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Antalyaspor

Antalyaspor is a football (soccer) club from Turkey.

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About Antalyaspor

Antalyaspor, known as Medical Park Antalyaspor for sponsorship reasons, is a professional Turkey football team located in the city of Antalya. The club colours are red and white and they play their home matches at Mardan Sports Complex

Domestically, the club has won the TFF First League twice, in 1982 and 1986. They also finished as runners-up for the Türkiye Kupası in 2000.

History

Antalyaspor were established in 1966 after three local teams united to establish a club for the coastal city of Antalya. These teams were Yenikapı SuSpor, İlk Işıkspor and Ferrokromspor. The club competed in the lower divisions of the Turkish football league system before earning promotion to the Süper Lig in 1982. Their first stint of top-flight football lasted two years, as they were relegated back to the TFF First League at the end of the 1984–85 season. They were promoted the next season, but were relegated just as fast. They competed in the 2.Lig until the end of the 1993–94 season, when they beat Istanbulspor 3–2 after extra time in the final of the promotion playoffs.

Their longest stint of top-flight football lasted until 2002. In that time span, the club competed continentally in the Intertoto Cup twice and the Europa League once. The club was relegated at the end of the 2001–02 season, finishing one point below the relegation zone.

The club earned promotion back to the Süper Lig after placing second in the 2005–06 TFF First League. On 3 December 2006, Pavol Straka scored the clubs 500th goal in top-flight football.

Colours and badge

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

Stadium

Antalyaspor play their home matches at Mardan Sports Complex. The stadium seats ~7,428 spectators.

The Earthquake incident with Kocaelispor



Antalyaspor have close relations with Kocaelispor. This goes back to the devastating 1999 Izmit eathquake which had a devastating effect on the city of İzmit. Turkish cities unaffected by the earthquake gave refuge to those left homeless. Among the refugees who fled the region to seek refuge in Antalya were Kocaelispor ultras who go by the name, 'Hodrimeydan'.

The league carried on despite despite the chaos caused by the eathquake. Kocaelispor soon had an away game against Denizlispor to which two coach loads of Antalyaspor supporters traveled too in support of the people of İzmit who were going through tough times. Inspired by this show of support, Kocaelispor supporters travelled to Antalyaspor's cup final game against Galatasaray in Diyarbakir. The two teams supporters continued to make similar gestures to each other and a strong bond was built between 'Hodrimeydan' and the Antalyaspor ultragroup 'Genclik 07'. The supporters have a great relationship today and sit in mixed stands when the two clubs play each other.

Honours

- Turkish Cup
- - Runners-up (1): 1999–2000 Turkish Cup
- TFF First League
- - Winners (2): 1982, 1986
- - Runner Ups (2): 2006, 2008

European Competitions






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