Born: 4 September 1953 (age 66)
Playing position: Defender
Current team: Galatasaray (manager)
1963–1969 Adana Demirspor
1969–1974 Adana Demirspor
1990–1993 Turkey U21
He was born in Adana, Turkey. Talat, his father, is a Turkish Cypriot who emigrated to Turkey. He is married to Fulya Terim. They have two daughters, Merve and Buse. Merve is married to Ahmet Baran, and Buse is married to Volkan Bahçekapılı.
On 23 March 2020, Terim received a positive diagnosis for coronavirus. He was discharged from hospital on 30 March 2020.
In 1969, Terim began his professional football career with Adana Demirspor. Because of his financial difficulties, he was the only player in the team who was being paid secretly by the club at the time. He became the team captain three years later. Terim played for Adana Demirspor until 1974, when he joined Galatasaray as a sweeper on 8 July 1974. As the team captain, he had to fill in for injured defenders and eventually he ended up playing regularly as a sweeper/defender. Terim played 11 years for the Istanbul club. During that time, the club never won the Turkish league championship trophy.
He played for the Turkey national team 51 times between 1974 and 1985 and was the national team captain for 35 international matches, setting the national record in both categories at that time. He ended his playing career at Galatasaray in 1985. Abdullah Gegiç, a famous football coach, knew Terim from his days as a central defender and described him as an intelligent defender with “Beckenbauer-like” qualities. Gegiç attributed Terim’s successes as a coach to the unique understanding of the game that he developed while playing as a central defender.
Fatih Terim is a Turkish association football manager and former player. He is the manager of Galatasaray, a position he previously held three times. Terim has managed several clubs in Italy and Turkey, as well as the Turkish national football team, most recently from 2013 to 2017. In a survey conducted by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) in 80 countries, he was placed among the best eight managers in the world, receiving his award at a ceremony held in Rothenburg, Germany, on 8 January 2001. Terim received a nomination for UEFA manager of the year 2008, and Eurosport named him the best coach at UEFA Euro 2008. In December 2008, he was ranked the seventh-best football manager in the world by World Soccer Magazine in 2008. His Turkish nickname is “İmparator”, and his Italian nickname is “Imperatore”. Both names mean “emperor”.
As a Player
Turkish Cup: 1975–76, 1981–82, 1984–85
Turkish Super Cup: 1982
As a Manager
Mediterranean Games: 1993
UEFA European Championship: 2008 Semi-finalist
UEFA Cup: 1999–00
Super League: 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2017–18, 2018–19
Turkish Cup: 1998–99, 1999–00, 2018–19
Super Cup: 1996, 1997, 2012, 2013, 2019