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Sivasspor is a Turkishmarker sports club based in Sivasmarker, Turkeymarker. They play in the Turkcell Süper Lig.

History

Sivasspor were originally formed on May 14, 1932 in Sivas as Sivas Gençlik. They sported Kırmızı-Beyaz (Red-White) shirts and Beyaz (White) shorts. They played many matches at the amateur level in their early years before they were allowed to play professionally. By the mid-1960s, Sivas Gençlik merged with Yolspor and Kızılırmak. They had hoped that this merger would help their push to join the professional leagues, the league closed their doors to Sivasspor once more.

There were several boycotts until July 1, 1967, when Sivasspor was allowed to play professional football in Turkey. Sivasspor started out in the Second League, White Group. Due to there being many new clubs, the Turkish Football Federation decided to create a third league. They were permitted into the Second League along with Afyonspor, Balıkesirspor, Giresunspor, Kastamonuspor, Malatyaspor, Orduspor, Uşakspor, and Taksim GK. During their first professional season, Sivasspor finished 16th in their group, a mere 4 points from relegation. They also finished in the bottom half of the table the following season.. They approached to First League in 1971-72 and 1972-73 seasons but finished 2nd after orderly Şekerspor and Adana Demirspor and didn't promote to it.

Sivasspor would remain in the lower leagues until winning the Second League in 2005, gaining automatic promotion. The club finished 8th in their first season in the Turkcell Super League. Werner Lorant lead the team to key victories over clubs like Beşiktaş J.K. and Gençlerbirliği. At the end of their first season in the top flight, they finished with a record of ten wins, thirteen draws, and eleven losses, totaling out to 43 points. The club's successful season to date was the 2007-08 season saw them finish in 4th place in the Turkcell Super League and booked a place in the UEFA Intertoto Cup. They came in 4th on average goals after having the same points as the 2nd and 3rd. Until the 33rd week, they were able to lift the Championship by own means but lost with a crucial 3:5 score to later champion Galatasaray. The 2008-09 season saw them finish 2nd after leading the table for much of the season. The finished behind leaders Beşiktaşmarker by 5 points. The season was club's the most successful one.

On September 17, 1967 during a match against Kayseri Erciyesspor (Then Kayserispor) played at the Kayseri Atatürk Stadiummarker, a disastermarker occurred with 40 dead and at least 300 injuries among the fans, which was the worst sporting-related event in Turkey. The match was finished 1-0 favour of Kayseri side. After the disaster, Kayseri Erciyesspor and Sivasspor played different groups of 2nd league until 1990-91 season. The two teams played in Fourth Group of Third League (now TFF Second League) in this season and were reconciled. Kayseri Erciyesspor were champions and promoted to Second League.

Crest

Sivasspor's design for their crest came along in July 1965 when Yolspor, Kızılırmak, and Sivas Gençlik came together. The mayor of Sivas Ahmet Durakoğlu suggested that they use Kırmızı-Beyaz (Red-White) and three stars to represent the three clubs.

2008-2009 season

A thrilling start to the new Turkcell Super League, according to 27/09/08 saw Sivasspor drop only four points in the last five matches, which places Sivasspor top of the league. This includes a magnificent match against Fenerbahçemarker on 26/09/08, in which Sivasspor won 2-1. First half Fenerbahçe was leading with Selçuk Şahin's goal in the second half Murat Sōzgelmez and Sezer Badur managed the finishing score to be 2-1. They also beat 2-0 Galatasaray once with goals of Abdurrahman Dereli and Sezer Badur in 24/01/09.

European Record

Sivasspor was able to qualify for a European tournament for the first time in their history, by ranking fourth in the 2007-08 season championships.

Sivasspor was able to qualify the UEFA Champions League for the first time in their history, by ranking second in the 2008-09 season championships.

League Participations

Super League : 2005 -

Second Level: 1967-1983, 1984-1986, 1999-2005

Third Level: 1986-1999

Amateur Level: 1983-1984

Current squad

Out on loan

Youth teams

Sivasspor have several youth teams. Included are the PAF (18-20), Süper Genç (16-18), B Genç (14-16), Yıldız (12-14), Minik (10-12), and Mini Minik (8-10) teams.

Current coaching staff

Position Name
Manager Muhsin Ertugral
Assistant Manager Şükrü Üngan
First Team Coach Sefer Yılmaz
First Team Coach Esat Karaberberoğlu
Goalkeeping Coach Murat Göksu
Physiotherapist Coşar Beyazıt
Masseur İsmail Öztürk


Honours

Winners (1): 2005


Runners up (1): 2008-09


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