Football Family Mourns Hasan Dogan
On 5 July, after learning of the sudden death of Hasan Dogan, the President of the Turkish football association (TFF), FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter wrote a letter in praise of his contribution to football. Dogan, 52, suffered a heart attack during a lunchtime meeting with national team coach Fatih Terim and TFF board member Levent Kazil in Mugla and later died in hospital. His death, which came shortly after Turkey’s memorable run to the semi-finals of UEFA EURO 2008, left the FIFA President shocked and saddened. Blatter has no doubt, however, that Dogan’s legacy to the game will live on. He wrote: “We will remember his vast experience and know-how, his determination to develop the game as well as his unique personality. He managed to position not only Turkish club football but also the Turkish national team on an international level in only a few months at the helm of the TFF. We will retain fond memories of an accomplished leader and an extraordinary man whose great human qualities ensured that he left an indelible mark on the game of football, not only in helping to develop football in Turkey, but also around the world.”
Dogan was elected as TFF President in February, having previously served as vice-president between 2004 and 2006.