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Kayserispor

Kayserispor is a football (soccer) club from Turkey.

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About Kayserispor

Kayserispor is a professional Turkey Association football club located in the city of Kayseri. Formed in 1966, Kayserispor are nicknamed Anadolu Yıldızı (The Star of Anatolia). The club colours are red and yellow, and the club play their home matches at Kadir Has Stadium.

History

In 1965, Orhan Şefik Apak, then president of the Turkish Football Federation, asked cities in Turkey to combine their amateur football clubs into one singular club that would represent their communities. These new clubs would compete in the newly created TFF First League (Second Division). After several meetings, representatives of the city merged Erciyesspor, Sanayispor, and Ortaanadoluspor to form Kayserispor. The club submitted the required paperwork and were officially founded as Kayserispor on 1 July 1966.

They began competing in the 1966–67 2.Lig. Erdoğan Gürhan was the first manager, signing a contract worth 1,500 Turkish lira. In their first season, the club competed in the Beyaz Grup (White Group). Yener scored the first goal in club history when he netted a shot in the 17th minute against Ankara Toprakspor. The club finished with a nine win, nine draw, and twelve loss record in 30 matches while scoring 21 goals and conceding 33. They finished in ninth place.

Kayserispor were promoted to the 1.Lig for the first time at the end of the 1972–73 season. They were also relegated for the first time in 1974–75, and competed in the 2.Lig until 1979–80. Kayserispor defeated Galatasaray S.K. (football team) in the quarter-finals of the 1977–78 Türkiye Kupası, and reached the semi-finals for the first time. They went on to lose to Adana Demirspor. In 1978, Tamer Kaptan, manager of the club at the time, brought Johan Cruyff's Total Football system to Kayserispor after watching the Netherlands national football team in the 1978 FIFA World Cup. The club proceeded to score 66 goals that season, which ranked them second in Europe behind English club Liverpool F.C The club were promoted again at the end of the 1978–79, but were relegated at the end of the following season. The club qualified for European competition for the first time. The club would go on to win the 2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup and qualified for the 2006–07 UEFA Cup, where they lost to AZ (football club) in the second round. Kayserispor finished fifth for the second time in a row at the end of the 2006–07 Süper Lig. Sağlam moved to Beşiktaş over the summer, with Tolunay Kafkas being his replacement. Kafkas lead the club to a third straight fifth place finish, as well as the clubs first Türkiye Kupası title in 2007–08 Türkiye Kupası. The light-rail system of Kayseri, Kayseray, passes near the stadium complex, allowing the fans an alternative to traveling by car or bus.

Club emblem

The mountains in the emblem represent Kayseri's landmark Mount Erciyes, the K represents Kayseri, the S represents Spor and 1966 signifies the year the club was founded.

1967 Kayseri Stadium disaster

Kayserispor were involved in the worst cases of crowd violence in Turkey football history, otherwise known as the '1967 Kayseri stadium disaster' in which 43 peoples lost their lives and 300 were injured. The match took place on the 17th September 1967 against neighboring city rivals Sivasspor. Sivasspor supporters traveled to the city of Kayseri with 20 minibuses, 40 coaches and by train. Minor disturbances and unrest were reported around the city and the Sivasspor fans were accused of acts of hooliganism and vandalism.

The match kicked off at 16:00 infront of 21,000 fans in the Kayseri stadium, the troubles started in the 20th minute when Kayserispor's Küçük Oktay scored. Witnesses at the game reported that Sivasspor supporters responded by hurling rocks and stones at the Kayserispor stands. The incident resulted in the Kayserispor fans panicking and two children lost their lives in the resulting stampede. Kayserispor fans retaliated by marching onto the Sivasspor supporters with stones, sticks and knives. The outnumbered Sivas fans tried to flee however, the exit gate malfunctioned and wouldn't open, this caused a stampede in which 41 people died and 300 were injured as a result of being stamped on and suffocated.

Both sides were banned from having supporters at their games for the rest of the season and they were not allowed to play each other for 5 years.

Players






Honours

League

- TFF First League
- - Winners (1): 1973

Cup

- Türkiye Kupası:
- - Winners (1): 2007–08_Turkish_Cup Final

- Süper Kupa:
- - Runners-up (1): 2008 Turkish Super Cup

- UEFA Intertoto Cup:
- - Winner (1): UEFA_Intertoto_Cup_2006 Overall_winners

European Participations



UEFA Current ranking






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