Kardemir Karabükspor

Kardemir Demir Çelik Karabükspor or simply known as Kardemir Karabükspor or Karabükspor is a Turkish sports club based in Karabük. The team was founded in 1969 after a merger between "Karabük Gençlikspor" and "Demir Çelik Spor". The club has in branches in football, wheelchair basketball and volleyball. The nickname of the club is Mavi Ateş; Blue Flame. The nickname comes from unfading blue flame coming out of one of the chimneys of Kardemir iron-steel works which is located in the entrance of the city. As the factory gives its name to the club, the team is cited as a worker's team.[2]

Kardemir Karabükspor
Full nameKardemir Demir Çelik Karabükspor
Nickname(s)Mavi Ateş (Blue Flame)
GroundDr. Necmettin Şeyhoğlu Stadium, Karabük
ChairmanZiya Ünsal[1]
ManagerAli Kemal Yılmaz
LeagueTFF Second League
2018–19TFF First League, 18th (relegated)
WebsiteClub website


Foundation and early history

In the year 1938, Azmi Tılabar, the head manager of the Turkish iron-steel industry, founded DÇ Gençlik Kulübü; DÇ Youth Club with grey-blue colours. In these times, the trainer of the football team was an English engineer Mr. Lain. The trainer of athletism was Turkish athlete Faik Önen. Moreover, Mersinli Ahmet and Yaşar Doğu were trainers of wrestling. During the 1940s, Karabükspor became a symbol in cycling, tennis and wrestling around Turkey. Starting in the 1950s, the "Karabük Gençlikspor" joined "DÇ Gençlik Kulübü" and finally, the club got its colours as red-blue.

The 1990s

In the last game of the 1993–94 season against Zeytinburnuspor, Karabükspor relegated from the Süper Lig. Karabükspor promoted to the top tier after winning the promotion play-off in the 1996–97 season. Karabükspor finished 8th in 1997–98. The next season, however, was disastrous for them as they again relegated to the second level. Karabükspor relocated to the Second League B Category in the 2001–02 season.

The 2000s

The team was promoted to the TFF First League in the 2007–08 season after a 7–0 win against Erzurumspor in the promotion group. On their 30th game of the 2009–10 season, they won 3–0 against Çaykur Rizespor which meant they were promoted to the Süper Lig after 11 years.

Past seasons

Domestic results

Season Place League
1969–709TFF Second League
1970–714TFF Second League
1971–721TFF Second League
1972–7315TFF First League
1973–742TFF Second League
1974–755TFF First League
1975–766TFF First League
1976–776TFF First League
1977–787TFF First League
1978–7912TFF First League
1979–805TFF First League
1980–8110TFF First League
1981–826TFF First League
1982–8312TFF First League
1983–841Amateur Level
1984–8510TFF First League
1985–8613TFF First League
1986–8710TFF First League
1987–884TFF First League
1988–897TFF First League
1989–907TFF First League
1990–9114TFF First League
1991–925TFF First League
1992–933TFF First League
1993–9414Süper Lig
1994–955TFF First League
1995–962TFF First League
1996–971TFF First League
1997–989Süper Lig
1998–9918Süper Lig
1999–001TFF First League
2000–015TFF First League
2001–021TFF Second League
2002–0311TFF Second League
2003–042TFF Second League
2004–057TFF Second League
2005–063TFF Second League
2006–073TFF Second League
2007–082TFF Second League
2008–097TFF First League
2009–101TFF First League
2010–119Süper Lig
2011–1212Süper Lig
2012–1315Süper Lig
2013–147Süper Lig
2014–1516Süper Lig
2015–162TFF First League
2016–1712Süper Lig
2017–1818Süper Lig
2018–1918TFF First League

League participations

European record

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 3Q Rosenborg 0–0 1–1 1–1 (a)
PO Saint-Étienne 1–0 0–1 1–1, 3–4 (pen.)
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round


The club are sponsored by the Kardemir company and the Iron workers unions from whom they draw a lot of their support, making it a club with true working class identity.[3] Their ultra group is called Mavi Ateş (Blue Flame) and their motto is, Dumanlı kentin puslu çocukları (Sons of the smoky city).[4]

Current sponsors

  • Kardemir
  • Çelik-iş Sendikası (Labor union of the workers in Kardemir Iron & Steel Works)


Current squad

As of 16 August 2018[5]

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

No. Position Player
3 MF Tuna Yalçın
13 DF Fatih Tultak
17 MF Enes Nalbantoğlu
20 DF Berkay Yılmaz
22 GK Ferhat Yilmaz
23 DF Abdullah Sezgin
27 MF Taşkın İlter
34 MF Emre Eser
55 DF Sezer Gündüz
No. Position Player
70 MF Toykan Topuz
77 MF Fatih Kizilay
90 FW Batuhan Kurt
92 MF Cihan Aydin
97 FW Arif Bostancı
98 DF Berk Kervankiran
99 FW Melih Berat Arslan
GK Halit Tokur

Technical staff

Manager Levent Açıkgöz
Assistant Manager Ilhan Özer
Goalkeeping Coach Mehmet Varlıer
Fitness Coach Burak Akalp
Fitness Coach Yasin Kurt
Match Analyst Eren Gürsoy


  1. (in Turkish) Club details
  2. "Soccer Vs. the State: Tackling Football and Radical Politics", PM Press, 2011, Gabriel Kuhn, p.172
  3. "Soccer Vs. the State: Tackling Football and Radical Politics", PM Press, 2011, Gabriel Kuhn, p.172
  4. "Karabükspor Profile". turkish-football.com. 2011. Retrieved September 1, 2011.
  5. http://www.kardemirkarabukspor.org.tr/t/a-takim
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