Akhisar Belediyespor

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Akhisar Belediyespor
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Full nameAkhisar Belediye Gençlik ve Spor Kulübü
Nickname(s)Akigo
Founded8 April 1970; 48 years ago (1970-04-08)
GroundSpor Toto Akhisar Stadium
Capacity12,139
PresidentHüseyin Eryüksel
ManagerCem Kavçak
LeagueSüper Lig
2017–18Süper Lig, 11th
WebsiteClub website
Current season
Active departments of
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Akhisar Belediye Gençlik ve Spor Kulübü (Akhisar Municipality Youth and Sports Club), commonly known as Akhisar Belediyespor or Akhisarspor, is a professional Turkish football club located in the city of Akhisar.[1] Formed in 1970, Akhisarspor are nicknamed Akigo.[2] The club has a fierce rivalry with Turgutluspor and Manisaspor.

Akhisar Belediyespor had their first major success in 2012 when they won the TFF First League and as a result were promoted to the Süper Lig. On 10 May 2018, Akhisarspor won their first professional trophy, the 2017–18 Turkish Cup.[3] On 5 August 2018, they won the Turkish Super Cup by beating Galatasaray on penalties.

History[edit]

Akhisar Belediyespor was founded in 1970 by the merger of three football teams, Güneşspor, Gençlikspor and Doğanspor in Manisa. Yılmaz Atabarut was the founder and the first president of Akhisar Belediyespor.

The club competed in the Turkish regional amateur series until 1984, when it was promoted to the TFF Third League, the fourth level in the Turkish football league system. Ten years later, in 1994, they were relegated back to the regional amateur league for one season.

In 1995, Akhisar Belediyespor was promoted back to the third league. In the 2000–2001 season, they advanced to the TFF Second League and after nine years there, they were promoted to the TFF First League. They became the champion of the league in their second season which brought them to the highest level of Turkish football, the Süper Lig.

In 2012, Akhisar Belediyespor brought in Bruno Mezenga, Çağdaş Atan and Ibrahima Sonko to strengthen their squad. In January 2013, they signed Greek striker Theofanis "Fanis" Gekas who went on to score 12 goals for the remainder of the 2012–13 season, and assisted in the effort to keep the club in the division. Akhisar Belediyespor ended on a 14th place in the Süper Lig.

In the 2016–17 season, Akhisarspor finished in 7th place on the table, which is the highest position they've been in throughout their history.

On 10 May 2018, Akhisarspor won the Turkish Cup, their first title in their history. This qualified them to the UEFA Europa League for the first time.[4]


League Participations[edit]

Recent seasons[edit]

Season League Cup Super Cup Europe
Division Pos Pld W D L GF GA Pts Competition Round
2007–08 3. Lig promoted 2nd 32 17 10 5 45 24 61
2008–09 2. Lig 5th 36 10 16 10 62 70 46 First round
2009–10 2. Lig promoted 2nd 36 21 10 5 64 32 73
2010–11 1. Lig 14th 32 8 9 15 27 39 33 First round
2011–12 1. Lig promoted 1st 34 17 12 5 46 28 63 Third round
2012–13 Süper Lig 14th 34 11 9 14 36 44 42 Third round
2013–14 Süper Lig 10th 34 12 8 14 44 55 44 Group stage
2014–15 Süper Lig 12th 34 9 11 14 41 51 38 Group stage
2015–16 Super Lig 8th 34 11 13 10 42 41 46 Quarter-finals
2016–17 Süper Lig 7th 34 14 6 14 46 42 48 Quarter-finals
2017–18 Süper Lig 11th 34 11 9 14 44 53 42 Winners
2018–19 (in progress) Süper Lig 18th 26 5 6 15 27 44 21 Semi-finals Winners Europa League Group stage

European record[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2018–19 UEFA Europa League GS Spain Sevilla 2–3 0–6 4th
Russia Krasnodar 0–1 1–2
Belgium Standard Liège 0–0 1–2
Notes
  • GS: Group stage

Colours and Crest[edit]

Black & Green jersey, black shorts, green socks
Akhisar's original home colours.

