Akhisar Belediyespor

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Akhisar Belediyespor
Akhisar Belediye Logo.png
Full name Akhisar Belediye
Gençlik ve Spor[1]
Nickname(s) Akigolar
Founded 8 April 1970; 44 years ago (1970-04-08)[2]
Ground Manisa 19 Mayıs Stadium
Ground Capacity 19,000[1]
President Hüseyin Eryüksel
Manager Mustafa Reşit Akçay
League Süper Lig
2012–13 Süper Lig, 14th
Website Club home page

Akhisar Belediye Gençlik ve Spor (Akhisar Municipality and Sports Club) is a professional Turkish football club located in the city of Akhisar. Formed in 1970, Akhisarspor are nicknamed Akigo. The club colours are green, black, and yellow. The club has a great rivalry against Turgutluspor and Manisaspor. The club plays its home games at the Manisa 19 Mayıs Stadium, which is also used by Manisaspor.[1][2]

Akhisar Belediyespor had their first major success in 2011, when they won the TFF First League, and promoted to the Süper Lig. The club is in the season 2013-14 still active in the Süper Lig.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1970 by the merger of three soccer teams, Güneşspor, Gençlikspor and Doğanspor in Manisa. The club's colors are black, green, and yellow, representing Güneşspor, Gençlikspor and Doğanspor, respectively. Yılmaz Atabarut was the founder and the first president of the club.

The club competed in the Turkish regional amateur series until 1984, when it was promoted to the TFF Third League, the fourth level in the Turkish football league system. Ten years later, in 1994, they were relegated back to the regional amateur league for one season.

In 1995, the club was promoted back to the third league. In the 2000-2001 season, the club advanced to the TFF Second League and after nine years there, they were promoted to the TFF First League. They became the champion of the league in their first season which brought them to the highest level of Turkish soccer, the Süper Lig.

In 2012, the club brought in Bruno Mezenga, Çağdaş Atan and Ibrahima Sonko to strengthen their squad. In January 2013, they signed Greek striker Theofanis "Fanis" Gekas who went on to score 12 goals for the remainder of the 2012/13 season, and assisted in the effort to keep the club in the division. The club ended on a 14th place in the Süper Lig.

League Participations[edit]

Colours and Crest[edit]

Black & Green jersey, black shorts, green socks
Akhisar's original home colours.

Colours[edit]

The official colors of the club is green and black, but the team uses also the yellow color. This three colors represents Güneşspor, Gençlikspor and Doğanspor. As fourth color the club uses also white. Since 2012 Nike is the kit manufacturer of the team.

Crest[edit]

On the crest of the team can you find again the three colors from Akhisar Belediyespor. On the crest you can find a ball with wings. The ball is white colored and the wings are yellow colored. Above and under the ball can you find the words 'Akhisar' in green and 'Belediyespor' in black background. Under Belediyespor, we can read 'Gençlik ve Spor Kulübü' and '1970' also in black.

Stadium[edit]

Manisa 19 Mayıs Stadium
Location Manisa, Turkey
Operator Akhisar Belediyespor
Capacity 20,000-seat
Field size 105 x 68 metres
Construction
Opened 1974
Renovated 2008
Tenants
Manisaspor (1974-present)
Akhisar Belediyspor (2012-present)

Since 2012 the club is in ground-sharing with Manisaspor and using the Manisa 19 Mayis Stadium. The stadium was officially opened in 1974 and was also renovated in 2008.

The club played in Akhisar Şehir Stadium before being promoted to the Super Lig. The reason for a stadium change was Akhisar Şehir Stadi was not fit for the standarts of Super Lig. That's why a new stadium project is underway in Akhisar which will have a capacity of 13.000.[3][4]

Stadium history[edit]

# Stadium Years[5]
1 Akhisar Şehir Stadium 1970–2012
2 Manisa 19 Mayıs Stadium 2012–

Support[edit]

The club has an amazing fans attendance, and are one of the best fans of the country. The fanclub is founded in 1977 and was named the 'Akigolar'. This name is a cross from a Amigo and Akhisarspor. The fanclub is the most peaceful supporters of the country, and where because of that nicknamed as the Hergelen's. This means that the supporters shows respect for all the teams and supporters in their competition.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
3 Senegal DF Ibrahima Sonko
4 Turkey DF İsmail Konuk
5 Turkey MF Bilal Kısa (Captain)
6 Turkey MF Merter Yüce
7 Turkey MF Taşkın Çalış
8 Belgium MF Arnaud Djoum
9 Turkey FW Bahattin Köse
10 Turkey MF Kenan Özer
11 Greece FW Theofanis Gekas
15 Turkey DF Uğur Demirok
17 Turkey FW Mehmet Akyüz
18 Turkey GK Oğuz Dağlaroğlu
No. Position Player
19 Turkey FW Onurcan Güler
20 Turkey MF Ahmet Cebe
22 Turkey MF Güray Vural
26 Burundi MF Saidi Ntibazonkiza
29 Turkey MF Kerim Zengin
40 Brazil DF Douglão
44 Turkey GK Emrah Tuncel
45 Ivory Coast MF Didier Zokora
55 Turkey GK Cantuğ Temel
61 Turkey DF Çağlar Birinci
80 Brazil FW Bruno Mezenga
99 Turkey DF Kadir Keleş (on loan from Trabzonspor)

Current technical staff[edit]

As of August 2014 [6]

Position Staff
Manager Turkey Mustafa Reşit Akçay
Assistant manager Turkey Turgut Kural
Turkey Hüseyin Çimşir
Coach Turkey Mahir Çeneli
Goalkeeping coach Turkey Nihat Yüksel
Fitness coach Turkey Hakan Çalışkan

Honours[edit]

  • 1.Lig
    • Winners (1): 2011-12
  • 2.Lig
    • Runners-up (1): 2009-10

Managers[edit]

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