How Did Erhan Önal Die? Turkish footballer Death and Cause
Last minute statement about Erhan Önal was made. Erhan Önal, one of the unforgettable names of Galatasaray and Turkish football, passed away. How old is Erhan Önal is one of the curious subjects. Here is September 3, 1957; Wondering about the former Turkish national football player Erhan Önal, born in Munich
WHO IS ERHAN ÖNAL?
Erhan Önal was the constant libero of Galatasaray, especially under the rule of Mustafa Denizli. He has always found a place in our memories with his throwing the ball out of defense, his understanding of Libero in our football and his technical hits on standing balls.
Born in Munich on September 3, 1957, Önal started football at Shwarz Weiss Munich. He moved to Bayern Munich in 1972, promoted to the A team in 1976 and became the first Turk to play football in the Bundesliga. In 1978 he transferred to Belgium’s Standard Liege team. In January 1982, Fenerbahçe, with Ali Şen, had a flash transfer. However, he was out of the squad after a Galatasaray defeat after only 7 matches. He returned to S.Liege at the end of the season. Erhan Önal’s Galatasaray adventure started in 1985 under the leadership of Derwall. 2 leagues in 7 successful seasons,
2 also had the cup championship. He scored 12 goals in 185 matches, became A national 14 times. He was on the field in a 5-0 Neuchatel victory in the 3-0 rematch in 1988. He was nicknamed “The Priest” by fans and teammates because of his different style and beard. Önal left football in 1992 and started to work as a manager.
Onal was the first Turkish immigrant in Germany to play in the Bundesliga.
In 2015, he stated that the mentality when he went on loan to Fenerbahce was “‘Erhan came, he should play, the team should come and sleep”. Onal also said that the money he brought was a problem for everybody else and that the facilities were much worse than in Germany.
While playing for Standard Liege, Önal received an offer from Bayer Leverkusen. However, the transfer never happened because Liege kept his transfer fee to high. In response to this, he left for amateur club Türkgücü München, causing some people to assume he retired.
Despite playing for the Turkish national team, he considered himself to be Bavarian and spoke better German than Turkish.