Vefa S.K.

Vefa SK is a football club in Vefa, neighborhood of the Fatih (Eminönü between 1928–2008) district of İstanbul. The team currently competing at Bölgesel Amatör Lig 8th Grup which is 5th level of Turkish leagues. Vefa SK is the first and only Turkish club coached by a female manager, Özgür Gözüaçık Akyıldız.

Vefa SK
Full nameVefa Spor Kulübü
Nickname(s)Genç Keçiler (Young Goats)
Founded1908 (1908)
GroundVefa Stadium,
İstanbul, Turkey
Capacity6,500[1]
Chairman Mesut Gülbaran
Manager Adnan Keskin
LeagueTurkish Regional Amateur League
2015-16Turkish Regional Amateur League, Group 8, 3rd
WebsiteClub website

History

The club was founded in 1908 when Turkish football was legalized. The club was formed by the students from Vefa Idadisi (Vefa College), Saim Turgut Aktansel, Zeki (Baban), Hikmet (Barlan), Rıfat (Baban), Sudi Cavit (Oral), Tevfik (Kut), Yusuf Ziya and Sabri Beyler as Vefa Idman Yurdu. Following foundation of the Republic of Turkey, club's name change into Vefa Spor Klubu (Vefa Sport Club).[2]

They played in the İstanbul League until the establishment of the Turkcell Super League in 1959, for which they qualified. Vefa were relegated to the Second League (2. Lig) first time in 1962-63. They became the champions of the second league in 1964-65. They were relegated again in 1973-74. They stayed in the second league until 1986-87 season. They were relegated from 3rd division to amateur league in 1993-94. They played in the third league in 1998-99 and 1999-2000 seasons. Today they play in the amateur leagues. Their ground is the 6,000 capacity Vefa Stadı. Vefa finished İstanbul 4th Group of Super Amateur as champions[3] and qualified to play-offs for Regional Amateur League. They finished it as 6th [4] and qualified to Regional Amateur League play-outs. They faced with Bayrampaşa Tunaspor in 6 May 2012 and won as 3-1. Consequently, they promoted to Regional Amateur League (RAL) for 2012-13 season.[5] They finished 9rd group of RAL as 2nd and didn't qualified to promotion play-off. They finished 11th group of RAL as 8th, but they relegated to Istanbul Super Amateur due to Vefa finished below Dikilitaş, which was another Istanbul team according to RAL rules in 2013-14 season.[6] Vefaspor finished 1st Group of Istanbul Super Amateur League as 1st and qualified to promotion play-offs in 2014-15 season.[7] Vefaspor finished play-offs as 3rd and returned to RAL immediately.[8]

The club's colours are green and white.

Professional League history

They played in total 14 seasons in the top Turkish league.

The first ever national professional Turkish league (called Milli Lig - National League) started in 1959. Vefa was one of the founder member of Turkish Professional League. In 1959 Turkish Professional League was played in two stages - the Groups and the Final. The winners of each group qualified to the second stage. Vefa was placed in Group Red. They just missed the final, coming second after Galatasaray.

Turkish Professional League in 1959.

Adalet formed in 1946 as Adalet Gençlik Kulübü, and become Alibeyköy Adalet SK in 1971, then become Alibeyköy in 1980.

Vefa SK's all participations in the Turkish Professional League (Turkcell Super League) as follows;

  • 1959: 2nd in the Group Red, P: 20, G: 14, W: 7, D: 6, L: 1, F: 21, A: 10.
  • 1959-60: 11th place, P: 335, G: 38, W: 11, D: 13, L: 14, F: 37, A: 60.
  • 1960-61: 6th place, P: 41, G: 38, W: 13, D: 15, L: 10, F: 32, A: 39.
  • 1961-62: 18th place, P: 31, G: 38, W: 11, D: 9, L: 18, F: 29, A: 48.
  • 1962-63: 10th place in the Group White, P: 13, G: 20, W: 3, D: 7, L: 10, F: 22, A: 37, Relegated to Turkish Second Division.
  • 1965-66: 11th place, P: 27, G: 30, W: 9, D: 9, L: 12, F: 26, A: 36.
  • 1966-67: 13th place, P: 29, G: 32, W: 9, D: 11, L: 12, F: 31, A: 35.
  • 1967-68: 12th place, P: 29, G: 32, W: 8, D: 13, L: 11, F: 31, A: 35.
  • 1968-69: 13th place, P: 24, G: 30, W: 8, D: 8, L: 14, F: 27, A: 37.
  • 1969-70: 13th place, P: 25, G: 30, W: 7, D: 11, L: 12, F: 19, A: 28.
  • 1970-71: 14th place, P: 22, G: 30, W: 4, D: 14, L: 12, F: 28, A: 48.
  • 1971-72: 10th place, P: 28, G: 30, W: 9, D: 10, L: 11, F: 23, A: 27.
  • 1972-73: 14th place, P: 22, G: 30, W: 6, D: 10, L: 14, F: 22, A: 35.
  • 1973-74: 16th place, P: 17, G: 30, W: 5, D: 7, L: 18, F: 16, A: 39. (Relegated to Turkish Second Division)

