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Terim Leads Galatasaray Again

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Veteran coach Fatih Terim is set to take the reins at Galatasaray for a fourth time on December 22 after the 20-times Turkey champions parted ways with Croatian Igor Tudor this week, the Istanbul club said.

“Welcome to your home, Emperor Fatih Terim,” the club said on its official Twitter feed, using the nickname by which he is known in Turkey.

Terim, 64, has had three spells in charge of both Galatasaray and the national team. He left his job in charge of Turkey in July after being involved in a brawl in a west coast resort town.

Shares in Galatasaray rose 5 percent on Friday in the wake of the club’s announcement overnight that it had started talks with Terim.

He has won six league titles with Galatasaray. The club, who also won the UEFA Cup in 2000, currently lies third in the Turkish championship after suffering their fourth defeat of the season last weekend. Terim’s first assignment on return should be Sunday’s league match against Goztepe.

Terim, also a former coach of Fiorentina and AC Milan, was previously in charge of Galatasaray between 1996-2000, 2002-04 and 2011-13. In his second stint with Turkey he led them to the Euro 2008 semifinals.

Previous coach Tudor, who moved to Galatasaray from Karabukspor halfway through last season, had been widely criticized after the team allowed an eight-point lead in the standings to slip away.

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