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Servet Çetin

Servet Çetin
Personal information
Full name Servet Çetin
Date of birth (1981-03-17) 17 March 1981 (age 43)
Place of birth Tuzluca, Iğdır, Turkey
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Position(s) Centre back
Youth career
1994–1998 Kartalspor
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2001 Kartalspor 51 (1)
2001–2002 Göztepe 31 (1)
2002–2003 Denizlispor 35 (2)
2003–2006 Fenerbahçe 36 (3)
2006–2007 Sivasspor 28 (2)
2007–2012 Galatasaray 117 (10)
2012–2014 Eskişehirspor 39 (3)
2014–2016 Mersin İdman Yurdu 47 (4)
Total 384 (25)
International career
1998 Turkey U17 1 (0)
1998 Turkey U18 1 (0)
2002–2003 Turkey U21 17 (0)
2006 Turkey A2 1 (0)
2003–2011 Turkey 59 (3)
Managerial career
2017–2018 Trabzonspor (assistant)
2018 Konyaspor (assistant)
2019–2023 Sivasspor (assistant)
2023 Sivasspor
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Servet Çetin (born 17 March 1981) is a Turkish football manager and former player who's most recently coached Sivasspor. Çetin began his football journey in 1990 when he joined Kartalspor after a chance encounter. Initially an amateur, he progressed to professional terms with Göztepe and later Denizlispor.

His impressive European performance with Denizlispor led him to Fenerbahçe, where he faced challenges and triumphs, including winning the Super Lig and earning a spot in Turkey national football team.

He received the nickname "Ayıboğan" which literally means; a man who could choke a bear, due to his height and strength.[2][3] He also has the nickname "Türkü Baba" due to the numerous Turkish folk music on his iPod.[4]

Club career

Early career

Çetin joined Kartalspor in 1990 after the club manager called his house looking for his older brother İrfan who was playing as a midfielder for the club at the time. Servet informed the club's manager that his older brother was not home and would not be returning until later that evening. The club's manager, in a bind to find players for the match later that day, questioned Servet's interest in football and upon learning that he was interested, Servet was invited to join the club as an amateur player and played in the match later that day as a right fullback.[4] Servet was signed onto professional terms at the start of the 1999–2000 season.

He joined Göztepe at the start of the 2001–02 season. Having a successful first season in the Süper Lig his club finished 7th and missed out on a UEFA Cup berth.

He was signed by Rıza Çalımbay for Denizlispor at the start of the 2002–03 season in a deal which also involved Ersen Martin and Mustafa Özkan. Despite missing out on the UEFA Cup with Göztepe, Çetin got a chance to play European football at his new club as Denizlispor. He was an integral part of the team which eliminated Lorient, Sparta Prague and Lyon in the first, second and third rounds of the competition respectively. In the fourth round, Denizlispor lost to the eventual winners José Mourinho's Porto. Çetin had become a household name in Turkish football with his performances for Denizlispor in the league as well as for the Turkey Under-21.


With interest in Çetin high by the big clubs in Turkey, Denizlispor reached an agreement with Fenerbahçe for a reported $1.5 million for the strong centre back to start the 2003–04 season. As Fenerbahçe won the Turkish Super League, Çetin only managed 8 league appearances in his first season at the club with manager Christoph Daum regularly preferring the pairing of Fabio Luciano and Önder Turacı at the heart of the defense.

Fenerbahçe won the Süper Lig for a second season in a row in 2004–05 with Çetin partnering Fabio Luciano for most of the season at the heart of the defense. An injury in March 2005 cut his season short and Çetin did not return to action until September of later that year. After finally returning from injury Çetin once again became a first choice in the centre of defense for Fenerbahçe. After the sacking of Christoph Daum at the end of the 2005–06 season, his replacement Zico signed the central defender pairing of Diego Lugano and Edu Dracena. With first team opportunities looking unlikely, Çetin joined Sivasspor on the transfer deadline day in 2006, with Fenerbahçe not demanding a fee.


Sivasspor and manager Bülent Uygun welcomed the experience of Çetin at the heart of defense as he became a regular in the side and he once again re-discovered his old form, helping lead Sivasspor to 7th place. At the end of the season, Servet was on the move again with Galatasaray the interested party this time. The move was for a reported $600,000.


