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Full name Antalyaspor Kulübü
Nickname(s) Akrepler (Scorpions)
Founded 2 July 1966; 50 years ago (1966-07-02)
Ground New Antalya Stadium
Ground Capacity 32,539
President Ali Şafak Öztürk
Manager Rıza Çalımbay
League Süper Lig
2015–16 9th
Website Club home page

Antalyaspor is a Turkish professional football club located in the city of Antalya. The club colours are red and white and they play their home matches at Centennial Arena. Domestically, the club has won the 2.Lig twice, in 1982 and 1986. They also finished as runners-up for the Turkish Cup in 2000.[1]


Antalyaspor were established in 1966 after three local teams united to establish a club for the coastal city of Antalya. These teams were Yenikapı SuSpor, İlk Işıkspor and Ferrokromspor. The club competed in the lower divisions of the Turkish football league system before earning promotion to the Süper Lig in 1982. Their first stint of top-flight football lasted two years, as they were relegated back to the 2.Lig at the end of the 1984–85 season. They were promoted the next season, but were relegated just as fast. They competed in the 2.Lig until the end of the 1993–94 season, when they beat Istanbulspor 3–2 after extra time in the final of the promotion playoffs.[2]

Their longest stint of top-flight football lasted until 2002. In that time span, the club competed continentally in the Intertoto Cup twice and the UEFA Cup once.[2] They reached the finals of the Turkish Cup in 2000, but lost 5–3 after extra time to Galatasaray.[1] Antalyaspor competed in the UEFA Cup the following season, defeating Werder Bremen 2–0 after home, before losing 6–0 in the second leg.[3] The club was relegated at the end of the 2001–02 season, finishing one point below the relegation zone.[4]

The club earned promotion back to the Süper Lig after placing second in the 2005–06 1.Lig. On 3 December 2006, Pavol Straka scored the club's 500th goal in top-flight football.[2] The following year they were relegated back to the 1.Lig, but earned promotion again the next season. They finished ninth at the end of the 2009–10 season.[5]

Colours and badge[edit]

The club emblem includes capital letters A and S which stand for Antalya and Spor (sport in Turkish) respectively. In the middle of these letters, there is the figure of Yivli Minare which is one of the several symbols of the city of Antalya. Three rectangular shapes on the Yivli Minare means the unite of three teams of Antalya.[citation needed]


From 2012 Antalyaspor played their home matches at Akdeniz University Stadium which holds 7,083 spectators. Its located at Mediterranean coast of Turkey and its owned by Akdeniz University. In 2013 Antalyaspor began the construction of their new stadium, New Antalya Stadium. The stadium seats 33,032 spectators and was opened in summer of 2015, with a football park, education centre, a football academy and extra training pitches to host camps of overseas European or Asian teams on break. The nickname of the stadium is named as "100. Yıl" (Centenary), due to arthery of the same name passing south of the plot 100. Yıl Bulvarı, named after 100th birthday of Kemal Atatürk, founder of Turkish Republic.

Relationship with Kocaelispor[edit]

Antalyaspor have close relations with Kocaelispor. This goes back to the 1999 İzmit earthquake, which had a devastating effect on the city of İzmit. Turkish cities unaffected by the earthquake gave refuge to those left homeless. Among the refugees, who fled the region to seek refuge in Antalya were Kocaelispor ultras, who go by the name, 'Hodrimeydan'. The league carried on despite the chaos caused by the earthquake. Kocaelispor soon had an away game against Denizlispor to which two coach loads of Antalyaspor supporters traveled too in support of the people of İzmit, who were going through tough times. Inspired by this show of support, Kocaelispor supporters travelled to Antalyaspor's cup final game against Galatasaray S.K. in Diyarbakır. The two teams supporters continued to make similar gestures to each other, and a strong bond was built between 'Hodrimeydan' and the Antalyaspor ultragroup 'Gençlik 07'. The supporters have a great relationship today and sit in mixed stands when the two clubs play each other.[6]


Current squad[edit]

