Eskişehirspor

Founded In
1965
Location
Eskişehir, Turkey

Eskişehirspor

About Eskişehirspor

Eskişehirspor Kulübü was first established in 1965 as a result of a merger between three former regional clubs: Yıldıztepe, İdman Yurdu and Akademi Gençlik. Traditionally, the team have been considered one of the biggest and richest in the Anatolian region and have a long history of competing in the top division of Turkish football, occasionally challenging for major honours.

The club were granted entry into the Turkish league system soon after their foundation and began competitive play in the second tier ahead of the 1965–66 season. At the end of their first year, Eskişehirspor achieved promotion to the top flight for the first time and remained in the division for sixteen years. Since that time, the club has suffered multiple relegations and achieved several promotions.

The late 1960s and the 1970s represent the club's golden era. During this time, the team achieved 2nd place finishes in the league in 1968–69, 1969–70 and 1971–72. In the 1970-71 season, under the management of Abdullah Gegic, Eskişehirspor defeated Bursaspor to win the Turkish Cup, which remains the team's greatest individual success to date. Later in the same year, the club lifted the Turkish Super Cup after defeating Galatasaray. Other trophy wins include the Chancellor Cup, won in 1965–66, 1971–72 and 1986–87, as well as the Balkans Cup in 1975.

The former Turkish international striker Fethi Heper is considered one of the club's most legendary players. Heper played a large role in the team's most successful era and scored memorable hattricks for the team in the Super Cup victory of 1971 and in a UEFA Cup match with Sevilla. Othe notable players to have represented the team include İsmail Arca and Dedê.

Eskişehirspor currently play their home matches at the Eskişehir Atatürk Stadium, which is able to hold a maximum of 13,520 spectators. The club is hoping to move into a new stadium in the near future.