Gençlerbirliği S.K.

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Gençlerbirliği
Genclerbirligi.png
Full nameGençlerbirliği Spor Kulübü
Nickname(s)Ankara Rüzgârı
(The Wind of Ankara)
FoundedMarch 14, 1923
Ground19 Mayıs Stadyumu, Ankara
(capacity: 19,209)
Presidentİlhan Cavcav
Head CoachFuat Çapa
LeagueSüper Lig
2011–12Süper Lig, 9th
WebsiteClub home page
Home colours
Away colours
 
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Gençlerbirliği
Genclerbirligi.png
Full nameGençlerbirliği Spor Kulübü
Nickname(s)Ankara Rüzgârı
(The Wind of Ankara)
FoundedMarch 14, 1923
Ground19 Mayıs Stadyumu, Ankara
(capacity: 19,209)
Presidentİlhan Cavcav
Head CoachFuat Çapa
LeagueSüper Lig
2011–12Süper Lig, 9th
WebsiteClub home page
Home colours
Away colours

Gençlerbirliği Spor Kulübü (pronounced [ɟentʃˈleɾbiɾliː]) is a professional Turkish football club located in the city of Ankara, which is the capital of Turkey. Formed in 1923, Gençlerbirliği are nicknamed Ankara Rüzgârı (The Wind of Ankara). The club colours are black and red. They play their home matches at Ankara 19 Mayıs Stadium.Domestically, the club has won the Türkiye Kupası twice, in 1987 and 2001. The club also won the now-defunct Turkish Football Championship (twice) and Ankara Football League (ten times). Their greatest success continentally came in 2004. The club reached the fourth round of the UEFA Cup before losing to eventual champions Valencia CF.

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History

Gençlerbirliği was founded in a slightly different way to many other football clubs, having been established by students from the high school, Ankara Erkek Lisesi (Sultani Mektebi). The students in question (Ramiz Eren, Mennan İz, Mazhar Atacanlı, Sait, Kenan, Nuri, Namık Katoğlu, Namık Ambarcıoğlu, Rıdvan Kırmacı, Hafi Araç, Ruhi, Sarı Ziya and Hakkı) had failed to be selected for their own school team, and asked one of their student friends, Asim, to talk with his father about setting up a football team for them to show how well they could play.

On March 14, 1923, Asim's father, the member of parliament from Muş Province established the team for his son and his friends. Since all the members of the teams were students he chose the name 'Youth Union'. They elected Sarı Ziya's father Faik Bey as their first chairman.[1]

Subsequently these young students wanted to play against the school team which had not selected them. Gençlerbirliği won the game, played at “Hamit tarlası”, 3–0. According to these young rebel players this victory forged the identity of their new team.

They won Ankara Football League 10 times between 1923-1959. They entered the Turkish National League in 1959 and played 12 seasons until relegation in 1969-70 season. They played in the second level until relegation to third level in 1978-79 season. They came back to second level after merging third level with second level after finishing 1979-80 season. They finished second from last in A Group of Second League, Sakaryaspor won championship, and had to relegation to regional league. But, because of increasing teams of the second level, Gençlerbirliği was readmitted. Gençlerbirliği won D Group of it in 1982-83 season and returned to the top-flight after 13 years. They relegated again in 1987-88 season. Finally, Gençlerbirliği returned to the top-flight in 1988-89 season, in first return attempt. Gençlerbirliği's the most successful seasons were 1965-66 and 2002-2003. They had 3rd in these seasons.

Colors

There are two rumors about how Gençlerbirliği got its team colors, black and red:

Rivalry

Gençlerbirliği's arch-rival is the neighbouring club Ankaragücü and games between the clubs are considered as the "Derby of the Capital".

