player. (B. in Istanbul on December 22nd, 1925, D. on 13th
January 2012) He was the son of a Rum fisherman and a Turkish mother living in Istanbul
Büyükada. He was given the name Professor-in-Ordinary by his fans because of
his talent. He started football in Büyükada and was raised in Taksim Sports
Club. His age was made older by court decision in 1941 to grant him a license.
He joined the army to perform his military service after playing in Taksim for
two years. He lived in
The supporters created
the slogan “Ver Lefter'e, yaz deftere!
Lefter played in the Fenerbahçe uniform for 615 times, scored 423 goals in the matches he played. After he quit soccer in 1964, he took part in Egaleo of Greece and Johannesburg of South Africa as a football player and trainer. Then he served as a football coach in Samsunspor, Orduspor, Mersin İdman Yurdu and Boluspor. He also worked as a sports writer for a while after his career as a trainer. Lefter, who lived in Büyükada, has 3 children. His statue was erected in the Kuşdili Park in Istanbul, Kadıköy on May 3rd, 2009.