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Full name Bursaspor [1]
Nickname(s) Yeşil Timsahlar
(Green Crocodiles)
Founded 1 June 1963; 52 years ago (1963-06-01)[2]
Ground Timsah Arena
Ground Capacity 43,877
Chairman Recep Bölükbaşı
Manager Hamza Hamzaoğlu
League Süper Lig
2014–15 Süper Lig, 6th
Website Club home page
Current season

Bursaspor is a professional Turkish football club located in the city of Bursa. Formed in 1963, Bursaspor are nicknamed Yeşil Beyazlılar (the Green-Whites) and Yeşil Timsahlar (the Green Crocodiles). The club colours are green and white, with home kits usually donning both colours in a striped pattern. Domestically, the club has won the Süper Lig on one occasion 2009–10,[3] gaining the distinction of being the second Anatolian club to win the competition, being the fifth ever team that won the Süper Lig. The club has also won the Türkiye Kupası once and the Başbakanlık Kupası twice, as well as the 1. Lig twice.[4] The club's first, and most successful, foray into European competition came in the 1974–75 European Cup Winners' Cup when it reached the quarter-finals. Bursaspor also took part in the 1986–87, losing in the first round, as well as the 1995 UEFA Intertoto Cup, where it lost in the quarter-finals.[5]

The club won its first Süper Lig title in 2010 after finishing with 75 points, one point ahead of the runners-up Fenerbahçe.[6][7] Bursaspor became the second club outside Istanbul to win a Süper Lig title, joining Trabzonspor who won the first of its six titles in 1976.[8] Bursaspor is the fourth football club in Turkey to start a dedicated television channel (Bursaspor TV).[9]


Early history[edit]

The club was founded on 1 June 1963 after Acar İdman Yurdu, Akınspor, İstiklal, Pınarspor and Çelikspor were merged to form a single club, Bursaspor. Green and white were chosen as the club colours, and the club entered the 2. Lig in 1963.[2] Their first match took place on 21 September 1963 against Demirspor in İzmir.[1] Bursaspor were promoted to the Süper Lig after winning the 1966–67 2. Lig Beyaz Grup (Second League, White Group). They won 19 of their 30 matches, finishing with 45 points, eight ahead of second placed Samsunspor.[4] They were relegated to the 2. Lig in 1985–86 and were relegated again in 1986–87 season, but their relegations were revoked due to winning the Turkish Cup in 1986 and a Turkish Council of State verdict in 1987.[citation needed] Their most recent relegation came in 2004. They gained promotion back into the Süper Lig after winning the Second League on 16 May 2006. Bursaspor won their first major cup in 1971, beating Fenerbahçe 1–0 after extra time in the now-defunct Prime Minister's Cup. Because Fenerbahçe had won the league and cup in 1973–74, Bursaspor, as 1974 Cup runners up, were given a place in the 1974-75 European Cup Winners' Cup. Bursaspor reached the quarter-finals, beating Finn Harps and Dundee United, before falling to eventual champions Dynamo Kyiv. The club's first Turkish Cup win came in 1986 when they defeated Altay 2–0 in the finals.[4] The club therefore qualified for the 1986-87 European Cup Winners' Cup, losing to eventual champions Ajax in the first round.[5]

Recent years[edit]

The club won its first Süper Lig title in 2010 after finishing with 75 points, one point ahead of the runners-up Fenerbahçe.[10] Bursaspor became the second club outside Istanbul to win a Süper Lig title, joining Trabzonspor who won the first of their six titles in 1976.[11] Before winning its first Süper Lig title in 2009–10, Bursaspor had never finished inside the top three. The club won its first title in Ertuğrul Sağlam's first full season as manager of the club. Pablo Batalla and Ozan İpek were the club's joint top scorers with eight goals apiece.[10] Bursaspor were drawn against Rangers, Valencia and Manchester United in the group stages of the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League.[12] In its away match against Rangers, Bursaspor decided not to don their home kit to avoid provoking Rangers' fans, as their kit heavily resembles that of Rangers' rivals, Celtic.[13]

Bursaspor is the fourth football club in Turkey to start a dedicated television channel.[9]

Colours and badge[edit]

Bursaspor's club badge includes the club name, foundation year, and the crescent moon and star from the Turkish flag. As a tribute to the club's origins, the badge also includes five stars, each a different colour – black, red, yellow, green, and navy blue. This represents the colours used by the clubs that made up Bursaspor (Acar İdman Yurdu – black, Akınspor – red, İstiklal – yellow, Pınarspor – green, Çelikspor – navy blue). Bursaspor's kit: Green shirts with white trim, green shorts, green socks. Away: Green & white hooped shirts, white shorts, green & white hooped socks. Alternate: Amber shirts with black trim, claret shorts, amber socks.[1]


Bursa Atatürk Stadium
Location Bursa, Turkey
Capacity 25,679
Field size 105 x 68 metres
Opened 1979
Renovated 2010
Bursaspor (1979-present)
Main article: Timsah Arena

Bursaspor plays its home matches at Bursa Atatürk Stadium. Built in 1979, the stadium currently seats 25,679 spectators.[14] The most recent renovation of Bursa Atatürk took place after the title-winning 2009-10 season, in preparation for the club's first season of participation in the UEFA Champion's League.[15] The field measures 68 by 105 meters, and is covered with natural grass.[16]

Currently a new stadium is under construction for Bursaspor. The name of the stadium have been declared as Timsah Arena which means Crocodile Arena.[17] The stadium will have a capacity of 43,877 seats.



