Akhisar Belediye Gençlik ve Spor Kulübü (Akhisar Municipality Youth and Sports Club), commonly known as Akhisar Belediyespor or Akhisarspor, is a Turkish professional football club located in the city of Akhisar. Formed in 1970, Akhisarspor are nicknamed Akigo. The club has a fierce rivalry with Turgutluspor and Manisaspor.
|Full name||Akhisar Belediye Gençlik ve Spor Kulübü|
|Founded||8 April 1970|
|Ground||Spor Toto Akhisar Stadium|
|League||TFF First League|
|2018–19||Süper Lig, 18th (relegated)|
|Active departments of |
Akhisar Belediyespor had their first major success in 2012 when they won the TFF First League and as a result were promoted to the Süper Lig. On 10 May 2018, Akhisarspor won their first professional trophy, the 2017–18 Turkish Cup. On 5 August 2018, they won the Turkish Super Cup by beating Galatasaray on penalties.
Akhisar Belediyespor was founded in 1970 by the merger of three football teams, Güneşspor, Gençlikspor and Doğanspor in Manisa. Yılmaz Atabarut was the founder and the first president of Akhisar Belediyespor.
The club competed in the Turkish regional amateur series until 1984, when it was promoted to the TFF Third League, the fourth level in the Turkish football league system. Ten years later, in 1994, they were relegated back to the regional amateur league for one season.
In 1995, Akhisar Belediyespor was promoted back to the third league. In the 2000–2001 season, they advanced to the TFF Second League and after nine years there, they were promoted to the TFF First League. They became the champion of the league in their second season which brought them to the highest level of Turkish football, the Süper Lig.
In 2012, Akhisar Belediyespor brought in Bruno Mezenga, Çağdaş Atan and Ibrahima Sonko to strengthen their squad. In January 2013, they signed Greek striker Theofanis "Fanis" Gekas who went on to score 12 goals for the remainder of the 2012–13 season, and assisted in the effort to keep the club in the division. Akhisar Belediyespor ended on a 14th place in the Süper Lig.
In the 2016–17 season, Akhisarspor finished in 7th place on the table, which is the highest position they've been in throughout their history.
|2008–09||2. Lig||5th||36||10||16||10||62||70||46||First round|
|2010–11||1. Lig||14th||32||8||9||15||27||39||33||First round|
|2011–12||1. Lig||1st||34||17||12||5||46||28||63||Third round|
|2012–13||Süper Lig||14th||34||11||9||14||36||44||42||Third round|
|2013–14||Süper Lig||10th||34||12||8||14||44||55||44||Group stage|
|2014–15||Süper Lig||12th||34||9||11||14||41||51||38||Group stage|
|2018–19||Süper Lig||18th||34||6||9||19||33||54||27||Runners-up||Winners||Europa League||Group stage|
|2018–19||UEFA Europa League||GS||Sevilla||2–3||0–6||4th|
- GS: Group stage
Colours and CrestEdit
The official colours of Akhisar Belediyespor are green and black, but the team also use the yellow colour. These three colours represent Güneşspor, Gençlikspor and Doğanspor, respectively. As a fourth colour, the club uses white. Nike has been the kit manufacturer of the team since 2012.
On the crest of the team you can again find the three colours of Akhisar Belediyespor. On the crest you can see a ball with wings. The ball is white coloured and the wings are yellow coloured. Above and under the ball you can read the words 'Akhisar' in green and 'Belediyespor' with a black background. Under Belediyespor, we can read 'Gençlik ve Spor Kulübü' and '1970' also in black.
Akhisar Belediyespor played at the Akhisar Şehir Stadium before being promoted to the Süper Lig in 2012. However, the Akhisar Şehir Stadium was not fit for the standards of the league. Consequently, the club had to ground-share with Manisaspor and use the Manisa 19 Mayis Stadium from 2012 to 2017. The stadium was officially opened in 1974 and was renovated in 2008.
|1||Akhisar Şehir Stadium||1970–2012||5,000|
|2||Manisa 19 Mayıs Stadium||2012–2017||16,597|
|3||Spor Toto Akhisar Stadium||2018–||12,139|
- As of 21 August 2019
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Current technical staffEdit
- As of 24 February 2019
|Goalkeeping coach||Metin Akçevre|
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