Youth academy and scouting

Gençlerbirliği has always been one of the teams in Turkey most notable for its talented young footballers that it procures through scouting both in Turkey and throughout Europe and Africa. For example Geremi was scouted and raised by the club, transferred to Real Madrid and later Chelsea. Another of Gençlerbirliği's young stars Promise Isaac received the 2005–2006 Turkcell Super League Individual Youth player of the year award. [1]

Gençlerbirliği's state-of-the-art youth academy is in Beştepe, Ankara with 50 acres (200,000 m2) of training facilities (Beştepe İlhan Cavcav Tesisleri).

Gençlerbirligi has been run by the current president İlhan Cavcav since 1977. With Cavcav's help, Gençlerbirliği have become one of the more stable clubs in Turkey. This has been achieved mainly through the departure of the most talented players every season to the other clubs in Turkey. Departing players are usually replaced with much cheaper imports from Turkey, Europe or Africa.

Honours

European participations

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup:

SeasonRoundCountryClubHomeAwayAggregate
1987-881RSoviet UnionDinamo Minsk1-20-21-4

UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League:

SeasonRoundCountryClubHomeAwayAggregate
2001-021RSwedenHalmstad1-10–11-2
2003-041REnglandBlackburn Rovers3-11–14-2
2RPortugalSporting CP1-13–04-1
3RItalyParma3-01–04-0
4RSpainValencia1-00–2 (aet)1-2
2004-05Q2CroatiaRijeka1-01–22-2 (ag)
1RGreeceEgaleo1-10–11-2

UEFA Intertoto Cup:

SeasonRoundCountryClubHomeAway
1995GSIsraelHapoel Petah Tikva4-0
GSFranceStrasbourg1–4
GSMaltaFloriana3-0
GSAustriaTirol Innsbruck2-3

League standings (1959–2012)

League Standings (1959-2012)

"*" : Second Level Division "**":Third Level Division

Players

Current squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.PositionPlayer
1TurkeyGKRamazan Köse
3SerbiaDFDuško Tošić
4TurkeyDFAykut Demir
6CroatiaDFAnte Kulušić
7TurkeyMFMehmet Kara
8Costa RicaMFRandall Azofeifa
9SerbiaFWDejan Lekić
10Bosnia and HerzegovinaFWErmin Zec
11SerbiaMFRadosav Petrović
12NigeriaFWEkigho Ehiosun
13TurkeyMFOktay Delibalta
14TurkeyMFMustafa Kayabaşı
No.PositionPlayer
16TurkeyDFSerkan Kurtuluş
17TurkeyMFHurşut Meriç
20AlbaniaDFDebatik Curri
21SwedenMFJimmy Durmaz
22TurkeyMFOnur Bayramoğlu
24TurkeyMFÖzgür İleri
35TurkeyGKFerhat Kaplan
40TurkeyDFCem Can (Captain)
58TurkeyGKÖzkan Karabulut
59TurkeyDFMehmet Sedef
99TurkeyFWArtun Akçakın

Coaching staff

PositionStaff
Head CoachTurkey Fuat Çapa
Assistant CoachNetherlands Edward Sturing
Assistant CoachBelgium Luc Nilis
Assistant CoachTurkey Mustafa Gürsel
Assistant CoachBelgium Osei Kwame Duwe
Goalkeeping CoachTurkey Ümit Levent Zorluer
A2 Team Head CoachTurkey Veyis Kanber
A2 Team Assistant CoachTurkey Ahmet Zorlu
A2 Team Goalkeeping CoachTurkey Serkan Kaygusuz
U-18 Team Head CoachTurkey Tuncay Marancı
U-18 Team Assistant CoachTurkey Yücel Koçak
 
PositionStaff
U-18 Team Goalkeeping CoachTurkey Serkan Kaygusuz
Academy 17 Team Head CoachTurkey Erol Tokgözler
Academy 17 Team Assistant CoachTurkey Murat Karaoğlan
Academy 17 Team Goalkeeping CoachTurkey Serkan Kaygusuz
Academy 16 Team Head CoachTurkey Aykın Demir
Academy 16 Team Assistant CoachTurkey İlker Dalçiçek
Academy 16 Team Goalkeeping CoachTurkey Gürsel Şah Aydın
Academy 15 Team Head CoachTurkey Tuncay Mocan
Academy 15 Team Goalkeeping CoachTurkey Mustafa Gedik
Academy 14 Team Head CoachTurkey Volkan Arat
Academy 14 Team Goalkeeping CoachTurkey Gürsel Şah Aydın

