Galatasaray S.K. (men's basketball)

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Galatasaray Ekmas
2023–24 Galatasaray S.K. (men's basketball) season
Galatasaray Ekmas logo
NicknameSarı Kırmızılılar (The Yellow-Reds)
The Lions[1]
LeaguesBasketbol Süper Ligi
Champions League
Founded1911; 113 years ago (1911)
HistoryGalatasaray
(1911–present)
ArenaSinan Erdem Dome[2]
Capacity16,000
LocationIstanbul, Turkey
Team colorsYellow, red
   
Main sponsorEkmas
PresidentDursun Özbek
Team managerÖmer Yalçınkaya
Head coachYakup Sekizkök
Team captainGöksenin Köksal
Championships1 EuroCup
5 Turkish Championships
3 Turkish Cups
2 Turkish President's Cups
Websitegalatasaray.org

Galatasaray S.K., is a professional basketball team based in the city of Istanbul in Turkey. It is a part of the Galatasaray Sports Club. The team competes in the Turkish Basketball Super League and Basketball Champions League. The team has won 16 Turkish championships (5 titles in the Turkish Super League and 11 in the former Turkish Basketball Championship). The team furthermore won 3 Turkish Cups, 2 Turkish Super Cups, and 1 EuroCup.

History[edit]

According to the official records, in Turkey, basketball was first played in 1904 at Robert College. An American physical education teacher laid the foundations of this sport in Turkey. 7 years later, Ahmet Robenson, a physical education teacher in Galatasaray High School decided to introduce a new game to students in 1911. Robenson, who also became a Galatasaray S.K. president later, popularized this sport in Turkey.[3][4]

Basketball had always been very important for the club. The team has won 16 national championship titles and 15 İstanbul League titles. Former president of the club, Özhan Canaydın was a former player of the basketball team. The team dominated Turkish basketball in the 1940s, and won titles in the 1950s and 1960s, while remaining a competitive team in the 1970s. In the 1980s, Galatasaray won two more championships, in 1985 and 1986, and won the 1990 title. For much of the 1990s and 2000s, Galatasaray struggled. In 2013, Galatasaray won back the Turkish championship.

On 24 June 2011, Galatasaray announced that Cafe Crown's sponsorship was over.[5]

Galatasaray qualified for the EuroLeague for the first time in history after winning the qualification knockout round that gained them a place in the EuroLeague season.[6]

On April 27, 2016, Galatasaray defeated SIG Strasbourg with the score of 78–67 at Abdi Ipekci Arena in the second leg of the 2016 EuroCup Finals. With this result Galatasaray won the EuroCup championship for the first time.[7]

Sponsorship naming[edit]

Due to sponsorship deals, Galatasaray have been also known as:

  • Galatasaray Cafe Crown: (2005–2011)[8]
  • Galatasaray Medical Park: (2011–2013)[9]
  • Galatasaray Liv Hospital: (2013–2015)[10][11]
  • Galatasaray Odeabank: (2015–2018)[12]
  • Galatasaray Doğa Sigorta: (2019–2020)[13]
  • Galatasaray: (2020–2021)
  • Galatasaray Nef: (2021–2023)[14]
  • Galatasaray Ekmas: (2023–present)[15]

Home courts[edit]

A Galatasaray home match in 2013 at the Abdi İpekçi Arena
# Court Capacity Period
1 12,270 2000–2005
2 3,500 2005–2006
3 3,500 2006–2009
4 12,270 2009–2017
5 16,000 2017–present

Technical staff[edit]

As of 5 February 2024[16]
Staff member Position
Yakup Sekizkök Head Coach
Gökhan Turan Assistant Coach
Cem Güven Assistant Coach
Batuhan Aybars Aksu Statistician
Cenk Alyüz Statistician
Yasin Aydın Conditioner
Sinan Üstündağ Doctor
Ali Can Kaşlı Physiotherapist
Mümin Balcıoğulları Physiotherapist
Burak Kozan Masseur
Adnan Güney Material Manager

Administrative staff[edit]

As of 5 October 2023[17]
Staff member Position
Ömer Yalçınkaya General Manager
İbrahim Tilki Team Manager
Emir Akmanlı Communication and Media Specialist
Yunus Ün Foreign Relations Officer
Vahit Yılmaz Transportation Manager

