Coşkun Özarı

Coşkun Özarı
Personal information
Full name Coşkun Özarı
Date of birth 4 January 1931
Place of birth Istanbul, Turkey
Date of death 22 June 2011(2011-06-22) (aged 80)
Place of death Istanbul, Turkey
Playing position Defender
Youth career
-1948 Galatasaray SK
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1948–1960[1] Galatasaray SK 120 (18)
National team
1955–1958 Turkey 5 (0)
Teams managed
1963–1964 Galatasaray SK
1965–1966 Şekerspor
1968–1969 Şekerspor
1970–1971 Galatasaray SK
1972–1976 Turkey
1978–1979 Galatasaray SK
1980–1982 Adana Demirspor
1982–1984 Turkey
1985–1986 Turkey

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

Coşkun Özarı (January 4, 1931 – June 22, 2011) was a Turkish football player and coach.

Born 1931 in Istanbul, Coşkun Özarı joined Galatasaray as a very young student. After graduating from Galatasaray Lycee, he first appeared in the Galatasaray starting line-up at the age of 17. The backbone of Galatasaray, as well as the national team defense for the next 13 years, Özarı was known for his hard tackling, but mild manners.

His leadership in defense led the team with Gündüz Kılıç as coach, Turgay Şeren in goal and Metin Oktay upfront, to several championships and Turkish Cup victories.

Özarı's career as a player ended early due to his desire to become a coach. In 1961, he attended a coaching seminar in England, led by Walter Winterbottom. When he returned home, he became Galatasaray's assistant coach. Three years later, he took over the head coach position[2] from Kılıç and led the team to four championships.

When he was appointed national team coach, in 1965, he coached the team for 10 years. He managed the team from 1972 to 1976.[3] He ended his coaching career in 1986 and became a sportswriter.


Coşkun Özarı died on June 22, 2011 at a hospital in Istanbul. Following the religious funeral service held at Teşvikiye Mosque, attended by officials of major football clubs, his body was laid to rest at the Zincirlikuyu Cemetery.[4][5]

See also


  1. "Coşkun Özarı (Galatasaray) @". 1 January 1910. Retrieved 2 October 2013.
  3. Mubarak, Hassanin; Morrison, Neil (2006-07-06). "Turkey National Team Coaches". RSSSF.
  4. Çoşkun Özarı died.
  5. "Coşkun Özarı'ya Veda". Beyaz Gazete (in Turkish). 2011-06-24. Retrieved 2011-06-26.
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