Fatih Terim in January, Spaniard Domenec Torrent, a former assistant to Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, was unable to improve the team’s results.

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The club slumped to 13th in the league, a historic low for the record 22-time Turkish league champions.

Buruk, a 48-year-old was capped 56 times for Turkey and played for the club for 12 seasons, winning the UEFA Cup with them in 2000.

“Welcome home!” Galatasaray said in a statement.

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As a coach Buruk led Istanbul Basaksehir to their first-ever Turkish league title in 2020.

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first published:June 23, 2022, 15:54 IST