İlhan Cavcav

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İlhan Cavcav
İlhan Cavcav (2012)
Chairman of Gençlerbirliği S.K.
In office
1978–2017
Preceded byHasan Şengel
Succeeded byvacant
Personal details
Born(1935-10-04)October 4, 1935
Ankara, Turkey
DiedJanuary 22, 2017(2017-01-22) (aged 81)
Ankara, Turkey
ProfessionBusinessperson

İlhan Cavcav (October 4, 1935 – January 22, 2017) was a Turkish businessman. He served as the chairman of Gençlerbirliği, a Football club in Turkey for almost 40 years until his death. He was born in Ankara.

He was known for his hard negotiation tactics with the big clubs in Turkey and searching for abilities especially for discovering talent from Africa.

2014 "bearded players" controversy[change | change source]

In November 2014 Cavcav announced that he would be fining bearded players, claiming that they were a bad influence for the youth. Cavcav said that he would fine players that kept their beards 25,000 Turkish Liras and also attacked UEFA for not banning beards in all of its completions.[1]

Death[change | change source]

Cavcav was taken to hospital after falling and hitting his head, which caused a brain hemorrhage. He was kept in intensive care unit. One day later, on January 22, 2017, he was pronounced dead.[2]

Accomplishments[change | change source]

  • In 1978 Gençlerbirliği S.K. had no training facilities and now the team has one of the largest youth programs in Turkey and 50 acres (200,000 m2) of training facilities in Bestepe, Ankara (Beştepe İlhan Cavcav Tesisleri)
  • He is the longest serving professional football club chairman in Turkey (1978-2017).

References[change | change source]

  1. "President of Turkish club Genclerbirligi to fine bearded players". ESPN.com. 16 November 2014. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  2. Legendary Ankara football club chair İlhan Cavcav dies at 81

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