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA-sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Galatasaray roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
PF 1 United States Martin, Jarell Injured 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 108 kg (238 lb) 29 – (1994-05-24)24 May 1994
PG 2 United States Serbia Walden, Corey 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 31 – (1992-08-05)5 August 1992
PF 3 Turkey Efeoğlu, Karahan Tuan 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 19 – (2004-06-13)13 June 2004
PF 4 Turkey İsmailçebi, Berke 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 19 – (2004-06-07)7 June 2004
G 5 Turkey Germany Akpınar, İsmet 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 77 kg (170 lb) 28 – (1995-05-22)22 May 1995
PF 6 Turkey Kabaca, Sadık Emir 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 23 – (2000-12-03)3 December 2000
F/C 7 Bosnia and Herzegovina Halilović, Miralem 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 32 – (1991-07-22)22 July 1991
PG 8 Bulgaria United States Bost, Dee 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 80 kg (176 lb) 34 – (1989-10-12)12 October 1989
PF 9 Turkey Geyik, Samet 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 31 – (1993-01-12)12 January 1993
SG 10 Slovenia Prepelič, Klemen 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 31 – (1992-10-20)20 October 1992
PF 14 Turkey Vatan, Efe 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 19 – (2004-04-13)13 April 2004
SF 15 United Kingdom Yeboah, Akwasi 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 104 kg (229 lb) 26 – (1997-06-15)15 June 1997
G 16 Turkey Oralkan, Rafi Ömer 18 – (2005-03-01)1 March 2005
G 17 Turkey Erdem, Kerem 17 – (2006-03-24)24 March 2006
G 19 Turkey Tuncer, Buğrahan 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 30 – (1993-03-23)23 March 1993
C 33 United States McCormack, David 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 113 kg (249 lb) 24 – (1999-07-02)2 July 1999
G/F 61 Turkey Köksal, Göksenin (C) 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 33 – (1991-01-08)8 January 1991
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Turkey Gökhan Turan
  • Turkey Cem Güven
Athletic trainer(s)
  • Turkey Yasin Aydın
Physiotherapist(s)
  • Turkey Ali Can Kaşlı
  • Turkey Mümin Balcıoğulları
Team manager
  • Turkey Ömer Yalçınkaya
  • Turkey İbrahim Tilki

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: February 28, 2024

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C David McCormack Samet Geyik Jarell Martin Injured
PF Sadık Emir Kabaca Miralem Halilović Berke İsmailçebi Efe Vatan
SF Akwasi Yeboah Göksenin Köksal
SG Klemen Prepelič Buğrahan Tuncer Rafi Ömer Oralkan
PG Dee Bost Corey Walden İsmet Akpınar Kerem Erdem

(colours: Turkish or homegrown players; foreign players)

Honours[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]

Turkish Super League[18]

Turkish Championship (defunct)

  • Winners (11) (record): 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1966
  • Runners-up (4): 1946, 1951, 1952, 1961

Turkish Cup[19]

  • Winners (3): 1969–70, 1971–72, 1994–95
  • Runners-up (2): 1968–69, 2012–13

President's Cup[20]

Istanbul Basketball League

European competitions[edit]

EuroCup

Season by season[edit]

Season Division Pos. Turkish Cup European competitions
2002–03 TBL 3rd Semifinalist
2003–04 TBL 12th Semifinalist
2004–05 TBL 13th Group stage
2005–06 TBL 8th Quarterfinalist
2006–07 TBL 4th Quarterfinalist
2007–08 TBL 5th 2 ULEB Cup 4th
2008–09 TBL 4th Semifinalist 3 EuroChallenge L16
2009–10 TBL 9th 2 Eurocup L16
2010–11 TBL 2nd Semifinalist 2 Eurocup L16
2011–12 TBL 3rd Third place 1 Euroleague L16
2012–13 TBL 1st Runner-up 2 Eurocup L16
2013–14 TBL 2nd Semifinalist 1 Euroleague QF
2014–15 TBL 8th Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague L16
2015–16 BSL 3rd Quarterfinalist 2 Eurocup C
2016–17 BSL 6th Semifinalist 1 EuroLeague 12th
2017–18 BSL 9th 2 EuroCup T16
2018–19 BSL 4th Quarterfinalist 2 EuroCup RS
2019–20 BSL 3rd1 Semifinalist 2 EuroCup T161
2020–21 BSL 14th 3 Champions League RS
2021–22 BSL 3rd Semifinalist 3 Champions League R16
2022–23 BSL 8th 2 Champions League R16
^1 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe.

