Founded In
Antalya, Turkey


About Antalyaspor

Medical Park Antalyaspor Kulübü, more commonly known as Antalyaspor, were formed in July 1966. The club was created by a merger between Ferrokromspor, İlk Işıkspor and Yenikapı SuSpor, three previously existing teams from the city of Antalya.

For several seasons, Antalyaspor competed in the lower tiers, before achieving promotion to the top flight for the first time at the conclusion of the 1981-82 season. This began a yo-yo period for the club. They were relegated after two years, then promoted the following season, then relegated once more a year later. In 1994, Antalyaspor won the promotion playoff to return to the top flight. This time, they embarked upon their longest stint in the division, staying put until the end of the 2001-02 season.

This period of top flight football represents the team's best era to date. In the 1999-00 season, Antalyaspor reached the final of the Turkish Cup, where they met Istanbul giants Galatasaray. After a valiant effort, Galatasaray eventually emerged victorious, winning the match 5-3 after extra time. The following season marked a historic moment for the team as it competed in the UEFA Cup for the first time. After thrashing Kapaz 7-0 on aggregate in the qualifying round, they met Werder Bremen in the first round. Antalyaspor won the first leg 2-0, but eventually lost the return leg 6-0 and were eliminated. The club was crowned champions of the second tier in 1982 and 1986, but major success has been beyond their reach so far.

Amongst the more notable players to have played for the team over the years are Andre Kona N'Gole, Burak Yılmaz, Uğur İnceman and Isaac Promise.

Antalyaspor currently play their home matches at the all-seater Akdeniz University Stadium, which opened in 2012. The club agreed a deal to utilise the ground for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. The stadium has a maximum capacity of 7,083.