Rıza Çalımbay


Çalımbay (born 1963 in Sivas Turkey) was one of the symbol names for the Black Eagles. Because of his determination and hard work he was nicknamed “Atom Ant.” He started his football career at Beşiktaş JK youth system and moved up to the senior team in 1980. Until his retirement in 1996, the midfielder, and later the team captain, made 494 appearances for the Black and White, scoring 41 goals along the way. He also has 37 international caps under his belt. During his 16 years, he only wore Beşiktaş JK jersey and won 6 League Championships, 3 Turkish Cups and 4 Presidency Cups with the Black and Whites. After retiring from active football, Çalımbay became the assistant manager of Christoph Daum at Beşiktaş JK and then coached Göztepe, Denizlispor and Çaykur Rizespor. He was especially successful at Denizlispor, leading the team to latter stages of the UEFA Cup, eliminating mighty teams like Sparta Prague and Olympique Lyon.. The FC Porto side of José Mourinho ended the UEFA Cup dreams of Denizlispor and Çalımbay following a 8–3 win on aggregate. In 2004/2005 season, he became the manager of Beşiktaş JK for a while after Spanish coach Vicente Del Bosque was sacked.