Kasımpaşa S.K.

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Full name Kasımpaşa Spor Kulübü
Nickname(s) Apaçiler (Apaches)
Founded 15 January 1921; 97 years ago (1921-01-15)[nb 1]
Ground Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Stadium
Ground Capacity 14,234
Owner Turgay Ciner
Chairman Hasan Hilmi Öksüz
Manager Kemal Özdeş
League Süper Lig
2016–17 Süper Lig, 10th
Website Club website

Kasımpaşa Spor Kulübü (Turkish pronunciation: [ˈkɑsɯmpɑʃɑ], Kasımpaşa Sports Club), also known as Kasımpaşa, is a Turkish football club located in the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul, Turkey. They play their home games in the Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Stadium in Kasımpaşa, a neighbourhood of the district of Beyoğlu. The club is one of five Süper Lig clubs representing Istanbul, along with Fenerbahçe, Galatasaray, Beşiktaş and İstanbul Başakşehir. The 2016–17 season is Kasımpaşa's thirteenth consecutive season in the Süper Lig and their 96th year in existence.


Kasımpaşa was founded in 1921 as Altıntuğ. They played in the Istanbul First League between 1939–1945 and 1946–1959. The club was promoted to the Türkiye Ligi in 1959 and remained there for 5 seasons, where their best finish was 5th in 1961–62 season. After 43 years, on 30 May 2007, the team was promoted to the Süper Lig for the second time in their history. In a dramatic match against Altay, Kasımpaşa came from behind twice to force a penalty shootout, which they won 4–3. They competed in the Süper Lig in the 2007–08 season, but were relegated back to the TFF First League. Kasımpaşa was promoted to the Süper Lig for the third time in the club's history on 17 May 2009 by beating Karşıyaka 2–1 after extra time in Ankara. The team remained in the top tier of Turkish football and managed to finish in top ten in the 2009–10 season, during which they beat Fenerbahçe away from home 3-1 and Beşiktaş away in the Turkish Cup by the same score. They also beat Trabzonspor at home in the league by the same 3-1 scoreline. By the beginning of the 2010–11 season, Kasımpaşa lost some of their important players due to the decisions of coach Yılmaz Vural just before the season started. After the squad weakened, the team went on a run of poor results and were relegated at the end of the season. In the 2011–12 season, the team made a rapid return to Süper Lig after play-off matches that were played in Ankara. They first beat Konyaspor 2–0 away and 4–0 at home. Then they played the final against Adanaspor and beat them 3-2 after a dramatic match on 27 May 2012. This was their 3rd consecutive victory in play-off finals since 2007. Thus, they represented their neighbourhood in Süper Lig in the 2012–13 season. Despite challenging for a UEFA Europa League spot throughout the season, rising as a dark horse in the league, a series of dismal performances in the final few matches saw Kasımpaşa finishing sixth in the table, five points away from Bursaspor on fourth, the final Europa League qualification spot. Since 2013, Kasımpaşa have lured well-known players such as Ryan Babel from Ajax and striker Eren Derdiyok from the Bundesliga and have continued to invest and strengthen their squad. As a result Kasımpaşa is now one of Turkey's stronger clubs.

Star and Crescent[edit]

Kasımpaşa was awarded with the right to use the Star and Crescent in its logo by İsmet İnönü, the President of the Republic at that time, due to the successes achieved by their wrestlers Gazanfer Bilge, Mehmet Oktav and Ahmet Kireççi, who were Champions in the 1948 Summer Olympics. Upon this award, Kasımpaşa was the second Turkish team following Beşiktaş in Turkey, who could use the Star and Crescent in its logo.[1]


Free Spirited[edit]

The establishment of the Kasımpaşa Club dates back to a street match with occupying British soldiers. Young people living in Kasımpaşa made a team to overcome the British soldiers. The history of the Kasımpaşa Club begins with this event, when these young people won the match with the British soldiers 11-4.[1]

Source of Pride Once Upon a Time[edit]

Kasımpaşa blew like a storm between 1940 and 1960. It was one of the strongest teams in the Istanbul and National League. It became a nightmare for Galatasaray, Fenerbahçe and Beşiktaş, which were known as big three.[1]

An Olympiad Legend[edit]

