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Rıdvan Dilmen
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Full name Rıdvan Dilmen
Date of birth August 14, 1962 (1962-08-14) (age 47)
Place of birth    Nazilli, Turkey
Playing position Attacking midfielder, Winger
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
 ? (?)
 ? (?)
 ? (?)
46 (26)
96 (46)
? (?)   
National team
Turkey 034 0(5)
Teams managed
Altay S.K.
Karşıyaka SK

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Rıdvan Dilmen (born on August 14, 1962 in Aydın) is a former Turkish footballer who played in the Turkish Super League. He was either an attacking midfielder or an out and out striker.

Rıdvan was nicknamed "Şeytan Rıdvan" ("Ridvan the Devil") mostly for his wits, immense speed with the ball and stupendous fakes. Dilmen stated that he disliked the nickname "Şeytan".

Ridvan is a current football commentator, analyst and sportswriter.

Playing Career

Dilmen made his debut with Nazilli Sümerspor in 1977. He transferred to Muğlaspor for 25 footballs in 1979 and then became a renowned player for Boluspor between 1980-1983. After playing for Sarıyer between 1983-1987, he signed for Fenerbahçe and fulfilled his dream.

He was the main actor of the 1988-89 Turkish League season, which Fenerbahçe won the title with 103 goals in 36 matches. In the 1988-1989 season, he scored 19 goals and made 41 assists. After getting injured in 1990 against Trabzonspor by the Serbian defender Miodrag Ješić, he never fully recovered. Ridvan failed to fulfill the expectations expected of him due to consistent injuries, which required sixteen operations. He retired in 1995 after painful years of injuries. He is one of the symbol players not only for Fenerbahçe but for Turkish football also. The reason that his name is not as well-known worldwide are that he seldom had the chance to prove himself on the big international occasions. The Turkish national side for which he played, mostly in the 80s, was a no-hoper and Fenerbahçe's status on the European club stage was scarcely different.

Managerial Career

Dilmen worked as a manager for Vanspor in 1997-98 season. When he started, although it was almost mid season, Vanspor had zero points. His club finished the season as champions of Turkish Second League. He then became Fenerbahçe football teams manager in 2000. However, his stay only lasted five weeks. He resigned as Fenerbahçe was eliminated from UEFA Cup at an early stage. Dilmen was also employed as a manager for Altay SK and Adanaspor and Karşıyaka SK. So far, he doesn't have a successful managing career as he was expected to deliver.



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