Akhisarspor

Akhisar Spor Kulübü (Akhisar Sports Club), commonly known as Akhisarspor, is a Turkish professional football club located in the city of Akhisar.[1] Formed in 1970, Akhisarspor are nicknamed Akigo.[2] The club has a fierce rivalry with Turgutluspor and Manisaspor.

Akhisarspor
Akhisar Belediyespor logo.svg
Full nameAkhisar Spor Kulübü
Nickname(s)Akigo
Short nameAkhisar S.K.
Founded8 April 1970; 51 years ago (1970-04-08)
GroundSpor Toto Akhisar Stadium
Capacity12,139
PresidentEvren Özbey
ManagerCem Kavçak
LeagueTFF First League
2019–20TFF First League, 4th
WebsiteClub website
Active departments of
Akhisarspor
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Football Basketball Taekwondo
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Wrestling

Akhisarspor 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.[3] On 5 August 2018, they won the Turkish Super Cup by beating Galatasaray on penalties.

HistoryEdit

Akhisarspor 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, Akhisarspor 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, Akhisarspor 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. Akhisarspor 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.

On 10 May 2018, Akhisarspor won the Turkish Cup, their first title in their history. This qualified them to the UEFA Europa League for the first time.[4]

StadiumEdit

Akhisarspor 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.

In 2014, the construction of Akhisarspor's new and very own stadium was started. It is called the Spor Toto Akhisar Stadium, and is located in Akhisar.[5][6]

Stadium historyEdit

# Stadium Years Capacity
1 Akhisar Şehir Stadium 1970–2012 5,000
2 Manisa 19 Mayıs Stadium 2012–2017 16,597
3 Spor Toto Akhisar Stadium 2018–present 12,139

Colours and CrestEdit

 
 
 
 
 
 
Akhisar's original home colours.

ColoursEdit

The official colours of Akhisarspor 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.

CrestEdit

On the crest of the team you can again find the three colours of Akhisarspor. 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 'Spor' with a black background. Under Spor, we can read '1970' also in black.[7]

League ParticipationsEdit

Recent seasonsEdit

Season League Cup Super Cup Europe
Division Pos Pld W D L GF GA Pts Competition Round
2007–08 3. Lig   2nd 32 17 10 5 45 24 61
2008–09 2. Lig 5th 36 10 16 10 62 70 46 First round
2009–10 2. Lig   2nd 36 21 10 5 64 32 73
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
2015–16 Super Lig 8th 34 11 13 10 42 41 46 Quarter-finals
2016–17 Süper Lig 7th 34 14 6 14 46 42 48 Quarter-finals
2017–18 Süper Lig 11th 34 11 9 14 44 53 42 Winners
2018–19 Süper Lig   18th 34 6 9 19 33 54 27 Runners-up Winners Europa League Group stage
2019–20 1. Lig 4th 34 16 9 9 46 39 57 Third round Runners-up

HonoursEdit

DomesticEdit

LeagueEdit

CupsEdit

European recordEdit

As of 13 December 2018
Competition P W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Europa League 6 0 1 5 4 14 –10
Total 6 0 1 5 4 14 –10

P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goals difference.

List of matchesEdit

Note: Akhisar score always listed first.

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Agg.
2018–19 UEFA Europa League GS   Sevilla 2–3 0–6 4th out of 4
  Krasnodar 0–1 1–2
  Standard Liège 0–0 1–2

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 14 February, 2021[8]

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   SRB Milan Lukač
5 DF   TUR Furkan Korkut
10 MF   TUR Çekdar Orhan
11 MF   TUR Onurcan Güler
12 MF   NGA Raheem Lawal
15 DF   TUR Orhan Tasdelen
16 MF   TUR Hasan Ali Adıgüzel
17 FW   TUR Bertuğ Bayar
20 MF   GER Enbiya Yildirim
21 FW   TUR Serkan Sefil
24 MF   SEN Paul Keita
26 MF   CIV Ibrahim Sissoko
27 DF   TUR Gökmen Aydogdu
28 MF   CGO Dzon Delarge
29 MF   GUI Alya Toure
30 MF   TUR Yavuz Özbakan
34 MF   NED Cihat Celik
39 MF   GER Alim Esgi
No. Pos. Nation Player
41 DF   TUR Cengiz Demir
45 GK   TUR Halil Yeral
52 DF   TUR Kemal Cingirt
54 GK   TUR Emircan Secgin
57 FW   TUR Bekir Akin
61 DF   TUR Kadir Keleş
67 DF   TUR Emirhan Civelek
70 DF   TUR Göksu Mutlu
74 DF   TUR Doğukan Nelik
77 DF   TUR Turhan Kaya
80 MF   TUR Mert Özyildirim
82 DF   TUR Recep Kutun
90 MF   CMR Akwo Ayuk
99 FW   NGA Nsima Peter
FW   TUR Yusuf Cataloluk
DF   TUR Yusuf Acer
MF   TUR Salih Yigit

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
72 DF   TUR Ilke Nelik (at Sultanbeyli Belediyespor)

PersonnelEdit

As of 29 January 2020[9]
Position Staff
Manager   Yılmaz Vural
Assistant   Recep Umut
Assistant   Ülken Durak
Assistant   Toprak Kırtoğlu
Goalkeeping coach   Metin Akçevre

Notable managersEdit

 
Okan Buruk won the 2017–18 Turkish Cup with Akhisarspor.
Dates Name Honours
2011–2014   Hamza Hamzaoğlu 2011–12 TFF First League
2017–2018   Okan Buruk 2017–18 Turkish Cup
2018   Safet Sušić 2018 Turkish Super Cup

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ AKHİSAR BELEDİYE GENÇLİK VE SPOR tff.org (in Turkish), accessed 23 June 2010
  2. ^ Tarihçe Archived 2015-11-17 at the Wayback Machine akhisarspor.com (in Turkish), accessed 23 June 2010
  3. ^ "Kupa tarihinin 15. şampiyonu oldu!".
  4. ^ sitesi, milliyet.com.tr Türkiye'nin lider haber. "Teleset Mobilya Akhisarspor - Fenerbahçe: 3-2 (İşte maçın özeti)".
  5. ^ "Akhisar Belediyespor'un stad ihalesi tarihi". Fotospor.com.
  6. ^ http://stadimiz.com/manisa-akhisar-yeni-stadyum-insaati/
  7. ^ "The official Twitter account of Akhisarspor". Twitter.
  8. ^ "A Takım". Akhisarspor. Archived from the original on July 18, 2019. Retrieved 2 January 2021.
  9. ^ Telmag. "Akhisar Belediyespor". www.akhisarspor.com.tr. Retrieved 2017-06-11.

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