Tuga Kerimoğlu is a former Turkish national footballer who was born on August 24, 1970 in Trabzon. He started his football life in Galatasaray infrastructure. He has served in midfield throughout his playing career. Tuga Kerimoğlu, a father of two, has worked as a coach and sports commentator after his acting career.
Tugay Kerimoğlu started his football career in Galatasaray’s infrastructure and was promoted to the A team in the 1987-88 season. On September 12, 1987, Tugay played his first professional match in Galatasaray, managed by Mustafa Denizli. At the end of this season, Tuga won the first national title of his career. In the following years, Tugay became one of the team’s indispensable players and played the first European game of his career with his team in the 1988-89 season in the UEFA Champion Clubs’ Cup.
In Galatasaray, where he played between 1987-2000, Tugay won the national championship with the team 6 times and shared the Turkish Cup 4 times. In the 1992–93 season, Tuga was named team captain.
Tuga Kerimoğlu started his European football career in 2000 as a transfer to the Glasgow Rangers club in Scotland. He was brought to the team in the halftime of the 1999-2000 season by coach Dick Advocaat. On January 22, 2000, the Rangers’ adventure began with a 5-0 win against Aberdeen FC. Tuga had the chance to play in 16 games and scored the first goal of his European career with a penalty against Motherwell FC on 18 March 2000. At the end of the season Glasgow Rangers became champions of Scotland.
Tugay Kerimoğlu moved to English club Blackburn Rovers in 2001. This season he won the English League Cup with the Tuga team. Tugay, who played in 174 games for Blackburn Rovers, scored 9 goals and was one of the fans’ most loved players. Finally, in 2009, he voluntarily put an end to his professional football career.
Tuga Kerimoğlu’s national team career
Tuga Kerimoğlu started his national team career with the Turkey U-16 team. There are a total of 13 competitions in this category. Over time, he also had the opportunity to play in the Turkish U-18 and U-21 teams and made a total of 28 appearances for the national team. Tugay, who played for the Turkish national team from 1996 to 2003, also participated for the national team in Euro 2000 and the 2002 World Cup. Tugay, who was called up to the national teams 139 times, made 94 appearances for the Turkish national team and scored 2 goals.
Tugay Kerimoğlu’s coaching career
Tuga Kerimoğlu continued his career as a coach in Manchester City’s infrastructure after he retired from football. He joined Galatasaray on March 4, 2010 and started working as a coach. On October 21, 2010, he was appointed assistant coach and with the arrival of Roberto Mancini, he continued in this position. On November 26, 2015, he started working in Şanlıurfaspor as a coach of 1st League teams. However, on April 10, 2016, he resigned after consecutive defeats. Afterwards, on November 4, 2017, he announced that he did not want to become a coach in Turkey.
Successes of Tugay Kerimoğlu
- Turkey 1. Football League: 1987-88, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99
- Turkish Cup: 1990-91, 1992-93, 1995-96, 1998-99
- Prime Minister’s Cup: 1990, 1995
- Presidential Cup: 1991, 1993, 1996
- Scottish Premier League: 1999-00
- Scottish Cup: 1999-2000
- English League Cup: 2002-2003
- Milliyet Spor Awards – Footballer of the Year in Turkey: 2006
- Blackburn Player of the Year: 2003–04
What is Tugay Kerimoğlu doing now?
After leaving football, successful player Tugay Kerimoğlu started working as a coach and then as a sports commentator.
Where is Tugay Kerimoğlu originally from?
Tuga Kerimoğlu is originally from Trabzon.
How old is Tugay Kerimoglu?
Tugay Kerimoğlu, born in 1970, is 52 years old.