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Samsunspor Kulübü
Full name Samsunspor Kulübü Derneği[1]
Nickname(s) Kırmızı Şimşekler
(The Red Lightning)
Founded June 30, 1965 (53 years ago)
Ground 19 Mayıs (2017), Samsun
Ground Capacity 33,919[2]
President Erkurt Tutu
Head Coach Engin İpekoğlu
League TFF First League
2016–17 TFF First League, 15th
Website Club website

Samsunspor is a professional Turkish football club located in the city of Samsun. The club was formed through a merger of five clubs: 19 Mayıs, Akınspor, Fener Gençlik, Samsunspor, and Samsunspor Galatasaray.[3] The club colours are red and white, and they play their home matches at Samsun 19 Mayıs Stadium.[4]

The club finished runners-up for the 2. Lig crown in 1968–69, but then yo-yoed between the top two divisions until 1993. The club competed in the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 1997 and 1998, and won the Balkans Cup in 1994.


Samsunspor began their history in the 2. Lig, the second division of football in Turkey. The club finished fifth in their first season, missing out on the promotion group by two points.[5] The club also competed in the Turkish Cup that year. They reached round two after defeating Güneşspor in the first round, but would go on to lose 2–1 to Petrolspor.[6] The following season was more successful, as the club placed second in the 2. Lig, six points behind champion Bursaspor.[7] In the Turkish Cup, the club reached the semi-finals, defeating Konyaspor, Adanaspor, Manisaspor, Galatasaray, and Fenerbahçe along the way. They met Göztepe in the semi-finals, eventually losing 5–2 on aggregate. Samsunspor finished second in the 2. Lig and were knocked out in the first round of the Turkish Cup in 1967–68.[8][9]

Samsun SK's classic home kit

The club earned their first promotion to the 1. Lig (Süper Lig) in 1969. They finished first in the Beyaz Grup (White Group) of the 2. Lig, six points ahead of runners-up Boluspor. Because there were two groups, the winners of each group played each other in a final game to decide the champion and the runner-up. Ankaragücü beat Samsunspor 1–0 in the final.[10] Samsunspor finished fifth in their first season in the 1. Lig, five points away from securing a spot in the Balkans Cup. The club finished with a record of eleven wins, nine draws, and ten losses, while scoring 24 goals and allowing 28.[11] Samsunspor finished tenth the following season and were knocked out of the first round of the Turkish Cup for the second year in a row.[12][13]

On 20 January 1989, while traveling to Malatya to face Malatyaspor, Samsunspor were involved in a bus accident. The accident killed five players and coaches, and seriously injured seven other team members. Among the players killed were Mete Adanır and Muzaffer Badaloğlu. Zoran Tomić fell into a coma for six months before dying in his native Yugoslavia. Manager Nuri Asan and the bus driver were also killed. Of the players who were injured, two continued playing. Emin Kar, captain of Samsunspor, was left paralyzed after the event. Fatih Uraz, then starting goalkeeper of Samsunspor and the Turkey national football team, broke a vertebra in his back. He made a return to football, but was unable to regain a starting place at either national or club level.[3][14]

Samsunspor competed in European competition for the first time in 1993. The club took part in the last edition of the Balkans Cup, defeating PFC Pirin Blagoevgrad before facing PAS Giannina in the final. The first leg took place in Greece, which Samsunspor won 3–0. The second leg took place in Turkey, where Samsunspor sealed the championship with a 2–0 win.[15] The club competed in the 1997 UEFA Intertoto Cup after finishing in ninth place.[16] They were drawn into Group 6 alongside Hamburger SV, FBK Kaunas, Leiftur Ólafsfjörður, Odense Boldklub. Samsunspor finished second with nine points and were unable to advance.[17] The club qualified for the Intertoto Cup again the following season. Drawn against Danish club Lyngby Boldklub, Samsunspor took a 3–0 lead in the first leg. The club faced a scare in the second leg, advancing by one goal on aggregate after losing the match 1–3. They faced English club Crystal Palace F.C. in the second round, beating the club four to nil on aggregate. Samsunspor were knocked out of the cup in the semi-finals after losing 6–0 at the hands of Werder Bremen.[18]

On the way back from an away match in February 2012, two players were injured when the team coach was struck by a train on a level crossing.[19]


Samsunspor's main ultra group who go by the name, Şirinler (Smurfs) are well known for their ‘flare march’. Hundreds and sometimes thousands of Şirinler meet up at Çiftlik Avenue and walk to the 19 Mayis stadium with flares, turning the city red and creating an intense atmosphere.[20]

Current squad[edit]

As of 5 February 2018 [21]

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 MF Kemal Islemek
5 Turkey DF Erkan Yazici
6 Turkey DF Ahmet Burak Solakel
7 Greece FW Georgios Samaras
8 Turkey MF Kenan Karisik
9 Togo FW Jonathan Ayité
10 Turkey FW Göksu Türkdoğan
11 Nigeria FW John Chibuike
13 Greece GK Michalis Sifakis
15 Turkey MF Oğuz Gürbulak
17 Turkey FW Muhammet Beşir (on loan from Trabzonspor)
18 Turkey MF Gökay Iravul (on loan from Alanyaspor)
19 Germany DF Ahmet Cebe
No. Position Player
20 Ivory Coast FW Davy Claude Angan
27 Azerbaijan DF Ufuk Budak
28 France MF Samed Kılıç
55 Turkey GK Furkan Köse
65 Turkey MF Çağrı Ortakaya
77 Turkey MF Enes İlkin
88 Turkey MF Furkan Yıldırım
89 Turkey DF Erkam Reşmen
98 Turkey GK Orhan Erdoğan
Turkey MF Burhan Arman
Turkey DF Ertuğrul Mert Gülşen
Turkey DF Berat Boz

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
Turkey MF Berkay Polat (At Karaköprü Belediyespor until 30 June 2018)
Turkey FW Alperen Pak (At Tokatspor until 30 June 2018)
No. Position Player
Turkey DF Erkan Cam (At Tokatspor until 30 June 2018)
Turkey FW Enes Keleş (At Tokatspor until 30 June 2018)


European Participations[edit]

UEFA Intertoto Cup:

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1997 Group Stage Denmark Odense 2–0 N/A 2nd
Lithuania Kaunas N/A 1–0
Iceland Leiftur 3–0 N/A
Germany Hamburg N/A 1–3
1998 2R Denmark Lyngby 3–0 1–3 4–3
3R England Crystal Palace 2–0 2–0 4–0
Semi-final Germany Werder Bremen 0–3 0–3 0–6



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