On 15 April 2007, Çetin signed a three-year contract with Galatasaray.[5] After settling into the team and under the tutelage of Karl-Heinz Feldkamp, Çetin's play improved immensely and he managed to become a favourite of Galatasaray fans shortly thereafter. Çetin reaffirmed his importance to the club with an impressive first season with Galatasaray. He was partnered with Rigobert Song in the first half of the season and by Emre Güngör in the second half of the season. Çetin made almost 50 appearances and chipped in with five goals in the league winning campaign and became a fixture in the Turkey National Team. He was also selected for the UEFA Euro 2008 squad by Fatih Terim.

After returning from UEFA Euro 2008, Çetin continued to be a fixture in Galatasaray's defense. However, his season was cut short in late February 2009 as a foot injury he suffered kept him out for the rest of the season. This injury came at the worst time possible as Galatasaray's back line was ravaged with injuries. Galatasaray finished the season 5th in the league but reached the last 16 of the UEFA Cup.

The 2009–10 season also brought change at Galatasaray as Frank Rijkaard was appointed manager. Çetin began the season with a new partner at the heart of the defense with the newly signed Gökhan Zan, Çetin's central defence partner for the Turkey National Team. Çetin's play suffered under the manager's new system as Rijkaard demanded that defenders play the ball out of the defence, which was never the towering defender's strong point. After Gökhan Zan suffered a serious shoulder injury, Galatasaray signed Lucas Neill for the heart of the defence. After the end of the 2011–12 season, the club did not want to renew his contract, so he became a free agent from 1 June 2012.


On 1 July 2012 Çetin Çetin parted ways with Galatasaray and signed 2-year contract with Eskişehirspor. He made his debut in a match against Akhisarspor. Scoring his first goal in the 10th week against Gaziantepspor. On 26 November 2012, Çetin showcased a memorable performance when Eskişehirspor defeated Trabzonspor 3–0 at Hüseyin Avni Aker Stadium. During this match, Servet initiated a play from the defense, carrying the ball from the center of Trabzonspor's half, eluding opponents with dribbles and a body feint. As he entered the penalty area, he took a shot over the goalkeeper and into the net, a goal considered a highlight in Servet's career. With this goal, he achieved his second for the team. Primarily partnering with Diego Ângelo in central defense, Servet concluded the season with 26 league appearances and 2 goals. He also participated in 4 UEFA Europa League matches and 7 Turkish Cup matches that season.

In the 2013–14 season, under the management of Ertuğrul Sağlam, Servet lost his starting spot to Jerry Akaminko. Throughout the first half of the season, he only appeared in 3 matches. Despite contemplating transfers to Çaykur Rizespor and Elazığspor, he ultimately remained with the team due to Jerry Akaminko's injury and regained his position, including Turkish Cup matches. On 25 January 2014, Çetin started in the first 11 against Bursaspor. In the 75th minute, with Ruud Boffin receiving a red card and the team exhausting all substitutions, Çetin took over as the goalkeeper. During his time in goal, he made numerous crucial saves and prevented the opposing team from scoring, including stopping a penalty taken by Taye Taiwo after a foul by Dedê in the 83rd minute. This save reminded many of his former teammate Felipe Melo. Despite his efforts, Çetin couldn't prevent Stanislav Šesták's goal in the 90+4 minute, and the match concluded with a 3–1 victory for Bursaspor. That season, he participated in 13 Süper Lig matches and 7 Turkish Cup matches. His contract was not extended at the end of the season.

Mersin İdman Yurdu

Prior to the 2014–15 transfer window, Servet's name was linked with several clubs. Eventually, he signed a 1-year contract with Mersin İdman Yurdu, a team managed by Rıza Çalımbay, who also brought in players like Serkan Balcı, Márkó Futács, and Welliton. He played a total of 47 matches in the league with Mersin İdman Yurdu and contributed 4 goals. After the end of the 2015–16 season Çetin retired from his football playing career.

International career

Çetin progressed through the youth ranks of the national team, from Under-17 to the full senior squad. He made his debut for Turkey in a 0–4 friendly match loss against Czech Republic on 30 April 2003,[6] coming on for Alpay Özalan in the 83rd minute. He made two appearances at the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2003. He captained the international side for the first time during Turkey's 2–1 win against Bosnia and Herzegovina in October 2008. Çetin played in the qualifiers for the European Championships and featured in the finals of the tournament itself. However, he picked up injuries during the group stages and meant he could only feature in three of Turkey's games as they progressed to the semi-finals.

