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Kayseri Erciyesspor is a Turkish sports club based in Kayseri.

Kayseri Erciyesspor
Full nameKayseri Erciyesspor[1]
Nickname(s)Mavi Ejder (Blue Dragons)
Panterler (Panthers)
Founded1 June 1966; 53 years ago (1966-06-01)
GroundKayseri Atatürk Spor Kompleksi Yan Açık Saha[2]
ChairmanSaffet Külahçı[4]
2017–18TFF Third League, 18th (Relegation)


In 1965, Orhan Şefik Apak, then president of the Turkish Football Federation, asked cities in Turkey to combine their amateur football clubs into one singular club that would represent their communities. These new clubs would compete in the newly created 2.Lig (Second Division). After several meetings, representatives of the city merged Erciyesspor, Sanayispor, and Ortaanadoluspor to form Kayserispor. The club submitted the required paperwork and were officially founded as Kayserispor on 1 July 1966. They began competing in the 1966–67 2.Lig. Erdoğan Gürhan was the first manager, signing a contract worth 1,500 TL. In their first season, the club competed in the Beyaz Grup (White Group). Yener scored the first goal in club history when he netted a shot in the 17th minute against Ankara Toprakspor. The club finished with a nine win, nine draw, and twelve loss record in 30 matches while scoring 21 goals and conceding 33. They finished in ninth place.[5]

Kayserispor were promoted to the 1.Lig for the first time at the end of the 1972–73 season.[6] They were also relegated for the first time in 1974–75, and competed in the 2.Lig until 1978–79. Kayserispor defeated Galatasaray in the quarter-finals of the 1977–78 Türkiye Kupası, and reached the semi-finals for the first time. They went on to lose to Adana Demirspor.[7] In 1978, Tamer Kaptan, manager of the club at the time, brought Johan Cruyff's Total Football system to Kayserispor after watching the Netherlands national football team in the 1978 FIFA World Cup. The club proceeded to score 66 goals that season, which ranked them second in Europe behind English club Liverpool F.C. The club were promoted again at the end of the 1978–79 after beating Ankaragücü 3–0 at promotion play-off,[8] but were relegated at the end of the following season.[9] Kayserispor were promoted to the 1. Lig again in 1984–85,[10] but were once again relegated the following year.[11] They would continue competing in the 2.Lig until the end of the 1991–92 season except playing in third level between 1989 and 1991. The club set a record for most managers in a season when they hired and fired eight coaches throughout the 1988–89 season. Kayserispor reached a low point when they were relegated to the 3. Lig the following season.[12] Kayserispor returned to 1. Lig after successively 2 promotions between 1990 and 1992[13]

Kayserispor started 1. Lig in 1992–93 season with 7–2 away defeat to Kocaelispor, also newcomer but managed to remain in it. They reached to 11th position in 1994–95 season but were relegated again to 2nd League at the end of the following season.[14] They returned to top level at first attempt,[15] but this return lasted one season after finishing behind Gençlerbirliği and Gaziantepspor due to goal average[16]

Kayserispor stayed in second level until of 2003–2004 season. After the season Kayseri Erciyesspor promoted to Super League. Before the start of 2004–2005 season, 2 teams of Kayseri switched their names, chairmans and managers. Thus, Kayserispor became Kayseri Erciyesspor and changed their colours as blue-black. They finished 2nd level as 3rd and thus returned to top level after 7 seasons.[17] They finished Super League with respectable 10th place in 2005–2006 season.[18] But they were relegated to second level end of the following season despite becoming runner-up to Turkey Cup, went to Beşiktaş.[19] Kayseri Erciyesspor played in First League again between 2007 and 2013 before returning to top level as champions. The past four seasons the club relegated four times in a row, resulting competing in the Turkish Regional Amateur League in the 2018-19 season. However, prior to the start of the season the club withdrew itself from participating in the Turkish Regional Amateur League.[20]

1967 Kayseri Stadium disasterEdit

Kayseri Erciyesspor were involved in the worst cases of crowd violence in Turkish football history, otherwise known as the '1967 Kayseri stadium disaster' in which 43 peoples lost their lives and 300 were injured as known as Kayserispor before 2004–2005 season. The match took place on 17 September 1967 against neighboring city rivals Sivasspor. Sivasspor supporters traveled to the city of Kayseri with 20 minibuses, 40 coaches and by train. Minor disturbances and unrest were reported around the city and the Sivasspor fans were accused of acts of hooliganism and vandalism. The match kicked off at 16:00 in front of 21,000 fans in the Kayseri stadium, the troubles started in the 20th minute when Kayserispor's Küçük Oktay scored. Witnesses at the game reported that Sivasspor supporters responded by hurling rocks and stones at the Kayserispor stands. The incident resulted in the Kayserispor fans panicking and two children lost their lives in the resulting stampede. Kayserispor fans retaliated by marching onto the Sivasspor supporters with stones, sticks and knives. The outnumbered Sivas fans tried to flee however, the exit gate malfunctioned and wouldn't open, this caused a stampede in which 41 people died and 300 were injured as a result of being stamped on and suffocated. Both sides were banned from having supporters at their games for the rest of the season and they were not allowed to play each other for 5 years.[21] The disaster also caused enmity between the cities of Kayseri and Sivas. They finally met in 4th Group of 3rd League in 1990–91 season and the enmity was turned to peaceful rivalry.



League participationsEdit




Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2007–08 Q2   Maccabi Tel Aviv 3–1 1–1 4–2
1R   Atlético Madrid 0–5 0–4 0–9


  1. ^ Club details on displayed 26 December 2016,
  2. ^ Kayseri Atatürk Spor Kompleksi Yan Açık Saha
  3. ^ (in Turkish) Ground details on sporaskayseri displayed 26 December 2016
  4. ^ Club details on tff.orgdisplayed 22 December 2017
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  20. ^ Nine teams withdrew, retrieved 6 December 2018.
  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 October 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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