Elazığspor

Elazığspor is a Turkish professional football club located in Elazığ and currently competes in the TFF Third League. They previously played their home games at Elazığ Atatürk Stadium in Elazığ, which had a maximum capacity of 13,923.[3] The club was founded in 1967.[4] They have also played in the Super League many times in the past.

Elazığspor[1]
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Full nameEntegre Solar Elazığspor Kulübü
Nickname(s)Gakgoşlar
Founded1967
GroundElazığ Doğukent Stadyumu (temporary)[2]
Capacity2.600
ChairmanSerkan Çayır
ManagerRamazan Çelik
LeagueTFF Third League
2021–22TFF Third League, Group 1, 14th
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

Elazığspor was founded in 1967 when three clubs (Merkez Gençlik, Güvenspor and Harputspor) were united to form a strong team for the city of Elâzığ. The club's emblem refers to a famous local dance called Çayda Çıra. This dance is performed with candles in the hands. Elazığspor's main rivals are Malatyaspor. The cities Elazig and Malatya, were Malatyaspor play, are neighboring cities.[5] Due to the rivalry meaning a lot to those fan bases, extra security is almost a necessity to make sure of safety. Due to the fan bases dislike for each other, sometimes the visiting team's fans will not be allowed to attend the game due to security reasons.[5] Usually, there will be around 30 journalists from Malatya to attend the game whenever the rivalry is being hosted by Elazigspor.[5] The “Doğunun derbisi” has become one of the biggest soccer rivalries in Turkey. One friendly match that Elazigspor played versus Diyarbakırspor on September 5, 2011 turned tragic. Fans of both teams threw stones and hard objects at each other.[6] One lieutenant and 1 expert sergeant died to the fan's behaviors.[6] A total of 6 people were injured.[6] These events happened during the middle of the match, as the game had to be delayed until the events that were going on came down. The club has played in the Second and Third Leagues for several years. Finally in 2002, the club was promoted to the Turkish First Football League. However, in 2004, they were relegated to the TFF First League again. They were relegated to the TFF Second League in 2008 after finishing in 16th place.

In January 2019, Elazığspor hit the news after signing 22 players in 2 hours on 30 January, after negotiating the end of a transfer ban imposed by the Turkish Football Federation.[7] The club, which made so many transfers in such a short time, entered the Guinness Book of Records.

League participationEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 26 September 2020[8][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
4 DF   TUR Onur Alsu
5 DF   TUR Ömer Faruk Aydemir
6 MF   TUR Cihan Canpolat
7 MF   TUR Murat Ceylan
8 MF   BEL Kadir Bekmezci
9 FW   TUR Cihan Aslan
10 MF   AUT Muhammed Ildiz
11 MF   TUR Salih Polatdemir
13 GK   TUR Ali Karataş
14 MF   TUR Firat Ergün
17 FW   TUR Ömer Yıldız
18 MF   TUR Firat Sefa Öncü
19 MF   TUR Selim Özeren
20 MF   TUR Cengizhan Akgün
21 DF   TUR Hebat Alan
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 DF   TUR Tufan Kelleci
23 DF   TUR Hasan Ekici
30 DF   TUR Yiğitcan Erdoğan
35 DF   TUR Gökhan Ekmen
52 MF   TUR Izzet Topatar
75 MF   TUR Muhammed Umut Akbulut
77 DF   TUR Eren Çinkılınç
88 MF   TUR Yusuf Ensar Poyrazlı
95 GK   TUR Ahmet Doğan
97 GK   TUR Okan Aytekin
GK   TUR Ali Can
DF   TUR Muhammed Düzgüner
DF   TUR Murathan Özen
DF   TUR Eray Berk Yıldız

Notable playersEdit

Bosnia and Herzegovina
France
Netherlands
Sweden
Turkey

ManagersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sanica Boru ile yollarımızı ayırdık". ntvspor.net. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Doğukent Butik Stadyumu yeni sezona hazır".
  3. ^ "ELAZIĞSPOR KULUBÜ".
  4. ^ Okay, Cüneyd (2002). "The Introduction, Early Development and Historiography of Soccer in Turkey: 1890-1914". Soccer & Society. 3 (3): 1–10. doi:10.1080/714004887. S2CID 144787624.
  5. ^ a b c "NEW APPOINTMENT IN EAST".
  6. ^ a b c "Diyarbakırspor Elazıgspor- Match Events". 2011-09-05.
  7. ^ Sarigul, Erin. "Turkish club Elazigspor sign record 22 players in two hours". ESPN. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Elazığspor". Mackolik.com. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  9. ^ "TETİŞ YAPI ELAZIĞSPOR - Club Details TFF". www.tff.org. Retrieved 17 April 2018.

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