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Antalyaspor is a football club based in Antalyamarker, Turkeymarker and play their home matches at Antalya Atatürk Stadiummarker. They are currently playing in Turkcell Super League, the top tier football league in Turkeymarker.

History

Antalyaspor were established in 1966 after three local teams united to establish a club for the coastal city of Antalyamarker. These teams were Yenikapı SuSpor, İlk Işıkspor and Ferrokromspor.

The people of Antalya had to wait until 1982 for their team to be promoted to the Turkcell Super League. However, at the end of 1984-85 season Antalyaspor were relegated to second division again. After spending one season in the second division, Antalyaspor were promoted to the first division. This time they were able to survive in the first division for only one season and at the end of 1986-87 season, Antalyaspor were relegated to second division once more.

At the end of 1993-1994 season Antalyaspor had to play a play-off final to be promoted to the first division. In the play-off final, the opponent was Istanbulspor who had striker Tanju Çolak in their roster. After Tanju scored two goals, Istanbulspor had a 2-0 lead in the game. However, Antalyaspor managed to score two goals to go to the extra time. A free-kick goal in extra time by Adnan helped them win the match 3-2, and they were promoted to the first division.

The team have stayed in first division until 2002. In this period, they represented Turkey in Intertoto Cup two times and in UEFA Cup once. The club's greatest achievement came in 2000 when they made it to the final of the Turkish Cup. They lost the match 5-3 to Galatasaray after extra time, but were given a spot in the UEFA Cup for the coming year. Their first campaign in the UEFA Cup ended when they lost 6-2 to Werder Bremen on aggregate, despite winning two-to-nil at home. In the league they were relegated by just one point that season.

In the 2005-2006 season, Antalyaspor secured a second place after the champions Bursaspor in the Turk Telekom League A, and were promoted to the Turkcell Super League. However, 2006-2007 season was a disappointment for Antalyaspor and she relegated to League A as 16th after a 3-1 loss against Gençlerbirliği in Round 34. Antalyaspor went back to Turkcell Super League as 2nd at next season.

Emblem

The club emblem includes capital letters A and S which stand for Antalyamarker and Spor (sport in Turkish) respectively. In the middle of these letters, there is the figure of Yivli Minaremarker which is one of the several symbols of the city of Antalyamarker. Three rectangular shapes on the Yivli Minare means the unite of three teams of Antalya.

Achievements



European Cups history



Current squad

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(*)Starred players have Turkish citizenship.

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Trivia

  • Antalyaspor's fan leader is a famous Turkish actor, Çoşkun Göğen. He is also known as Tecavüzcü Coşkun (Coşkun the Rapist) as a reference to his main role in the movies he has played.
  • Antalyaspor's 500th goal in Super League history was scored by Pavol Straka on December 3, 2006 against Kayseri Erciyesspor.
  • The team has two groups of Ultras. 07 Gençlik (north side) and Red Soldiers (south side).


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