Akhisar Belediyespor

Founded In
Akhisar, Turkey

About Akhisar Belediyespor

Akhisar Belediye Gençlik ve Spor, commonly known as Akhisar Belediyespor, were founded in 1970, after a merger between three teams from Manisia: Gençlikspor, Güneşspor and Doğanspor. The club plays in a green and black home kit, which were previously the main colours of Gençlikspor and Güneşspor. Their away kit is yellow, which was previously the main colour of Doğanspor. The team's key rivalries are with Manisaspor and Turgutluspor.

The club has only risen to prominence in recent times. From the club's foundation up until 1984, Akhisar Belediyespor competed at amateur level before spending ten years in the third tier of Turkish football. They were then once again relegated, before beginning their climb through the divisions. In 2010, they reached the second tier for the first time. Their first season involved a battle against relegation, which was ultimately successful, with the team finishing in 14th place.

In 2011-12, the club built on that performance to make a challenge for promotion. At the conclusion of the season, they were crowned champions and gained entry into the Süper Lig for the first time. To date, major success and silverware has been out of the club's reach, but their dramatic rise through the divisions since 2001 is seen as a huge success in itself.

Players like Sertan Vardar and Emrah Eren played an important role in the team's promotion to the top flight. Since joining the Süper Lig, Akhisar Belediyespor have made several more high profile signings in an effort to compete with the bigger clubs. Some of the notable examples include signing Bruno Mezenga on loan from Orduspor, as well as the acquisition of former Senegal international, Ibrahima Sonko.

Akhisar Belediyespor currently play their home matches at the Manisa 19 Mayıs Stadium. The ground, which is shared with Manisaspor, has undergone renovations in recent seasons and is now able to hold 19,000 spectators.   

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