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Ex-Dortmund star Sahin leads first training sessions in plain clothes

By Peter Vice

he pictures released today by Fraport TAV Antalyaspor show Bundesliga veteran Nuri Sahin leading his first squad training sessions in plain clothes. 

As of yet, there's no definitive word on whether the 33-year-old ex-Dortmund star will continue his career on the pitch. 

Nuri Sahin.
Nuri Sahin.Photo: Tim.Reckmann/CC-by-SA 3.0

At the beginning of the week, one of the Bundesliga's most experienced veterans found that his coaching career literally began overnight. Turkish club Fraport TAV Antalyaspor parted company with their trainer on Monday. The 14th placed Super Lig side then elevated Nuri Sahin to the head-coaching position. The former Dortmund and Bremen professional was given a five-year-contract.

According to the club, the question as to whether Sahin will stay on the sidelines or continue to lead the team from the pitch is entirely up to him. Club President Aziz Cetin stressed in an interview that the decision was "entirely up to him", adding "We have a lot of trust in him."

Sahin, at one time the youngest ever player to make his debut for a Bundesliga club, made 259 appearances in parts of 14 seasons with Borussia Dortmund and Werder Bremen. He also made 24 UCL appearances for Dortmund, with whom he celebrated the 2011 title win and 2017 DFB Pokal victory.

Sahin left Werder following the 2019/20 campaign to move to his current club. During recent offseasons, his gotten some practice as training consultant for youth club RSV Meinerzhagen together with brother Ufak.

"I've been shaped by my coaches," Sahin said in an interview earlier this year when discussing his experiences on the sidelines in an interview earlier this year, "and of course you transfer that to your own work as a coach."

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