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Full name Adanaspor A.Ş.[1]
Nickname(s) Toros Kaplanları
(Taurus Tigers)
Founded 1954
Ground Adana 5 Ocak Stadium, Adana
Ground Capacity 14,805[2]
Chairman Bayram Akgül
Manager Levent Şahin
League Süper Lig
2015–16 TFF First League, 1st

Adanaspor is a professional Turkish football club based in Adana. Founded in 1954, Adanaspor are nicknamed Toros Kaplanları (Taurus Tigers). The club colours are orange and white, and the club play their home matches at Adana 5 Ocak Stadı.[2]

Domestically, they have won the now-defunct Ministry of Sports and Youth Cup once. Their highest finishes at top-flight were second and third place, in 1981 and 1976 respectively. They have competed in the UEFA Cup three times and the Balkans Cup once. They have also won the 2. Lig[3] once.[4]


Club badge 1954–67

Adanaspor was founded in 1954 by Mehmet Şanlıtürk, Mustafa Bekbaş, Erol Erk, Ali Gedikbaş and Dr. Muzaffer Eraslan. The clubs' original colours were yellow and navy. They competed in the amateur league until 1966. Adanaspor merged with Akinspor and Torosspor in order to become a fully professional club. They were admitted into the 2. Lig (Second Division) in their first season as a professional club. After the merge, they changed their colours to orange and white.[4]

Club entrance

The club competed in the 2. Lig until they earned promotion to the 1. Lig (Süper Lig) at the conclusion of the 1970–71 season. They won their first cup, the Gençlik ve Spor Bakanlığı Kupası in 1973. Adanaspor defeated İzmir Denizgücü 2–0 in the final, with Behçet Arkun and Orhan Yalçınkaya scoring the goals. They spent thirteen straight years in the 1. Lig, from 1971–84, competing in the UEFA Cup three times and the Balkans Cup once.[4]

Adanaspor finished fourth[5] at the end of 1975–76 season, their highest finish in the top-flight at the time. They went on to best their record, finishing second in 1980–81. They were relegated for the first time in 1984, but earned promotion back in 1988 after winning the 2. Lig. However, due to financial troubles, the club could not keep up their level of performance and were relegated back to the 2. Lig at the end of the 1990–91 season.[4]

The club spent the next several years bouncing back and forth between leagues. The club spiraled out of control in the mid-2000s, declaring bankruptcy in 2005. They were relegated three times in a row, ending up in the 3. Lig (Fourth Division) in 2006. However, they earned double promotion in 2006–07 and 2007–08. They had been competing in the 1. Lig (Second Division) until 2016, narrowly missing out on promotion to the Süper Lig at the end of the 2009–10 season.[4]

Adanaspor finished 6th 1st League in 2011–12 season and qualified to Promotion Play-offs. They defeated Çaykur Rizespor with a 4–1 aggregate but were beaten by Kasımpaşa a 3–2 score (normal time score was 2–2) after extra time and missed return to top level. Finally Adanaspor guaranteed to return Süper Lig after defeating Gaziantep BB as 3–2 at away match coming from 0–2 deficit in 24 April 2016.

Colours and badge[edit]

The current badge of Adanaspor features a cotton ball superimposed over an orange background. Adana, the city where Adanaspor is based, grows some of the largest crops of cotton and orange in Turkey.[6] The badge also features the foundation date (1954), as well as the club name and the city name.


Main article: Adana 5 Ocak Stadium

Adanaspor play their home matches at Adana 5 Ocak Stadı, a multi-purpose stadium they share with Adana Demirspor. The stadium opened in 1973[7] and has a capacity of 14,085 seats, all-seated. The field measures 68 by 105 meters and is covered with grass. The stadium also has floodlights.[2]

Supporters and rivalries[edit]

The main supporters group is called Turbeyler.

Adanaspor are not known to have any political tendencies, however they were once owned by communications industry mogul Cem Uzan, who had links to the nationalist Youth Party.[8]

League participations[edit]

  • Süper Lig: 1971–84, 1988–91, 1998–01, 2002–04, 2016–
  • 1. Lig: 1966–71, 1984–88, 1991–98, 2001–02, 2004–05, 2008–16
  • 2. Lig: 2005–06, 2007–08
  • 3. Lig: 2006–07
  • Amateur League: 1954–66

Current squad[edit]

As of 26 June 2016.[9]
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 Mert Akyüz
3 Ivory Coast DF Ousmane Viera
4 Turkey DF Yiğitcan Gölboyu
5 Brazil DF Maurício Ramos
6 Turkey MF Samican Keskin
7 Turkey FW Ahmet Dereli
8 Turkey MF Ahmet Bahçıvan
9 Senegal FW Magaye Gueye
10 Brazil FW Vinícius
17 Turkey FW Barış Memiş
18 Bosnia and Herzegovina GK Goran Karačić
20 Turkey MF Tevfik Altındağ
21 Turkey DF Emre Uruç
No. Position Player
22 Brazil DF Digão
26 Cameroon GK Charles Itandje
27 Turkey MF Cem Özdemir
30 Turkey MF Fırat Kaplan
32 Brazil MF Renan Foguinho
33 Brazil DF Renan Diniz
53 Brazil DF Didi
55 Turkey DF Ethem Pülgir
66 Turkey DF Halil Pehlivan
77 Hungary MF Vladimir Koman
80 Brazil FW Roni (on loan from São Paulo FC)
88 Turkey MF Bekir Yılmaz (Captain)
99 Brazil FW Reynaldo

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
Turkey DF Atakan Ekiz (on loan to Ofspor until 30 June 2017)


European Participations[edit]

UEFA Cup/Europa League:

Season Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1976–77 1R Austria SV Austria Salzburg 2–0 0–5 2–5
1978–79 1R Hungary Budapest Honvéd 2–2 0–6 2–8
1981–82 1R Italy Inter Milan 1–3 1–4 2–7


  1. ^ "Adanaspor A.Ş.". Adanaspor A.Ş. Retrieved 28 February 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c 5 OCAK – ADANA DEMİRSPOR (Turkish), accessed 4 June 2010
  3. ^ a b At the time of their win, the 2. Lig was the Second Division in the Turkish football league system. However, after the 1. Lig became the Süper Lig in 2001, the 2. Lig became the 1. Lig and a newly created 2. Lig was put into place. The old 2. Lig became the 3. Lig.
  4. ^ a b c d e Tarihçe (Turkish), accessed 5 June 2010
  5. ^ 1975–1976 1.Lig, accessed 5 June 2010
  6. ^ İllere göre tarım ürünleri ve üretim miktarları Archived April 29, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. (Turkish), accessed 5 June 2010
  7. ^ Stadiums in Turkey Mediterranean, accessed 4 June 2010
  8. ^ "Football in Asia: History, Culture and Business", Routledge 2016, Younghan Cho, p.46
  9. ^ 2012–2013 FUTBOLCULAR (Turkish), accessed 25 January 2013
  10. ^ 1980–1981 1.Lig, accessed 5 June 2010
  11. ^ ŞAMPİYONLAR Türkiye Profesyonel 2. Ligi (Turkish), accessed 5 June 2010
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