Gaziantepspor

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Gaziantepspor
Gaziantepspor logo.svg
Full nameGaziantepspor
Nickname(s)Şahinler (The Falcons)
Founded25 February 1969; 49 years ago (1969-02-25)
GroundGaziantep Arena, Turkey
Capacity35,219
Presidentİbrahim Halil Kızıl
ManagerEnder Alkan
LeagueTFF Second League
2017–18TFF First League, 18. (relegated)
WebsiteClub website

Gaziantepspor is a professional Turkish football club located in the city of Gaziantep. Formed in 1969, Gaziantepspor are nicknamed the Şahinler (The Falcons). The club colours are black and red, and they play their home matches at New Gaziantep Stadium.[1]

History[edit]

Background[edit]

The first sports club in Gaziantep was founded by students at the American College in 1923. Several other clubs were founded soon after; Altınışık, Kilis İdman Yurdu Spor Kulübü, and Türkocağı Spor Kulübü. However, these clubs did not last long, with Altınışık and Türkocağı folding in 1929 and 1931 respectively. Türkocağı went on to merge with Sanatkarlar Spor Kulübü to form Gaziantep İdman Yurdu. The club did not register in time for the Gaziantep amateur league and were only permitted to compete in friendly matches. Gaziantep Idman Yurdu disbanded in 1932.[2]

There were no clubs in Gaziantep until 1938, with the sports branch of the community centre taking over and running all sporting activities.

Foundation[edit]

Gaziantepspor which bears the name of Gaziantep city was founded in the first days of 1969. Gaziantep city's leading people held a meeting under the chairmanship of Mayor Abdulkadir Batur and they made a first attempt for the foundation of the club.

Later on, as a result of continuing meetings, Gaziantepspor Club was founded in 1969. Important figures in Gaziantep held a meeting with then-mayor Abdülkadir Batur in order to form the club. A total of 58 people helped with the foundation of Gaziantepspor in 1969. Besir Bayram who was a founder member, has been a first president. The club contested friendly matches in their first season. They were allowed to join the 3.Lig in 1970.[3]

Playing history[edit]

Gaziantepspor finished its first season by playing friendly matches. The red–blacks started to play in the Turkish League in 1970–71 season through a decree executed in 1970 which allowed city teams play directly in the third division. In their first season of professional football, Gaziantepspor finished third in the 3.Lig, Yeşil Grup (Green Group).[4]

The club finished second in the 2.Lig in 1974–75, barely missing promotion by three points.[5] Gaziantepspor were promoted to the top-flight after the 1978–79 season.[6] The club managed to stay afloat in their first season in the 1.Lig, finishing one point above the relegation zone.[7] The club was relegated in 1983, but earned promotion back to the top-flight in 1990, where they have competed since. The club had the best position in the top-flight as 3rd in 1999–00 and 2000–01 seasons.

Colours and emblem[edit]

The club colours are red and black. The colours were chosen as a dedication to the martyrs who gave up their lives to defend Gaziantep; black for the martyrs, and red for the martyrs blood.[3]

Gaziantepspor’s emblem represents the cities landmarks and was designed under the guidance of ex-chairman Celal Doğan. Gaziantep castle is symbolized by the outline of the logo. Above the Gaziantep banner lies the martrys memorial, the checkered background represents the cities treat to the world, the famous desert ‘Baklava’. In the foreground is a Falcon which is the clubs nickname as well as the name of one of the cities heroes Şahinbey.[8]

Support[edit]

The club enjoy most of their support from the city and surrounding provinces. Their main ultra group is called Gençlik 27, (Youngers 27), 27 corresponds to the province's code. Gençlik 27 was founded in 1996 by Hasan Günoğlu also known as Hasan Reis (Reis meaning Boss). The supporter group are renowned for creating a great atmosphere at home games with their red flares flags and are found in the 5th and 6th stands behind the goal. Gaziantepspor fans also are known for being proud of their Anatolian heritage, playing national Turku Anadolu music, causing trouble, causing fights, violence and many crowd trouble is reported at games, which is caused by every fan and club in Turkish football as it is more than religion for the Turkish population.[8]

League participations[edit]

Participations in Super League and Cups[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Manager
2005–06 SL 11 34 10 10 14 34 50 40 SF Italy Walter Zenga
2006–07 SL 11 34 11 10 13 31 39 43 QF Turkey Samet Aybaba
2007–08 SL 9 34 11 10 13 36 45 43 Turkey Erdoğan Arıca / Turkey Mesut Bakkal
2008–09 SL 8 34 12 11 11 46 48 47 Turkey Nurullah Sağlam
2009–10 SL 13 34 9 13 12 38 39 40 Portugal José Couceiro
2010–11 SL 4 34 17 8 9 44 33 59 SF Turkey Tolunay Kafkas
2011–12 SL 10 34 13 9 12 39 33 48 Turkey Abdullah Ercan / Turkey Hikmet Karaman
2012–13 SL 10 34 12 10 12 42 49 46 Turkey Hikmet Karaman / Turkey Bülent Uygun
2013–14 SL 15 34 10 7 17 38 58 37 Turkey Bülent Uygun / Turkey Sergen Yalçın / Turkey Tahsin Tam
2014–15 SL Turkey Okan Buruk

