It was just the beginning of the downfall. Another year, 3.Lig. Then, the lowest point even: the Amateur league. Hell wasn’t supposed to end either: defeated by Ayazagaspor on penalties, Göztepe were forced to play again in a non-professional league.
The European adventure of the red&yellow team was interrupted by Petrolul Ploiesti: however, Göztepe didn’t give up and were between the Super Lig characters of the season, ending at the 4th place just behinf the Istanbul big 3.
1938-89: Göztepe‘s first success, a local title. Two dull seasons, then 3 outstanding Izmir championships (’42, ’43, ’44): Göztepe is a strong and definitely challenging reality. Another 2 titles (’50, ’53) to their board, and the club was ready to jump to the next step which shocked Turkey.
The following season began in a bad mood, with Galatasaray getting their revenge in the Turkish Super Cup. The European journey wasn’t legendary either, with Union Luxembourg and Cardiff sent home; AS Roma‘s hyper-power was definitely too much. Again, Göztepe‘s pride got out of nowhere: in the darkest moment, a remuntada to a final 5th place in the league followed by another Turkish Cup win, this time against Eskisehirspor, brought the club to the CWC again.
HELL – 2002 meant an economic collapse for the red&yellow army. The team wasn’t too great either, so a relegation was almost taken for granted. After the sports-related mistakes, the following year things got even worse from the economic point of view. The club had to sell their best players and struggled to pay the basic wages of the team. Göztepe collapsed, falling for the first time in their glorious history in the 2.Lig, the Turkish third division.
Many people don’t know that Italy and Izmir have good relationships and a lot of common ties: maybe Göztepe weren’t so happy about that, when Bologna knocked them off another short European cup experience. The Turkish Super Lig was another story again, with a final 4th place. The 4th European placement for the red&yellow club, which was the most important reality behind Galatasaray, Fenerbahçe and Besiktas.
Izmir, town of wines and sport. Bittersweet, sometimes: we told you the sad story of Altay SK, the black&white giants that said goodbye even to the third division of Turkish football. Last summer, however, another heart of the town started beating again. Today we’ll find out more about Göztepe SK, the red&yellow Izmir side that played in the Turkish Super Lig for many years.
17 years spent in the 1.Lig tarnished Göztepe‘s past image. In 1999 the club got the opportunity of a Super Lig experience, but the following year was as short as bad. The Yo-Yo trend was back again, with the club that gained another promotion. After an illusory 7th place in the 2001-2002 season, Göztepe had to deal with bigger issues.
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Another European adventure, and another delusion: this time the Izmir red&yellows found a tough opponent, 1860 Munchen. Winning the home leg 2-1 gave a temporary illusion to Göztepe, that were blown away in Germany by a peremptory 9-1. Once again, not giving up is in the Izmir’s club DNA: their European humiliation didn’t stop their good Super Lig season, with another good 5th place at the end of the 1965-66 season.
The surprising cicle of Göztepe donated the club another glorious trophy, the Turkish Super Cup: Fenerbahçe were favourites, but a stunning 3-1 win brought Izmir to Turkey’s heaven. A third place at the end of the year was another certificate of strength; pushed by their proud and infinite supporters Göztepe were fighting with everyone.