Denizli in 2019
|Date of birth||10 November 1949|
|Place of birth||Çe?me, Turkey|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Mustafa Denizli (born 10 November 1949) is a former Turkish football player and coach. He has managed many notable Turkish football clubs, including "Istanbul Big Three" (Fenerbahçe, Galatasaray and Be?ikta?) and has won the Süper Lig title three times. He is the only manager in history to win the Süper Lig with three clubs.
He also has worked outside Turkey with Alemannia Aachen in Germany, Pas and Persepolis in Iran and Khazar Lankaran in Azerbaijan. He managed the Turkish national team for four years and reached the quarter-finals of Euro 2000. On 23 December 2011, he returned to Persepolis but resigned at the end of the season. He spent 17 years with his hometown club Altay in ?zmir, gaining a reputation as one of the best players in the position of attacking left forward in the league's history. On 9 October 2008 he signed a 1-year contract with Be?ikta?. On 30 May the club claimed its 13th Süper Lig title under his guidance. Denizli is the only one in Turkey who have won the national league with the ""three biggest"" football clubs; Be?ikta?, Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray as a manager. With 2008-09 league title, Denizli also clings to the achievement of being "the one and only Turkish coach Be?ikta? earned the league title with". 2 June 2010 According to a number of reports from Turkey, experienced gaffer Denizli has resigned as head coach of Süper Lig titans Be?ikta? due to medical reasons.
On 19 November 2015, Galatasaray manager Hamza Hamzao?lu left his position as a result of mutual agreement. On 22 November 2015, Denizli said "Galatasaray's president called me. I am going to meet with him tomorrow, negotiating for managerial position" on TRT Spor broadcast. A day later, Galatasaray's president Dursun Ayd?n Özbek met with Denizli at Point Hotel Be?ikta?, Istanbul and he said "I offered managerial position to Mustafa Denizli and he accepted in principle. We will sign the official contract in a few days" on the press conference. Denizli commented "I started my career's unforgettable success' here and I want close the parenthesis here."
Before the signing, Denizli followed UEFA Champions League match, Galatasaray played with Atlético Madrid in Vicente Calderón Stadium. But in this match, the team was managed by Cláudio Taffarel as the interim manager. On 26 November 2015, he signed a contract until June 2017 in Florya Metin Oktay Sports Complex and Training Center.
Denizli started his third term at Galatasaray with a 2-2 draw against Kas?mpa?a in Süper Lig. Team was beat Bursaspor with 3-0 in Ali Sami Yen Sports Complex, which is his second match. On 8 December 2015, team draw against 1-1 with FC Astana but they took third place in UEFA Champions League C Group and qualified for 2015-16 UEFA Europa League knockout phase. He said "This was the hardest 90 minutes of my career." after the game. His last European match in 1991-92 European Cup Winners' Cup with Werder Bremen while he was a coach of Galatasaray until this match.
His first derby was with Be?ikta? in Atatürk Olympic Stadium and Galatasaray lost 2-1 this match. Besides, this was first defeat of Denizli on third term. After this, Galatasaray was met with Akhisar Belediyespor, impending Turkish Cup and beat in two matches. Denizli went outside Istanbul with Kastamonuspor match since appointed of manager. Denizli resigned from his duty on 1 March 2016.
Denizli was appointed as head coach of Tractor in June 2019. One of his biggest successes during his career at Tractor FC, was winning the Persepolis-Tractor rivalry and when he was the head coach, Tractor defeated Persepolis after more than five years. However, he was sacked on 7 December 2019 after a series of bad results, including a 4-2 home loss to Esteghlal.
|Club||Season||League||Cup[nb 1]||Europe[nb 2]||Total|
|Turkey national team|
|1.||Ankara 19 May?s Stadium, Ankara, Turkey||Finland||1-0||1-2||Friendly|
|2.||Empire Stadium, G?ira, Malta||Malta||0-2||1-2||UEFA Euro 1980 qualifying|