Ülkerspor

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Ülkerspor
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Founded 1993
Dissolved 2006
History 1993 - 2006
Arena Abdi İpekçi Arena
Arena Capacity 12,270
Location Istanbul, Turkey
Team colors              Orange, White, and Green
Championships Turkish Championships: (4)
Turkish Cups: (3)
Turkish President’s Cups: (6)
Website Eurobasket.com/team
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Ülker Gençlik ve Spor Kulübü, commonly known as Ülker or Ülkerspor, is a defunct professional basketball club that was based in İstanbul, Turkey. The club competed in the Turkish League. The club played its home games at the Abdi İpekçi Arena.

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Ülkerspor was founded in 1975, but its basketball department was created in 1993, by buying a Turkish League spot from Nasaşspor. The club won Turkish League titles in 1995, 1998, 2001, and 2006, with greats including Harun Erdenay, İbrahim Kutluay, Michael Anderson, Orhun Ene, Kevin Rankin, and more recently, Mirsad Türkcan and Serkan Erdoğan. Ülkerspor made the Euroleague Top 16 for five consecutive seasons between 2002 and 2006, beating all the best European teams in the process, and showing it was an important team in the competition. Ülkerspor had its best finish when surviving a tough Top 16 group to make the Euroleague 2004-05 season Quarterfinal Playoffs, where it lost against CSKA Moscow. Ülkerspor also won five Turkish President's Cup titles and three Turkish Cup titles between 2001 and 2005. Things got serious again in the 2005-06 season, as Ülkerspor conquered its fourth Turkish League title.

In 2006, the Ülker corporation, which owned and sponsored the club, decided to abolish the team, converting it instead into the humble Alpella club, and to instead sponsor and merge the Ülkerspor club with the Turkish club Fenerbahçe. Fenerbahçe then became known as Fenerbahçe Ülker.

Alpella played for 2 seasons in the Turkish Basketball League, in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons. Finally, its league rights were bought by Trabzonspor, after the club was relegated down to the Turkish Basketball Second League, following the 2007-08 season.

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