Kasımpaşa was allowed to use the Star and Crescent in its seal after becoming a champion in the Olympics with Gazanfer Bilge, Mehmet Oktav and Ahmet Kireççi.[1]

Team of Hard Times[edit]

The building of the club was completely burnt out on 7 October 1977. Historical cups, plates and documents were burnt. The financial loss of Kasımpaşa reached ₺700 thousand. Even after a second fire shock in 1986, Kasımpaşa has survived.[1]

Kasımpaşa District[edit]

On the northeast shore of the Golden Horn, laying from the north of Atatürk Bridge and the pools of the Golden Horn Shipyard to Hasköy on the coast; climbing the hillsides of Dolapdere to the northeast into the highlands; surrounded by Azapkapı to the south, Şişhane, Tepebaşı, Ömer Hayyam Cd. to the east, Hacıhüsrev to the north, Piyalepaşa, Okmeydanı, Aynalıkavak to the northwest. Kasımpaşa is a calm but also a wild Kid of Haliç within the borders of Beyoğlu.[1]


Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Stadium[edit]

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Stadium is a multi-use stadium in the Kasımpaşa neighbourhood of Istanbul, Turkey. It is currently used mostly for football matches, and is the home stadium of Kasımpaşa. The stadium capacity was extended to 14,234 spectators. Due to extension works, Kasımpaşa played most of its home matches in the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in the 2007–2008 season. It is named after the incumbent Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, a native of Kasımpaşa and a football player in his youth.[1]

Kasımpaşa Kemerburgaz Tesisleri[edit]

The new social facilities of Kasımpaşa are situated in Kemerburgaz. It is designed as a good practice and recovery facility for the football players of Kasımpaşa as well as other players, who will contribute to Turkish football.[1]



League affiliation[edit]


Current squad[edit]

As of 31 January 2018[2]

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 Ramazan Köse
4 Nigeria DF Kenneth Omeruo (on loan from Chelsea)
6 Kosovo MF Loret Sadiku
7 Egypt FW Trézéguet (on loan from Anderlecht)
8 Czech Republic MF David Pavelka
9 France FW Bengali-Fodé Koita
11 Nigeria FW Samuel Eduok
13 Tunisia DF Syam Ben Youssef
14 Cameroon FW Franck Etoundi
15 Venezuela FW Jhon Murillo (on loan from Benfica)
17 Colombia FW Michael Rangel (on loan from Junior)
18 Turkey MF Hasan Bilal
No. Position Player
20 Turkey MF Ahmed Ildiz
22 Turkey DF Onur Ural
26 Turkey MF İlhan Depe
31 France DF Olivier Veigneau
34 Turkey GK Eray Birniçan
43 Ghana MF Bernard Mensah (on loan from Atlético Madrid)
45 Senegal FW Mbaye Diagne
53 Turkey GK Kadem Yaşar
77 Germany MF Markus Neumayr
88 Turkey DF Veysel Sarı
90 Bulgaria DF Strahil Popov
96 Turkey DF Burak Turan

Club officials[edit]

Board members[edit]

Owner Turgay Ciner
Chairman Hasan Hilmi Öksüz
General manager Can Kaymak
Board Members Ahmet Misbah Demircan
Board Members İhsan Kalkavan
Board Members Mübariz Mansimov
Board Members Mehmet Turgut Yılmaz
Board Members Mehmet Fatih Saraç

Source: [3]

Technical staff[edit]

Manager Kemal Özdeş
Assistant manager Murat Duman
Goalkeeping coach Nejdet Şen
Coach İsmail Özünal
Coach Shay Nahmias
Coach Murat Aslan
Performance Coach Uğur Güler
Club doctor Cem Ergenç

Source: [4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kasımpaşa was founded in 1921 as Altıntuğ


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "OUR CLUB". kasimpasa.com.tr. 26 May 2017. Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "Kasımpaşa Profesyonel A Takımı" (in Turkish). Kasımpaşa S.K. 
  3. ^ "Yönetim Kurulu" (in Turkish). kasimpasa.com.tr. 26 May 2017. Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
  4. ^ "Teknik Kadro" (in Turkish). kasimpasa.com.tr. 26 May 2017. Retrieved 26 May 2017. 

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