|Full name||Mersin İdman Yurdu Spor Kulübü Derneği|
(The Red Devils)
|Founded||16 August 1925|
|Ground||Mersin Arena, Mersin, Turkey|
|League||TFF First League|
|2015–16||Süper Lig, 18th (relegated)|
Mersin İdmanyurdu (also Mersin İdman Yurdu, Mersin İY or MİY) is a Turkish sports club from Mersin, Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean Region. The football team has played in the Süper Lig, Turkey's first level division, since the 2011–12 season. The team played in the Turkish first division for 11 seasons, and after the 1983–84 season the football team played in the Turkish second and third divisions. The team was promoted to the Turkish second level division after the 2008–09 season. MİY became the champions of the Turkish second division during the 2010–11 season and earned promotion to the Turkish Süper Lig during the 2011–12 season. Previous ground of the team was 10,125 capacity Tevfik Sırrı Gür Stadium. In 2013, their new 25,534 person capacity stadium, New Mersin Stadium, was inaugurated on 23 March 2013 with a TFF First League match against Gaziantep Büyükşehir Belediyespor. Their main rivals are Adana Demirspor, Adanaspor and Tarsus İdmanyurdu, and are friendly with Bucaspor.
- 1 Name
- 2 History
- 3 Support
- 4 Achievements
- 5 League participations
- 6 Turkish Cup participations
- 7 European participations
- 8 Current squad
- 9 Presidents
- 10 Coaches
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External links
The name "Mersin İdman Yurdu" was originated as Turkish equivalent of "Mersin Sports Club". In the beginning of the Republic, many of the sports clubs carried the names as such. Later, most of those clubs, either by merging or renaming, changed their names. The "İdman Yurdu" name remained for some clubs throughout the country. Later it has lost its meaning. Therefore, "İdmanyurdu" has become a particular name for the club. Then, the club adopted the name "Mersin İdmanyurdu Sports Club". In its original form, club's name is written separately. However, because of the norm that noun phrases which have lost their meaning are written contiguously, the team's name has become "Mersin İdmanyurdu". (Gençlerbirliği is another example which is the conjunction of "Gençler" and "Birliği", meaning Youth Union. Also; Galatasaray, Fenerbahçe and Beşiktaş names are conjuncted in such a way.). Today, both depictions are common in Turkish for MİY: Some write it separately (In Turkish, abbreviations are possible, even if the words had been conjunct). Club website has shown divergent interests.
Mersin İdmanyurdu is one of the oldest clubs of the Mediterranean region. The club was founded on 16 August 1925 as Mersin Gençlerbirliği (English: Mersin Youth Union) during a meeting between Edip Buran and his friends İbrahim Yekta, Fevzi Serdengeçti, Asım Güler, Muhip Batıbeki, Necati Salim, Lütfi Resimci, Sami İstanbullu, Hayri Güntekin, Hakkı Cemal Üçer, Hasan Tahsin, Mustafa Lütfi. Their aim was to provide Mersin's youth with activities to fill their spare time with sports during long, hot summer days in Mersin. Later, the club obtained a license with the participation of other founders, namely İbrahim Bigam, İhsan Dağıstan, Hamit Abey, Rauf Süleymaniyeli, Semih Can, Ömer, Cevdet Türkmenli, Kazım Kırzade and Muharrem Yeğin.
The first colors of the team were red and white. The club changed its name to Mersin İdman Yurdu in 1926, and their colors were changed to red and dark blue. The logo was established as three connected circles, the center circle in red and the left and right circles in dark blue.
Mersin İdmanyurdu had won the regional title every year since its foundation until 1964, except during the 1949–50 season when Mersin Demirspor captured the title. In 1944, the team won third place in the Turkish Championship. In 1952, the club inaugurated their new stadium, Tevfik Sırrı Gür Stadyumu, by playing an opening match that was tied 3–3 with Galatasaray.
In 1957, the club became sponsored by the Çukurova Group and adopted the name Çukurova İdmanyurdu. The team again finished third in Turkish Amateur Championship. Çukurova İdmanyurdu, as "a rather well-known amateur club from the city of Mersin", turned professional and was promoted to Turkey's first second level league founded in 1963. Çukurova İdmanyurdu again became the amateur champions of Turkey in 1963. When they became a part of the Turkish second division they were one of only three clubs that came from outside of the major cities of İstanbul, Ankara and İzmir, the other clubs being Adana Demirspor and Bursaspor.
