Full name Kayseri Spor Kulübü[1]
Nickname(s) Anadolu Yıldızı (Anatolian Star)
Founded 1975[1]
Ground Kadir Has Stadium
Ground Capacity 32,864[2]
Chairman Bekir Yıldız
Manager Hakan Kutlu
League Süper Lig
2015–16 Süper Lig, 15th
Website Club home page

Kayserispor is a professional Turkish football club located in the city of Kayseri. Formed in 1975 as Kayseri Emniyetspor, 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.[2] The club have won one Türkiye Kupası, in 2008, and finished runners-up in the Süper Kupa the same year. They became fifth in the Süper Lig four times, in 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, and 2012–13. The club was also one of the co-winners of the 2006 Intertoto Cup.

The club switched names with crosstown club Kayseri Erciyesspor in 2004, which was founded in 1966 as Kayserispor.[3]


Erciyespor, which was Kayserispor's predecessor, was founded as Erciyesspor with red-white colours. In 1937, Erciyesspor merged with Yılmazspor and changed their colours to yellow-red. It was merged into Kayseri Gençlik in 1940. They were refounded in 1948 with yellow-navy colours. They merged with Kayseri Gençlik in 1949 and changed their colours to yellow-red. They were dissolved in 1951. But they were refounded by Naci Ulucan in 1952. They played in a regional league until 1966.[4]

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 2.Lig (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 TL. 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.[3][5]

It was refounded as Kayseri Emniyetspor with red-navy colours. They merged with Kayserigücü, whose former name was Mahrumlarspor in 1985. They were promoted to 3rd level in 1988. However changed their name to Kayseri Erciyesspor due to the Security General Directorate's decision to withdraw Security teams from leagues. They changed their colours to black-white.[6] They became Büyükşehir Belediye Erciyesspor with blue-white colours in 1992, Melikgazi Belediyesi Erciyesspor with yellow-red in 1997, and Hacılar Erciyesspor with yellow-navy colours in 1999. They were promoted to second level in the 1999–2000 season. They changed their name to Erciyesspor and colours to yellow-red in 2001. They were relegated to third level in the 2001–2002 season. But after successive two promotions, Erciyesspor reached the top level in 2004.[7] It was at this time that Kayserspor switched names with Kayseri Erciyesspor. Manager Hüsnü Özkara was fired seven matches into the season after accumulating two points out of a possible twenty-one. Hikmet Karaman took over as manager and guided the club to a 14th-place finish, two places above the relegation zone.

Ertuğrul Sağlam, former Samsunspor and Beşiktaş player, took over for Karaman at the end of the season. Sağlam led the club to fifth place in the league, and Gökhan Ünal won the Gol Kralı (Top Goal Scorer) award after netting 25 goals in 32 matches.[8][9] 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 in the second round.[10] Kayserispor finished fifth for the second time in a row at the end of the 2006–07 season. Sağlam moved to Beşiktaş over the summer, with Tolunay Kafkas being his replacement. Kafkas led the club to a third straight fifth-place finish, as well as the club's first Türkiye Kupası title in 2008. On 15 October 2012, it was confirmed that Robert Prosinečki signed a two-year coaching contract with Kayserispor. It was also confirmed that his assistants at Kayserispor will be Gordan Ciprić and Dragan Spasić. They finished 5th in the 2012–13 season. But, next season Kayserispor changed coaches 3 times and were finally relegated to 1st League after finishing Süper Lig as last.


Kadir Has Stadium is a multi-use stadium in Kayseri, Turkey. It is part of a complex of sports venues that are planned on the outskirts of the city, as part of the Atatürk Sport Complex. It replaced Kayseri Atatürk Stadium, which had been in use since 1964. It was completed in early 2008, and has primarily been used to host the home matches of Kayserispor and Kayseri Erciyesspor. The stadium has a capacity of 32,864 (all-seated) and is covered. The stadium contains several restaurants, cafes, and VIP areas for fans. Two shopping centres are also located nearby, and the parking lot holds 1,785 cars.[11] 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 (now Kayseri Erciyesspor) was founded.[12]

European history

UEFA ranking

As of 26 April 2013[13]
Rank Country Team Points


Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup 2R Hungary Sopron 3–3 1–0 4–3
3R Greece Larissa 2–0 0–0 2–0
2006–07 UEFA Cup 2Q Albania Tirana 3–1 2–0 5–1
1R Netherlands AZ Alkmaar 1–1 2–3 3–4
2008–09 UEFA Cup 1R France Paris S.G. 1–2 0–0 1–2


Current squad

As of 29 August 2016[14]

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

No. Position Player
1 Turkey GK Muammer Yıldırım
3 Turkey DF Anıl Karaer
4 Switzerland DF Levent Gülen
6 Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Larrys Mabiala (Captain)
7 Mali MF Samba Sow
8 Turkey MF Kubilay Sönmez
9 Turkey FW Umut Bulut
10 Turkey MF Deniz Türüç
11 Brazil FW Welliton
13 Azerbaijan MF Umut Sönmez
14 Turkey FW Furkan Yaman
15 Serbia DF Miladin Stevanović
No. Position Player
16 Comoros GK Ali Ahamada
17 Turkey MF Murat Duruer
19 Turkey DF Mert Ilıman
20 Burkina Faso MF Alain Traoré
22 Burkina Faso MF Préjuce Nakoulma
27 Azerbaijan DF Ufuk Budak
30 Turkey MF Mert Özyıldırım
35 Serbia MF Srđan Mijailović
39 Turkey GK Vedat Karakuş
76 Cameroon DF Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik
89 Turkey DF Erkam Reşmen






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  15. The UEFA Intertoto Cup: Past Winners. Listed are all 11 teams that won the Intertoto Cup, qualifying for the UEFA Cup.

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