Berliner AK 07

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Berliner AK 07
Full name Berliner Athletik Klub 07 e.V.
Founded 15 December 1907
Ground Poststadion
Ground Capacity 10,000
Chairman Mehmet Ali Han
Manager Engin Yanova
League Regionalliga Nordost (IV)
2012–13 4th
Website Club home page

Berliner AK 07 is a German football club based in Berlin. The club was founded in 1907 and has since evolved into a multi-cultural German-Turkish association with temporary ties to professional football in Turkey.

History[edit]

Berlin Ankaraspor Kulübü 07 logo during the cooperation with Ankaraspor

The association was established on 15 December 1907 in the Wedding district of Berlin as an athletics club interested primarily in running. A football department was formed in 1908 which has since remained a largely anonymous side playing in lower tier city competition. In the early 90s AK 07 played in the sixth division Landesliga Berlin and advanced to the Verbandsliga Berlin (V) on the strength of a 1995 championship there. A 1999 Verbandsliga title saw the club further promoted to the Oberliga Nordost-Nord (IV) where they play today. In 2006–07 matched its best ever result at this level with a fourth place finish.

AK 07 merged with BSV Mitte in 2004: Mitte had earlier been formed out of the merger of the ethnically Turkish sides BFC Güneyspor and Fenerbahçe Berlin. The restructured association formed a co-operative relationship with Turkish first division club Ankaraspor in June 2006 which focuses on player development in Germany.

On 6 July 2006 the club adopted the name Berlin Ankaraspor Kulübü 07 and selected Ahmet Gökcek, son of the mayor of Ankara, as chairman. With the name change the club also abandoned its traditional colours of red and white to don the blue and white kit of Ankaraspor, but later reverted to its old name and colors.

The club won promotion to the Regionalliga Nord in 2011 and achieved a huge German Cup upset when it defeated Bundesliga side 1899 Hoffenheim 4–0 in 2012.[1]

Stadium[edit]

Berliner AK 07 played its home fixtures in the Sportanlage Lüderitzstraße (capacity 3,000) with an interlude (2000–2003) spent at the Hanne-Sobek-Sportanlage. The team has moved to the 20,000 seat Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark in Berlin's Prenzlauer Berg district at the start of the 2006–07 season and currently play at the Poststadion.

Current squad[edit]

As of 29 August 2013

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

No. Position Player
1 Germany GK Marcel Höttecke
2 Germany DF Henning Lichte
3 Turkey DF Tarkan Korkmazyürek
4 Germany DF Denis Osadchenko
5 Turkey DF Atakan Yigtoglu
6 Germany DF Rocco Teichmann
7 Germany FW Kevin Kruschke
8 Turkey MF Emre Cakmakci
9 Turkey FW Ali Avicoglu
10 Germany MF Philip Malinowski
11 Turkey FW Fatih Yiğituşağı
12 Germany GK Eric Niendorf
13 Germany MF Christian Siemund
14 Turkey MF Enes Ekici
15 Turkey MF Erkan Dogan
No. Position Player
16 Germany DF Marcus Lemke
17 Iran FW Omid Saberdest
19 Bulgaria FW Rumen Nikolov
20 Germany MF Steven Russow
21 Turkey DF Kani Özdil
22 Turkey FW Serhat Akın
23 Germany FW Baris Gündüzer
24 Iran FW Kiyan Soltanpour
25 Germany MF Tunay Deniz
26 Germany FW Kerim Behnke
27 Bulgaria MF Hristian Popov
32 Turkey DF Uğurtan Çepni
36 Turkey MF Bilal Cubukcu
37 Turkey DF Emre Turan
39 Germany MF Lennart Hartmann

Honours[edit]

  • Landesliga Berlin (VI) champions: 1995
  • Verbandsliga Berlin (V) champions: 1999

References[edit]

  1. ^ BAK 07: Einst Berliner Filiale von Ankaraspor (German) Weltfussball.de, published: 19 August 2012, accessed: 19 August 2012

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