Tolunay Kafkas

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Tolunay Kafkas
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Kafkas as Trabzonspor manager in 2013
Personal information
Full name Hakkı Tolunay Kafkas
Date of birth (1968-03-21) 21 March 1968 (age 55)
Place of birth Ankara, Turkey
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Position(s) Defensive midfielder
Team information
Current team
Ankaragücü (manager)
Senior career*
1987–1988 Türk Telekom 26 (5)
1988–1989 Keçiörengücü 33 (11)
1989–1991 Diyarbakırspor 88 (26)
1991–1992 Erzurumspor 10 (4)
1992–1993 Konyaspor 75 (22)
1993–1997 Trabzonspor 143 (16)
1997–1999 Galatasaray 15 (1)
1999–2000 Bursaspor 24 (1)
2000–2002 Denizlispor 48 (3)
2002–2004 ASKÖ Pasching 51 (1)
2004 LASK 10 (1)
2004–2005 Admira Wacker 8 (0)
International career
1994–1998 Turkey 33 (3)
Managerial career
2007–2010 Kayserispor
2010–2011 Gaziantepspor
2011–2013 Turkey U-21
2013 Trabzonspor
2013–2015 Karabükspor
2015–2016 Kayserispor
2016–2017 Akhisarspor
2020–2023 Turkey U-21
2023– Ankaragücü
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Hakkı Tolunay Kafkas (born 21 March 1968) is a Turkish professional football manager and former player. He is manager of Süper Lig club Ankaragücü.


Playing career

Kafkas was born in Ankara, he is of Circassian origin. Kafkas played as a defensive midfielder for PTT, Keçiörengücü, Diyarbakırspor, Erzurumspor, Konyaspor, Trabzonspor, Galatasaray, Bursaspor and Denizlispor in Turkey and Pasching, LASK and Admira Wacker in Austria. He retired in 2005.

He made his debut for the Turkey national team on 21 December 1994 against Italy. In total, he made 33 appearances for the Turkey national team scoring 3 goals.

Managerial career

He began his coaching journey in the 2007–08 Season as the head coach of Kayserispor, where he achieved significant success, leading the team to victory in the Turkish Cup and a remarkable 5th place finish in the league with 55 points. This accomplishment earned Kayserispor a spot in the UEFA Cup.

In the subsequent years, Kafkas ventured into coaching roles at other Turkish clubs, including Gaziantepspor, Trabzonspor, and Kardemir Karabükspor, showcasing his versatility as a coach. He also briefly served as the TFF Development Director.

Throughout his coaching career, Kafkas experienced both triumphs and challenges, leaving a lasting impact on the clubs he managed. His tenure at Kayserispor and Gaziantepspor saw notable achievements. Notably, his time at Kardemir Karabükspor was highlighted by a historic achievement, leading the team to their first-ever qualification to the European Cups. Despite being eliminated from the UEFA Europa League play-off round by Saint-Étienne after a thrilling penalty shootout Additionally, Kafkas had the opportunity to coach Turkey's under-21 national football team, contributing to the development of young talents in the country between 2020 and 2023.

On 23 March 2023, Kafkas took on a new coaching role at Ankaragücü, further solidifying his position as an accomplished and respected figure in Turkish football.

Career statistics


Appearances and goals by national team and year
National teamYearAppsGoals
Turkey 199411
Scores and results list. Turkey's goal tally first.
List of international goals scored by Tolunay Kafkas
1.21 December 1994 Stadio Adriatico, Pescara, ItalyFlag of Italy.svg  Italy 1–21–3 Friendly
2.11 June 1995 Varsity Stadium, Toronto, CanadaFlag of Honduras.svg  Honduras 1–01–0 Friendly
3.2 December 1997 Denizli Atatürk Stadium, Denizli, TurkeyFlag of Finland.svg  Finland 1–11–1 Friendly

Managerial statistics

As of 30 September 2023
Kayserispor Flag of Turkey.svg 11 June 200731 May 2010121513733042.15
Gaziantepspor Flag of Turkey.svg 10 August 201026 September 201151231315045.10
Turkey U-21 Flag of Turkey.svg 26 September 201129 January 201313535038.46
Trabzonspor Flag of Turkey.svg 29 January 201331 May 2013209110045.00
Karabükspor Flag of Turkey.svg 8 July 201323 February 201571252125035.21
Kayserispor Flag of Turkey.svg 8 July 20153 March 20163211813034.38
Akhisarspor Flag of Turkey.svg 6 September 201618 March 20173211912034.38
Turkey U-21 Flag of Turkey.svg 22 August 202010 February 202318648033.33
Ankaragücü Flag of Turkey.svg 23 March 20232 October 202320659030.00







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