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 Altay Alsancak Stadium, where they previously played.[1]

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Full nameAltay Spor Kulübü
Nickname(s)Büyük Altay (Great Altay)
Founded16 January 1914; 108 years ago (1914-01-16)
GroundAlsancak Mustafa Denizli Stadium
PresidentAyhan Dündar
ManagerSinan Kaloğlu
LeagueTFF First League
2021–22Süper Lig, 18th of 20 (relegated)
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 six non-champion clubs that topped the first half of 1. Lig table, along with Kocaelispor in 1992–93, and Sivasspor in 2007–08, 2008–09 and 2019–20.[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 many prominent Turkish politicians of the era. Former Turkish President Celal Bayar worked very hard in founding 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 İzmir Alsancak Stadium first built in 1929 and recently renovated in 2021.


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 30 April 2022[3]

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   POL Mateusz Lis
2 DF   IRN Mohammad Naderi
4 DF   SWE Eric Björkander
5 MF   CIV Serge Arnaud Aka
6 MF   TUR Ceyhun Gülselam
7 FW   SUR Leandro Kappel
8 MF   TUR Zeki Yıldırım
9 FW   EGY Ahmed Yasser Rayyan (on loan from Al Ahly SC)
10 MF   CHI Martín Rodríguez
14 DF   GER Tolga Ünlü
16 MF   BRA Thaciano (on loan from Grêmio)
17 MF   GAB André Biyogo Poko
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 MF   TUR Cem Özgener
19 FW   POR Marco Paixão
20 FW   TUR Kazımcan Karataş
21 MF   CHI César Pinares
28 DF   TUR Murat Akça
29 MF   SEN Khaly Thiam
30 FW   TUR Eren Erdoğan
35 GK   TUR Cihan Topaloğlu
38 DF   TUR İbrahim Öztürk
63 FW   GER Deniz Kadah
88 DF   TUR Özgür Özkaya
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. ^ "A TAKIM". Altay. Retrieved 12 September 2020.

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