Source: Gençlerbirliği SK Official Website

Most capped players

PlayerCapsPeriod
1Turkey Tevfik Kutlay3411959–72
2Turkey Selçuk Çakmaklı3351959–72
3Turkey Avni Okumuş3171983–93
4Turkey Zeynel Soyuer2901959–70
5Turkey Metin Diyadin2861988–98
6Turkey Nihat Baştürk2791994–04
7Turkey Okan Gedikali2741981–91
8Turkey Orhan Yüksel2351975–84
9Turkey Cemalettin Sakallıoğlu2351993–01
10Turkey Mehmet Şimşek2331959–66

Source: Gençlerbirliği statistics and news site, in Turkish

Top goalscorers

PlayerGoals (Caps)Period
1Democratic Republic of the Congo Andre Kona N'Gole73 (147)1993–01
2Turkey Avni Okumuş72 (317)1983–93
3Turkey Orhan Yüksel70 (235)1959–66
4Turkey Ümit Karan60 (150)1997–01
5Guinea Souleymane Youla56 (134)2001–05
6Turkey Muammer Nurlu48 (150)1983–89
7Turkey Zeynel Soyuer48 (290)1959–70
8Turkey Abdullah Çevrim47 (154)1961–66
9Turkey Asım Gündüz46 (124)1972–78
10Turkey Tevfik Kutlay43 (341)1959–72

Source: Gençlerbirliği statistics and news site, in Turkish

Former players

Managers

  • Turkey Yüksel Doğanay (1960–70)
  • Turkey Oktay Arıca (1970–71)
  • Turkey Kazım Türesin (1971–72)
  • Turkey Yüksel Doğanay (1972–73)
  • Turkey Fehmi Baştüzel (1973–74)
  • Turkey Tevfik Kutlay (1975)
  • Turkey Avni Bulduk (1975)
  • Turkey Fehmi Baştüzel (1975–76)
  • Turkey Avni Bulduk (1976)
  • Turkey Oktay Arıca (1976–77)
  • Turkey Ruhi Yavuz (1977–78)
  • Turkey Fehmi Baştüzel (1978–81)
  • Turkey Mümtaz Tümer (1981)
  • Turkey Fehmi Baştüzel (1981)
  • Turkey Enver Ürekli (1981)
  • Turkey Teoman Yamanlar (1981–82)

Source: Gençlerbirliği statistics and news site, in Turkish

Presidents

 
NameYears
Münif Kemal Ak1923–36
Saffet Gürol1936–43
Namık Ambarlıoğlu1943–44
Fevzi Magat1944–46
Namık Katoğlu1947–48
Yusuf Bahri1948–49
Orhan Şeref Apak1949–50
Reşat Taşer1950–52
 
NameYears
Nuri Togay1952–55
Mümtaz Tarhan1955–57
Ahmet Salih Korur1957–58
Orhan Şeref Apak1958–61
Turhan Ogan1961–63
İbrahim Sıtkı Hatipoğlu1964–65
Muslihittin Yılmaz Mete1965–66
İsmet Sezgin1966–67
 
NameYears
Hadi Özbay1967–68
Necip Türegen1968–69
Mehmet Ali Tuzcuoğlu1969–70
Adil Evrensel1970–72
Sezai Diblan1972–74
Hasan Şengel1976–77
İlhan Cavcav1977–

Source: Gençlerbirliği SK Official Website

Further reading

See also

References

  1. ^ Genclerbirligi team profile turkish-football.com (English) accessed 27 Jan 2012

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