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ISTANBUL (AP) — Galatasaray fired veteran coach Fatih Terim on Monday, ending his fourth spell with the club he led to the UEFA Cup title in 2000.
The 68-year-old Terim leaves with the team in the knockout round of the Europa League. Galatasaray is in 12th place in the 20-team Turkish league after a 1-0 home loss against Giresunspor.
Galatasaray president Burak Elmas announced the firing while noting Terim achieved success in Europe this season “that makes us all proud.”
Terim’s team finished first in a Europa League group ahead of Marseille and Lazio to advance to the round of 16. The draw will be made on Feb. 25, after the knockout playoffs.
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Terim also coached Turkey’s national team three times and reached the semifinals of the 2008 European Championship.
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