The club's main fan base is known as Teksas (Texas) and Legend Teksas.

Special relationship with Ankaragücü[edit]

In the early 1990s Bursaspor's ultra group Teksas had a leader called, "Abdulkerim Bayraktar". He went to study in Ankara, whilst in the city he started attending Ankaragücü games and started building ties between the two clubs. In 1993 however, his life was cut short, during his military service he was killed by terrorists. This tragic event bought Bursaspor and Ankaragücü even closer together. During the first game after his death, Bursaspor organized a tribute to him, the events which happened next cemented the brotherhood between these two teams. A large group of Ankaragücü supporters made their way onto the pitch and unveiled a large banner reading, Our brother Abdul will never die, he lives on in our hearts. The two supporter groups united and hundreds of Ankaragücü ultras attended his funeral. From that day on Bursaspor supporters would chant Ankaragücü's name in the 6th minute of every home game, 06 being significant due to 06 being Ankara's city code. Ankaragücü supporters in return chant Bursaspor's name during the 16th minute, 16 being Bursa's city code. When the two sides play, the supporters sit together, its one of the rare occasions in which ultra from opposing teams watch a game together in a mixed environment, they bring BursAnkara scarfs (a merger of the two cities' names) to the games and create a fantastic atmosphere full of mutual respect.[18]

European history[edit]

UEFA Current ranking[edit]

As of 17 August 2015[19]
Rank Country Team Points
135 Serbia FK Partizan 10.380
136 Moldova FC Sheriff 10.550
137 Turkey Bursaspor 10.380
138 Ukraine FC Vorskla Poltava 10.356
139 Cyprus Apollon Limassol FC 10.310


Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1974–75 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Republic of Ireland Finn Harps 4–2 0–0 4–2
2R Scotland Dundee United 1–0 0–0 1–0
QF Soviet Union Dynamo Kiev 0–1 0–2 0–3
1986–87 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Netherlands Ajax 0–2 0–5 0–7
1995 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group 10 England Wimbledon N/A 4–0 1st
Israel Beitar Jerusalem 2–0 N/A
Belgium Charleroi N/A 2–0
Slovakia Košice 1–1 N/A
R16 Greece OFI Crete 2–1 N/A 2–1
QF Germany Karlsruher SC 3–3 N/A 3–31
2010–11 UEFA Champions League Group C England Manchester United 0–3 0–1 4th
Spain Valencia 0–4 1–6
Scotland Rangers 1–1 0–1
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 3Q Belarus Gomel 2–1 3–1 5–2
PO Belgium Anderlecht 1–2 2–2 3–4
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 3Q Finland KuPS 6–0 0–1 6–1
PO Netherlands Twente 3–1 1–4 4–5
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 3Q Serbia Vojvodina 0–3 2–2 2–5
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 2Q Georgia (country) Chikhura 0–0 0–0 0–02

1 Karlsruhe progressed to the Semi-finals after winning a penalty shoot-out 6–5.
2 Chikhura progressed to the third qualifying round after winning a penalty shoot-out 4–1.


Current squad[edit]

As of 1 September 2015[20]

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 Harun Tekin
3 Turkey DF Emre Taşdemir
4 Turkey DF Serdar Aziz (Captain)
5 Turkey MF Bekir Yılmaz
6 Turkey MF Şamil Çinaz
8 Mali MF Bakaye Traoré
11 Turkey MF Furkan Soyalp
12 Turkey GK Duhan Çağlar Akdağ
13 Cameroon DF Dany Nounkeu
14 Chile MF Cristóbal Jorquera
15 Czech Republic FW Tomáš Necid
17 Turkey GK Mert Günok
18 Argentina MF Pablo Batalla
19 Belgium FW Tom De Sutter
No. Position Player
21 Japan MF Hajime Hosogai (on loan from Hertha BSC)
22 Turkey DF Erdem Özgenç
23 Australia DF Aziz Behich
25 Turkey GK Okan Kocuk
66 Czech Republic DF Tomás Sivok
68 Turkey MF Jem Paul Karacan (on loan from Galatasaray)
77 Hungary MF Balázs Dzsudzsák
88 Turkey FW Deniz Yılmaz
89 Slovakia FW Miroslav Stoch (on loan from Fenerbahçe)
90 Turkey FW Kubilay Kanatsızkuş
91 Senegal MF Ricardo Faty
97 Turkey FW Mert Örnek
99 Turkey FW Sercan Yıldırım (on loan from Galatasaray)

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 Ertuğrul Ersoy (at Çaykur Rizespor until 30 June 2016)
Turkey DF Süheyl Çetin (at Pendikspor until 30 June 2016)
Turkey MF İbrahim Serdar Aydın (at Yeşil Bursa until 30 June 2016)
Denmark FW Oğuz Han Aynaoğlu (at Karabükspor until 30 June 2016)
82 Peru DF Luis Advincula (at Newell's Old Boys until 31 December 2016)

List of former players[edit]

See also Category:Bursaspor footballers


Domestic competitions[edit]



International pre competitions[edit]



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