Abdulah Gegić, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Abdulah Gegić

Yugoslav footballer

Date of Birth: 19-Mar-1924

Place of Birth: Novi Pazar, Raška District, Serbia

Date of Death: 21-Jun-2008

Profession: association football manager, association football player

Zodiac Sign: Pisces

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About Abdulah Gegić

  • Abdulah Gegic (born 19 March 1924 in Novi Pazar, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes – died 21 June 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 and with FK Macva Šabac in the Yugoslav First League. Gegic began his coaching career as coach of Serbian clubs FK Bor and FK Radnicki Niš, and later of the Yugoslav u-21 team, and also the 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 Gegic had won the final, he would have been named the new coach of Real Madrid. Gegic then went to Turkey to coach Eskisehirspor, where he became very successful and led the club to many victories.
  • He also coached Besiktas J.K.
  • (1972–1973), Fenerbahçe S.K.
  • (1975–1976) and the Turkish national football team.Gegic is nicknamed Futbol Profesörü (Football Professor) by the Turkish press.
  • In 1979, he took Turkish nationality and became a citizen of Turkey.
  • He is still an important figure in Turkish football having mentored most of the top Turkish coaches of today such as Fatih Terim, Mustafa Denizli, and Senol Günes. On 4 June 2008, in Novi Sad, the 84-year-old Gegic had a stroke and died 17 days later.

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