Turksih Football Coach Terim Honored by Italian State
Monday, May 12 2008 @ 08:35 PM MSD
Italy's Ambassador to Ankara Carlo Marsilli praised Terim, calling him a reference point in Turkish football. Turkish national football team coach Fatih Terim was honored with the “Ordine Della Stella Della Solidarieta” (Command of Solidarity) by the Italian state Thursday night. Terim, who is nicknamed “Emperor” in Turkey, will have the honor to be called “Commendatore” by Italy, where he worked for two separate seasons at Fiorentina and AC Milan.
He moved to Fiorentina after leading Galatasaray to UEFA Cup glory in 2000, and got off to a good start with the Florence side, including an Italian Cup final success. However, his spell was cut short due to a feud with club boss Cecchi Gori. The following year, Milan approached Terim, but following a string of inconsistent results, this time the club led by Silvio Berlusconi, fired Terim after 10 weeks, and replaced him with Carlo Ancelotti, who is still the coach of the reigning European Champion.
“Fatih Terim represents Turkey in the world,” said Marsilli. “He is called ‘Emperor’ in his country and continued his success in Florence and Milan.” The national team coach thanked the Italian people. “I thank Fiorentina and Milan clubs for giving me the opportunity to work and live in Italy,” he said, adding that his family's support was essential as well.
Terim also underlined the Turkish culture was important in his career. “Fate gave me the chance to carry an important heritage of traditions and principles of Turkish people. With that heritage I could achieve many things,” he said. “I was like a Turkish ambassador in Italy, and I am like an Italian ambassador in Turkey. I thank the Italian and Turkish peoples and want them to share this honor with me.”