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Full name Gaziantepspor
Nickname(s) Şahinler (The Falcons)
Founded 25 February 1969 (1969-02-25)
Ground Gaziantep Kamil Ocak Stadium, Turkey
Ground Capacity 16,891
President İbrahim Halil Kızıl
Manager Mutlu Topçu
League Süper Lig
2014–15 Süper Lig, 10th
Website Club home page

Gaziantepspor is a professional Turkish football club located in the city of Gaziantep. Formed in 1969, Gaziantepspor are nicknamed the Şahinler (The Falcons). The club colours are black and red, and they play their home matches at Kamil Ocak Stadyumu.[1]


  • History 1
    • Foundation 1.1
    • Kamil Ocak 1.2
    • Club Emblem 1.3
    • Support 1.4
  • League Participations 2
    • Participations in Super League and Cups 2.1
    • Honours 2.2
    • Cup 2.3
  • European Participations 3
    • UEFA club competition record 3.1
  • UEFA Current ranking 4
  • Colours 5
  • Stadium 6
  • Players 7
    • Current squad 7.1
  • Current coaching staff 8
  • All-time most appearances top scorers 9
  • Presidents 10
  • Notable players 11
  • References 12


The first sports club in Gaziantep was founded by students at the American College in 1923. Several other clubs were founded soon after; Altınışık, Kilis İdman Yurdu Spor Kulübü, and Türkocağı Spor Kulübü. However, these clubs didn't last long, with Altınışık and Türkocağı folding in 1929 and 1931 respectively. Türkocağı went on to merge with Sanatkarlar Spor Kulübü to form Gaziantep İdman Yurdu. The club didn't register in time for the Gaziantep amateur league and were only permitted to compete in friendly matches. Gaziantep Idman Yurdu disbanded in 1932.[2]

There were no clubs in Gaziantep until 1938, with the sports branch of the community centre taking over and running all sporting activities. Gaziantepspor was founded in the early months of 1969. Important figures in Gaziantep held a meeting with then-mayor Abdülkadir Batur in order to form the club. A total of 58 people helped with the foundation of Gaziantepspor in 1969. The first president of the club was Beşir Bayram. The club contested friendly matches in their first season. They were allowed to join the 3.Lig in 1970.[3] In their first season of professional football, Gaziantepspor finished third in the 3.Lig, Yeşil Grup (Green Group).[4]

The club finished second in the 2.Lig in 1974–75, barely missing promotion by three points.[5] Gaziantepspor were promoted to the top-flight after the 1978–79 season.[6] The club managed to stay afloat in their first season in the 1.Lig, finishing one point above the relegation zone.[7] The club was relegated in 1983, but earned promotion back to the top-flight in 1990, where they have competed since. The club had the best position in the top-flight as 3rd in 1999–2000 and 2000–2001 seasons.


Gaziantepspor which bears the name of Gaziantep city was founded in first days of 1969. . Gaziantep citys’ leading people made a meeting under the chairmanship of Mayor Abdulkadir Batur and they made a first attempt for the foundation of the club. Later on,as a result of continuing meetings, Gaziantepspor Club was founded in 1969 with the participation of 58 people. At the end of the discourses on Gaziantepspors’ colurs;a lament color black, in memoriam of 6317 martyries who did not surrender city at the hazards of their lives to enemies in the Defense of Gaziantep which is an example to whole world as a bravery epic and a red which symbolizes our martyries’ blood, were chosen as the Club colors Red and Black. Besir Bayram who was a founder member, has been a first president of the Gaziantepspor Club.

Gaziantepspor finished its first season by playing friendly matches. Red – blacks started to play in the Turkish League in 1970–1971 season through a decree executed in 1970 which allowed city teams play directly in the third division.

Kamil Ocak

Kamil Ocak (1914-1969) was a member of parliament and a minister of state responsible for sports (1965-1969).[8]

Club Emblem

Gaziantepspor’s emblem represents the cities landmarks and was designed under the guidance of ex-chairman Celal Doğan. Gaziantep castle is symbolized by the outline of the logo. Above the Gaziantep banner lies the martrys memorial, the checkered background represents the cities treat to the world, the famous desert ‘Baklava’. In the foreground is a Falcon which is the clubs nickname as well as the name of one of the cities heroes Şahinbey.[9]


The club enjoy most of their support from the city and surrounding provinces. Their main ultra group is called Gençlik 27, (Youngers 27), 27 corresponds to the province's code. Gençlik 27 was founded in 1996 by Hasan Günoğlu also known as Hasan Reis (Reis meaning Boss). The supporter group are renowned for creating a great atmosphere at home games with their red flares flags and are found in the 5th and 6th stands behind the goal. Gaziantepspor fans also are known for being proud of their Anatolian heritage, playing national Turku Anadolu music, causing trouble, causing fights, violence and many crowd trouble is reported at games, which is caused by every fan and club in Turkish football as it is more than religion for the Turkish population.[9]

