Elazığspor is a Turkish professional football club located in Elazığ and currently competes in the TFF Second 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]

Full nameBirevim Elazığspor Kulübü
GroundElazığ Gençlik Merkezi Sentetik Sahası (temporary)[2]
ChairmanSelçuk Öztürk
ManagerLevent Eriş
LeagueTFF Second League
2018–19TFF First League, 17th (relegated)
WebsiteClub website


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]

League participationEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 28 August 2019[8][9]

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

No. Position Player
4   DF Onur Alsu
5   DF Yiğitcan Erdoğan
6   DF Ahmet Burak Solakel
7   MF Murat Ceylan
8   MF Kadir Bekmezci
9   FW Ömer Yıldız
11   MF Cengizhan Akgün
13   GK Ali Karataş
17   DF Hasan Ekici
18   MF Firat Sefa Öncü
19   MF Selim Özeren
22   DF Murathan Özen
23   MF Kadir Taşoğlu
No. Position Player
24   DF Ömer Faruk Aydemir
28   MF Enbiya Yildirim
37   DF Eray Yıldız
38   GK Nuh Naci Kırlangıçoğlu (on loan from Kayserispor)
41   DF Muhammed Düzgüner
52   MF Izzet Topatar
66   MF Ahmet Can Aslan
67   MF Cihan Canpolat
95   GK Ahmet Doğan
  MF Salih Polatdemir
  MF Nihat Bal
  DF Doğuş Kaya
  FW Kaan Güleç
  DF Eren Çinkılınç
  MF Dersim-Sahan Kaynak (on loan from Yeni Malatyaspor)



  1. ^ "Sanica Boru ile yollarımızı ayırdık". ntvspor.net. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  2. ^ https://www.elazigsonhaber.com/gundem/genclik-merkezi-sahasi-tff-yetkililerince-denetlendi-h48645.html
  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.
  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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