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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 Bursa Atatürk Stadium
Ground Capacity 26,800
Chairman Recep Bölükbaşı
Manager Ertuğrul Sağlam
League Süper Lig
2014–15 Süper Lig, 6th
Website Club home page

Bursaspor is a professional Turkish football club located in the city of Bursa. Formed in 1963, Bursaspor are nicknamed Yeşil Beyazlılar (the Green-Whites) also 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. They have also won the Türkiye Kupası once and the Başbakanlık Kupası twice, as well as the 1. Lig twice.[4] Their first, and most successful, foray into European competition came in the 1974–75 European Cup Winners' Cup when they reached the quarter-finals. They also took part in the 1986–87, losing in the first round, as well as the 1995 UEFA Intertoto Cup, where they 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 their six titles in 1976.[8]Bursaspor is the fourth football club in Turkey to start a television channel (Bursaspor TV) dedicated to their club.[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 in 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 their first Süper Lig title in 2009–10, Bursaspor had never finished inside the top three. They won their 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.[12] Bursaspor is the fourth football club in Turkey to start a television channel dedicated to their club.[9] Bursaspor were drawn against Rangers, Valencia and Manchester United in the group stages of the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League.[13]In their 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.[14]

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 25,500-seat
Field size 105 x 68 metres
Opened 1979
Renovated 2010
Bursaspor (1979-present)
Main article: Timsah Arena

Bursaspor play their home matches at Bursa Atatürk Stadium. Built in 1979, the stadium seats 18,587 spectators. The field measures 68 by 105 meters, and is covered with natural grass.[15] The stadium is set to be expanded to 34,750 seats, along with a cover. The expected completion date is before or during the start of the 2011–12 season.[16][17] Currently a new stadium is under construction for Bursaspor. The name of the stadium have been declared as Timsah Arena which means Crocodile Arena.[18] The stadium will have a capacity of 42.000 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 martyred 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.[19]

European history[edit]

UEFA Current ranking[edit]

As of 9 April 2013[20]
Rank Country Team Points
118 Portugal A. Académica de Coimbra 15.833
119 Poland Wisła Kraków 15.150
120 Turkey Bursaspor 14.900
121 Greece Aris Thessaloniki FC 14.800
122 Portugal Vitória S.C. 14.333


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 Karlsruhe 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 8 July 2015[21]

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
2 Turkey DF Ertuğrul Ersoy
3 Turkey DF Emre Taşdemir
4 Turkey DF Serdar Aziz
5 Turkey MF Bekir Yılmaz
6 Turkey MF Şamil Çinaz
7 Turkey MF Ozan Tufan
8 Mali MF Bakaye Traoré
10 Portugal MF Josué Pesqueira
11 Turkey MF Furkan Soyalp
14 Chile MF Cristóbal Jorquera
15 Czech Republic FW Tomáš Necid
16 Turkey MF Volkan Şen
No. Position Player
17 Turkey GK Mert Günok
20 Turkey MF Aydın Karabulut
22 Turkey DF Erdem Özgenç
23 Australia DF Aziz Behich
25 Turkey GK Okan Kocuk
28 Republic of Macedonia DF Sedat Berisha
33 Turkey MF Ozan İpek
66 Czech Republic DF Tomás Sivok
92 Denmark DF Oğuzhan Aynaoğlu
94 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Cédric Bakambu
99 Turkey FW Enes Ata
Cameroon DF Dany Nounkeu
Peru DF Luis Advincula

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
18 Turkey DF Süheyl Çetin (at Pendikspor until 30 June 2016)

List of former players[edit]

See also Category:Bursaspor footballers


Domestic competitions[edit]



International pre competitions[edit]



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  20. ^ http://www.uefa.com/memberassociations/uefarankings/club/index.html
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