Kasımpaşa Spor Kulübü

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Full name Kasımpaşa Spor Kulübü
Nickname(s) Apaçiler (Apaches)
Founded 15 January 1921
Ground Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Stadium
Ground Capacity 14,234
Owner Turgay Ciner
Chairman Zafer Yıldırım
Manager Jan Wouters
League Süper Lig
2013–14 Süper Lig, 6th
Website Club home page
Current season

Kasımpaşa Spor Kulübü is a Turkish football club located in the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul, Turkey. They play their home games in the Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Stadium in Kasımpaşa, a neighbourhood of the district of Beyoğlu.


Kasımpaşa was founded in 1921 as Altıntuğ. They played in the Istanbul First League between 1939–1945 and 1946–1959. The club was promoted to the Türkiye Ligi in 1959 and remained there for 5 seasons, where their best finish was 5th in 1961–62 season.

After 43 years, on 30 May 2007, the team was promoted to the Süper Lig for the second time in their history. In a dramatic match against Altay, Kasımpaşa came from behind twice to force a penalty shootout, which they won 4–3. They competed in the Süper Lig in the 2007–08 season, but were relegated back to the TFF First League. Kasımpaşa was promoted to the Süper Lig for the third time in the club's history on 17 May 2009 by beating Karşıyaka 2–1 after extra time in Ankara.

The team remained in the top tier of Turkish football and managed to finish in top ten in the 2009–10 season, during which they beat Fenerbahçe away from home 3-1 and Beşiktaş away in the Turkish Cup by the same score. They also beat Trabzonspor at home in the league by the same 3-1 scoreline. By the beginning of the 2010–11 season, Kasımpaşa lost some of their important players due to the decisions of coach Yılmaz Vural just before the season started.

After the squad weakened, the team went on a run of poor results and were relegated at the end of the season. In the 2011–12 season, the team made a rapid return to Süper Lig after play-off matches that were played in Ankara. They first beat Konyaspor 2–0 away and 4–0 at home. Then they played the final against Adanaspor and beat them 3-2 after a dramatic match on 27 May 2012. This was their 3rd consecutive victory in play-off finals since 2007. Thus, they will represent their neighbourhood in Süper Lig in the 2012–13 season. Despite challenging for a Europa League spot throughout the season, rising as a dark horse in the league, a series of dismal performances in the final few matches saw Kasimpasa finishing sixth in the table, five points away from Bursaspor on fourth, the final Europa League qualification spot.


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 Ertaç Özbir
4 Turkey DF İlhan Eker
5 Turkey DF Sancak Kaplan
6 Netherlands DF Ryan Donk
7 Turkey FW Halil Çolak
8 Netherlands FW Ryan Babel
9 Switzerland FW Eren Derdiyok
10 Turkey FW Adem Büyük (Captain)
11 Argentina MF Ezequiel Óscar Scarione
15 Sweden GK Andreas Isaksson
16 Syria FW Sanharib Malki
18 Turkey DF Veysel Sarı
19 Uruguay FW Tabaré Viúdez
21 Turkey MF Muhsin Yıldırım
No. Position Player
22 Turkey DF Barış Başdaş
23 Turkey MF Alpaslan Öztürk
26 Turkey GK Yusuf Mersin
29 Georgia (country) DF Lasha Dvali (loan from Reading)
34 Turkey DF Mert Kula
36 Turkey MF Kubilay Aktaş
39 Turkey FW Ferhat Kiraz
48 Turkey DF Erhan Kartal
55 Turkey FW Tunay Torun
67 Turkey DF Orhan Şam
77 Turkey DF İdris Cengiz
88 Portugal MF André Castro
89 Turkey DF Atila Turan

Reserve players[edit]

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

No. Position Player
35 Turkey MF Kaan Bulut

League participations[edit]


Name Nat From To
Cihat Arman Turkey 1957 1960
Akif Başaran Turkey Jan 17, 2005 June 1, 2007
Kadir Özcan Turkey March 30, 2007 Oct 1, 2007
Werner Lorant Germany Oct 6, 2007 Dec 3, 2007
Uğur Tütüneker Turkey Dec 18, 2007 March 11, 2009
Besim Durmuş Turkey March 11, 2009 Sept 2009
Yılmaz Vural Turkey Sept 7, 2009 Dec 30, 2010
Fuat Çapa Turkey Jan 5, 2011 May 25, 2011
Uğur Tütüneker Turkey June 1, 2011 March 26, 2012
Metin Diyadin Turkey March 28, 2012 Sept 24, 2012
Fuat Kılıç (int.) Germany Sept 24, 2012 Oct 7, 2012
Shota Arveladze Georgia (country) Oct 7, 2012

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