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    Ankara Gençlerbirligi SK

    by Dirim Written May 20, 2004

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    Gençlerbirliði (Union of Juveniles) is a sports club from Turkey. But Gençlerbirliði is best known with its football team playing for the top positions in Turkish Super (Premier) League. The name of the team comes from the “myth” of the foundation. Gençlerbirliði was established by high school students and teachers in Ankara on 14 March 1923 just before the establishment of Republic of Turkey. The colours of our team are red and black. The fans of Gençlerbirliði are calling themselves “alkaralar”, “kýzýl-kara” (synonyms for “red-blacks”), “alkara keçileri” (Alkara is the synonym of red-black sounds like “Ankara” and keçi is the Turkish equivalent of “goat”, as Angora type of goats are famous all over the world originating from Ankara), or “Þimþekler” (Lightnings).

    When Ilhan Cavcav became the chairman of the club in the late 70s, Gençlerbirliði followed a strategy on giving importance on infrastructure, by investing on young players and scoutship to find out “cheap” players from foreign countries, especially from Africa. The club gained enough financial support from the transfer of those players to other teams, which enabled Gençlerbirliði to have one of the most developed infrastructure, not only among the other Anatolian clubs, but also among the 3 oligarchic clubs of Istanbul; namely Galatasaray, Fenerbahçe and Beþiktaþ.

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