League Participations

Participations in Super League and Cups

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Manager
2005–06 SL 11 34 10 10 14 34 50 40 SF Walter Zenga
2006–07 SL 11 34 11 10 13 31 39 43 QF Samet Aybaba
2007–08 SL 9 34 11 10 13 36 45 43 Erdoğan Arıca / Mesut Bakkal
2008–09 SL 8 34 12 11 11 46 48 47 Nurullah Sağlam
2009–10 SL 13 34 9 13 12 38 39 40 José Couceiro
2010–11 SL 4 34 17 8 9 44 33 59 SF Tolunay Kafkas
2011–12 SL 10 34 13 9 12 39 33 48 Abdullah Ercan / Hikmet Karaman
2012–13 SL 10 34 12 10 12 42 49 46 Hikmet Karaman / Bülent Uygun
2013–14 SL 15 34 10 7 17 38 58 37 Bülent Uygun / Sergen Yalçın / Tahsin Tam
2014–15 SL Okan Buruk


Third Position (2): 1999–00, 2000–01
Fourth Position (2): 1980–81, 2010–11
Winners (2): 1978–79,1989–90
Winners (1): 1971–72


Winners: 2011–12

Winners (1)

Winners (5)

  • Gençlik ve Spor Bakanlığı Cup :

Winners: 1978–79

European Participations

UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League:

Season Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
2000–01 1R Deportivo Alavés 3–4 0–0 3–4
2001–02 QR Zimbru Chisinau 4–1 0–0 4–1
1R Hapoel Tel Aviv 1–1 0–1 1–2
2003–04 1R Hapoel Tel Aviv 1–0 0–0 1–0
2R RC Lens 3–0 3–1 6–1
3R Roma 1–0 0–2 1–2
2011–12 Q2 Minsk 5–1 1–1 6–2
Q3 Legia Warsaw 0–1 0–0 0–1

UEFA Intertoto Cup:

Season Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1996 GS Trans Narva 0–0 4th place
GS Lierse SK 0–1
GS Vasas SC 3–2
GS FC Groningen 1–1

UEFA club competition record

Competition Pld W D L GF GA
UEFA Cup 12 5 4 3 16 10
UEFA Europa League 4 1 2 1 6 3
UEFA Intertoto Cup 4 1 2 1 4 4
Total 20 7 8 5 26 17

UEFA Current ranking

As of 18 January 2012[10]
Rank Country Team Points
177 Oţelul Galaţi 7.764
178 Gaziantepspor 7.730
179 Kayserispor 7.730


The club colours are red and black. The colours were chosen as a dedication to the martyrs who gave up their lives to defend Gaziantep; black for the martyrs, and red for the martyrs blood.[3]


Gaziantepspor play their home matches at Gaziantep Kamil Ocak Stadium. The stadium is named after former politician Mehmet Kamil Ocak, who helped build sporting facilities in Gaziantep.[8] The stadium was opened in 1974 and it currently seats 16,981 spectators. The field is covered with grass, and the stadium also has floodlights.[1]


Current squad

As of 4 February 2015
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 Žydrūnas Karčemarskas
2 DF Mehmet Sedef
3 DF Elyasa Süme
4 DF Ognjen Vranješ
5 MF Abdülkadir Kayalı
6 MF Erdem Şen
7 MF Emre Nefiz
8 MF Oğuzhan Türk
9 FW Demba Camara
10 FW Muhammet Demir
11 FW John Chibuike
12 MF Daniel Larsson
14 MF Anton Putsila
No. Position Player
15 DF Gbenga Arokoyo
16 MF Ferhad Ayaz
17 MF Orkan Çınar
20 MF Muhammed Ildiz
21 MF Mustafa Durak
22 MF Abuda
26 DF Barış Yardımcı
35 MF İsmail Haktan Odabaşı
45 DF Süleyman Özdamar
50 DF Marçal (on loan from Benfica)
68 GK Alperen Uysal
91 GK Bora Sevim

Current coaching staff

Name Flag Position
Mutlu Topçu Technical Director
Cahit Kara Assistant Coach
İrfan Saraloğlu Assistant Coach

All-time most appearances top scorers

Rank Player Apps[11] Years Goal
1 Hasan Çelik 160 1988–1996 56
2 Hasan Özer 160 1992–2005 53
3 Cenk Tosun 130 2010–2014 51
4 Elvir Bolic 75 1992–1995 45
5 Zdravko Lazarov 103 2003–2006 41
6 Fatih Tekke 67 2000–2003 31
7 Ayhan Akman 112 1994–1998 26
8 Hüseyin Çakıroğlu 128 1979–1984 26
8 Beto 82 2007–2011 25
8 Oktay Derelioğlu 31 1989–1990 25
9 Maksim Romaschenko 68 2000–2003 24
10 Erdal Güneş 137 1999–2008 24


Notable players

Metin Akçevre
Bosnia and Herzegovina
South Africa

Note: players in bold represented their national football teams while playing for Gaziantepspor.


  1. ^ a b GAZİANTEPSPOR (Turkish), accessed 29 May 2010
  2. ^ HISTORICAL (English), accessed 30 June 2010
  3. ^ a b FOUNDATION (English), accessed 30 June 2010
  4. ^ Sivritepe, Erdinç 1970–1971 1. Lig, accessed 30 June 2010
  5. ^ Sivritepe, Erdinç 1974–1975 1.Lig, accessed 30 June 2010
  6. ^ Sivritepe, Erdinç 1978–1979 1.Lig turkish-soccer, accessed 30 June 2010
  7. ^ Sivritepe, Erdinç 1979–1980 1.Lig turkish-soccer, accessed 30 June 2010
  8. ^ a b Who is Kamil Ocak? (English), accessed 30 June 2010
  9. ^ a b GAZİANTEPSPOR (English) accessed 29 May 2010
  10. ^ UEFA Club Coefficients –
  11. ^ [2]
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