Altay S.K.

Altay Spor Kulübü is a Turkish professional football club based in the city of İzmir. Formed in 1914, Altay are nicknamed Büyük Altay (Great Altay). The club colors are black and white, and they currently play their home matches at the İzmir Atatürk Stadium, while a new stadium is under construction at the site of the İzmir Alsancak Stadium, where they previously played.[1]

Full nameAltay Spor Kulübü
Nickname(s)Büyük Altay (Great Altay)
Founded16 January 1914 (1914-01-16)
GroundMenemen İlçe Stadium, İzmir
PresidentÖzgür Ekmekçioğlu
ManagerAli Tandoğan
LeagueTFF First League
2018–19TFF First League, 10th
WebsiteClub website

Domestically, the club has finished third place for the Süper Lig three times and have won the Turkish Cup twice. They hold the record for most İzmir Football League titles with 14. They are the most successful İzmir-based club with 16 championships in various competitions.

Collecting 24 points of first halve of 1969–70 season in undefeated 15 games with 9 wins and 6 draws, Altay SK is one of four non-champion clubs that topped the first halve of 1. Lig ladder, along with İstanbul Başakşehir F.K. in 2016–17, Kocaelispor in 1992–93, and Sivasspor in 2007–08 and 2008–09.[2]


Altay was founded in 1914 in İzmir as İstiklal. The initial aim of the club was to unite Turkish youth under sporting activities and to encourage them, because in the 1910s minorities dominated sporting activities in İzmir. Under Ottoman rule, Turkish footballers were unable to compete. Altay was supported by Turkish politicians of the era. Celal Bayar worked very hard in foundation of the club and gave his full support.

Altay has an important place in Turkey's football history. The club had a key role in uniting the Turkish community during the Turkish War of Independence. Many players and supporters of Altay SK lost their lives in the Turkish War. After the Surname Law was adopted, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk gave General Fahreddin Pasha the surname of "Altay". Altay play in the former Stadium of Panionios and also use the former offices of the same club.[3]


National Championships

National Cups

Regional competitions

  • İzmir Professional League
    • Winners (2): 1956–57, 1957–58
  • İzmir Football League
    • Winners (13) (record): 1923–24, 1924–25, 1927–28, 1928–29, 1930–31, 1933–34, 1936–37, 1937–381, 1940–41, 1945–46, 1947–48, 1950–51, 1953–54

1Altay won the championship as "Üçok" (Three arrows), an alliance between Altay, Altınordu, and Bucaspor.

League Participations

European record

Competition Pld W D L GF GA GD
Cup Winners' Cup 6 1 2 3 6 12 –6
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 2 1 0 1 5 6 –1
UEFA Intertoto Cup 6 3 1 2 10 9 +1
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 4 0 1 3 3 14 –11
Total 18 5 4 9 24 41 –17

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup:

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1967–68 1R Standard Liège 2–3 0–0 2–3
1968–69 1R Lyn 3–1 1–4 4–5
1980–81 PR Benfica 0–0 0–4 0–4

UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League:

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1977–78 1R Carl Zeiss Jena 4–1 1–5 5–6

Inter-Cities Fairs Cup:

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1962–63 1R Roma 2–3 1–10 3–13
1969–70 1R Carl Zeiss Jena 0–0 0–1 0–1

UEFA Intertoto Cup:

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1998 R1 Shamrock Rovers 3–1 2–3 5–4
R2 Diósgyőr 1–1 1–0 2–1
R3 Bastia 3–2 (aet) 0–2 3–4


Current squad

As of 21 August, 2019[4]

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 Emre Koyuncu
4 MF Deniz Vural
5 MF Merter Yüce
6 DF Gençer Cansev
7 FW Leandro Kappel
8 MF Hélder Tavares
9 FW Hüsamettin Yener
10 MF Andreas Tatos
13 DF Cagri Bugra Dissiz
14 MF Yılmaz Özeren
16 MF Anton Putsila
17 DF İbrahim Öztürk
18 MF Yasin Palaz
19 FW Marco Paixão
No. Position Player
21 MF Ibrahim Alhassan
26 DF Erhan Kartal
33 DF Cenk Özkacar
38 MF İbrahim Öztürk
42 DF Abdülkerim Bardakcı
45 GK Aydın Bağ
55 MF İbrahim Akın
70 FW Leandrinho
77 MF Ihsan Deniz
88 DF Özgür Özkaya
92 DF Mustafa Murat Uslu
98 MF Atakan Çankaya
99 MF Oğuz Han Aynaoğlu
GK Cihan Topaloğlu

See also


  1. ALTAY (in Turkish), accessed 24 June 2010
  2. "Futbolda İlk Yarı Liderleri ve Şampiyonlar" (in Turkish). Milliyet. 5 January 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  3. Στη Σμύρνη οι παλαίμαχοι του "Ιστορικού" Archived 25 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine (in Greek), accessed 24 June 2010
  4. "A TAKIMI". Altay. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
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