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Full name Manisa Spor Kulübü
Nickname(s) Tarzanlar (Tarzans)
Founded 15 June 1965; 52 years ago (1965-06-15)
Ground Manisa 19 Mayıs Stadium
Manisa, Turkey
Ground Capacity 16,597[1]
Chairman Abdullah Mergen
Manager Taner Taşkın
League TFF First League
2016–17 12th
Website Club website
Current season

Manisaspor is a professional Turkish football club located in the city of Manisa. Originally formed in 1931 as Sakaryaspor, the club changed its name to Manisaspor on 15 June 1965.[2] The club colours are red, white, and black. Manisaspor play their home matches at Manisa 19 Mayis Stadi.[1]


Manisaspor was founded in 1931 as Sakaryaspor, although the club was not located in Sakarya. The original club colours were black and white. Sakaryaspor won the Manisa Amateur League 15 times, and finished 3rd in the Turkish Amateur League in 1954.[2]

The club ceased operations during World War II, but continued competing in 1946. In 1964, Manisaspor were allowed to compete professionally in the 1.Lig as Manisa Sakaryaspor.[3] In their first season, the club finished with 16 points, earning them relegation. However, on 15 June 1965 at 21:00, Sakaryaspor officially became Manisaspor, and the club was allowed tom compete in the 1. Lig again.[2]

Manisaspor spent the first forty years of their existence in the lower leagues of the Turkish football league system. In 2001, they received a financial boost from Zorlu Holding, who injected the club with money. In turn, Manisaspor were re-branded as Vestel Manisaspor. Their first promotion to the Süper Lig came in 2005 under the guidance of manager Levent Eriş.[2]

Ersun Yanal was named new manager for the 2005–06 season. At the end of the winter break in the 2006–07 season, Manisaspor were flying high in fourth position. However, they could not keep up the results, finishing in 12th place, four points away from relegation.[2][4]

Manisaspor finally relegated from First League after finishing it as 16th in 2014–15 season and returned to third level after 13 years.

Colours and badge

Manisa SK's classic home kit

Manisaspor originally wore black and white kits.[2] The club changed their badge, removing the Vestel moniker and replacing it with the clubs foundation year (1965).

League participations

  • Super League: 2005–2008, 2009–2012
  • First League: 1964–1978, 1980–1983, 1991–1993, 1994–1995, 2002–2005, 2008–2009, 2012–2015, 2016–
  • Second League: 1978–1980, 1984–1991, 1993–1994, 1995–2002, 2015–2016
  • Amateur Level: 1931–1964, 1983–1984

Manisali Tarzan

The club has a loyal following in the city. Their ultras are known as ‘Tarzanlar’, named after a local hero known as ‘Manisa Tarzanı’ (Tarzan of Manisa). He was a veteran of WW1 decorated with military honors who gave up his privileges, giving all his money to the poor, to commit his life to the reforrestation of Manisa after most of the city's trees and green areas were burned down during WW1.[5]

Current squad

As of 4 February 2018

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Turkey GK Mehmet Bakırbaş (on loan from Göztepe)
4 Turkey DF Mehmet Sığırcı
5 Turkey DF Hüseyin Tok
7 Azerbaijan FW Uğur Pamuk
9 France MF Billal Sebaihi
13 Serbia DF Nikola Mikić
16 Turkey MF Furkan Parsak
17 Turkey MF Akın Açık
19 Turkey DF Abdulkadir Korkut
21 Turkey DF Berk Cambaz
22 Serbia FW Slavko Perović
No. Position Player
23 Germany MF Timur Karagülmez
29 Turkey DF Ümit Arslan
45 Turkey FW Alper Önal
61 Turkey FW Asım Hamzaçebi
70 Turkey MF Kemal Temel
72 Turkey GK Deniz Çörtlen
73 Turkey MF Ömer Buğdaycı
77 Turkey MF Kağan Miray Bağış
80 Turkey MF Ömer Atiş
94 Turkey DF Hikmet Balioğlu
99 Republic of the Congo FW Constantin Bakaki

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Austria DF Atilla Erel (At Batman Petrolspor on 30 June 2018)
Turkey FW Abdurrahman Kuyucu (At Keçiörengücü on 30 June 2018)



  1. ^ a b MANİSASPOR (in Turkish), accessed 27 May 2010
  2. ^ a b c d e f TARİHÇE Archived 2009-12-19 at the Wayback Machine. (in Turkish), accessed 28 May 2010
  3. ^ 1964–1965 1. Lig (Erdinç Sivritepe), accessed 28 May 2010
  4. ^ Süper Lig 2005–06
  5. ^ Archived 2011-10-17 at the Wayback Machine.

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