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Gaziantepspor logo.svg
Full name Gaziantepspor
Nickname(s) Şahinler (The Falcons)
Founded 25 February 1969; 46 years ago (1969-02-25)
Ground Gaziantep Kamil Ocak Stadium, Turkey
Ground Capacity 16,891
President İbrahim Halil Kızıl
Manager Mutlu Topçu
League Süper Lig
2014–15 Süper Lig, 10th
Website Club home page

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 Kamil Ocak Stadyumu.[1]


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 didn't 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 didn't 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. Gaziantepspor was founded in the early months of 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. The first president of the club was Beşir Bayram. The club contested friendly matches in their first season. They were allowed to join the 3.Lig in 1970.[3] 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 1999–2000 and 2000–2001 seasons.


Gaziantepspor which bears the name of Gaziantep city was founded in first days of 1969. . Gaziantep citys’ leading people made 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 with the participation of 58 people. At the end of the discourses on Gaziantepspors’ colurs;a lament color black, in memoriam of 6317 martyries who did not surrender city at the hazards of their lives to enemies in the Defense of Gaziantep which is an example to whole world as a bravery epic and a red which symbolizes our martyries’ blood, were chosen as the Club colors Red and Black. Besir Bayram who was a founder member, has been a first president of the Gaziantepspor Club.

Gaziantepspor finished its first season by playing friendly matches. Red – blacks started to play in the Turkish League in 1970–1971 season through a decree executed in 1970 which allowed city teams play directly in the third division.

Kamil Ocak[edit]

Kamil Ocak (1914-1969) was a member of parliament and a minister of state responsible for sports (1965-1969).[8]

Club Emblem[edit]

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.[9]


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.[9]

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


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


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 Country Club Home Away Aggregate
2000–01 1R Spain Deportivo Alavés 3–4 0–0 3–4
2001–02 QR Moldova Zimbru Chisinau 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 RC 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 Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1996 GS Estonia Trans Narva 0–0 4th place
GS Belgium Lierse SK 0–1
GS Hungary Vasas SC 3–2
GS Netherlands FC Groningen 1–1

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

UEFA Current ranking[edit]

As of 18 January 2012[10]
Rank Country Team Points
177 Romania Oţelul Galaţi 7.764
178 Turkey Gaziantepspor 7.730
179 Turkey Kayserispor 7.730


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 play their home matches at Gaziantep Kamil Ocak Stadium. The stadium is named after former politician Mehmet Kamil Ocak, who helped build sporting facilities in Gaziantep.[8] 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]


Current squad[edit]

As of 28 January, 2016

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Lithuania GK Žydrūnas Karčemarskas
3 Turkey DF Elyasa Süme
5 Turkey MF Abdülkadir Kayalı
6 Turkey MF Erdem Şen
7 Turkey MF Emre Nefiz
11 Nigeria FW John Chibuike
12 Sweden MF Daniel Larsson
14 Belarus MF Anton Putsila
15 Nigeria DF Gbenga Arokoyo
16 Sweden MF Ferhad Ayaz
17 Turkey MF Orkan Çınar
20 Austria MF Muhammed Ildiz
No. Position Player
21 France MF Mustafa Durak
22 Brazil MF Abuda
26 Turkey DF Barış Yardımcı
32 Turkey FW İlhan Parlak
44 Central African Republic FW Habib Habibou (on loan from Rennes)
50 Brazil DF Marçal (on loan from Benfica)
51 Turkey DF Koray Arslan
68 Turkey GK Alperen Uysal
78 Turkey MF Hürriyet Gücer
91 Turkey GK Bora Sevim
-- France DF Prince-Désir Gouano (on loan from Atalanta)

Current coaching staff[edit]

Name Flag Position
Mutlu Topçu Turkey Technical Director
Cahit Kara Turkey Assistant Coach
İrfan Saraloğlu Turkey Assistant Coach

All-time most appearances top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Apps[11] Years Goal
1 Turkey Hasan Çelik 160 1988–1996 56
2 Turkey Hasan Özer 160 1992–2005 53
3 Turkey Cenk Tosun 130 2010–2014 51
4 Bosnia and Herzegovina Elvir Bolic 75 1992–1995 45
5 Bulgaria Zdravko Lazarov 103 2003–2006 41
6 Turkey Fatih Tekke 67 2000–2003 31
7 Turkey Ayhan Akman 112 1994–1998 26
8 Turkey Hüseyin Çakıroğlu 128 1979–1984 26
8 Brazil Beto 82 2007–2011 25
8 Turkey Oktay Derelioğlu 31 1989–1990 25
9 Belarus Maksim Romaschenko 68 2000–2003 24
10 Turkey Erdal Güneş 137 1999–2008 24


Notable players[edit]

Bosnia and Herzegovina
South Africa

Note: players in bold represented their national football teams while playing for Gaziantepspor.


  1. ^ a b GAZİANTEPSPOR (Turkish), accessed 29 May 2010
  2. ^ HISTORICAL (English), accessed 30 June 2010
  3. ^ a b FOUNDATION (English), accessed 30 June 2010
  4. ^ Sivritepe, Erdinç 1970–1971 1. Lig, accessed 30 June 2010
  5. ^ Sivritepe, Erdinç 1974–1975 1.Lig, 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 Who is Kamil Ocak? (English), accessed 30 June 2010
  9. ^ a b GAZİANTEPSPOR (English) accessed 29 May 2010
  10. ^ UEFA Club Coefficients –
  11. ^ [1]