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Third Position (2): 1999–00, 2000–01
Fourth Position (2): 1980–81, 2010–11
Winners (2): 1978–79,1989–90
Winners (1): 1971–72

Cup[edit]

Winners: 2011–12
Winners (1)
Winners (5)
  • Gençlik ve Spor Bakanlığı Cup :
Winners: 1978–79

European participations[edit]

UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League:

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2000–01 1R Spain Deportivo Alavés 3–4 0–0 3–4
2001–02 QR Moldova Zimbru Chișinău 4–1 0–0 4–1
1R Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv 1–1 0–1 1–2
2003–04 1R Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv 1–0 0–0 1–0
2R France Lens 3–0 3–1 6–1
3R Italy Roma 1–0 0–2 1–2
2011–12 Q2 Belarus Minsk 5–1 1–1 6–2
Q3 Poland Legia Warsaw 0–1 0–0 0–1

UEFA Intertoto Cup:

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1996 Group 10 Netherlands Groningen N/A 1–1 4th
Hungary Vasas 3–2 N/A
Belgium Lierse N/A 0–1
Estonia Trans Narva 0–0 N/A

UEFA club competition record[edit]

Competition Pld W D L GF GA
UEFA Cup 12 5 4 3 16 10
UEFA Europa League 4 1 2 1 6 3
UEFA Intertoto Cup 4 1 2 1 4 4
Total 20 7 8 5 26 17

Stadium[edit]

Gaziantepspor play their home matches at Gaziantep Kamil Ocak Stadium. The stadium is named after former politician Kamil Ocak (1914–69), who was a member of parliament and a minister of state responsible for sports between 1965 and 1969;[9] he helped build sporting facilities in Gaziantep.[9] The stadium was opened in 1974 and it currently seats 16,981 spectators. The field is covered with grass, and the stadium also has floodlights.[1]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 October 2018[10]

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 Adnan Karabulut
4 Turkey DF Mustafa Nacar
5 Turkey DF Mustafa Sülüker
7 Turkey FW Erdal Ahmet Özdemir
8 Turkey MF Batuhan Necioğlu
9 Turkey MF Serhan Yılmaz
10 Turkey MF Müslüm Talşik
11 Turkey MF Ahmet Olğun
17 Turkey FW Sait Üzümcü
19 Turkey DF Sirac Susancak
20 Turkey MF Emirhan Özyaşar
21 Turkey FW Yakup Zengin
No. Position Player
22 Turkey DF Ferhat Güler
23 Turkey DF Hasan Genç
24 Turkey DF Deniz Solmaz
27 Turkey MF İlker Günaslan
32 Turkey GK Selçuk Özcan
33 Turkey DF Muhammed Ersin Oğuz
76 Turkey FW Tarık Kamış
78 Turkey DF Hazar Saygılı
80 Turkey MF Gökhan Çamur
91 Turkey DF Furkan Özyaşar
92 Turkey MF Mustafa Çakır
97 Turkey FW Yusuf Erdem

Current coaching staff[edit]

Name Flag Position
Ender Alkan Turkey Manager
Turkey Assistant-manager
Turkey Goalkeeper Coach
Turkey Fitness Coach

All-time top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Apps[11] Years Goal
1 Turkey Hasan Çelik 160 1988–96 56
2 Turkey Hasan Özer 160 1992–05 53
3 Turkey Cenk Tosun 130 2010–14 51
4 Bosnia and Herzegovina Elvir Bolić 75 1992–95 45
5 Bulgaria Zdravko Lazarov 103 2003–06 41
6 Turkey Fatih Tekke 67 2000–03 31
7 Turkey Ayhan Akman 112 1994–98 26
8 Turkey Hüseyin Çakıroğlu 128 1979–84 26
8 Brazil Beto 82 2007–11 25
8 Turkey Oktay Derelioğlu 31 1989–90 25
9 Belarus Maksim Romaschenko 68 2000–03 24
10 Turkey Erdal Güneş 137 1999–08 24

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b GAZİANTEPSPOR tff.org (in Turkish), accessed 29 May 2010
  2. ^ HISTORICAL Archived 2010-05-21 at the Wayback Machine. gaziantepspor.org.tr (in English), accessed 30 June 2010
  3. ^ a b FOUNDATION Archived 2010-05-22 at the Wayback Machine. gaziantepspor.org.tr (in English), accessed 30 June 2010
  4. ^ Sivritepe, Erdinç 1970–1971 1. Lig turkish-soccer.com, accessed 30 June 2010
  5. ^ Sivritepe, Erdinç 1974–1975 1.Lig turkish-soccer.com, accessed 30 June 2010
  6. ^ Sivritepe, Erdinç 1978–1979 1.Lig turkish-soccer, accessed 30 June 2010
  7. ^ Sivritepe, Erdinç 1979–1980 1.Lig turkish-soccer, accessed 30 June 2010
  8. ^ a b GAZİANTEPSPOR Archived 2011-10-17 at the Wayback Machine. turkish-football.com (English) accessed 29 May 2010
  9. ^ a b Who is Kamil Ocak? Archived 2010-05-22 at the Wayback Machine. gaziantespor.org.tr (in English), accessed 30 June 2010
  10. ^ http://www.tff.org/Default.aspx?pageId=535&kulupID=116
  11. ^ [1]