The club in June 1966 changed its name to Mersin İdmanyurdu after three seasons and became champions of the Turkish second division after the 1966–67 season. At the end of that season they won the Chancellor Cup (or Prime Minister's Cup) by defeating the Amateur League champions. Beginning in the 1967–68 season they played in the Turkish top level division (Süper Lig) for 7 consecutive years and 11 years in total.
After the 1982–83 season, MİY was relegated from the Süper Lig. They played in the second division until the formation of a one-group second level division in 2001–02. Because of their place in the 2000–01 season they were automatically relegated to third level formed under the name of "Second League, Category B". They spent one season there and were promoted to the second division (Second League, Category A). After the 2005–06 season, they were relegated to the third division again.
In 2008, Ali Kahramanlı was elected president of the club. They finished the 2008–09 season in the TFF Second League playoffs in second place and advanced to the second division, now with the name TFF First League, also known as Bank Asya 1. Lig. After spending two seasons in the TFF First League, MİY became the champions of 2010–11 Bank Asya 1. Lig and were promoted to 2011–12 Süper Lig after being absent from the Süper Lig for 28 years. Their championship was widely attributed to coach Nurullah Sağlam, who took over the team after the 9th week during that season. They finished Super League as 12th in 2011–12 season but relegated again to First League after finishing 18th or last in 2012–13 season. MİY finished First League as 6th and qualified to Promotion play-offs in 2013–14 season. They beat Orduspor with 3–0 aggregate and 2–0 Samsunspor and returned to top level at first attempt. MİY finished 2014-15 season as 7th. However, next season was disaster for MİY due to money shortage. Finally MİY relegated to second level after a 2-0 defeat to Çaykur Rizespor match on 29 April 2016.
After the city managed to have 2013 Mediterranean Games in Mersin,there was an urgent need to build a modern stadium in the city.After the games were over,the club started to use the stadium for their league games.The stadium has capacity of 25,534 people and it is one of the most modern stadiums in Turkey.
The club have a passionate fanbase, despite spending most of their history in the lower divisions. The team's fan club is currently led by Aynalı Reis (Murat Bulut). The club is also renowned for having the country's only female only fan club, called Dişi Şeytanlar (Female Devils). They have been given the nickname Melek Yüzlü Şeytanlar (Angel-faced devils) and fill the home stands as well as traveling to away games. Their numbers have been swelling recently and their presence makes a change to the typically male/dominated football crowds.
- Winner: Chancellor Cup in 1967 (as champions of Second League in 1966–67, MİY won 2–0 against İzmir Denizgücü, amateur league winner of the season).
- Runner up: Turkish Cup, 1982–83 lost against Fenerbahçe. Cup participation and Fenerbahçe won the cup 4–1 in total.
- Represented Turkey in Cup Winners' Cup in 1983–84. As the finalist of last seasons cup finals, MİY participated in the 1983–84 Winners Cup and lost against Spartak Varna from Bulgaria in the first round.
- Third Place: 1969 Friendship Cup. Represented Turkey in a friendly tournament, and played four matches against Pakistan, Spartak Moscow, Iran, and Iraq in a one-leg league system; finished third with 2 wins and 2 losses. See MİY 1968–69 season page for details.
- Winners (4): Adana Football League, regional amateur championship: 1926, 1927, 1931, 1933.
- Winner (1): Adana Football League, regional professional championship: 1959–60.
- Winner (1): Turkey Amateur Football Championship: 1963.
- First Level: First League: 1967–68, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1980–81, 1982–83.
- Second Level: Second League: 1963–64, 1964–65, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01.
- First Level: Süper Lig: 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2015–16
- Second Level: Lig A/TFF First League: 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2013–14, 2016–17.
- Third Level: Lig B/TFF Second League: 2001–02, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09.
All time league table
|Turkish First Football League||11||336||102||104||130||295||339||−44||306|
|Turkish Second Football League||27||858||381||218||261||1152||863||279||1175|
|TFF First League||6||168||59||39||70||208||231||−23||216|
|TFF Second League||4||142||66||40||36||190||137||53||238|
Note: 2011–12 stats are not included. Play-off games are not included. Before 1987 two-points-for-a-win rule was accepted.
