İstanbulspor

İstanbulspor is a Turkish football and sports club founded by Istanbul High School students in 1926. In 2004–05 they were relegated from the Turkish Süper Lig (Super League) to TFF 1. Lig. For many decades it was the fourth most famous and well-developed professional football club from Istanbul, coming after Beşiktaş, Galatasaray, and Fenerbahçe. After being bought by the Uzan Family in 1990, it has been repossessed by the government and resold to third companies.

İstanbulspor
Full nameİstanbulspor
Nickname(s)Boğalar (Bulls)
İstanbul'un Takımı (Istanbul's Team)
Halkın Takımı (People's Team)
Founded23 July 1913 (1913-07-23) as Makriköy İdman Yurdu
Merged with Istanbul High School on 4 January 1926.
GroundNecmi Kadıoğlu Stadium,
İstanbul, Turkey
Capacity4,491
ChairmanEcmel Faik Sarıalioğlu
ManagerFirat Gül
LeagueTFF First League
2018–19TFF First League, 11th
WebsiteClub website

Their greatest success is the Turkish championship title won in 1932.

History

İstanbulspor was founded by Kemal Halim Gürgen and Istanbul High School students on 4 January 1926, being one of the first sports clubs of the Turkish Republican period. In the 1931–32 season, İstanbulspor won both the Istanbul League and Turkish Football Championship.

Until 1990, the club was managed by Istanbul High School foundation. During this period, İstanbulspor has relegated from and promoted to the top division for several times. Also, it relegated to Amateur Level in 1979 and played on amateur level for two seasons. In 1984, club was relegated to third league. In 1990, Uzan Holding, led by Turkish businessman Cem Uzan, has bought the club and converted it into İstanbulspor A.Ş., İstanbulspor incorporation. After that, Istanbulspor was funded by Uzan Family and promoted back to first league in 1995. Istanbulspor became one of the most successful Turkish football clubs again, as they reached the fourth place in the 1997–98 season and played in the UEFA Cup. Uzan Family withdrew its support from İstanbulspor in 2001. Because of this, İstanbulspor fell into financial crisis, and became ninth in the 2002–03 season.

Eventually, in 2003, the Turkish government took over the financially collapsed club. However, Istanbulspor were relegated to the second league in 2004–05. In 2006, İstanbulspor have been resold by the government to former Turkish player Saffet Sancaklı's Marmara Spor Faaliyetleri San. ve Tic. A.Ş. for $3,250,000. In 2007, Ömer Sarıalioğlu, a Turkish businessman, bought the club from Saffet Sancaklı. İstanbulspor tried to avoid relegation at the last two seasons. İstanbulspor escaped from relegation in the 2008–09 season after finishing sixth in the Third Group. However, İstanbulspor finished the Second Group of the 2nd League next season as second from last and were finally relegated to the Third League, which is the fourth level of the Turkish football system. They played in the promotion play-offs in the 2012–13 and 2013–14 seasons but failed to achieve success. İstanbulspor finally promoted to the Second League, after defeating Zonguldak Kömürspor and Çorum Belediyespor successively in promotion play-offs in the 2014–15 season.

Colours and crest

The colours of İstanbulspor are yellow and black, which are the colours of Istanbul High School. Also white is accepted as a third colour, but this is not official. Having represented Turkey in an international competition, İstanbulspor was granted the privilege to use the Turkish flag in its emblem, located on the top left corner. The emblem of Istanbul High School is at the middle.

League participations

European history

UEFA Cup/Europa League:

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1998–99 Q2 Argeş Piteşti 4–2 0–2 4–4 (a)

UEFA Intertoto Cup:

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1997 Group Stage Universitāte Rīga N/A 5–1 1st
Vasas SC 2–0 N/A
Werder Bremen N/A 0–0
Öster 3–2 N/A
Semi-final Lyon 2–1 0–2 2–3

Honours

European competitions

Semi-finals (1): 1997

Domestic competitions

Winners (1): 1932
Winners (1): 1967–68
Runners-up (1): 1994–95
Winners (2): 1991–92, 2016–17
Winners (1): 2014–15

Regional competitions

Winners (1): 1931–32
Winners (1): 1931–32
  • Istanbul 2. Football League
Winners (1): 1926–27

Others

Winners (1): 1970–71
Winners (2): 1996, 2000

Players

Current squad

As of 26 June 2019[1]

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

No. Position Player
1 GK Alperen Uysal
3 DF Wellington
4 DF Mehmet Yeşil
5 MF Eslem Öztürk
6 MF Okan Saraçoğlu
7 MF Ali Dere
8 MF Muhammed Enes Durmuş
9 FW İbrahim Yılmaz
10 MF Onur Ergün
11 MF Aldin Čajić
12 MF Joseph Mensah
13 DF Oğuzhan Berber
16 FW Allahyar Sayyadmanesh (on loan from Fenerbahçe)
17 DF Patrick Etoga
20 MF Muhammed Demirci
21 MF Muhsin Yıldırım
No. Position Player
23 MF Yunus Emre Yalçın
24 MF Abdullah Dijlan Aydin
25 GK Halil Yiğit Yitmez
28 FW Oguzhan Akgün (on loan from Beşiktaş)
34 DF Ali Aytemur
44 DF Muhammet Şahin
47 GK Yusuf Aklan
50 MF Mohammed Sammed
53 FW Papa Diouf
77 MF Kağan Miray Bağış
86 FW Berkay Görmez
88 DF Duhan Aksu
90 GK Umut Kaya
MF Emirhan Korkmaz
FW Zafer Şensoy
MF Batın Özdemir
DF Süleyman Selak

Retired numbers

No. Player Nationality Position İstanbulspor debut Last match Ref
22 Zeki Çelik  Turkey Right back 3 September 2016 4 May 2018 [2][3]

List of presidents

As of 6 June 2019[4]
  • 1925–1935 Kemal Halim Gürgen
  • 1935–1941 Fethi Tanalay
  • 1941–1946 Murat Çelikel
  • 1946–1968 Ali Sohtorik
  • 1968–1970 Talha Dinçel
  • 1970–1972 Nirun Şahingiray
  • 1972–1973 Hayri Aydıner
  • 1973–1977 Hüseyin Taşdelenler
  • 1977–1978 Ural Aydıner
  • 1978–1980 Orhan Togar
  • 1980–1981 Dursun Öztürk
  • 1981–1984 Fethi Erhan
  • 1984–1987 Muhsin Sarıcı
  • 1987–1988 Mehmet Yıldırım
  • 1988–1992 Aziz Alturfan
  • 1992–1998 Cem Uzan
  • 1998–2002 Tayfun Gündoğar
  • 2002–2004 Adnan Sezgin
  • 2004–2006 Mehmet Akif Yaşin
  • 2006–2008 Saffet Sancaklı
  • 2008–2015 Ömer Sarıalioğlu
  • 2015– Ecmel Faik Sarıalioğlu

References

  1. "A Takım". İstanbulspor. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  2. "İstanbulspor, Zeki Çelik'in formasını emekli etti" (in Turkish). Milliyet. Anadolu News Agency. 13 January 2019. Archived from the original on 6 June 2019. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  3. "İstanbulspor, Mehmet Zeki Çelik'in formasını "emekli" etti" (in Turkish). Habertürk. 13 January 2019. Archived from the original on 6 June 2019. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  4. "Başkanlarımız" (in Turkish). Archived from the original on 6 June 2019. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
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