İstanbul Başakşehir F.K.

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İstanbul Başakşehir
İstanbul Başakşehir F.K. logo.png
Full name İstanbul Başakşehir FK
Founded 2014; 1 year ago (2014)
Ground Başakşehir Fatih Terim Stadium,
Ground Capacity 17.800
Manager Abdullah Avcı
League Süper Lig
2014–15 Süper Lig, 4th
Website Club home page

İstanbul Başakşehir Futbol Kulübü, formerly called İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor or Istanbul BB in its abbreviated form, is a Turkish football club. They play their home games at the Başakşehir Fatih Terim Stadium in Istanbul and is owned by the Municipality of Istanbul. The club was founded in 2014. Club's former name was ISKI SK and owned by Municipality's water distribution company. ISKI SK competed in Regional Amateur Football League in 1990-1991 season and promoted to 3rd League. After promotion, the club's name changed to Istanbul BB. The club played in TFF First League until 1996, but after the 2006–2007 season they were promoted to the Turkcell Super League. Finishing 12th in the 2007–2008 season enabled them to remain in the Turkcell Süper Lig for the 2008–2009 season. In the 2009–2010 season, the club finished the season 6th place with a historical success at its own. In the 2012-2013 season, the club finished 16th and relegated to TFF First League. But, it finished 1st League as champions and made immediate return to top level in 2013-14 season. In June 2014, the club's name changed to İstanbul Başakşehir Futbol Kulübü.[1]

İstanbul Başakşehir Futbol Kulübü signed a sponsorship agreement in 25 May 2015 with Medipol Eğitim ve Sağlık Grubu (Medipol Education and Health Group) for 4 years and team's name changed to Medipol Başakşehir.[2]


  • ISKI SK (1990–1991)
  • İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor (1991–2014)
  • İstanbul Başakşehir F.K. (2014–2015)
  • Medipol Başakşehir F.K. (2015–)


Before the name change IBB were playing their games at Ataturk Olympic Stadium but starting from 2014-2015 season the games will be played at Başakşehir Fatih Terim Stadium. [3]

Fan group Boz Baykuşlar[edit]

IBB hardly had any supporters, despite playing in the country's largest stadium every home game felt like an away match. For years the Atatürk Olympic Stadium was the centerpiece to a strange spectacle, the only supporters in the stands would be fans of opposition teams. However, over time the team has won over some followers and they founded a supporter group called the, ‘Boz Baykuşlar’ (Grey Owls). [4]

They are one of the most unusual supporter groups in Turkey, their numbers are small and they never engage in hooliganism, violence or insulting the opposition. They are renowned for their witty slogans, "Bize her yer deplasman!" (Everywhere is away for us), "Hakem haklı beyler!" (The referee is right, guys), ‘Maç Var Dediler Geldik!’ (They said there was a game being played so we thought we’d come along).[5]

It is unknown if the group will stay with the club after the name-change.

League affiliation[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 Volkan Babacan
3 Turkey MF Sedat Ağçay
4 Turkey DF Orhan Ak
5 Turkey MF Mahmut Tekdemir
6 Moldova DF Alexandru Epureanu
7 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Edin Višća
9 Turkey FW Mehmet Batdal
10 Bulgaria MF Doka Madureira
11 Turkey MF Tayfun Pektürk
14 Turkey MF Ömer Can Sokullu
21 Brazil MF Tom
22 Turkey DF Yalçın Ayhan
23 Turkey FW Semih Şentürk
24 France FW Jérémy Perbet
No. Position Player
27 Turkey DF Bekir İrtegün
29 Brazil MF Márcio Mossoró
33 Turkey DF Uğur Uçar
39 Turkey DF Alparslan Erdem
40 Slovenia MF Rajko Rotman
53 Turkey DF Rızvan Şahin (Captain)
66 Turkey DF Gençer Cansev
67 Turkey MF Cenk Şahin
77 Senegal MF Stéphane Badji
86 Turkey GK Ufuk Ceylan
87 Turkey DF Ferhat Öztorun
-- Turkey MF Cenk Ahmet Alkılıç
-- Albania FW Sokol Cikalleshi
-- Turkey DF Bekir İrtegün
-- Nigeria DF Musa Muhammed

Notable players[edit]



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  5. ^ [1] IBB Team profile and Turkish club and football news (English)

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