Akhisar Belediyespor

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Akhisar Belediyespor
Akhisar Belediye Logo.png
Full name Akhisar Belediye
Gençlik ve Spor[1]
Nickname(s) Akigolar
Founded 8 April 1970; 46 years ago (1970-04-08)[2]
Ground Manisa 19 Mayıs Stadium
Ground Capacity 16,597
President Hüseyin Eryüksel
Manager Tolunay Kafkas
League Süper Lig
2015–16 Süper Lig, 8th
Website Club home page

Akhisar Belediye Gençlik ve Spor (Akhisar Municipality Youth and Sports Club) is a professional Turkish football club located in the city of Akhisar. Formed in 1970, Akhisarspor are nicknamed Akigo. The club colours are green, black, and yellow. The club has a great rivalry against Turgutluspor and Manisaspor. The club plays its home games at the Manisa 19 Mayıs Stadium, which is also used by Manisaspor.[1][2]

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. They currently play in the Süper Lig and haven't been relegated since their promotion in 2012.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1970 by the merger of three soccer teams, Güneşspor, Gençlikspor and Doğanspor in Manisa. The club's colors are black, green, and yellow, representing Güneşspor, Gençlikspor and Doğanspor, respectively. Yılmaz Atabarut was the founder and the first president of the club.

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, the club was promoted back to the third league. In the 2000–2001 season, the club 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 first season which brought them to the highest level of Turkish soccer, the Süper Lig.

In 2012, the club 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. The club ended on a 14th place in the Süper Lig.

League Participations[edit]

Colours and Crest[edit]

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

Colours[edit]

The official colors of the club is green and black, but the team uses also the yellow color. This three colors represents Güneşspor, Gençlikspor and Doğanspor. As fourth color the club uses also white. Since 2012 Nike is the kit manufacturer of the team.

Crest[edit]

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

Stadium[edit]

Manisa 19 Mayıs Stadium
Location Manisa, Turkey
Operator Akhisar Belediyespor
Capacity 20,000-seat
Field size 105 x 68 metres
Construction
Opened 1974
Renovated 2008
Tenants
Manisaspor (1974–present)
Akhisar Belediyspor (2012–present)

Since 2012 the club is in ground-sharing with Manisaspor and using the Manisa 19 Mayis Stadium. The stadium was officially opened in 1974 and was also renovated in 2008.

The club played in Akhisar Şehir Stadium before being promoted to the Super Lig. The reason for a stadium change was Akhisar Şehir Stadi was not fit for the standards of Super Lig. That's why a new stadium project called Akhisar Stadium is underway in Akhisar which will have a capacity of 13.000.[3][4]

Stadium history[edit]

# Stadium Years[5]
1 Akhisar Şehir Stadium 1970–2012
2 Manisa 19 Mayıs Stadium 2012–

Support[edit]

The club has an amazing fans attendance, and are one of the best fans of the country. The fanclub is founded in 1977 and was named the 'Akigolar'. This name is a cross from an Amigo and Akhisarspor. The fanclub is the most peaceful supporters of the country, and where because of that nicknamed as the Hergelen's. This means that the supporters shows respect for all the teams and supporters in their competition.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 21 January, 2017[6]

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
5 Turkey MF Özer Hurmacı
6 Turkey MF Aykut Çeviker
7 Turkey FW Muğdat Çelik
9 Portugal FW Ricardo Vaz Tê
10 Turkey MF Soner Aydoğdu
11 Turkey MF Onur Ayık
12 Sweden MF Daniel Larsson
13 Portugal DF Miguel Lopes (on loan from Sporting CP)
14 Germany DF Tolga Ünlü
15 Turkey DF Orhan Taşdelen
18 Ghana MF Enoch Kofi Adu
19 Turkey MF Ömer Bayram
No. Position Player
20 Mali MF Abdoul Sissoko
22 Turkey DF Mustafa Yumlu
25 Turkey DF Alper Uludağ
26 France GK Fatih Öztürk
27 Portugal MF Custódio (Captain)
28 Slovenia DF Miral Samardžić
29 Turkey MF Olcan Adın
35 Turkey GK Bora Körk
37 Albania FW Sokol Cikalleshi (on loan from İstanbul BB)
88 Turkey DF Caner Osmanpaşa
89 Turkey DF Kadir Keleş
90 Sweden MF Mervan Çelik
Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Jeremy Bokila

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
Montenegro MF Petar Grbić (on loan to Adana Demirspor until 30 June 2017)

Current technical staff[edit]

As of January 2015 [7]

Position Staff
Manager Turkey Tolunay Kafkas
Assistant manager Turkey Orhan Çıkırıkçı
Assistant manager Turkey Mutlu Dervişoğlu
Assistant manager Turkey Muzzafer Bilazer
Assistant manager Turkey Cem Kavçak
Goalkeeping coach Turkey İbrahim Yılaz

Honours[edit]

  • 1.Lig
    • Winners (1): 2011–12
  • 2.Lig
    • Runners-up (1): 2009–10

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b AKHİSAR BELEDİYE GENÇLİK VE SPOR tff.org (Turkish), accessed 23 June 2010
  2. ^ a b Tarihçe akhisarspor.com (Turkish), accessed 23 June 2010
  3. ^ http://www.fotospor.com/haber_akhisar-belediyesporun-stad-ihalesi-tarihi_127467
  4. ^ http://stadimiz.com/manisa-akhisar-yeni-stadyum-insaati/
  5. ^ TRT Website
  6. ^ "Futbol Takımımız" (in Turkish). akhisarspor.com. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "First Team Coaching Staff". Akhisarspor. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 

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