Colours[edit]

The official colours of Akhisar Belediyespor are green and black, but the team also use the yellow colour. These three colours represent Güneşspor, Gençlikspor and Doğanspor, respectively. As a fourth colour, the club uses white. Nike has been the kit manufacturer of the team since 2012.

Crest[edit]

On the crest of the team you can again find the three colours of Akhisar Belediyespor. On the crest you can see a ball with wings. The ball is white coloured and the wings are yellow coloured. Above and under the ball you can read the words 'Akhisar' in green and 'Belediyespor' with a black background. Under Belediyespor, we can read 'Gençlik ve Spor Kulübü' and '1970' also in black.

Stadium[edit]

Akhisar Belediyespor played at the Akhisar Şehir Stadium before being promoted to the Süper Lig in 2012. However, the Akhisar Şehir Stadium was not fit for the standards of the league. Consequently, the club had to ground-share with Manisaspor and use the Manisa 19 Mayis Stadium from 2012 to 2017. The stadium was officially opened in 1974 and was renovated in 2008.

In 2014, the construction of Akhisar Belediyespor's new and very own stadium was started. It is called the Spor Toto Akhisar Stadium, and is located in Akhisar.[5][6]

Stadium history[edit]

# Stadium Years Capacity
1 Akhisar Şehir Stadium 1970–2012 5,000
2 Manisa 19 Mayıs Stadium 2012–2017 16,597
3 Spor Toto Akhisar Stadium 2018– 12,139

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 3 February 2019[7][8]

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

No. Position Player
1 Serbia GK Milan Lukač
2 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Avdija Vršajević
3 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Edin Cocalić
4 Slovenia MF Rajko Rotman
5 Turkey MF Bilal Kısa
6 Turkey MF Aykut Çeviker
7 Portugal FW Hélder Barbosa
8 Turkey MF Eray Ataseven
10 Turkey DF Güray Vural
11 Turkey FW Onur Ayık
13 Portugal DF Miguel Lopes
16 Turkey MF Hasan Ali Adıgüzel
20 Mali MF Abdoul Sissoko
22 Turkey DF Mustafa Yumlu
24 Cameroon DF Dany Nounkeu
No. Position Player
27 Portugal MF Josué
28 Netherlands FW Elvis Manu
30 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Jeremy Bokila
33 Turkey DF Musa Nizam
34 Morocco MF Adrien Regattin
35 Turkey GK Bora Körk
37 Albania FW Sokol Cikalleshi
45 Turkey GK Halil Yeral
61 Turkey DF Zeki Yavru
66 Turkey MF Ali Kaan Güneren
70 Turkey DF Göksu Mutlu
77 Brazil MF Serginho
88 Turkey DF Caner Osmanpaşa
89 Turkey DF Kadir Keleş
99 France GK Fatih Öztürk

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
9 Ukraine FW Yevhen Seleznyov (at Málaga until 30 June 2019)
17 Turkey MF Onurcan Güler (at Afjet Afyonspor until 30 June 2019)

Current technical staff[edit]

As of 24 February 2019[9]
Position Staff
Manager Turkey Cem Kavçak
Coach Turkey Recep Umut
Coach Turkey Ülken Durak
Coach Turkey Toprak Kırtoğlu
Goalkeeping coach Turkey Metin Akçevre

Honours[edit]

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ AKHİSAR BELEDİYE GENÇLİK VE SPOR tff.org (in Turkish), accessed 23 June 2010
  2. ^ Tarihçe akhisarspor.com (in Turkish), accessed 23 June 2010
  3. ^ "Kupa tarihinin 15. şampiyonu oldu!".
  4. ^ sitesi, milliyet.com.tr Türkiye'nin lider haber. "Teleset Mobilya Akhisarspor - Fenerbahçe: 3-2 (İşte maçın özeti)".
  5. ^ "Akhisar Belediyespor'un stad ihalesi tarihi". Fotospor.com.
  6. ^ http://stadimiz.com/manisa-akhisar-yeni-stadyum-insaati/
  7. ^ Telmag. "Akhisar Belediyespor". www.akhisarspor.com.tr.
  8. ^ "Kulüp Bilgileri TFF". www.tff.org. TFF.
  9. ^ Telmag. "Akhisar Belediyespor". www.akhisarspor.com.tr. Retrieved 2017-06-11.

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