İstanbulspor

İstanbulspor is a Turkish football and sports club founded by Istanbul High School students in 1926. In 2004–05 they were relegated from the Turkish Süper Lig (Super League) to TFF 1. Lig. For many decades it was the fourth most famous and well-developed professional football club from Istanbul, coming after Beşiktaş, Galatasaray, and Fenerbahçe. After being bought by the Uzan Family in 1990, it has been repossessed by the government and resold to third companies.

İstanbulspor
Istanbulspor AS Logo
Full nameİstanbulspor
Nickname(s)Boğalar (Bulls)
İstanbul'un Takımı (Istanbul's Team)
Halkın Takımı (People's Team)
Founded23 July 1913; 107 years ago (1913-07-23) as Makriköy İdman Yurdu
Merged with Istanbul High School on 4 January 1926.
GroundNecmi Kadıoğlu Stadium,
İstanbul, Turkey
Capacity4,491
ChairmanEcmel Faik Sarıalioğlu
ManagerFatih Tekke
LeagueTFF First League
2019–20TFF First League, 12th
WebsiteClub website

Their greatest success is the Turkish championship title won in 1932.

HistoryEdit

İstanbulspor was founded by Kemal Halim Gürgen and Istanbul High School students on 4 January 1926, being one of the first sports clubs of the Turkish Republican period. In the 1931–32 season, İstanbulspor won both the Istanbul League and Turkish Football Championship.

 
A newspaper headline about the return of Turkish champions Istanbulspor to Istanbul on 22 October 1932

Until 1990, the club was managed by Istanbul High School foundation. During this period, İstanbulspor has relegated from and promoted to the top division for several times. Also, it relegated to Amateur Level in 1979 and played on amateur level for two seasons. In 1984, club was relegated to third league. In 1990, Uzan Holding, led by Turkish businessman Cem Uzan, has bought the club and converted it into İstanbulspor A.Ş., İstanbulspor incorporation. After that, Istanbulspor was funded by Uzan Family and promoted back to first league in 1995. Istanbulspor became one of the most successful Turkish football clubs again, as they reached the fourth place in the 1997–98 season and played in the UEFA Cup. Uzan Family withdrew its support from İstanbulspor in 2001. Because of this, İstanbulspor fell into financial crisis, and became ninth in the 2002–03 season.

Eventually, in 2003, the Turkish government took over the financially collapsed club. However, Istanbulspor were relegated to the second league in 2004–05. In 2006, İstanbulspor have been resold by the government to former Turkish player Saffet Sancaklı's Marmara Spor Faaliyetleri San. ve Tic. A.Ş. for $3,250,000. In 2007, Ömer Sarıalioğlu, a Turkish businessman, bought the club from Saffet Sancaklı. İstanbulspor tried to avoid relegation at the last two seasons. İstanbulspor escaped from relegation in the 2008–09 season after finishing sixth in the Third Group. However, İstanbulspor finished the Second Group of the 2nd League next season as second from last and were finally relegated to the Third League, which is the fourth level of the Turkish football system. They played in the promotion play-offs in the 2012–13 and 2013–14 seasons but failed to achieve success. İstanbulspor finally promoted to the Second League, after defeating Zonguldak Kömürspor and Çorum Belediyespor successively in promotion play-offs in the 2014–15 season.

Colours and crestEdit

The colours of İstanbulspor are yellow and black, which are the colours of Istanbul High School. Also white is accepted as a third colour, but this is not official. Having represented Turkey in an international competition, İstanbulspor was granted the privilege to use the Turkish flag in its emblem, located on the top left corner. The emblem of Istanbul High School is at the middle.