Vefa SK's Turkish Second Division (currently known as TFF 1. League) History;

  • 1963-64: Second League 4th
  • 1964-65: Second League 1st (Promoted to First (Now Turkey Super League)
  • 1974-75: Second Division Group Red 15th.
  • 1975-76: Second Division Group White 5th.
  • 1976-77: Second Division Group White 8th.
  • 1977-78: Second Division Group White 8th.
  • 1978-79: Second Division Group White 4th.
  • 1979-80: Second Division Group B 6th.
  • 1980-81: Second Division Group B 9th.
  • 1981-82: Second Division Group A 5th.
  • 1982-83: Second Division Group A 8th.
  • 1983-84: Second Division Group B 5th.
  • 1984-85: Second Division Group C 8th.
  • 1985-86: Second Division Group C 8th.
  • 1986-87: Second Division Group C 16th. (Relegated to Turkish Third Division)

Current squad

As of 21 September 2015. Source

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 Özgür Solak (vice captain)
12 GK Anıl Tezcan
GK Mehmet Kırmızıtaş
2 DF Emin Çelik
3 DF Muhammed Emin Yamağ
5 DF Sarper Salih Ağca
4 DF Muhammed Çetin Polat
DF Burak Uğur
18 DF Şakir Örs
6 MF Mehmet Yılmaz
16 MF Emin Soğuk
No. Position Player
14 MF Yunusay Topçu
10 MF Fırat Işık (captain)
7 MF Tunç Yalçın
11 MF Yasin Sakaloğlu
MF Doğuş Cen Kazan
8 MF Samet Bektaş
MF Hüseyin Kaya
17 MF Yasin Tunçeli
15 FW Hilmi Can Ercan
13 FW Gökhan Öztürk
9 FW Sefa Turan

Notable players

Notable supporters

National players

Vefa SK players capped for Turkey national Football Team whilst playing for Vefa SK:

  • Sami Açıköney: 4 caps (Poland 1-2, Poland 1-6, Bulgaria 1-5, Yugoslavia 2-0)
  • Hüsamettin Böke: 2 caps (Romania 1-3, Yugoslavia 2-0)
  • Hayri Ragıp Candemir: 2 caps (Romania 1-3, Poland 1-6)
  • Hüseyin Saygun: 4 caps (Greece 3-1, Austria 0-1, China 4-0, Yugoslavia 1-3)
  • Galip Haktanır: 5 caps (Austria 0-1, Greece 2-1, Austria 0-1, Iran 6-1, Israel 1-5)
  • Melih Ilgaz: 1 cap (Iran 6-1)
  • Bülent Varol: 1 cap (Iran 6-1)
  • Şükrü Ersoy (goalkeeper): 1 cap (Israel 1-5)
  • İsmet Yamanoğlu: 5 caps (Sweden 1-3, Switzerland 1-5, Spain 0-0, Switzerland 2-1, Yugoslavia 2-2)
  • Garbis İstanbulluoğlu: 5 caps (Switzerland 1-5, Spain 0-0, Switzerland 2-1, Yugoslavia 2-2, Italy B 0-1)
  • Nejat Küçüksorgunlu: 2 caps (Egypt 4-0, Poland 1-0,
  • Hilmi Kiremitçi: 10 caps (Egypt 4-0, Poland 1-0, Spain 0-3, Belgium 1-1, Holland 2-1, Belgium 1-1, Romania 0-3, Romania 2-0, Holland 0-0, Bulgaria 1-2)

Vefa SK players scored for Turkey National Football Team whilst playing for Vefa SK;

Note:

  • Sami Açıköney is first Vefa SK player represented Turkey National Football team on 2 October 1925 in İstanbul against Poland.
  • Garbis İstanbulluoğlu is the first Vefa SK player scored for Turkey National Football Team.
  • Garbis İstanbulluoğlu first capped on 1 June 1952 in Ankara against Switzerland, scored in his debut.
  • Garbis İstanbulluoğlu is also the first Christian player represented Turkey National Football Team.
  • Hilmi Kiremitçi also scored in his debut for Turkey against Egypt on 5 April 1957 in Al-Qairah during Mediterranean Games. He is the last Vefa SK player represented Turkey as a Vefa SK player on 27 November 1960 in Sofija against Bulgaria. He then moved to Fenerbahçe S.K..

League participations

1959-1963, 1965-1974

1963-1965, 1974-1987

1987-1994, 1998-2000

2012-2014, 2015–16

1994-1998, 2000-2012, 2014–15

See also

  • List of Turkish Sports Clubs by Foundation Dates

References

  • Vefa Terbiye-i Bedeniyye Kulübü. Türk Futbol Tarihi vol.1. page(23). (June 1992) Türkiye Futbol Federasyonu Yayınları.
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