Managerial career

From 2017 to 2023, Çetin served as an assistant coach under Rıza Çalımbay's leadership. This period prepared him for his next step. On 26 June 2023, after Rıza Çalımbay left Sivasspor, Çetin took over as the head coach. This transition showcased his evolution from a player to a coach, and his new role presented opportunities to apply his football knowledge and leadership skills.

Playing style

He is known as 'Bionic Servet' for his strength and bravery to push on playing despite serious injuries. In UEFA Euro 2008 Çetin's injuries included a torn groin, strained knee ligaments, a broken tooth and a bruised hip bone all at once. Another nickname used for Çetin is 'Terminator Servet' due to the face-mask he obtained after his cheekbone was broken.

Career statistics

As of 14 March 2013[6][7][8][9]


Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Kartalspor 1997–98 1 0 0 0 1 0
1998–99 5 1 1 0 6 1
1999–00 19 0 2 0 21 0
2000–01 26 0 0 0 26 0
Total 51 1 3 0 54 1
Göztepe 2001–02 31 1 1 0 32 1
Total 31 1 1 0 32 1
Denizlispor 2002–03 31 2 2 0 8 0 41 2
2003–04 4 0 0 0 4 0
Total 35 2 2 0 8 0 45 2
Fenerbahçe 2003–04 8 0 1 0 9 0
2004–05 23 3 3 1 6 0 32 4
2005–06 11 0 6 0 1 0 18 0
2006–07 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Total 42 3 10 1 8 0 60 4
Sivasspor 2006–07 28 2 5 0 33 2
Total 28 2 5 0 33 2
Galatasaray 2007–08 33 3 8 0 10 0 52 3
2008–09 20 2 3 0 9 0 32 2
2009–10 24 1 6 0 11 1 41 2
2010–11 31 4 6 1 4 0 41 5
2011–12 9 0 1 0 10 0
Total 117 10 24 1 34 1 175 12
Eskişehirspor 2012–13 23 2 6 0 4 0 33 2
Total 23 2 6 0 4 0 33 2
Career total 327 21 51 2 54 1 432 24


National team Season Apps Goals
Turkey 2003 4 0
2004 5 0
2005 0 0
2006 7 0
2007 10 1
2008 11 0
2009 6 2
2010 10 0
2011 6 0
Total 59 3

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 8 September 2007 Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta  Malta 2–2 2–2 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
2. 12 August 2009 Lobanovsky Dynamo Stadium, Kyiv, Ukraine  Ukraine 0–2 0–3 Friendly
3. 14 October 2009 Bursa Atatürk Stadium, Bursa, Turkey  Armenia 2–0 2–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

Managerial statistics

As of 23 December 2023[10]
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Sivasspor Turkey 26 June 2023 Present 19 7 6 6 036.84
Total 19 7 6 6 036.84



Personal life

Çetin is of Azerbaijani descent.[16][17]


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  2. ^ "Ayıboğan Servet Çetin" (in Turkish). 13 November 2009.
  3. ^ "Raul Meireles & Servet Cetin On Olympique de Marseille’s Shortlist". 11 June 2009.
  4. ^ a b "Türkü Baba". (in Turkish).
  5. ^ "Servet Çetin Galatasaray ile sözleşme imzaladı" (in Turkish). Hürriyet. 17 April 2007.
  6. ^ a b "Servet Cetin – International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
  7. ^ "SERVET ÇETİN". TFF. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  8. ^ "Servet Çetin". 31 January 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2012.
  9. ^ "Cetin Servet". Football Retrieved 3 September 2012.
  10. ^ "Servet Çetin Manager Profile". Sofascore. Retrieved 23 August 2023.
  11. ^ "FIFA Confederations Cup France 2003™". FIFA. Archived from the original on 8 February 2022. Retrieved 8 February 2022.
  12. ^ "Turkey edge past Colombia". BBC Sport. 28 June 2003. Archived from the original on 8 February 2022. Retrieved 8 February 2022.
  13. ^ "Regulations of theUEFA European Football Championship" (PDF). UEFA. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  14. ^ "Germany-Turkey | Line-ups | UEFA EURO". UEFA. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  15. ^ "UEFA EURO 2008™ squad lists announced" (PDF). UEFA. 28 May 2008. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  16. ^ "AZERİ bayrağı yasaktı ama.." Archived 4 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine (in Turkish). 15 October 2009.
  17. ^ Azeri Servet 5. golünü attı newspaper Hürriyet
Sporting positions Preceded byHakkı Hocaoğlu Sivasspor captain 2006–2007 Succeeded byMehmet Yıldız
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