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Ertuğrul Sağlam

Published: Tuesday 1 June 2010, 19.01CET
Ertuğrul Sağlam
Bursaspor coach Ertuğrul Sağlam ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 1 June 2010, 19.01CET

Ertuğrul Sağlam


Date of birth: 19 November 1969
Nationality: Turkish
Playing career: Ereğli Erdemirspor (youth), Fenerbahçe SK (youth), Gaziantepspor, Samsunspor (twice), Beşiktaş JK
Coaching career: Samsunspor, Kayserispor, Beşiktaş JK, Bursaspor

• Joined Fenerbahçe after moving to Istanbul for university, obtaining a master's degree after seven years of study. Started his professional career as a striker at Gaziantepspor in 1986, signing for Samsunspor two years later.

• Bought by Beşiktaş in 1994, his first campaign ended in title success with Sağlam contributing 22 goals, while the Turkish Cup followed three years later. A member of Turkey's EURO '96 squad.

• Returned to Samsunspor in 2000, retiring three years later. Appointed as the club's assistant and then caretaker coach in 2003/04, taking permanent charge the following season. Moved to Kayserispor in 2005, securing two fifth-placed finishes in three campaigns to take the club into Europe for the first time.

• Back at Beşiktaş for 2007/08 and guided the team into the UEFA Champions League group stage, where they suffered an 8-0 defeat at Liverpool FC – a competition record. Finished third in the league, Sağlam resigning in October 2008 following UEFA Cup elimination.

• Took charge of Bursaspor in January 2009, leading them to third place. The following season, as the Süper Lig's youngest coach, took the team to their first league title – the first time since 1984 the prize had not gone to one of Istanbul's big three clubs.

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