Seasonal league table
Mersin İdmanyurdu professional league participations by season.
|first stage||second stage|
|1965–66||2nd League Red Group*||2||20||9||7||4||26||13||13||25||Final Group||5||14||6||3||5||21||16||5||15|
|1966–67||2nd League Red Group||1||32||22||6||4||62||21||41||50|
|1974–75||2nd League Red Group||3||30||14||6||10||36||23||13||34|
|1975–76||2nd League Red Group||1||30||14||11||5||39||17||22||39|
|1978–79||2nd League Red Group||6||30||9||12||9||28||26||2||30|
|1979–80||2nd League Group A||1||30||17||7||6||38||20||18||41|
|1981–82||2nd League Group C||1||28||21||5||2||46||11||35||47|
|1983–84||2nd League Group B||2||32||19||8||5||53||25||28||46|
|1984–85||2nd League Group B||8||30||10||8||12||34||38||−4||28|
|1985–86||2nd League Group C||12||34||8||16||10||21||28||−7||32|
|1986–87||2nd League Group B||11||32||9||14||11||27||32||−5||32|
|1987–88||2nd League Group B||11||32||11||8||13||42||37||5||41|
|1988–89||2nd League Group B||6||34||14||7||13||48||44||4||49|
|1989–90||2nd League Group C||3||32||16||4||12||43||37||6||52|
|1990–91||2nd League Group C||3||32||19||7||6||69||36||33||64|
|1991–92||2nd League Group C||10||32||12||6||14||44||39||5||42|
|1992–93||2nd League Group 2||2||18||12||3||3||44||20||24||39||Promotion Group||5||18||8||3||7||25||21||4||27|
|1993–94||2nd League Group 3||8||18||3||8||7||19||26||−7||17||Classification Group 3||5||32||9||14||9||37||34||3||41|
|1994–95||2nd League Group 3||9||18||6||–||12||13||23||−10||18||Classification Group 3||6||32||11||6||15||29||37||−8||39|
|1995–96||2nd League Group 3||1||18||12||4||2||31||17||14||40||Promotion Group||8||18||5||3||10||15||23||−8||18|
|1996–97||2nd League Group 3||2||18||10||5||3||26||13||13||35||Promotion Group||4||18||9||2||7||19||14||5||29|
|1997–98||2nd League Group 1||6||18||4||8||6||26||26||–||20||Classification Group 1||6||32||9||11||12||44||43||1||38|
|1998–99||2nd League Group 1||3||18||11||–||7||31||21||10||33||Classification Group 1||1||32||17||3||12||53||40||3||54|
|1999–00||2nd League Group 1||7||18||6||7||5||20||16||4||25||Classification Group 1||5||32||13||10||9||42||27||15||49|
|2000–01||2nd League Group 1||7||18||6||4||8||23||32||−9||22||Classification Group 1||7||32||8||10||14||39||56||−17||34|
|2001–02||TFF 2nd League Group 1||1||18||10||5||3||34||19||15||35||Promotion Group||2||18||9||5||4||17||12||5||32|
|2002–03||TFF 1st League||12||34||12||6||16||52||51||1||42|
|2003–04||TFF 1st League||15||34||9||7||18||38||44||−6||34|
|2004–05||TFF 1st League||7||34||15||8||11||49||53||−4||53|
|2005–06||TFF 1st League||16||34||6||11||17||30||54||−24||29|
|2006–07||TFF 2nd League Group 2||3||18||9||2||7||26||25||1||29||Classification Group 2||3||32||11||10||11||41||45||−4||43|
|2007–08||TFF 2nd League Group 2||2||18||12||3||3||24||11||13||39||Promotion Group||6||18||6||5||7||18||19||−1||23|
|2008–09||TFF 2nd League Group 3||2||20||9||8||3||30||17||13||35||Promotion Group||2||18||9||4||5||26||14||12||31|
|2009–10||TFF 1st League||13||34||11||8||15||36||44||−8||41|
|2010–11||TFF 1st League||1||32||17||7||8||39||29||10||58|
Note: Classification group statistics are accumulated on normal season.
Note (*): The team played as "Çukurova İdmanyurdu".
League and group colors: Green: Promoted; Lighth green: Qualified; Pink: Relegated.
- 2013–14 – Turkey First League Championship Game: Mersin İdmanyurdu-Samsunspor: 2–0
- 1998–99 – Turkey Second League Play-offs Quarter Finals: Çaykur Rizespor-Mersin İdmanyurdu: 2–0.