As of 4 February 2017 [7][8]

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 Ozan Özenç
3 Brazil DF Diego Ângelo
6 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Kenan Horić
7 Turkey MF Zeki Yıldırım
8 Brazil MF Charles
9 Cameroon FW Samuel Eto'o (Captain)
10 Turkey MF Serdar Özkan
14 Morocco FW Moestafa El Kabir
17 Cameroon MF Jean Makoun
18 Turkey MF Yekta Kurtuluş
20 Brazil MF Chico
23 Turkey DF Sakıb Aytaç
24 Turkey DF Salih Dursun
No. Position Player
28 Czech Republic DF Ondřej Čelůstka
30 Liberia MF Amadaiya Rennie
31 Brazil DF Ramon Motta
32 Slovenia GK Sašo Fornezzi
33 Brazil MF Sandro
35 Turkey GK Ferhat Kaplan
45 Turkey MF Anıl Koç
55 Ivory Coast FW Jean-Armel Drolé (on loan from Perugia)
63 Turkey FW Deniz Kadah
77 Turkey FW Emre Güral
90 Belgium MF Danilo
99 Cameroon FW Mbilla Etame
Switzerland MF Harun Alpsoy

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
11 Serbia FW Milan Jevtović (on loan to Rosenborg until 30 June 2017)
13 Turkey DF Gökhan Yilmaz (on loan to Giresunspor until 30 June 2017)
No. Position Player
- Turkey MF Osman Çelik (on loan to Karabükspor until 30 June 2018)
- Turkey MF Oğuz Mataracı (on loan to BB Erzurumspor until 30 June 2017)


European Competitions[edit]

Intertoto Cup:

Season Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1996 GS Switzerland FC Basel 2–5 3rd place
GS Belarus Ataka-Aura Minsk 3–0
GS Russia Rotor Volgograd 2–1
GS Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 0–1
1997 GS Slovenia Publikum 1–1 4th place
GS Israel Maccabi Haifa 0–2
GS Russia Lokomotiv Nizhny Novgorod 0–1
GS Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Proleter Zrenjanin 1–0

UEFA Cup/Europa League:

Season Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
2000–01 QR Azerbaijan Kapaz 5–0 2–0 7–0
1R Germany Werder Bremen 2–0 0–6 2–6


Dates Name Honours
1981–1982 Turkey Kadir Giderler
1982–1983 Romania Valeriu Neagu
1983–1984 Turkey Yılmaz Gökdel
1984 Turkey Ümit Turmuş
1984 Turkey Zeynel Soyuer
1985–1986 Turkey Adnan Dinçer
1988–1989 Turkey Yılmaz Vural
1997–1998 Turkey Şenol Güneş
1998–1999 Czech Republic Jozef Jarabinský
1999–2000 Germany Rüdiger Abramczik 1 Turkish Cup Final
2001 Turkey Hüseyin Kalpar
2005–2007 Turkey Yılmaz Vural
2007 Turkey Raşit Çetiner
2008 Turkey Hikmet Karaman
2008 Czech Republic Jozef Jarabinský
2008–2013 Turkey Mehmet Özdilek
2013–2014 Turkey Samet Aybaba
2014 Turkey Fuat Çapa
2014–2015 Turkey Engin Korukır 99991 Promote to Süper Lig
2015 Turkey Yusuf Şimşek
2015–2016 Cameroon Samuel Eto'o (interim player-manager)
2016 Portugal José Morais
2016– Turkey Rıza Çalımbay


  1. ^ a b Sivritepe, Erdinç Final, accessed 1 July 2010
  2. ^ a b c Tarihçe Archived 13 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine. (Turkish), accessed 23 May 2010
  3. ^ UEFA Cup 2000–01, accessed 1 July 2010
  4. ^ Sivritepe, Erdinç 2002–2003 1. Super League, accessed 1 July 2010
  5. ^ Sivritepe, Erdinç Bursaspor Champion, accessed 1 July 2010
  6. ^ [1] Antalyaspor team profile and Turkish football news in English (English)
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