Gaziantep FK

Gaziantep Futbol Kulubu is a Turkish professional football club based in Gaziantep. Founded in 1988, the club currently plays in the Super Lig, the highest tier of Turkish football.

The club was founded as Sankospor in 1988 and competed at the amateur level until 1993. They competed between the TFF Third League and TFF First League until 2019, when they were promoted to Super Lig. During the 2020–21 season, the club reached the top of the standings in week 17, which they held for one week until being taken over by Besiktas J.K.

History

The club was founded at the amateur level as Sankospor under Sanko Holding A.S., an industrial group of companies headquartered in Gaziantep, in 1988. The first colors of club were blue and white. The club started to compete at TFF Third League in the 1993–94 season. In the TFF Third League, they played their first game in professional leagues against Islahiyespor, another Gaziantep-based club, which ended as a goalless draw on 26 September 1993. Amassing 85 points with 27 wins in a total of 34 games, the team won Group 3 of the 1996–97 season and was promoted to the TFF Second League, with 17 points above the closest competitor Kilis Belediyespor.

The name of the club was changed to Gaziantep Buyuksehir Belediyespor in the beginning of the 1999–2000 season. The club won the Group C title of the 2004–05 season of the TFF Second League, winning 22 games out of 34 with 73 points, scoring 90 goals.

The club made the playoffs for the first time in the 2010–11 season of the TFF First League, when they were defeated by Orduspor 1–0. In the same season, Gaziantep reached the quarter finals of the 2010–11 Turkish Cup, beaten by Besiktas J.K. 0–8 (0–5 and 0–3) in aggregate score.

The name of club was changed for third time as Gazisehir Gaziantep Futbol Kulubu, following the general assembly held on 15 June 2017. The club competed at TFF First League for 2 seasons under this name. The club reached play-offs in 2 consecutive seasons between 2017–18 season under Erkan Sozeri, and 2018–19 season under Mehmet Altiparmak's management. In 2017–18 season, club was eliminated by Erzurum BB after 4–5 final score in play-off final after penalty shoot-outs.

In 2018–19 season, this time club defeated Hatayspor by 5–3 final score after penalty shoot-outs and promoted to Super Lig. Thus, after Gaziantepspor, Gazisehir Gaziantep are the 2nd team in history to compete at Super Lig from city of Gaziantep.

Following their promotion to Super Lig, the club announced the employment of Marius Șumudica as head coach on a single-season-basis contract with a potential one season extension, on 13 June 2019. In match week 1 of 2019–20 season, the club made their Super Lig debut against Fenerbahce S.K. on an away game held at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium, which Gaziantep FK lost by 0–5 final score, on 19 August 2019. Following week of fixtures, they achieved their first Super Lig win agasint Genclerbirligi with a 4–1 final score, on 26 August 2019. The first Super Lig level goal of the club was scored by Olarenwaju Kayode. In October 2019, name of the club was changed once again as Gaziantep Futbol Kulubu. On 28 October 2019, the club announced the contract renewal with coach Șumudica, until 2021. The club completed 2019–20 season at 8th place of the table.

On week 17 of the 2020–21 season, beating MKE Ankaragucu by 2–0 final score, reaching 31 points, Gaziantep FK topped the first position of Super Lig standings, with one game infront Besiktas, on 5 January 2021. Following a 1–3 loss against Galatasaray at week one, the 2019–20 season, the team retained a 15-week-long unbeaten record until 9 January 2021, where they have been eventually beaten by Sivasspor by 1–2. Following a long infiltrated discussion concentrated a contract renewal between the board of club and Șumudica, the club sacked Romanian coach on 11 January 2021. The club agreed with Portuguese former international Ricardo Sa Pinto on a two-and-a-half-season-long contract, with a potential one season extension, on 20 January 2021. After 6 wins and 6 draws out of 21 official games, finishing the season on 9th place under Sa Pinto's management, the parties agreed for a mutual termination at the end of the season. Club announced their agreement with Erol Bulut on 20 May 2021.

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