- 1996–97 – Turkey Second League Play-offs Quarter Finals: Kartalspor-Mersin İdmanyurdu: 2–0.
- 1979–80 – Turkey Second League Championship Game: Kocaelispor-Mersin İdmanyurdu: 2–2 (penalties: 4–2).
- 1975–76 – Turkey Second League Championship Game: Samsunspor-Mersin İdmanyurdu: 3–1.
- 1966–67 – Turkey Second League Championship Game: Mersin İdmanyurdu-Bursaspor: 2–0.
Turkish Cup participations
Participated in Turkish Cup since 1962.
- Runner-up: 1982–83.
- Eliminated at Quarter Finals: 1980–81.
- Eliminated at Sixth Round: 1981–82
- Eliminated at Fourth Round: 1975–76, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1983–84, 1997–98.
- Eliminated at Third Round: 1963–64, 1964–65, 1966–67, 1977–78, 1979–80, 1991–92, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 2005–06 (group stage), 2009–10, 2010–11.
- Eliminated at Second Round: 1962–63, 1967–68, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1972–73, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1993–94, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2003–04, 2004–05.
- Eliminated at First Round: 1968–69, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1992–93, 2002–03, 2006–07.
All time cup stats
|Turkish First Football League||9||42||18||10||14||53||40||13||46|
|Turkish Second Football League||22||58||28||7||23||96||72||24||72|
|Turkish Amateur Football Championship||1||3||2||0||1||3||3||0||4|
|TFF First League||6||16||7||0||9||31||38||−7||21|
|TFF Second League||1||1||0||0||1||0||2||−2||0|
Note: 2011–12 stats are not included. Before 1987 two-points-for-a-win rule was accepted. Serial penalties included in the match scores.
Seasonal cup stats
|season||cup name||league attended||rounds played||Pl||W||D||L||F||A||Pt|
|1962–63||Türkiye Kupası||Turkey Amateur Football Championship||R1 Preliminary, R1, R2||3||2||0||1||3||3||4|
|1963–64||Türkiye Kupası||Turkish Second Football League||R3 Preliminary, R3||2||1||0||1||2||2||2|
|1964–65||Türkiye Kupası||Turkish Second Football League||R2 P, R2, R3 P2||3||2||0||1||6||5||4|
|1966–67||Türkiye Kupası||Turkish Second Football League||R2 P2, R2, R3 P2||3||2||0||1||7||4||4|
|1967–68||Türkiye Kupası||Turkish First Football League||R1, R2||4||2||1||1||5||2||5|
|1968–69||Türkiye Kupası||Turkish First Football League||R1||2||0||0||2||1||4||0|
|1969–70||Türkiye Kupası||Turkish First Football League||R1, R2 P, R2||6||3||1||2||16||5||7|
|1970–71||Türkiye Kupası||Turkish First Football League||R1, R2||4||1||2||1||3||3||4|
|1972–73||Türkiye Kupası||Turkish First Football League||R1, R2||4||1||2||1||3||3||4|
|1975–76||Türkiye Kupası||Turkish Second Football League||R2 S1, R2 S2, R3, R4||6||3||1||2||10||6||7|
|1976–77||Türkiye Kupası||Turkish First Football League||R3, R4||4||3||0||1||9||6||6|
|1977–78||Türkiye Kupası||Turkish First Football League||R3||2||1||0||1||2||3||2|
|1978–79||Türkiye Kupası||Turkish Second Football League||R3, R4||2||1||0||1||1||1||2|
|1979–80||Türkiye Kupası||Turkish Second Football League||R3||1||0||0||1||2||4||0|
|1980–81||Türkiye Kupası||Turkish First Football League||R5, R6 QF||6||2||1||3||4||6||5|
|1981–82||Türkiye Kupası||Turkish Second Football League||R2, R3, R4, R5, R6||10||5||3||2||13||6||13|
|1982–83||Federasyon Kupası||Turkish First Football League||R5, R6, QF, SF, F||10||5||3||2||10||8||13|
|1983–84||Federasyon Kupası||Turkish Second Football League||R2, R3, R4||6||5||0||1||13||3||10|
|1984–85||Federasyon Kupası||Turkish Second Football League||R1||2||0||2||0||1||1||2|
|1985–86||Federasyon Kupası||Turkish Second Football League||R1||2||0||1||1||0||2||1|
|1986–87||Federasyon Kupası||Turkish Second Football League||R1||1||0||0||1||1||2||0|
