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The Ankara-based side’s position in the top flight is currently tenuous at best. In 2017/18, they were relegated out of the Super Lig for the first time in decades. This was the culmination of a years-long fall from grace that saw this once table-topping team drop into the second flight.
Thankfully, there’s still hope for them. The relegation was unfortunate, but they got right back up – and did so in style. Sure, the 12th place from the past season is not exactly ground-breaking, but it’s a lot better than what most freshly-promoted teams go on to do.
Still, Genclerbirligi’s prospects for the coming 2020/21 Super Lig season are not exactly great. At odds of 2001 for a title victory, they are seen as one of the weakest teams of the league and a favourite for relegation.
Genclerbirligi Key Players
Considering the circumstances, the lineup remained largely the same over the summer.
A few transfers may affect the starting 11, though. Defensive midfielder Piris da Motta will spend the season on loan from Brazil’s Regatas do Flamengo, and Dominik Furman was signed as a midfielder. Most of the lineup’s right flank was gutted, however, with Erdem Özgenc and Ahmet Oguz leaving the club.
Generally speaking, goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt is seen as one of Genclerbirligi’s most valuable assets. That said, most of the roster seems to be balanced towards defence, with important squad members such as Berat Özdemir, Pierre-Yves Polomat, and Mattias Johansson forming a formidable backline.
The club’s greatest rivalry is that with Ankaragucu, with both clubs being from Ankara. It is referred to as the “Derby of the Capital”, and though neither club is among the most successful in the country in recent years, their meetings are always full of passion.
The circumstances in which this club was founded make a rather interesting story. In 1923, a group of 13 boys who failed to make the team of their school, called Ankara Erkek Lisesi, got the idea to form their own team and prove to the school how well they could play. With the help of some of their parents, their dream became a reality.
The father of one of them was a member of parliament and his influence was of vital importance. Because the team consisted of school boys, he named the club ‘Youth Union’, Genclerbirligi in Turkish. The father of another was selected as the first club chairman, and the first thing they did was organize a match against the school team, which they won by 3-0 and identified the victory as their team’s spirit.
Between 1923 and 1959 they played in the regional Ankara Football League, which they won a record nine times. They were crowned Turkish football champions in 1941 and 1946, before joining the newly formed Milli Lig, the National League in 1959, today known as the Super Lig.
Since then they’ve had a number of ups and downs, relegations and promotions, and their best achievement remains third place, which they earned in 1966 and 2003.
Genclerbirligi have two Turkish Cups in their cupboard, having won the competition in 1987 and 2001.