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Lefter Küçükandonyadis (Λευτέρης Αντωνιάδης) has died…

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You teach Turkish football how to "play". Good bye !

The biggest player ever came to Turkish leagues has died on 13 January 2012 at 87 years old (born 22 December 1925 in Istanbul). He was a Turkish football player of (paternal) Greek descent, who was recognised as one of the greatest footballers to play for Turkey.

Early life and club career
Born as the son of a fisherman of Greek descent and a Turkish mother, he grew up with ten other brothers and sisters. He started his footballing career with Taksimspor, a club based in Istanbul. Küçükandonyadis transferred to Fenerbahçe in 1947, achieving instant success. He was the first Turkish footballer to play abroad, playing during 1951–1953 for ACF Fiorentina in Italy and OGC Nice in France. Returning to Fenerbahçe, he won two Istanbul League titles and later, after the start of the Turkish national league, three Turkish League (1959, 1961 and 1964) championship titles. In the season 1953–1954, he was the top scorer in the Turkish league. Küçükandonyadis scored in all a total of 423 goals in 615 games for Fenerbahçe. After ending his career in Turkey in 1964, Küçükandonyadis played a single season in Greece with AEK Athens. He participated in five games in the 1965 season scoring two goals before an injury in the match against Iraklis forced his retirement.

National football team
He played 50 times for the Turkish national football team, 9 of them as the captain. He also played at the 1954 World Cup netting in 2 goals, one against West-Germany and one against South-Korea. He scored 20 goals for his national team and was the top scorer for Turkey till overtaken by Hakan Şükür. He was the first Turkish football player to receive the “Golden Honor medal” from the Turkish Football Federation.

After active football
Lefter coached Egaleo F.C. in Greece and Supersport United in South Africa. He later returned to Turkey and coached the clubs Sivasspor, Samsunspor, Orduspor, Mersin Idmanyurdu and Boluspor.
He’s also known as “Ordinarius” in Turkey

Honours
Fenerbahçe
Turkish Championship: 1959, 1961, 1964
Atatürk Cup: 1964
Istanbul Football League: 1948, 1957, 1959
National League: 1950

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  1. I have posted this article hours later I learnt that Lefter has passed away. In 3 nights, this article got 1200 hits. It is a big number for such a small personal blog, specifically on one article. The users were searching on Google, all around the world, to read about Lefter’s death.

    Here are the short list of the countries who came to this page. I only listed who has more than 10 visitors.

    You see Lefter, whole world loved you and never forgot you. Rest in peace. You are the symbol of ‘real footballer’ for me. Good bye…

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