|1989–90||Federasyon Kupası||Turkish Second Football League||R2||1||0||0||1||0||1||0|
|1990–91||Federasyon Kupası||Turkish Second Football League||R1, R2||2||1||0||1||8||3||3|
|1991–92||Federasyon Kupası||Turkish Second Football League||R2, R3||2||1||0||1||3||3||3|
|1992–93||Türkiye Kupası||Turkish Second Football League||R1||1||0||0||1||3||4||0|
|1993–94||Türkiye Kupası||Turkish Second Football League||R1, R2||2||1||0||1||4||3||3|
|1994–95||Türkiye Kupası||Turkish Second Football League||R2, R3||2||1||0||1||2||2||3|
|1995–96||Türkiye Kupası||Turkish Second Football League||R2, R3||2||1||0||1||4||3||3|
|1996–97||Türkiye Kupası||Turkish Second Football League||R2, R3||2||1||0||1||7||7||3|
|1997–98||Türkiye Kupası||Turkish Second Football League||R2, R3, R4||3||2||0||1||3||3||6|
|1998–99||Türkiye Kupası||Turkish Second Football League||R2||1||0||0||1||3||4||0|
|1999–00||Türkiye Kupası||Turkish Second Football League||R1, R2||2||1||0||1||3||3||3|
|2002–03||Türkiye Kupası||TFF First League||R1||1||0||0||1||1||2||0|
|2003–04||Türkiye Kupası||TFF First League||R1, R2||2||1||0||1||1||2||3|
|2004–05||Türkiye Kupası||TFF First League||R1, R2||2||1||0||1||4||4||3|
|2005–06||Fortis Türkiye Kupası||TFF First League||R1, R2, R3 (Group stage)||6||2||0||4||8||13||6|
|2006–07||Fortis Türkiye Kupası||TFF Second League||R1||1||0||0||1||0||2||0|
|2009–10||Ziraat Türkiye Kupası||TFF First League||R1, R2, R3 (Play-off)||3||2||0||1||14||12||6|
|2010–11||Ziraat Türkiye Kupası||TFF First League||R2, R3 (play-offs)||2||1||0||1||3||5||3|
|2011–12||Ziraat Türkiye Kupası||TFF First League||R3 (play-offs)|
Note: Serial penalties added to match scores. Before 1987, two points for a win rule accepted.
European Cup Winners' Cup
- As of 1 September 2016 
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Current President: Mahmut Karak since 25 February 2017.
|H. Okan Merzeci||1987–26.03.1989|
|H. Okan Merzeci||27.03.1994–20.10.1997|
Sources: Club history
- "Mersin Idman Yurdu Spor Kulübü Derneği̇ Tüzüğü". Mersinidmanyurdu.org.tr. Mersin Idman Yurdu Spor Kulübü Derneği̇. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
- Turkish Football Federation (TFF) Team Page 22 August 2009
- MERSIN IDMANYURDU turkish-football.com (English) accessed 29 May 2010
- "The history of Mersin İdmanyurdu Club". Mersin İdmanyurdu Kulübünün tarihçesi. Milliyet gazete arşivi, 15.06.1982. Retrieved on 23.08.2010. (Turkish)
- Mersin İdmanyurdu Fan Site
- Tevfik Sırrı Gür was a well reputed governor of Mersin Province between 1931–1947. Mersin From Railway Station To The Lighthouse 22 August 2009.
- Mersin İdmanyurdu Spor Kulübü Resmi Internet Sitesi. (Turkish)
- this quote was spelled in Cem Pekin Archives.
- Berksun, Emre. "Mersin Arena Stadi". Retrieved 5 November 2016.
- Sources: TRT Spor; TFF ; Cem Pekin Archives.
- "Club Details". TFF. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
- Name of presidents and their terms of presidency are determined through a comparative review of page on the previous presidents of the club at the club's official website; Erbil, Cihat (1975). Story of the 50 Years (Turkish). Retrieved on 29 July 2011 from 50 Yılın Öyküsü; and an advanced search performed in Milliyet online archive for various Mersin İdmanyurdu seasons.Other details obtained from web search.
- Dates are obtained from TFF coach search for post-1990 cases. Pre-1990 date information have been collected from various web sites including official web site, Maç anıları, Milliyet gazete arşivi, maçkolik. Please search for names in mentioned websites to verify.