Antalyaspor

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Medical Park Antalyaspor
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Full name Medical Park Antalyaspor Kulübü
Nickname(s) Akrepler (Scorpions)
Founded 2 July 1966; 48 years ago (1966-07-02)
Ground Akdeniz University Stadium, Antalya and New Antalya Stadium (future)
Ground Capacity 7,083 and 41,703
President Hasan Akıncıoğlu
Manager Samet Aybaba
League TFF First League
2013–14 Süper Lig, 17th
Website Club home page

Antalyaspor, known as Medical Park Antalyaspor for sponsorship reasons, is a professional Turkish football club located in the city of Antalya. The club colours are red and white and they play their home matches at Akdeniz University Stadium.

Domestically, the club has won the 2.Lig twice, in 1982 and 1986. They also finished as runners-up for the Türkiye Kupası in 2000.[1]

History[edit]

Antalyaspor were established in 1966 after three local teams united to establish a club for the coastal city of Antalya. These teams were Yenikapı SuSpor, İlk Işıkspor and Ferrokromspor. The club competed in the lower divisions of the Turkish football league system before earning promotion to the Süper Lig in 1982. Their first stint of top-flight football lasted two years, as they were relegated back to the 2.Lig at the end of the 1984–85 season. They were promoted the next season, but were relegated just as fast. They competed in the 2.Lig until the end of the 1993–94 season, when they beat Istanbulspor 3–2 after extra time in the final of the promotion playoffs.[2]

Their longest stint of top-flight football lasted until 2002. In that time span, the club competed continentally in the Intertoto Cup twice and the UEFA Cup once.[2] They reached the finals of the Turkish Cup in 2000, but lost 5–3 after extra time to Galatasaray.[1] Antalyaspor competed in the UEFA Cup the following season, defeating Werder Bremen 2–0 after home, before losing 6–0 in the second leg.[3] The club was relegated at the end of the 2001–02 season, finishing one point below the relegation zone.[4]

The club earned promotion back to the Süper Lig after placing second in the 2005–06 1.Lig. On 3 December 2006, Pavol Straka scored the clubs 500th goal in top-flight football.[2] The following year they were relegated back to the 1.Lig, but earned promotion again the next season. They finished ninth at the end of the 2009–10 season.[5]

Colours and badge[edit]

Antalya SK's classic home kit

The club emblem includes capital letters A and S which stand for Antalya and Spor (sport in Turkish) respectively. In the middle of these letters, there is the figure of Yivli Minare which is one of the several symbols of the city of Antalya. Three rectangular shapes on the Yivli Minare means the unite of three teams of Antalya.[citation needed]

Stadium[edit]

Antalyaspor play their home matches at Akdeniz University Stadium. The stadium seats ~7,083 spectators.

Relationship with Kocaelispor after the Kocaeli earthquake[edit]

Antalyaspor have close relations with Kocaelispor. This goes back to the 1999 İzmit earthquake, which had a devastating effect on the city of İzmit. Turkish cities unaffected by the earthquake gave refuge to those left homeless. Among the refugees, who fled the region to seek refuge in Antalya were Kocaelispor ultras, who go by the name, 'Hodrimeydan'.

The league carried on despite the chaos caused by the earthquake. Kocaelispor soon had an away game against Denizlispor to which two coach loads of Antalyaspor supporters traveled too in support of the people of İzmit, who were going through tough times. Inspired by this show of support, Kocaelispor supporters travelled to Antalyaspor's cup final game against Galatasaray S.K. in Diyarbakır. The two teams supporters continued to make similar gestures to each other, and a strong bond was built between 'Hodrimeydan' and the Antalyaspor ultragroup 'Gençlik 07'. The supporters have a great relationship today and sit in mixed stands when the two clubs play each other.[6]

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
1 Turkey GK Hakan Arıkan
3 Switzerland DF Emre Güngör
4 Brazil DF Wederson
5 Turkey MF Zeki Yıldırım
6 Turkey DF Serkan Balcı
7 Turkey DF Musa Nizam
8 Turkey MF Uğur İnceman (captain)
10 Brazil FW Tita
11 Turkey MF Emrah Başsan
12 Cameroon DF Joseph Boum
13 Turkey MF Köksal Yedek
17 Turkey DF Giray Kacar
20 Nigeria FW Isaac Promise
21 Turkey MF Murat Duruer
23 Turkey FW Semih Şentürk
No. Position Player
24 Turkey DF Deniz Barış
26 Senegal FW Lamine Diarra
27 Czech Republic FW Milan Baroš
32 Slovenia GK Sašo Fornezzi
33 Cameroon MF Eyong Enoh (on loan from Ajax)
35 Turkey GK Ozan Özenc
51 Turkey DF Koray Arslan
55 England DF Anton Ferdinand
58 Turkey MF İbrahim Dağaşan
59 Turkey DF Mehmet Sedef
64 Turkey FW Seddar Karaman
80 Turkey FW Abdurrahman Kuyucu
90 Spain MF Natxo Insa
Ghana MF Yussif Chibsah
Turkey FW Ramazan Cevik

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
23 Cameroon GK Sammy N'Djock (at Fethiyespor until 30 June 2014)
53 Turkey DF Lokman Gör (at Ankaraspor until 30 June 2014)
Turkey DF Baran Yardımcı (at Tekirova Belediyespor until 30 June 2014)
No. Position Player
Turkey MF Emre Akbaba (at Alanyaspor until 30 June 2015)
Turkey MF Hüseyin Atalay (at Karşıyaka S.K. until 30 June 2014)

Honours[edit]

European Competitions[edit]

Intertoto Cup:

Season Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1996 GS Switzerland FC Basel 2–5 3rd place
GS Belarus Ataka-Aura Minsk 3–0
GS Russia Rotor Volgograd 2–1
GS Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 0–1
1997 GS Slovenia Publikum 1–1 4th place
GS Israel Maccabi Haifa 0–2
GS Russia Lokomotiv Nizhny Novgorod 0–1
GS Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Proleter Zrenjanin 1–0

UEFA Cup/Europa League:

Season Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
2000–01 QR Azerbaijan Kapaz 5–0 2–0 7–0
1R Germany Werder Bremen 2–0 0–6 2–6

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sivritepe, Erdinç Final turkish-soccer.com, accessed 1 July 2010
  2. ^ a b c Tarihçe antalyaspor.com.tr (Turkish), accessed 23 May 2010
  3. ^ UEFA Cup 2000–01 rsssf.com, accessed 1 July 2010
  4. ^ Sivritepe, Erdinç 2002–2003 1. Super League turkish-soccer.com, accessed 1 July 2010
  5. ^ Sivritepe, Erdinç Bursaspor Champion turkish-soccer.com, accessed 1 July 2010
  6. ^ [1] Antalyaspor team profile and Turkish football news in English (English)

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