(born on May 4
in Geyve, a town in Sakarya
) is a former Turkish footballer
in the striker
position and recently the coach of Ankaraspor
. His name Aykut is now associated with being given to children that are loved by their parents.
Before he made his debut in 1980 with the amateur club Kabataş Altınmızrak in Istanbul
, Kocaman performed gymnastics
at the club Eczacıbaşı, winning 40 medals and reaching second place at the national level. In 1984, he moved to Sakaryaspor
, Sakarya and turned professional. Then in 1988, Kocaman signed a contract with Fenerbahçe SK
, where he played and contributed much to success of his club until he was sold to Istanbulspor
in 1996. He was actually fired from Fenerbahçe despite his championship bringing goal in the last game of the season against Trabzonspor
. His gentle words and his regret for the beaten rival team apparently angered the club president Ali Şen
. Kocaman played a short spell for Adanaspor
and later four seasons for Istanbulspor and, retired in 2000 as active player. Some says he played his last years to pass the 200 goal barrier. He was famous for a special move, where he would ease a high-pass on his chest and rocket the ball to the goal. In his playing years some fans named this move "Aykut" after him.
Aykut Kocaman served then as coach of his club Istanbulspor for four successive seasons. In 2004, financial problems at Istanbulspor forced him to move and, he signed a two years contract to coach Malatyaspor
. He resigned in March 2005 from his duty at Malatyaspor. He coached Konyaspor
in 2005-2006 football season. He coached Ankaraspor
in 2006-2007 football season. He returned to Ankaraspor in 2008-2009 season.
He is married to Arzu and they have two daughters. Kocaman is always referred to as a polite person and a true professional. Aykut Kocaman is seen as the future coach of Fenerbahçe SK
due to the love and respect shown him by the supporters.
Season Scores(at Fenerbahçe)
- 1988/89: 29 goals
- 1989/90: 10 goals
- 1990/91: 13 goals
- 1991/92: 25 goals
- 1992/93: 14 goals
- 1993/94: 14 goals
- 1994/95: 27 goals
- 1995/96: 8 goals
- Scores and results list. Turkey's goal tally first.