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Full name Kayserispor
Nickname(s) Anadolu Yıldızı (Anatolian Star)
Founded 1966
Ground Kadir Has Stadium
Ground Capacity 32,864[1]
Chairman Bekir Yıldız
Manager Tolunay Kafkas
League Süper Lig
2014–15 TFF First League, 1th (promoted)
Website Club home page

Kayserispor is a professional Turkish football club located in the city of Kayseri. Formed in 1975 as Kayseri Emniyetspor (Real Kayserispor was founded in 1966 became Kayseri Erciyesspor in 2004), Kayserispor are nicknamed Anadolu Yıldızı (The Star of Anatolia). The club colours are red and yellow, and the club play their home matches at Kadir Has Stadium.[1] The club have won one Türkiye Kupası, in 2008. They also finished runners-up for the Süper Kupa in 2008, and have finished fifth in the Süper Lig four times, in 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, and Süper Lig 2012-13. In continental competition, the club have won the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2006. The club switched names with crosstown club Kayseri Erciyesspor in 2004.[2]


Erciyespor, which was Kayserispor's predecessor, was founded as Erciyesspor with red-white colours. In 1937, Erciyesspor merged with Yılmazspor and changed their colours as yellow-red. It was merged into Kayseri Gençlik in 1940. They were refounded in 1948 with yellow-navy colours. They merged with Kayseri Gençlik in 1949 and changed their colours as yellow-red. They were dissolved in 1951. But they were refounded by Naci Ulucan in 1952. They played in regional league until 1966.[3]

In 1965, Orhan Şefik Apak, then president of the Turkish Football Federation, asked cities in Turkey to combine their amateur football clubs into one singular club that would represent their communities. These new clubs would compete in the newly created 2.Lig (Second Division). After several meetings, representatives of the city merged Erciyesspor, Sanayispor, and Ortaanadoluspor to form Kayserispor. The club submitted the required paperwork and were officially founded as Kayserispor on 1 July 1966. They began competing in the 1966–67 2.Lig. Erdoğan Gürhan was the first manager, signing a contract worth 1,500 TL. In their first season, the club competed in the Beyaz Grup (White Group). Yener scored the first goal in club history when he netted a shot in the 17th minute against Ankara Toprakspor. The club finished with a nine win, nine draw, and twelve loss record in 30 matches while scoring 21 goals and conceding 33. They finished in ninth place.[2][4]

It was refounded as Kayseri Emniyetspor with red-navy colours. They merged with Kayserigücü, whose former name was Mahrumlarspor in 1985. They promoted to 3rd level in 1988. However changed their name as Kayseri Erciyesspor due to Security General Directorate's decision to withdrawing Security teams from leagues. They changed their colours as black-white.[5] They became Büyükşehir Belediye Erciyesspor with blue-white colours in 1992, Melikgazi Belediyesi Erciyesspor with yellow-red in 1997, Hacılar Erciyesspor with yellow-navy colurs in 1999. They promoted to second level in 1999-2000 season. They changed their name as Erciyesspor and colours as yellow-red in 2001. They relegated to third level in 2001-2002 season. But after successive two promotions, Erciyesspor reached to top level in 2004.[6] It was at this time that Kayserspor switched names with Kayseri Erciyesspor. Manager Hüsnü Özkara was fired after seven matches into the season after accumulating two points out of a possible twenty-one. Hikmet Karaman took over as manager and guided the club to a 14th-place finish, two places above the relegation zone.

Ertuğrul Sağlam, former Samsunspor and Beşiktaş player, took over for Karaman at the end of the season. Sağlam lead the club to fifth place in the league and Gökhan Ünal won the Gol Kralı (Top Goal Scorer) award after netting 25 goals in 32 matches.[7][8] The club qualified for European competition for the first time. The club would go on to win the 2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup and qualified for the 2006–07 UEFA Cup, where they lost to AZ in the second round.[9] Kayserispor finished fifth for the second time in a row at the end of the 2006–07 season. Sağlam moved to Beşiktaş over the summer, with Tolunay Kafkas being his replacement. Kafkas lead the club to a third straight fifth-place finish, as well as the clubs first Türkiye Kupası title in 2008.On 15 October 2012,it was confirmed that Robert Prosinečki signed two-year coaching contract with Kayserispor.It was also confirmed that his assistants at Kayserispor will be Gordan Ciprić and Dragan Spasić. They finished 5th in 2012-13 season. But, next season Kayserispor changed 3 times their coaches and finally relegated to 1st League after finishing Süper Lig as last.


