Turkish football club Galatasaray announced on Thursday the appointment of its former international midfielder Okan Boruk as the coach of its team for two seasons.

Boruc will be the third coach of the team since last January, succeeding the famous coach Fatih Terim and Spaniard Dominic Torrent, who passed away after a disappointing season.

The Istanbul Lions, one of the most decorated clubs in Turkey (22 league titles), ranked 13th last season, the worst ranking in its history.

Boruk is well known to Galatasaray, as he graduated from his training center and defended his colors for 12 seasons over two periods (1991-2001, 2006-2008), and was crowned with him in particular in 2000 with the title of the European Union Cup competition, which was merged with the European Cup Winners’ Cup competition and became bearing the name of the European League “Europe League”, and the European Super Cup in the same year.

“Welcome to your home!” Galatasaray announced in a statement.

In his coaching career, 48-year-old Boruk led Istanbul Basaksehir to the Turkish League title in 2020, the first in the club’s history.

Boruk also defended the colors of Inter Milan (2001-2004) and Besiktas (2004-2006) before ending his football career with Istanbul Basaksehir (2008-2010).

He was part of the Turkish national team in the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan when he exploded the surprise by coming third.

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