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 Zafer Stadı
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 club established in Baf in 1947 and since 1974, the team has been playing its home games in Güzelyurt. With 4 Birinci Lig titles, 3 Cumhurbaşkanlığı Kupası (President's Cup), 2 Dr. Fazıl Küçük Kupası titles and 1 Başbakanlık Kupasi (Prime Minister's Cup) title to its name, the club is among the most successful sports clubs in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus football.


The football leagues were set up in Cyprus upon the establishment of Cyprus Football Association in 1934 and Çetinkaya Türk S.K. joined the Cypriot First Division as the sole representative of the Turkish Cypriot community. The idea of Turkish Cypriots living in Baf establishing a sports club started to evolve and in 1947 a petition was submitted to the British authorities ruling Cyprus at that time for the formation of the club. Two prominent members of the Turkish Cypriot community 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 president of Ülkü Yurdu Spor Kulübü and Mr. Derviş Ahmet Raşit was elected as the first president in 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 Cypriot community in Baf. Due to the inter-communal conflict between the Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots at the time, the club did not register to play in the Cypriot First Division and only participated in some friendly matches. When the Cyprus Turkish Football Federation was 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 Cypriot league that was formed.


In early 1960s, Ülkü Yurdu continued to take part in the Turkish Cypriot football league. The team achieved its highest ranking during the 1963-64 season when it was ranked 2nd in the First Division of the Turkish Cypriot football league. However, that season was not completed due to the increased level of inter-communal violence between Greek Cypriots and 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 Cypriot community in Baf moved north of the island due to the political situation in Cyprus. The majority of the Turkish Cypriot community of Baf settled in Güzelyurt, which also became Ülkü Yurdu's new home. The club added Baf meaning Paphos in 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 Cypriot First 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 Cypriot team 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 Kupası twice during the same period. Following its success at home, Ülkü Yurdu became the first Turkish Cypriot football team to be invited to a tournament in Turkey and 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 Lig in the 1997-98 season, the team did not manage to survive and spent the later parts of 1990s between Birinci Lig and 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 Lig at the end of the 2004-05 Birinci Lig campaign.


Ülkü Yurdu is widely supported by Turkish Cypriots who 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 Cyprus with 8,7% of the people surveyed indicating their alliance to the team.


The club colors are red and green.


The club's home stadium is Güzelyurt Zafer Stadı.


*sport honours|Birinci Lig|(4)|1987, 1988, 1989, 1990
*sport honours|Cumhurbaşkanlığı Kupası|(3)|1987, 1988, 1989
*sport honours|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
*cite web
last = Hastürer
first = Hasan
title = Kıbrıs'ta Futbol
accessdate = 2007-12-30

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