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Full name Sivasspor Kulübü
Nickname(s) Yiğidolar (Yigidos)
Founded 9 May 1967; 51 years ago (1967-05-09)
Ground Sivas Stadium
Ground Capacity 27,532
Chairman Mecnun Otyakmaz[1]
Manager Samet Aybaba
League Süper Lig
2017–18 Süper Lig, 7th
Website Club website

Sivasspor is a Turkish sports club based in Sivas, Turkey formed in 1967. They play in the Süper Lig. They finished fifth in the 2013–14 season, and contended for the Süper Lig title for two consecutive seasons 2007–08 and 2008–09, ultimately finishing fourth and second respectively.


Sivasspor were originally formed on 14 May 1932 in Sivas as Sivas Gençlik. They sported Kırmızı-Beyaz (Red-White) shirts and Beyaz (White) shorts. They played many matches at the amateur level in their early years before they were allowed to play professionally. By the mid-1960s, Sivas Gençlik merged with Yolspor and Kızılırmak. They had hoped that this merger would help their push to join the professional leagues, the league closed their doors to Sivasspor once more.[2]

There were several boycotts until 1 July 1967, when Sivasspor was allowed to play professional football in Turkey.[2] Sivasspor started out in the Second League, White Group.[3] Due to there being many new clubs, the Turkish Football Federation decided to create a third league. They were permitted into the Second League along with Afyonspor, Balıkesirspor, Giresunspor, Kastamonuspor, Malatyaspor, Orduspor, Uşakspor, and Taksim GK.[3] During their first professional season, Sivasspor finished 16th in their group, a mere four points from relegation. They also finished in the bottom half of the table the following season.[3][4] They came close to promotion to First League in 1971–72 and 1972–73 seasons but finished second behind Şekerspor and Adana Demirspor.[citation needed]

Sivas SK's classic home kit

Sivasspor would remain in the lower leagues until winning the Second League in 2005, gaining automatic promotion.[3] The club finished 8th in their first season in the Turkcell Super League. Werner Lorant lead the team to key victories over clubs like Beşiktaş J.K. and Gençlerbirliği. At the end of their first season in the top flight, they finished with a record of ten wins, thirteen draws, and eleven losses, totaling out to 43 points. The club then finished 4th in the 2007–08 season, finishing on the same number of points as the second and third place teams but with an inferior goal difference.[3] Sivasspor had the championship in their sights until the penultimate match, when they were beaten 5–3 by eventual champions Galatasaray. The 2008–09 season saw them finish 2nd after leading the table for much of the season. After losing their final match of the season, they finished behind leaders Beşiktaş by 5 points.[citation needed]

On 17 September 1967 during a match against Kayseri Erciyesspor (Then Kayserispor) played at the Kayseri Atatürk Stadium, a disaster occurred with 40 dead and at least 300 injuries among the fans, which was the worst sporting-related event in Turkey. Almost all casualties were Sivasspor fans, who perished in a stampede after chaos broke out in their ranks, due to attacking Kayserispor fans. The match was finished 1–0 in favour of the Kayseri side. After the disaster, Kayseri Erciyesspor and Sivasspor played different groups of the 2nd league until the 1990–91 season. That year, both teams reconciled and played in the Fourth Group of the Third League (now TFF Second League). Kayseri Erciyesspor were champions and promoted to Second League.[citation needed]

European record[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup 2R Montenegro FK Grbalj 1–0 2–2 3–2
3R Portugal Braga 0–2 0–3 0–5
2009–10 UEFA Champions League 3Q Belgium Anderlecht 3–1 0–5 3–6
UEFA Europa League PO Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 0–3 0–2 0–5

League Participations[edit]


Current squad[edit]

As of 31 January 2018 [5][6]

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

No. Position Player
2 Ivory Coast FW Arouna Koné
4 Russia DF Vitali Dyakov
6 Sweden DF Mattias Bjärsmyr
8 Turkey MF Mert Hakan Yandaş
9 Turkey FW Muhammet Demir
14 Republic of the Congo FW Thievy Bifouma
15 Turkey GK Tolgahan Acar
16 Turkey DF İbrahim İşçi
17 Turkey DF Hakan Bilgiç
18 Brazil MF Auremir
21 Ghana DF John Boye
22 Senegal MF Henri Saivet (on loan from Newcastle)
No. Position Player
23 Ukraine MF Serhiy Rybalka (on loan from Dynamo)
28 Turkey MF Muhammed Furkan Işık
35 Turkey GK Ali Şaşal Vural
37 Turkey MF Hakan Arslan
44 Romania DF Paul Papp
54 Turkey MF Emre Kılınç
58 Turkey DF Ziya Erdal (captain)
70 Brazil FW Robinho
85 Algeria DF Carl Medjani
88 Republic of the Congo MF Delvin N'Dinga
90 Ivory Coast FW Cyriac Gohi Bi
93 Uruguay GK Sergio Rochet

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
27 Turkey MF Cem Özdemir (at Karabükspor until 30 June 2018)

Current coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Sporting Director
Manager Turkey Samet Aybaba
Assistant manager Turkey Recep Çetin
Coach Turkey Sefer Yılmaz
Goalkeeping Coach Turkey Murat Göksu


National competitions[edit]

European competitions[edit]



  1. ^ "SİVAS 4 EYLÜL". Turkish Football Federation. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b "Üç Yıldızın Öyküsü". Archived from the original on 2008-07-04. Retrieved 2008-07-05. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "". Erdinç Sivritepe. Retrieved 2008-07-05. 
  4. ^ "Dünden Bugüne". Archived from the original on 2008-07-03. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  5. ^, Dataişlem -. "Futbolcular - Sivasspor Kulübü Resmi İnternet Sitesi - Sivasspor Club Official Website". Retrieved 18 March 2018. 
  6. ^ "DEMİR GRUP SİVASSPOR - Club Details TFF". Retrieved 18 March 2018. 

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