Adanaspor is a Turkish professional football club based in Adana, currently performing at the TFF First League. The club is founded in 1954 by the middle-class merchants and artisans in response to the alienation within city's then most popular club, Adana Demirspor, who were supported by workers, financed by landowners and governed by TCDD staff. Having played their first game in 1956 and became known as Adana derby, both clubs compete for the citywide support and domination since then. Adanaspor jersey colors, orange-white, symbolizes orange and cotton, the main harvests and believed by the club fans to be the true representation of the city.[4] Adanaspor shares the New Adana Stadium as homeground with their archrival.[5]

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Full nameAdanaspor Spor Faaliyetleri Anonim Şirketi[1]
Nickname(s)Turuncu ([The] Orange)
Toros Kaplanları ([The] Taurus Tigers)
Founded1932 (first club)[2]
1954 (current club)[3]
GroundNew Adana Stadium
ChairmanBayram Akgül
ManagerSait Karafırtınalar
LeagueTFF First League
2020–21TFF First League, 14th of 18
WebsiteClub website

Adanaspor were one of the most successful clubs of Turkish Football League in 1970s and early 1980s. Toros Kaplanları (Taurus Tigers) were the Runners-up at the 1980-81 season, having participated at the top division for total of 22 years. The club also competed at the UEFA Cup for three years.[6]


Club entrance

A club under the name of Adanaspor was first founded in 1932 and competed in the Adana Amateur League. Orhan Kemal pen named internationally known novelist Mehmet Raşit Öğütçü was one of the first players of this club.[2]

Club badge 1954–67

Current Adanaspor were founded on January 23, 1954 by Mehmet Şanlıtürk, Mustafa Bekbaş, Erol Erk, Ali Gedikbaş and Dr. Muzaffer Eraslan. The clubs' original colours were yellow and navy. They competed in the amateur league until 1966. Adanaspor merged with Akinspor and Torosspor in order to become a fully professional club. They were admitted into the 2. Lig (Second Division) in their first season as a professional club. After the merge, they changed their colours to orange and white.[6]

The club competed in the 2. Lig until they earned promotion to the 1. Lig (Süper Lig) at the conclusion of the 1970–71 season. They won their first cup, the Gençlik ve Spor Bakanlığı Kupası in 1973. Adanaspor defeated İzmir Denizgücü 2–0 in the final, with Behçet Arkun and Orhan Yalçınkaya scoring the goals. They spent thirteen straight years in the 1. Lig, from 1971–84, competing in the UEFA Cup three times and the Balkans Cup once.[6]

Adanaspor finished fourth[7] at the end of 1975–76 season, their highest finish in the top-flight at the time. They went on to best their record, finishing second in 1980–81. They were relegated for the first time in 1984, but earned promotion back in 1988 after winning the 2. Lig. However, due to financial troubles, the club could not keep up their level of performance and were relegated back to the 2. Lig at the end of the 1990–91 season.[6]

The club spent the next several years bouncing back and forth between leagues. The club spiraled out of control in the mid-2000s, declaring bankruptcy in 2005. They were relegated three times in a row, ending up in the 3. Lig (Fourth Division) in 2006. However, they earned double promotion in 2006–07 and 2007–08. They had been competing in the 1. Lig (Second Division) until 2016, narrowly missing out on promotion to the Süper Lig at the end of the 2009–10 season.[6]

Adanaspor finished 6th 1st League in 2011–12 season and qualified to Promotion Play-offs. They defeated Çaykur Rizespor with a 4–1 aggregate but were beaten by Kasımpaşa a 3–2 score (normal time score was 2–2) after extra time and missed return to top level. Finally Adanaspor guaranteed to return Süper Lig after defeating Gaziantep BB as 3–2 at away match coming from 0–2 deficit on 24 April 2016.

Stadium and the facilitiesEdit

Adanaspor hosting the Adana Derby in 2016

Adanaspor play their home matches at New Adana Stadium, which they share with Adana Demirspor.

Professional football team training ground is the Osman Yereşen Facility in the Belediye Evleri mahalle of the Çukurova district. The facility has two pitch and a residence building. The other facility, Çatalan Tesisleri, 25 km north of the city, in the Karaisalı district used mostly as a camping ground. Youth teams office are located at the 5 Ocak Stadium.[8]


Current squadEdit

As of 13 September 2021[9]

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 Burak Capkinoglu
5 MF   TUR Celil Yüksel
7 MF   GER Berkan Firat
9 FW   SRB Ognjen Ožegović
10 MF   TUR Serdar Özkan
11 FW   GHA Samuel Tetteh
12 DF   GHA Isaac Donkor
13 DF   TUR Harun Kaya
MF   MAR Youssef Aït Bennasser
16 MF   NGA Papa Daniel
17 FW   TUR Samed Ali Kaya
18 GK   BIH Goran Karačić
MF   TUR Cem Özdemir
20 MF   NED Thomas Bruns
No. Pos. Nation Player
23 DF   TUR Evren Korkmaz
30 MF   TUR Rüstü Hanli
35 MF   TUR Uğurcan Yazğılı
36 MF   NGA Innocent Kingsley
MF   TUR Orkan Cinar
48 GK   TUR Yaşar Memişoğullarından
61 DF   TUR Kadir Keles
69 DF   BEN Yohan Roche
74 GK   TUR Özer Soylu
77 DF   TUR İsmail Erdoğan
90 FW   TUR Ahmethan Köse
94 MF   TUR İbrahim Aksu
99 FW   TUR Firatcan Üzüm

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



European ParticipationsEdit

UEFA Cup/Europa League:

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1976–77 1R   Salzburg 2–0 0–5 2–5
1978–79 1R   Budapest Honvéd 2–2 0–6 2–8
1981–82 1R   Inter Milan 1–3 1–4 2–7

Supporters and rivalriesEdit

Adanaspor products sold before a match

Adanaspor are traditionally supported by the merchants and artisans of the city. Until the change in the club management in early 2000s, Adanaspor had a loyal fan base and had spectator average of 10000 to 15000 at every game. Since the club converted into a one-owner private company, although they continued to be supported at a good season, level of loyalty diminished sharply. During the seasons in which Adanaspor had poor results, average number of spectators fell down to 1500, way below the averages of the years from 1970 to 2000.

Adanaspor's main supporters group is "Turbeyler". Their permanent location at the 5 Ocak Stadium is the GKA (South Stands) which they call it the 'Arjantin Köşe' (en:Argentine Corner). Before 2000s at the derby matches, the West and the large East stand were shared equally by Adana Demir and Adanaspor fans, Adana Demir fans settle at the north seats of these Stands and Adanaspor fans settle at the south section.[4] Since 2000s, the entire West and East Stands were open only to the fans of the official host of the derby match. When Adana Demirspor is hosting, Adanaspor fans are only allowed to the 1600-seat South Stand and when Adanaspor is hosting, Adana Demirspor fans are only allowed to the 1600-seat North Stand.

Adanaspor are not known to have any political tendencies, however they were once owned by communications industry mogul Cem Uzan, who had links to the nationalist Youth Party.[14]

Coordinates: 37°01′57″N 35°15′45″E / 37.03250°N 35.26250°E / 37.03250; 35.26250

Affiliated clubsEdit

The following club(s) are currently affiliated with Beşiktaş J.K.:


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