Taffarel leads Galatasaray to victory

Brazil’s goalkeeping coach stepped up to lead the Turkish giants to a 1-0 victory over Gaziantepspor following the dismissal of Cesare Prandelli

Brazil goalkeeping coach Taffarel enjoyed a winning start to his time as interim coach of Galatasaray.

The former Selecao international has assumed the reins in Istanbul on a temporary basis following the departure of Cesare Prandelli.

The 1994 World Cup-winning coach has been part of the Turkish giant’s technical staff since 2011 and was drafted into the Brazil setup by coach Dunga in July as part of a plan to introduce more winning experience to the senior roles in the international setup.

He led the side to a 1-0 victory over Gaziantepspor on Saturday but quickly played down his impact, dedicating the win to his former boss.

“That was Prandelli’s team,” said the 48-year-old who helped the club to two league titles and a Uefa Cup victory during his three years between the posts in Turkey.

“I dedicate this victory to him. Prandelli was in charge until yesterday, how can I want credit? He deserves a lot of respect.”

Prandelli was dismissed last week following a 2-0 defeat to Anderlecht that saw them eliminated from the Champions League group stage.

Former Gala midfielder Hamza Hamzaoglu was appointed as the club’s new coach on Monday, with Taffarel returning to his role as goalkeeping coach.