ABOUT US

INTERNATIONAL U12 IZMIR CUP

International U12 İzmir Cup has organized by Altınordu Football Club continously since 2013 which becomes one of the biggest international youth football tournaments of Europe.

Starting with 8 participant teams in 2013, the tournament gathered 72 teams at İzmir in 2019. 8 teams in 2013, 12 teams in 2014, 48 teams in 2015, 2016, 2017, 56 teams in 2018 and in 2019, 72 teams participated to the tournament which has organized under the motto ‘‘The World Gathers At İzmir’’. The last champion of the tournament is Manchester City that beat PSV in the final after penalties.

292 different teams had participated to International İzmir U12 Cup until today such as AC Milan, Ajax, Anderlecht, Athletic Bilbao, AZ Alkmaar, Benfica, Celtic, Chelsea, Hamburg, Lazio, Leicester City, Manchester City, O. Marseille, PSG, Parma, Porto, PSV, Rangers, Valencia, Werder Bremen, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Twente, Zenit.

Naci Ünüvar who played in the tournament with Ajax in 2015 edition, signed a professional contract with his club. In the same tournament; the MVP, Dillon Hoogewerf transferred to Manchester United.

ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CLUB

Altınordu was founded on 26 December 1923 in İzmir and was the first football club established after the foundation of Turkish Republic. The Founder of the club was Süleyman Ferit Eczacıbaşı, who was also the founder of Türkiye's pharmaceutical, personal care and cleaning products company. All sports events that were cancelled during the the Turkish War of Independence (1919-1922) started to take place once again after the foundation of the Republic. İzmir teams like Karşıyaka and Altay were already in football leagues, but there was not any team competing from Basmane,Tilkilik and Namazgâh districts of the city.

ALTINORDU PHILOSOPHY

Altınordu football club’s main objective is to educate and develop our players to be:

"Good Person, Good Citizen, Good Player".

WHY WE ONLY PLAY WITH TURKISH PLAYERS
We don’t have foreign football players in our Senior Team. Because we need to give the playing chance to our youth players, who are raised from our academy. Our home-grown players can overcome their rookie period only by playing in many official matches. We are aiming to promote the Turkish Süper Lig in 2025, in the last year of our second 5-year plan. In this process, we aim to increase the ratio of home-grown playing time to %70, which is currently 40% in our Senior Team. Until now, we haven’t set a goal to promote to the top division. Because our primary goal is "Player Development". Competition comes after. At the end of the second 5-year plan, after Advanced Performance Football training process, it is our biggest dream to play with our home-grown players in Turkish Super League.

GOALS OF “HOME GROWN” PLAYERS

The first goal of all our players who are in our academy is to play for Altınordu FK First Team. The plan for all of our home-grown players is to stay in our First Team maximum three seasons. Our home-grown players, who have successfully completed their rookie period in our First Team, then aim to continue their football career in Europe's "Big Five" leagues.