League participationsEdit

European historyEdit

UEFA Cup/Europa League:

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1998–99 Q2   Argeş Piteşti 4–2 0–2 4–4 (a)

UEFA Intertoto Cup:

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1997 Group Stage   Universitāte Rīga N/A 5–1 1st
  Vasas SC 2–0 N/A
  Werder Bremen N/A 0–0
 Öster 3–2 N/A
Semi-final   Lyon 2–1 0–2 2–3

HonoursEdit

European competitionsEdit

Semi-finals (1): 1997

Domestic competitionsEdit

Winners (1): 1932
Winners (1): 1967–68
Runners-up (1): 1994–95
Winners (2): 1991–92, 2016–17
Winners (1): 2014–15

Regional competitionsEdit

Winners (1): 1931–32
Winners (1): 1931–32
  • Istanbul 2. Football League
Winners (1): 1926–27

OthersEdit

Winners (1): 1970–71
Winners (2): 1996, 2000

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 14 February, 2021[1]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   TUR Alperen Uysal
2 DF   TUR Yavuzhan Keleşoğlu
3 DF   BRA Wellington
4 DF   TUR Mehmet Yeşil
5 MF   TUR Eslem Öztürk
6 MF   TUR Berkay Görmez
7 MF   TUR Ali Dere
8 MF   TUR Ebrar Cumur
9 FW   TUR İbrahim Yılmaz
10 MF   TUR Onur Ergün
14 DF   TUR Emrecan Uzunhan
15 MF   TUR Uygar Mert Zeybek
17 DF   CMR Patrick Etoga
18 FW   TUR Koray Kilinc
25 GK   TUR Yiğit Yitmez
No. Pos. Nation Player
27 MF   ALB Valon Ethemi
29 DF   SRB Amar Skrijelj
33 MF   GER Levent Ayçiçek (on loan from Adana Demirspor)
35 MF   TUR Egehan Gök
40 GK   CRO Marin Ljubić
44 MF   TUR Yusuf Ali Özer
50 MF   TUR Kerem Baykus
54 DF   TUR Mehmet Uslu
57 MF   TUR Melih Kabasakal
61 MF   ALB Eduard Rroca
66 DF   BEL Ali Yaşar
70 MF   ALB Kristal Abazaj
77 MF   TUR Kağan Bağış
90 FW   TUR Mirkan Aydin
92 FW   TUR Emir Gökçe

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   TUR Şiyar Kepir (at Vanspor)
MF   BIH Aldin Čajić (at Tuzlaspor)
MF   TUR Berk Ali Nizam (at Karacabey Belediyespor)
MF   TUR Muammer Sarıkaya (at Esenler Erokspor)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   TUR Yunus Emre Yalçın (at Kırklarelispor)
FW   TUR Görkem Güven (at Afyonspor)
FW   TUR Sabit Hakan Yılmaz (at Kırşehir Belediyespor)

Retired numbersEdit

No. Player Nationality Position İstanbulspor debut Last match Ref
22 Zeki Çelik   Turkey Right back 3 September 2016 4 May 2018 [2][3]

Notable playersEdit

Europe
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Russia
Turkey

List of presidentsEdit

As of 6 June 2019[4]
  • 1925–1935 Kemal Halim Gürgen
  • 1935–1941 Fethi Tanalay
  • 1941–1946 Murat Çelikel
  • 1946–1968 Ali Sohtorik
  • 1968–1970 Talha Dinçel
  • 1970–1972 Nirun Şahingiray
  • 1972–1973 Hayri Aydıner
  • 1973–1977 Hüseyin Taşdelenler
  • 1977–1978 Ural Aydıner
  • 1978–1980 Orhan Togar
  • 1980–1981 Dursun Öztürk
  • 1981–1984 Fethi Erhan
  • 1984–1987 Muhsin Sarıcı
  • 1987–1988 Mehmet Yıldırım
  • 1988–1992 Aziz Alturfan
  • 1992–1998 Cem Uzan
  • 1998–2002 Tayfun Gündoğar
  • 2002–2004 Adnan Sezgin
  • 2004–2006 Mehmet Akif Yaşin
  • 2006–2008 Saffet Sancaklı
  • 2008–2015 Ömer Sarıalioğlu
  • 2015– Ecmel Faik Sarıalioğlu

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "A Takım". İstanbulspor. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  2. ^ "İstanbulspor, Zeki Çelik'in formasını emekli etti" (in Turkish). Milliyet. Anadolu News Agency. 13 January 2019. Archived from the original on 6 June 2019. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  3. ^ "İstanbulspor, Mehmet Zeki Çelik'in formasını 'emekli' etti" (in Turkish). Habertürk. 13 January 2019. Archived from the original on 6 June 2019. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Başkanlarımız" (in Turkish). Archived from the original on 6 June 2019. Retrieved 6 June 2019.

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