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Turkish Champs Call on Former Captain Korkmaz

Famed Turkish team Galatasaray have hired former team captain Bulent Korkmaz to take over as coach from Michael Skibbe, who was fired following an embarrassing 5-2 home loss to lowly Kocaelispor on Sunday. The defending and 17-time Turkish League champs are in an unfamiliar fifth in the league, even with rival Fenerbache and eight points behind surprise leaders Sivasspor.

The 40-year-old Korkmaz, who had an extensive playing career that included 102 times representing Turkey, as well as eight league titles and a UEFA Cup as a central defender with Galatasaray, signed only through the 2009-10 season. Korkmaz was given the nod over former Galatasaray player/coach and perhaps more popular choice in Romania native Gheorghe Hagi, who had sought but was not rewarded with a multi-year contract.

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