Today's Aykut Kocaman Talking Points
Aykut Kocaman (Turkish pronunciation: [ajkut kod͡ʒɑmɑn], born 5 April 1965) is a former Turkish footballer, who played as a striker and current manager of Konyaspor. Before he made his debut 1980 with the amateur club Kabataş Altınmızrak in Istanbul, Kocaman performed gymnastics at the club Eczacıbaşı, winning 40 medals and reaching second place at the national level. 1984, he moved to Sakaryaspor in Adapazarı, Sakarya and turned professional. Then in 1988, Kocaman signed a contract with Fenerbahçe, where he played and contributed much to success of his club until he was transferred to Istanbulspor in 1996.
He is one of only 5 players who achiewed 200 goals in Turkish Super League History. He was actually fired from Fenerbahçe despite his championship winning goal in the last game of the season against Trabzonspor. His gentle words and his regret for the beaten rival team apparently angered the club president Ali Şen. Kocaman played four seasons for Istanbulspor and, retired in 2000 as active player. Some say he played his last years to pass the 200 goal barrier. He was famous for a special move, where he would ease a high-pass on his chest and rocket the ball to the goal. In his playing years some fans named this move "Aykut" after him. After his career as a player Kocaman served as manager of Istanbulspor for four successive seasons. Uzan Family withdrew its support from Istanbulspor in 2001. Because of this, Istanbulspor fell into financial crisis, and became 9th in 2002–03 finally in 2003.
In 2004, financial problems at Istanbulspor forced him to leave and he signed a two-year contract to coach Malatyaspor. He resigned in March 2005 from his duty at Malatyaspor. He coached Konyaspor in the 2005–06 season and Ankaraspor in the 2006–07 season. He returned to Ankaraspor in the 2008–09 season. He mentored the talented Turkish winger Özer Hurmacı and introduced him to professional football. He became Fenerbahçe´s Director of Football in the 2009–10 season. On 26 June 2010 Kocaman was announced as Fenerbahçe's new manager, taking over from Germany's Christoph Daum. Kocaman officialized his new role as team coach in a signing ceremony held at the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium.Close