Sivasspor, officially known as Demir Grup Sivasspor due to sponsorship reasons, is a Turkish professional football club based in Sivas. Formed in 1967, the currently play in the Süper Lig. They finished fifth in the 2013–14 season, and contended for the Süper Lig title for two consecutive seasons 2007–08 and 2008–09, ultimately finishing fourth and second respectively.

Sivasspor logo.svg
Full nameDemir Grup Sivasspor Kulübü
Yigidos (The Braves)
Founded9 May 1967; 53 years ago (1967-05-09)
GroundSivas Stadium
PresidentMecnun Otyakmaz[1]
Head coachRıza Çalımbay
LeagueSüper Lig
2019–20Süper Lig, 4th
WebsiteClub website
Current season


Sivasspor were originally formed on 14 May 1932 in Sivas as Sivas Gençlik. They sported Kırmızı-Beyaz (Red-White) shirts and Beyaz (White) shorts. They played many matches at the amateur level in their early years before they were allowed to play professionally. By the mid-1960s, Sivas Gençlik merged with Yolspor and Kızılırmak. They had hoped that this merger would help their push to join the professional leagues, the league closed their doors to Sivasspor once more.[2]

There were several boycotts until 1 July 1967, when Sivasspor was allowed to play professional football in Turkey.[2] Sivasspor started out in the Second League, White Group.[3] Due to there being many new clubs, the Turkish Football Federation decided to create a third league. They were permitted into the Second League along with Afyonspor, Balıkesirspor, Giresunspor, Kastamonuspor, Malatyaspor, Orduspor, Uşakspor, and Taksim GK.[3] During their first professional season, Sivasspor finished 16th in their group, a mere four points from relegation. They also finished in the bottom half of the table the following season.[3][4] They came close to promotion to First League in 1971–72 and 1972–73 seasons but finished second behind Şekerspor and Adana Demirspor.[citation needed]

Sivas SK's classic home kit

Sivasspor would remain in the lower leagues until winning the Second League in 2005, gaining automatic promotion.[3] The club finished 8th in their first season in the Turkcell Super League. Werner Lorant led the team to key victories over clubs like Beşiktaş J.K. and Gençlerbirliği. At the end of their first season in the top flight, they finished with a record of ten wins, thirteen draws, and eleven losses, totaling out to 43 points. The club then finished 4th in the 2007–08 season, finishing on the same number of points as the second and third place teams but with an inferior goal difference.[3] Sivasspor had the championship in their sights until the penultimate match, when they were beaten 5–3 by eventual champions Galatasaray. The 2008–09 season saw them finish 2nd after leading the table for much of the season. After losing their final match of the season, they finished behind leaders Beşiktaş by 5 points.[citation needed]

On 17 September 1967, during a match against Kayseri Erciyesspor (Then Kayserispor) played at the Kayseri Atatürk Stadium, a disaster occurred with 40 dead and at least 300 injuries among the fans, which was the worst sporting-related event in Turkey. Almost all casualties were Sivasspor fans, who perished in a stampede after chaos broke out in their ranks, due to attacking Kayserispor fans. The match was finished 1–0 in favour of the Kayseri side. After the disaster, Kayseri Erciyesspor and Sivasspor played different groups of the 2nd league until the 1990–91 season. That year, both teams reconciled and played in the Fourth Group of the Third League (now TFF Second League). Kayseri Erciyesspor were champions and promoted to Second League.[citation needed]

Sivasspor finished fourth in the 2019–20 Süper Lig season; hence, they qualified to the 2020–21 UEFA Europa League for the first time in their history.[5]


National competitionsEdit

European competitionsEdit

European recordEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup 2R   FK Grbalj 1–0 2–2 3–2  
3R   Braga 0–2 0–3 0–5  
2009–10 UEFA Champions League 3Q   Anderlecht 3–1 0–5 3–6  
UEFA Europa League PO   Shakhtar Donetsk 0–3 0–2 0–5  
2020–21 UEFA Europa League GS   Villarreal 0–1 3–5 3rd  
  Qarabağ 2–0 3–2
  Maccabi Tel Aviv 1–2 0–1

League participationsEdit


Current squadEdit

As of 11 February, 2021[6]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 FW   CIV Arouna Koné
3 DF   TUR Uğur Çiftçi
4 DF   GAB Aaron Appindangoyé
5 MF   GHA Isaac Cofie
6 MF   BRA Claudemir
7 FW   CIV Max Gradel
8 MF   GER Robin Yalçın
9 FW   MLI Mustapha Yatabaré
11 FW   ESP Jorge Félix
14 DF   MLI Samba Camara
15 DF   TUR Alaaddin Okumuş
17 MF   GER Erdoğan Yeşilyurt
20 MF   TUR Kerem Atakan Kesgin
No. Pos. Nation Player
23 MF   UKR Serhiy Rybalka
25 GK   TUR Muammer Yıldırım
29 FW   CHA Casimir Ninga (on loan from Angers)
30 GK   MLI Mamadou Samassa
35 GK   TUR Ali Şaşal Vural
37 MF   TUR Hakan Arslan
58 DF   TUR Ziya Erdal
76 MF   MAR Fayçal Fajr
77 GK   TUR Baver Kuçkar
80 FW   NGA Olarenwaju Kayode (on loan from Shakhtar Donetsk)
88 DF   TUR Caner Osmanpaşa
99 FW   USA Tyler Boyd (on loan from Beşiktaş)

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
MF   TUR Furkan Sağman (at Sivas Belediyespor)
MF   SRB Armin Đerlek (at NK Aluminij)

Current coaching staffEdit

As of 3 February 2020.[7]

Position Name
Sporting Director   Oray Baykal
Manager   Rıza Çalımbay
Assistant manager   Bülent Albayrak
Assistant manager   Kenan Oktay
Assistant manager   Servet Çetin
Assistant manager   Ayhan Tenbeloğlu
Goalkeeping Coach   Cengiz Birgen



  1. ^ "SİVAS 4 EYLÜL". Turkish Football Federation. Retrieved 2008-07-09.
  2. ^ a b "Üç Yıldızın Öyküsü". Archived from the original on 2008-07-04. Retrieved 2008-07-05.
  3. ^ a b c d e "". Erdinç Sivritepe. Retrieved 2008-07-05.
  4. ^ "Dünden Bugüne". Archived from the original on 2008-07-03. Retrieved 2008-07-04.
  5. ^ "UEFA Europa League Power Rankings: Way-too-early look at where we stand for 2020-21 season". CBS Sports. 26 August 2020.
  6. ^ "Futbolcular". Retrieved 24 December 2020.
  7. ^ "Teknik Kadro - Demir Grup Sivasspor Resmi İnternet Sitesi". Retrieved 2020-03-02.

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