Team captains[edit]

Dates Name
2010–2011 Albania Turkey Ermal Kuqo
2011–2012 Turkey Haluk Yıldırım
2012–2013 Turkey Ender Arslan
2013–2015 Puerto Rico Carlos Arroyo
2015–2017 Turkey Sinan Güler
2017–present Turkey Göksenin Köksal

Head coaches[edit]

Head coach Years
Turkey Osman Kermen
1966-67
Turkey Yalçın Granit
1967–68
Bulgaria Petar Simenov
1968-70
Turkey Cavit Altunay
1970–73
Turkey Özer Salnur
1973-74
United States Jim Richardson
1974–75
Turkey Şengün Kaplanoğlu / Turkey İlker Esel
1975
Turkey Özer Salnur / Turkey İlker Esel
1976
United States John Robert Gidding
1976–77
Turkey Özer Salnur
1977–79
Turkey Koray Mincinozlu
1979–80
Turkey Fuat Tahir
1980–81
Turkey Koray Mincinozlu
1981–83
Turkey Mehmet Baturalp
1983–84
Turkey Yalçın Granit
1984
Turkey Halil Üner
1984
Turkey Nur Germen
1984–85
Turkey Fehmi Sadıkoğlu
1985–87
Turkey Özer Salnur
1987
United States Jack Avina
1987-1989
Turkey Faruk Akagün
1989–91
Turkey Hakan Yavuz
1991–92
Turkey Mehmet Baturalp
1992–93
Turkey Aydan Siyavuş
1993–96
Turkey Tolga Tuğsavul
1996
Turkey Aydan Siyavuş / Turkey Hakan Yavuz
1996–97
Turkey Tolga Tuğsavul
1997
Turkey Aydan Siyavuş
1998
Turkey Koray Mincinozlu
1998–99
Turkey Fehmi Sadıkoğlu
1999–00
Turkey Koray Mincinozlu
2000–02
Turkey Erman Kunter
2002–03
Turkey Halil Üner
2003–06
Turkey Murat Özyer
2006–08
Turkey Koray Mincinozlu
2009
Turkey Okan Çevik
2009
Turkey Cem Akdağ
2009–10
Turkey Oktay Mahmuti
2010–12
Turkey Ergin Ataman
2012–17
Turkey Erman Kunter
2017–18
Turkey Oktay Mahmuti
2018
Turkey Ertuğrul Erdoğan
2018–2020
Turkey Ömer Uğurata
2020–2021
Turkey Ekrem Memnun
2021–2022
Greece Andreas Pistiolis
2022–2023
Montenegro Zvezdan Mitrović
2023–2024
Turkey Yakup Sekizkök
2024–present

Notable players[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA-sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Criteria

To appear in this section a player must have either:

  • Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club
  • Played at least one official international match for their national team at any time
  • Played at least one official NBA match at any time.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Galatasaray to compete in Basketball Champions League". www.aa.com.tr. Retrieved 7 June 2020.
  2. ^ Arena: SINAN ERDEM DOME.
  3. ^ "Ülkemizde Basketbol". Tbf.org.tr. Retrieved 2016-07-08.
  4. ^ Durupınar, Mehmet. Türk Basketbolunun 100 yıllık tarihi. (2009).page(12).Efes Pazarlama ve Dağıtım Ticaret A.Ş. ISBN 978-975-00995-1-9
  5. ^ Teşekkürler Café Crown(in Turkish)
  6. ^ "Galatasaray fights its way to European basketball's Mecca". Hurriyetdailynews.com. 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2016-07-08.
  7. ^ "Galatasaray Odeabank Eurocup Şampiyonu". Galatasaray.Org. 2016-03-28. Retrieved 2016-07-08.
  8. ^ "GALATASARAY.ORG". www.galatasaray.org. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  9. ^ "GALATASARAY.ORG". www.galatasaray.org. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Galatasaray Erkek Basketbol Takımı'nın yeni sponsoru Liv Hospital". Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  11. ^ "Proposed team list for 2013-14 Turkish Airlines Euroleague". Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  12. ^ Hürriyet Haber. "Galatasaray ile Odeabank anlaştı". Hurriyet.com.tr. Retrieved 2016-07-08.
  13. ^ "Kulübümüz ile Doğa Sigorta arasında sponsorluk anlaşması imzalandı" (in Turkish). Galatasaray.org. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  14. ^ "Basketbol ana sponsorumuz NEF!" (in Turkish). Galatasaray.org. Retrieved June 25, 2021.
  15. ^ "Yenilmez Armada, Ekmas Group ile güçlerini birleştirdi" (in Turkish). Galatasaray.org. Retrieved October 5, 2023.
  16. ^ Galatasaray NEF Teknik Kadro - GALATASARAY.ORG
  17. ^ Galatasaray Nef İdari Kadro - GALATASARAY.ORG
  18. ^ "Turkish Basketball League History". TBLStat.net.
  19. ^ "404". www.tbf.org.tr. Archived from the original on 22 April 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2017. {{cite web}}: Cite uses generic title (help)
  20. ^ "404". www.tbf.org.tr. Archived from the original on 18 May 2008. Retrieved 22 May 2017. {{cite web}}: Cite uses generic title (help)

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