Abdulah Gegić

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Abdulah Gegić

Personal information

Full name
Abdulah Gegić

Date of birth
19 March 1924

Place of birth
Novi Pazar, Kingdom of SCS

Date of death
21 June 2008 (aged 84)

Place of death
Novi Sad, Serbia

Senior career*

Years
Team
Apps
(Gls)

1946–1947
OFK Beograd
1
(0)

Mačva Šabac

Teams managed

1961–1963
FK Bor

1963–1964
Radnički Niš

1964–1965
FK Sarajevo

1965
Yugoslavia

1965–1966
FK Partizan

1966–1967
Fenerbahçe SK

1967–1971
Eskişehirspor

1969
Turkey

1971–1972
FK Sarajevo

1972–1973
Beşiktaş JK

1973–1974
Adana Demirspor

1974–1975
Bursaspor

1975–1976
Fenerbahçe SK

1976
Adanaspor

1977–1978
Eskişehirspor

1978–1979
Samsunspor

1979
Diyarbakırspor

1983
Eskişehirspor

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Abdulah Gegić (born 19 March 1924 in Novi Pazar, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes – died June 21, 2008 in Novi Sad, Serbia) was a Yugoslav football coach of Bosniak ethnicity who also had Turkish citizenship. While in Turkey he went by the name Abdullah Gegiç.
As a player he played with OFK Beograd[1] and with FK Mačva Šabac[2] in the Yugoslav First League.
Gegić began his coaching career as coach of Serbian clubs FK Bor and FK Radnički Niš,[3] and later of the Yugoslav u-21 team, and also Yugoslavia national football team. He coached Partizan Belgrade where he reached the Final of the European Champion Clubs’ Cup (today known as the UEFA Champions League) in 1966 where he saw a 2-1 defeat against Real Madrid. He was named the second best coach of Europe by France Football magazine. If Gegić had won the final, he would have been named the new coach of Real Madrid.
Gegić then came to Turkey to coach Eskişehirspor, where he became very successful and lead the club to many victories. He also coached Beşiktaş J.K. (1972–1973), Fenerbahçe S.K. (1975–1976) and the Turkish national football team.[4]
Gegić is nicknamed Futbol Profesörü (Football Professor) by the Turkish press. In 1979 he took the Turkish nationality and became a citizen of Turkey. Gegić is still an important figure in Turkish football having mentored most of the top Turkish coaches of today