Founded In
Ankara, Turkey

About Gençlerbirliği

Gençlerbirliği Spor Kulübü was first established in March 1923. The club is based in Ankara, Turkey's capital city, and has a reputation for helping to nurture bright young footballers through its highly respected youth academy. Over the years, Gençlerbirliği have bounced between the first, second and third tiers of the Turkish league system, occasionally challenging for major honours along the way.

The club was crowned champions of the Amatör Futbol Şampiyonası, a competition played between clubs from the three largest cities in Turkey, in both 1941 and 1946. On both occasions, the runners up were Beşiktaş. Between 1923 and 1959, Gençlerbirliği also competed in the Ankara Football League, which they won on ten occasions. Finally, in 1959, they entered the Turkish National League, which became the Süper Lig, where consistently remained until suffering relegation in 1970.

Gençlerbirliği have lifted the Turkish Cup on two occasions, in 1987 and 2001. The beaten finalists in their first cup win were Eskişehirspor, while in 2001 they defeated Fenerbahçe via a penalty shootout. Their highest ever position in the Süper Lig was 3rd place, which was achieved in both the 1965-66 and 2002-03 seasons. In 2003-04, the club enjoyed a relatively successful run in the UEFA Cup, eliminating big clubs like Sporting Lisbon, Blackburn Rovers and Parma before being knocked out by the eventual winners, Valencia.

Tevfik Kutlay holds the record for most competitive games with Gençlerbirliği, playing 343 times for the club. The team's record goal scorer is former Zaire international striker, Andre Kona N'Gole. Amongst the other notable players to have played for the club are Geremi, Ümit Karan and Nihat Baştürk.

Gençlerbirliği play their home matches at Ankara 19 Mayıs Stadium. The ground, and surrounding sports complex, are both named after the date which marked the beginning of the Turkish War of Independence, May 19th 1919. The stadium currently has a maximum capacity of 19,209.   

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