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Fatih Terim

Personal information
Date of birthSeptember 4, 1953(age 63)
Place of birthAdana, Turkey
Height1.72 m (5 ft 7.7 in)
Playing positionDefender

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Fatih Terim, Commendatore OSSI, (born 4 September 1953) is a Turkish football former player and manager. Terim was born in Adana, Turkey to Nuriye and Talat Terim. His father, Talat, is a Turkish Cypriot who immigrated to Turkey.

Terim is regarded as a hard-line motivator whose no-nonsense approach was honed during 11 years as a rugged defender with Galatasaray. His nickname is İmparator, which is the Turkish word for "Emperor". This nickname is also widely used in Italy in his reference.

In a survey conducted by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) in 80 countries, Fatih Terim was placed among the best eight managers in the world. He received his award at a ceremony held in Rothenburg, Germany on January 8, 2001.

Terim was nominated to be named UEFA manager of the year 2008. Eurosport named Terim as the best coach at Euro 2008. In December 2008, Terim was ranked the 7th best football manager in the world by World Soccer Magazine.

Despite his successful record as the manager of Turkey in UEFA Euro 2008, Terim resigned from his post in October 2009 upon the failure of Turkish national team's qualification for FIFA World Cup 2010.


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