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Full name Kocaelispor Kulübü
Nickname(s) Yeşil Şimşekler (Green Lightnings)
Founded 1966
Ground Ismet Pasa Stadium,
İzmit, Turkey
(Capacity: 16,500)
Chairman Turkey Serhan Gürkan
Manager Turkey vacant
League Bank Asya 1. Lig
2008-09 Turkcell Super League, 17th (Relegated)
Home colours
Away colours

Kocaelispor, is the football team of İzmit, Turkey. They were founded in 1966 and played in the Turkish football league between 1980-1988 and 1992-2003. The best result for them was the 4th position in 1992-93 season. They won Turkish Cup twice in 1997 and 2002. Kocaelispor were managed by 3 managers during 2007-2008 season: Fuat Yaman (from 1st-10th weeks), Kayhan Çubuklu (11th-31st) and Engin İpekoğlu (32nd-34th). They returned to Turkcell Super League as the title holders of last TFF First League season.





Prior to establishment of Kocaelispor, the Executive board representatives of Baçspor, a local football club, had demanded a new plat from İzmit Municipality to assure a place for training the sports in 1957. Osman Gencal, city mayor at the time, had been interested in finding a place for training due to his sportive background as a former sportsman and a member of Baçspor.[1] Therefore, the municipality had given a 28-acre wide plat to Baçspor, as the plat had been sold for a symbolic cost of 1 Lira.

Baçspor had sold the plat for 283,000 Liras and had a new place in Baç district of İzmit; and begun to a new construction. In 1964, Baçspor club board planned to found a new team at professional level and compete in 2nd Division.[1] However, federation regulation of that time was stating that it was required to compound at least 3 teams and have appropriate facilities. Then, in 1966, three teams which are Baçspor, İzmit Gençlik and Doğanspor had come together, combined and founded Kocaelispor. Three club boards had consensus on every subject and embraced the green and black as the club colours. Then, it had been held a club congress in common and the new club board had been elected. Kocaelispor had spent 175,000 Liras to gather their first squad ever to compete in 2nd Division in 1966.[1]

Kocaelispor was promoted to the 1st Division for the first time in 1980. They competed 8 seasons consecutively until their relegation in 1988. However, during this phase, the club has relegated once in 1986-87 season and come back after a Turkish Council of State verdict.[2]

1992-93 season: Legendary Roster

After the relegation in 1988, they escaped from relegation to third level in 1990 and Bartınspor relegated. they were back in top level football campaign of Turkey, 1st Division, in 1992. Following this comeback, Kocaelispor had obtained their best league position performance. The team had a sensational start for the season. Beating Kayserispor with a 7–2 final score in 1st match day, collecting 31 points in first 10 weeks, Kocaelispor ended the first half of the fixture as the league leader. However, team had consecutive defeats and finished the season as the 4th of the ladder of 1992-93 season. The team represented Turkey at UEFA Cup next season.

The manager of team was Güvenç Kurtar and the roster was including respectable players. Fahrudin Omerović was the substitute keeper of Yugoslavia squad. Stevica Kuzmanovski and Mirko Mirković (latterly gained Turkish citizenship with name Mert Meriç) are other Yugoslav players in defence position. Bülent Uygun had played at forward position alongside national striker Saffet Sancaklı. Both players then joined Istanbul clubs. Uygun achieved league top scorer honour while playing for Fenerbahçe and Sancaklı first joined Galatasaray but returned the club in 1995 and at the end of season, he joined Fenerbahçe. Bülent Baturman, Halil İbrahim Kara, Melih Erdem, Ergun Kula are some of other notable players at that squad.

Recent History

Kocaelispor had achieved another successful league position in 1995-96 season as the 5th best team on the table and competed at Intertoto Cup on following season.

Kocaelispor had the Turkish Cup title twice, in 1997 and 2002 against Trabzonspor and Beşiktaş, respectively. On following season of 2002-03, the team has been relegated once again. After total of 5 seasons competition at TFF First League, Kocaelispor had the championship in 2007-08 season and returned Süper Lig. However, this return lasted one season and relegated again to First League after lost 3-1 home match against Trabzonspor in May 9, 2009 at Round 31 as finishing 17th.


Kocaelispor boasts a large support base throughout Turkey, particularly in Marmara Region and Black Sea Region. The club's main fan base known as Hodri Meydan.[3]


Current squad

17 October, 2009 Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
81 Turkey GK Serkan Demirol
87 Turkey GK Metin Erol
89 Turkey GK Ali Balkaya
2 Turkey DF Burak Halil
14 Turkey DF Emre Korkmaz
20 Turkey DF Yiğithan Kibar
21 Turkey DF Emirhan Önder
25 Turkey DF Ensar Çetinkaya
30 Turkey DF Koray Göksu
33 Turkey DF Harun Eren
00 Turkey DF Emre Soydan
No.   Position Player
5 Turkey MF Cem Sinan Vergül
6 Turkey MF Bilal Turgut
11 Turkey MF Mehmet Öztonga
18 Turkey MF Onur Alkan
23 Turkey MF Anıl Erdebil
66 Turkey MF Uğur Daşdemir
86 Turkey MF Hamza Mutlu
91 Turkey MF Gökhan Meral
92 Turkey MF Samet Katanalp
00 Turkey MF Emre Özbay
00 Turkey MF Faruk Azder
41 Turkey FW Serdar Topraktepe
19 Turkey FW Berkay Arslan
55 Turkey FW Yunus İlgen
00 Turkey FW Ahmet Kutluer
00 Turkey FW Murat Kolburan

Current sponsors

  • BankAsya

Notable players

Former managers


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