Altay S.K.

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Altay Spor Kulübü is a Turkish professional football club based in the city of İzmir. Formed in 1914, Altay are nicknamed Büyük Altay (Great Altay). The club colors are black and white, and they currently play their home matches at the Bornova Stadium, while a new stadium is under construction at the site of the İzmir Alsancak Stadium, where they previously played.[1]

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Full nameAltay Spor Kulübü
Nickname(s)Büyük Altay (Great Altay)
Founded16 January 1914; 107 years ago (1914-01-16)
GroundBornova Stadium
PresidentÖzgür Ekmekçioğlu
ManagerMustafa Denizli
LeagueTFF First League
2019–20TFF First League, 7th
WebsiteClub website

Domestically, the club has finished third place for the Süper Lig three times and have won the Turkish Cup twice. They hold the record for most İzmir Football League titles with 14. They are the most successful İzmir-based club with 16 championships in various competitions.

Collecting 24 points of first halve of 1969–70 season in undefeated 15 games with 9 wins and 6 draws, Altay SK is one of four non-champion clubs that topped the first halve of 1. Lig ladder, along with İstanbul Başakşehir F.K. in 2016–17, Kocaelispor in 1992–93, and Sivasspor in 2007–08 and 2008–09.[2]


Altay was founded in 1914 in İzmir as İstiklal. The initial aim of the club was to unite Turkish youth under sporting activities and to encourage them, because in the 1910s minorities dominated sporting activities in İzmir. Under Ottoman rule, Turkish footballers were unable to compete. Altay was supported by Turkish politicians of the era. Celal Bayar worked very hard in foundation of the club and gave his full support.[citation needed]

Altay has an important place in Turkey's football history. The club had a key role in uniting the Turkish community during the Turkish War of Independence.[citation needed] Many players and supporters of Altay SK lost their lives in the Turkish War.[citation needed] After the Surname Law was adopted, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk gave General Fahreddin Pasha the surname of "Altay". Altay play in the former Stadium of Panionios and also use the former offices of the same club.[3]


National ChampionshipsEdit

National CupsEdit

Regional competitionsEdit

  • İzmir Professional League
    • Winners (2): 1956–57, 1957–58
  • İzmir Football League
    • Winners (14) (record): 1923–24, 1924–25, 1927–28, 1928–29, 1930–31, 1933–34, 1936–37, 1940–41, 1945–46, 1947–48, 1950–51, 1953–54, 1956–57, 1957-58

1Altay won the championship as "Üçok" (Three arrows), an alliance between Altay, Altınordu, and Bucaspor.

League ParticipationsEdit

European recordEdit

Competition Pld W D L GF GA GD
Cup Winners' Cup 6 1 2 3 6 12 –6
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 2 1 0 1 5 6 –1
UEFA Intertoto Cup 6 3 1 2 10 9 +1
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 4 0 1 3 3 14 –11
Total 18 5 4 9 24 41 –17

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup:

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1967–68 1R   Standard Liège 2–3 0–0 2–3
1968–69 1R   Lyn 3–1 1–4 4–5
1980–81 PR   Benfica 0–0 0–4 0–4

UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League:

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1977–78 1R   Carl Zeiss Jena 4–1 1–5 5–6

Inter-Cities Fairs Cup:

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1962–63 1R   Roma 2–3 1–10 3–13
1969–70 1R   Carl Zeiss Jena 0–0 0–1 0–1

UEFA Intertoto Cup:

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1998 R1   Shamrock Rovers 3–1 2–3 5–4
R2   Diósgyőr 1–1 1–0 2–1
R3   Bastia 3–2 (aet) 0–2 3–4


Current squadEdit

As of 14 February, 2021[4]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
3 DF   TUR Yusuf Tekin
4 DF   GER Tolga Ünlü
5 DF    SUI Berkay Sülüngöz
7 FW   NED Leandro Kappel
8 MF   TUR Yekta Kurtuluş
10 MF   MAR Adrien Regattin
15 MF   GAB André Biyogo Poko
17 FW   TUR Ziya Alkurt
18 FW   TUR Abdullah Aydın (on loan from Beşiktaş)
19 FW   POR Marco Paixão
20 FW   TUR Kazımcan Karataş
22 DF   TUR Çağlar Birinci
23 MF   TUR Harun Alpsoy (on loan from Antalyaspor)
25 DF   TUR Rıdvan Şimşek
26 MF   TUR Ilhan Depe
27 DF   TUR Mehmet Erdem Ugurlu
No. Pos. Nation Player
28 DF   TUR Murat Akca
29 MF   SEN Khaly Thiam
30 FW   TUR Eren Erdoğan
33 GK   POL Adam Stachowiak
35 GK   TUR Cihan Topaloğlu
38 DF   TUR İbrahim Öztürk
53 DF   TUR Lokman Gör
63 FW   TUR Deniz Kadah
66 DF   TUR Gençer Cansev
67 MF   TUR Zeki Yildirim
77 MF   BIH Jasmin Šćuk
83 MF   BRA Márcio Mossoró
88 DF   TUR Özgür Özkaya
89 MF   TUR Erhan Çelenk
90 DF   TUR Cebrail Karayel
99 GK   TUR Ozan Evrim Özenç

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
45 GK   TUR Aydın Bağ (at Vanspor)
MF    SUI Hakan Demirci (at Kocaelispor)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ ALTAY (in Turkish), accessed 24 June 2010
  2. ^ "Futbolda İlk Yarı Liderleri ve Şampiyonlar" (in Turkish). Milliyet. 5 January 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  3. ^ Στη Σμύρνη οι παλαίμαχοι του "Ιστορικού" Archived 25 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine (in Greek), accessed 24 June 2010
  4. ^ "A TAKIM". Altay. Retrieved 12 September 2020.

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