Galatasaray S.K. (men's basketball)

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Galatasaray Liv Hospital
Galatasaray Liv Hospital logo
Leagues Turkish Basketball League
Founded 1911
History Galatasaray
Arena Abdi İpekçi Arena
(capacity: 12,270)
Location Istanbul, Turkey
Team colors Yellow and Red
President Ünal Aysal
Head coach Ergin Ataman
Championships 5 Turkish Championships
3 Turkish Cups
2 Turkish President's Cups
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Active departments of Galatasaray
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Football Volleyball (Men's) Volleyball (Women's)
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Basketball (Men's) Basketball (Women's) Wheelchair Basketball
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Athletics Equestrian Judo
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Water Polo (Men's) Water Polo (Women's) Bridge
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Chess Team

Galatasaray Liv Hospital is a professional basketball team based in the city of Istanbul in Turkey. It is a part of the Galatasaray Sports Club. Galatasaray play matches in Abdi İpekçi Arena which has a seating capacity for 12,270 spectators. The team competes in the Turkish Basketball League and Euroleague.


According to the official records, in Turkey, basketball was first played in 1904 at Robert College. An American physical education teacher laid the foundations of this sport in Turkey. 7 years later, Ahmet Robenson, a physical education teacher in Galatasaray High School decided to introduce a new game to students in 1911. Robenson, who also became a Galatasaray S.K. president later, popularized this sport in Turkey.[1][2]

Basketball had always been very important for the club. The team has won 4 national championship titles and 16 İstanbul League title. Former president of the club, Özhan Canaydın was a former player of basketball team.

On 24 June 2011, Galatasaray announced that Cafe Crown's sponsorship was over.[3]

1955 Turkish Basketball Championship Season Half Cup

Galatasaray qualified for the Euroleague for the first time[4] after winning their qualification knockout round and will compete in the Euroleague 2011-12.

Sponsorship naming[edit]

Galatasaray has had several denominations through the years due to its sponsorship;

  • Galatasaray Cafe Crown (2005–2011)[5]
  • Galatasaray Medical Park (2011–2013)[6]
  • Galatasaray Liv Hospital (2013–present)[7][8]

Home arenas[edit]

Recent Seasons[edit]

Season Division Regular Play-off Cup Europe
2005-06 TBL 8th QF QF
2006-07 TBL 4th SF QF
2007-08 TBL 5th QF ULEB Eurocup 4th
2008-09 TBL 4th SF SF FIBA EuroChallenge Last 16
2009-10 TBL 9th Missed ULEB Eurocup Last 16
2010-11 TBL 3rd Runner SF ULEB Eurocup Last 16
2011-12 TBL 1st SF SF Euroleague Last 16
2012-13 TBL 1st 1st Runner ULEB Eurocup Last 16
2013-14 TBL 4th Runner SF Euroleague Last 8


International competitions[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]

See also current season.


For a listing of past rosters, see Galatasaray Men's Basketball Team past rosters.

Current roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold more than one nationality.

Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
G/F 5 Serbia Micov, Vladimir 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 101 kg (223 lb) 29 – (1985-04-16)April 16, 1985
F/C 7 Serbia Erceg, Zoran 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 112 kg (247 lb) 29 – (1985-01-11)January 11, 1985
F/C 11 Australia Jawai, Nathan 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 127 kg (280 lb) 28 – (1986-10-10)October 10, 1986
PF 12 Turkey Gönlüm, Kerem Injured 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 102 kg (225 lb) 36 – (1977-11-22)November 22, 1977
F/C 15 Greece Vougioukas, Ian 2.12 m (6 ft 11 in) 122 kg (269 lb) 29 – (1985-05-31)May 31, 1985
SG 17 Lithuania Pocius, Martynas 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 28 – (1986-04-28)April 28, 1986
F/C 19 Turkey Aldemir, Furkan 2.09 m (6 ft 10 in) 105 kg (231 lb) 23 – (1991-08-09)August 9, 1991
PG 20 Turkey Nikolov, Kristijan 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 18 – (1996-10-15)October 15, 1996
SG 21 Italy Aradori, Pietro 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 106 kg (234 lb) 25 – (1988-12-10)December 10, 1988
PG 30 Puerto Rico Arroyo, Carlos 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 35 – (1979-07-30)July 30, 1979
SG 32 Turkey Güler, Sinan (C) 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 30 – (1983-11-08)November 8, 1983
PG 33 Turkey Arslan, Ender Injured (C) 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 31 – (1983-01-13)January 13, 1983
F 34 Turkey Arar, Ege 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 103 kg (227 lb) 18 – (1996-09-02)September 2, 1996
G 35 Turkey Ural, Göktürk Gökalp 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 19 – (1995-05-31)May 31, 1995
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Turkey Yağızer Uluğ
  • Turkey Yakup Sekizkök
Strength and conditioning coach(es)
  • Turkey Adnan Bağriaçik
  • Turkey Semih Eroğlu
Team manager

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: July 17, 2014

Out of roster[edit]

Nolan Smith

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Furkan Aldemir Nathan Jawai Ian Vougioukas
PF Zoran Erceg Kerem Gönlüm Ege Arar
SF Vladimir Micov Pietro Aradori Göktürk Gökalp Ural
SG Martynas Pocius Sinan Güler Kristijan Nikolov
PG Carlos Arroyo Ender Arslan

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Turkey SG Göksenin Köksal (to Turkey Darüşşafaka S.K.)

Team captains[edit]

Dates Name
2010–2011 Albania Turkey Ermal Kuqo
2011–2012 Turkey Haluk Yıldırım
2012–2014 Turkey Ender Arslan

Notable players[edit]

To appear in this section a player must have either:
  • Played at least one season for the club.
  • Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club.
  • Played at least one official international match for their national team at any time.
  • To perform very successfully during period in the club or at later/previous stages of his career.

Head coaches[edit]

Dates Name
 ?–? Bulgaria Petar Simenov
 ?–? Turkey Nur Germen
 ?–? Turkey Fehmi Sadıkoğlu
1989–1991 Turkey Faruk Akagün
1993–1998 Turkey Aydan Siyavuş
 ?–? Turkey Ömer Petorak
 ?–? Turkey Fehmi Sadıkoğlu
2002–2003 Turkey Erman Kunter
2005–2006 Turkey Halil Üner
2006–2009 Turkey Murat Özyer
2009 Turkey Koray Mincinozlu
2009 Turkey Okan Çevik
2009–2010 Turkey Cem Akdağ
2010–2012 Turkey Oktay Mahmuti
2012– Turkey Ergin Ataman

See also[edit]


External links[edit]