Kadir Has Stadium is a multi-use stadium in Kayseri, Turkey. It is part of complex of sports venues that are planned on the outskirts of the city, as part of the Atatürk Sport Complex. It replaced Kayseri Atatürk Stadium, which had been in use since 1964. It was completed in early 2008, and has primarily been used to host the home matches of Kayserispor and Kayseri Erciyesspor. The stadium has a capacity of 32,864 (all-seated) and is covered. The stadium contains several restaurants, cafes, and VIP areas for fans. Two shopping centres are also located nearby, and the parking lot holds 1,785 cars.[10] The light-rail system of Kayseri, Kayseray, passes near the stadium complex, allowing the fans an alternative to traveling by car or bus.

Club emblem[edit]

The mountains in the emblem represent Kayseri's landmark Mount Erciyes, the K represents Kayseri, the S represents Spor and 1966 signifies the year the club (now Kayseri Erciyesspor) was founded.[11]

European history[edit]

UEFA ranking[edit]

As of 26 April 2013[12]
Rank Country Team Points
178 Turkey Eskişehirspor 7.900
179 Turkey Gaziantepspor 7.900
180 Turkey Kayserispor 7.900


Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup 2R Hungary Sopron 3–3 1–0 4–3
3R Greece Larissa 2–0 0–0 2–0
2006–07 UEFA Cup 2Q Albania Tirana 3–1 2–0 5–1
1R Netherlands AZ Alkmaar 1–1 2–3 3–4
2008–09 UEFA Cup 1R France Paris S.G. 1–2 0–0 1–2
  • 1R: First round
  • 2R: Second round
  • 3R: Third round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round


Current squad[edit]

As of 10 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
3 Turkey DF Berkan Emir
4 Germany DF Cüneyt Köz
6 Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Larrys Mabiala
10 Brazil MF Diego Lopes (on loan from Benfica)
11 Turkey MF Deniz Türüç
12 Turkey FW Sinan Bakış
17 Turkey DF Mustafa Akbaş (on loan from Trabzonspor)
19 Turkey FW Ogulcan Caglayan
20 Turkey MF Furkan Özçal (on loan from Galatasaray)
21 Netherlands MF Diego Biseswar
22 Montenegro DF Marko Simić
23 Mali MF Samba Sow
No. Position Player
24 Nigeria FW Yakubu Aiyegbeni (Captain)
25 Turkey GK Abdulaziz Demircan
27 Turkey GK Kayacan Erdoğan
28 Turkey GK Yusuf Cekic
33 Brazil FW Derley (on loan from Benfica)
35 Serbia MF Srđan Mijailović
38 Turkey MF Ömer Bayram
40 Turkey DF Cem Can
61 Turkey DF Zeki Yavru (on loan from Trabzonspor)
France GK Ali Ahamada
Brazil FW William
Morocco MF Adnane Tighadouini (on loan from Málaga)






  1. ^ a b KAYSERİSPOR tff.org (Turkish), accessed 16 July 2010
  2. ^ a b Kayserispor Kulübü Tarihçesi kayserispor.org.tr (Turkish), accessed 16 July 2010
  3. ^ http://www.erciyessporum.org/erciyesspor-tarihi-2/
  4. ^ Pekin, Cem 1966–1967 Türkiye 2. Ligi turkish-soccer.com, accessed 16 July 2010
  5. ^ http://www.cihan.com.tr/caption/Kayseri-Erciyesspor-bir-kez-dustugu-Super-Lig-e-ucuncu-kez-cikti-CHMTAxOTM0Ny8y
  6. ^ http://www.milliyet.com.tr/adini-arayan-takim/spor/haberdetayarsiv/01.06.2005/118265/default.htm
  7. ^ Sivritepe, Erdinç 2004–2005 1.Super League turkish-soccer.com, accessed 16 July 2010
  8. ^ Ligin Gol Kralları tff.org (Turkish), accessed 9 July 2010
  9. ^ UEFA European Competitions 2006–07 rsssf.com, accessed 16 July 2010
  10. ^ Yeni Kayseri Atatürk Stadyumu damacana.org (Turkish), accessed 16 July 2010
  11. ^ Kayserispor team profile turkish-football.com (English) accessed 07 Feb 2012
  12. ^ UEFA Club Coefficients – UEFA.com
  13. ^ The UEFA Intertoto Cup: Past Winners. Listed are all 11 teams that won the Intertoto Cup, qualifying for the UEFA Cup.

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