Baf Ülkü Yurdu S.K.
Infobox Football club
clubname = Baf Ülkü Yurdu S.K.
fullname = "Baf Ülkü Yurdu Spor Kulübü"
"Baf Ülkü Yurdu Sports Club"
founded = 1947
ground = Güzelyurt
capacity = 7.000
chairman = flagicon|TRNC İbrahim Erşahin
manager = flagicon|TRNC Gökmen Davutoğlu
league = İkinci Lig
season = 2007-08
position = 4th
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Baf Ülkü Yurdu Spor Kulübü is a Turkish Cypriot
sports clubestablished in Baf in 1947 and since 1974, the team has been playing its home games in Güzelyurt. With 4 Birinci Ligtitles, 3 Cumhurbaşkanlığı Kupası(President's Cup), 2 Dr. Fazıl Küçük Kupasıtitles and 1 Başbakanlık Kupasi (Prime Minister's Cup) title to its name, the club is among the most successful sports clubsin the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus football.
footballleagues were set up in Cyprus upon the establishment of Cyprus Football Associationin 1934 and Çetinkaya Türk S.K.joined the Cypriot First Divisionas the sole representative of the Turkish Cypriotcommunity. The idea of Turkish Cypriotsliving in Baf establishing a sports clubstarted to evolve and in 1947 a petition was submitted to the British authorities ruling Cyprusat that time for the formation of the club. Two prominent members of the Turkish Cypriotcommunity in Baf were assigned the responsibility to proceed with the establishment of the club; Mr. Halit Ali Rıza and Mr. Derviş Ahmet Raşit. The petition was approved and Ülkü Yurdu Spor Kulübü was formally established on 23 April 1947. Since the petition was prepared by Mr. Halit Ali Rıza, who was a lawyer, he became the founding presidentof Ülkü Yurdu Spor Kulübü and Mr. Derviş Ahmet Raşit was elected as the first presidentin the first assembly of club's members. A house was rented in Moutallos neighbourhood of Baf that served as the headquarters of the club.
Upon its establishment, Ülkü Yurdu became a focal point in the lives of the
Turkish Cypriotcommunity in Baf. Due to the inter-communal conflict between the Turkish Cypriotsand Greek Cypriotsat the time, the club did not register to play in the Cypriot First Divisionand only participated in some friendly matches. When the Cyprus Turkish Football Federationwas formed in 1955, Ülkü Yurdu was invited to the league that was to be formed as the sole representative team from Baf. From 1955 to 1960, Ülkü Yurdu participated at various levels of the Turkish Cypriotleague that was formed.
In early 1960s, Ülkü Yurdu continued to take part in the
Turkish Cypriot footballleague. The team achieved its highest ranking during the 1963-64 season when it was ranked 2nd in the First Division of the Turkish Cypriotfootball league. However, that season was not completed due to the increased level of inter-communal violence between Greek Cypriotsand Turkish Cypriots. The league was resumed in 1968-69 season and Ülkü Yurdu became a regular in the league in the years that followed.
Following the summer of 1974, the
Turkish Cypriotcommunity in Baf moved north of the island due to the political situation in Cyprus. The majority of the Turkish Cypriotcommunity of Baf settled in Güzelyurt, which also became Ülkü Yurdu's new home. The club added Bafmeaning Paphosin Turkish to its name in order to stay loyal to its roots.
Ülkü Yurdu enjoyed great success during the later part of the 1980s. The team was crowned the champions of the
Turkish CypriotFirst Division four years in a row; in 1986-87, in 1987-88, in 1988-89 and in 1989-90. Ülkü Yurdu became the first team to achieve such a feat and no other Turkish Cypriotteam has achieved the same level of success to date. Ülkü Yurdu also won the Cumhurbaşkanlığı Kupası(President's Cup) 3 times and Dr. Fazıl Küçük Kupasıtwice during the same period. Following its success at home, Ülkü Yurdu became the first Turkish Cypriot football teamto be invited to a tournament in Turkeyand won it as well. The team entered into a gradual decline afterwards and was relegated to İkinci Lig in the 1994-95 season. Despite being promoted back to Birinci Ligin the 1997-98 season, the team did not manage to survive and spent the later parts of 1990s between Birinci Ligand İkinci Lig.
Due to economic under-development and negligence of the Güzelyurt area, Ülkü Yurdu continued to suffer from inconsistency during the early 2000s. The club currently plays at İkinci Lig ever since its relegation from
Birinci Ligat the end of the 2004-05 Birinci Ligcampaign.
Ülkü Yurdu is widely supported by
Turkish Cypriotswho are from Baf. According to a survey carried out in 2005, Baf Ülkü Yurdu is the third most supported team in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cypruswith 8,7% of the people surveyed indicating their alliance to the team.
The club colors are
The club's home stadium is Güzelyurt
Birinci Lig|(4)|1987, 1988, 1989, 1990
Cumhurbaşkanlığı Kupası|(3)|1987, 1988, 1989
Dr. Fazıl Küçük Kupası|(2)|1989, 1991
*cite news |title=Baf Ülkü Yurdu 60.Yıl Dergisi |publisher=(T-Medya) Tokel Ltd. |year=2007 |accessdate=2007-12-31
last = Hastürer
first = Hasan
title = Kıbrıs'ta Futbol
accessdate = 2007-12-30
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