The club enjoyed their best success between the years 1963-1971 under the supervision of the legendary coach Adnan Suvari. Their famous 11 during this period of success is still remembered today: Ali Artuner, Mehmet "Junior" Işıkal, Çağlayan Derebaşı, Hüseyin Yazıcı, Mehmet "Senior" Aydın, Nevzat "English" Guzelırmak, Nihat Yayöz, Ertan Öznur, Fevzi Zemzem, Gürsel Aksel, Halil Kiraz.
Göztepe lived through immense financial troubles since 2002. Due to the inability to reduce their outstanding debt, the football club have been banned from signing new players, which resulted in a drastic free fall with the team being relegated 4 times in the last 5 seasons. On April 21st, 2007, they lost their last home game 2-0 against Aliağa Belediyespor in Turkish 3rd Division and were relegated to the Izmir Super Amateur Division.
On August 20th, 2007, the club have been sold in an auction to an Istanbul based business conglomerate Altınbaş Group. The new owner, businessman İmam Altınbaş, has vowed to take Göztepe back to the Turkish Super League, making them one of the top five clubs in Turkish football. The new owners of the club have been first received by the local fan base with some suspicion, although there have been recent calls for solidarity and cooperation under the new ownership.
Göztepe are one of the last examples of an authentic neighborhood club, located in the Güzelyalı neighborhood of Izmir. They have one of the most devoted and die-hard fan bases in Turkey, despite their recent downfall. In terms of their fan base and attendance figures for their games, they are behind only the three Istanbul giants (Fenerbahçe, Galatasaray and Beşiktaş). Even their games in the Amateur Division attract more fans than most clubs in the Turkish Super League.
The team competed in the Turkish Amateur Championship for the 2007-2008 season but were eliminated by Ayazağaspor after a 6-5 penalty kick shootout in Eskişehir. However, Aliağa Belediyespor merged with Göztepe, so that they took place of Aliağa Belediyespor's in the Third League on June 18, 2008. They will play in TFF Third League - Group 2 in 2008-2009 season.
The main rivals of Göztepe are another Izmir club, Karşıyaka S.K.. When the two teams played on May 16th, 1981 while pursuing the Turkish Second Division title, the game attracted an audience of 80,000 people. The Guiness Book of World Records recognizes this milestone as a world record for a Second Division football game and The Guardian published an article named "The biggest non-top-flight attendance ever including this match. The game was a 0-0 draw, but Göztepe were crowned champions a week later when they beat Balıkesirspor 3-2 at home, while Karşıyaka slipped against Bandırmaspor.
First Level (Now Turkcell Super League): 1958-1977, 1978-1980, 1981-1982, 1999-2000, 2001-2003
Second Level (Now Bank Asya First League): 1977-1978, 1980-1981, 1982-1999, 2000-2001, 2003-2004
Third Level (Now TFF Second League): 2004-2005
Fourth Level (Now TFF Third League): 2005-2007, 2008-2009
Super Amateur League: 2007-2008
Pos. = Position; Pld = Matches played; W = Won; D = Drawn; L = Lost; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against; Pts = Points
UCUP = UEFA Cup; UCWC = UEFA Cup Winners' Cup; Cup = Fortis Turkey Cup
|Season||Home||Away||1st Leg||2nd Leg||Tournament|
|1964–65||Göztepe||-||Petrolul Ploieşti||0–1||1–2||UEFA Cup||1st round|
|1965–66||Göztepe||-||TSV 1860 München||2–1||1–9||UEFA Cup||2nd round|
|1966–67||Göztepe||-||Bologna FC||1–2||1–3||UEFA Cup||1st round|
|1967–68||R. Antwerp FC||-||Göztepe||1–2||0–0||UEFA Cup||1st round|
|Atlético Madrid||-||Göztepe||2–0||0–3||UEFA Cup||2nd round|
|FK Vojvodina||-||Göztepe||1–0||1–0||UEFA Cup||3rd round|
|1968–69||Göztepe||-||Olympique de Marseille||2–0||0–2 (aet) (c)||UEFA Cup||1st round|
|Göztepe||-||FC Argeş Piteşti||3–0||2–3||UEFA Cup||2nd round|
|OFK Beograd||-||Göztepe||3–1||0–2||UEFA Cup||3rd round|
|Göztepe||-||Hamburger SV||w/o||w/o||UEFA Cup||Quarter-final|
|Göztepe||-||Újpest FC||1–4||0–4||UEFA Cup||Semi-final|
|1969–70||Göztepe||-||US Luxembourg||3–0||3–2||UEFA Cup Winners' Cup||1st round|
|Göztepe||-||Cardiff City||3–0||0–1||UEFA Cup Winners' Cup||2nd round|
|A.S. Roma||-||Göztepe||2–0||0–0||UEFA Cup Winners' Cup||Quarter-final|
|1970–71||Göztepe||-||US Luxembourg||5–0||0–1||UEFA Cup Winners' Cup||1st round|
|Göztepe||-||Górnik Zabrze||0–1||0–3||UEFA Cup Winners' Cup||2nd round|
|Pos.||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||SCUP||ECCC / UCL||UCWC||UCUP||UIC|
Pos. = Position; Pld = Matches played; W = Won; D = Drawn; L = Lost; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against; Pa. = Participation; Pld = Matches played
SCUP = UEFA Super Cup; ECCC / UCL = European Champion Clubs' Cup / UEFA Champions League; UCWC = UEFA Cup Winners' Cup;
UCUP = UEFA Cup (including Inter-Cities Fairs Cup); UIC = UEFA Intertoto Cup
Pos. = Position; Pld = Matches played; W = Won; D = Drawn; L = Lost; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against
Pts = Points; I = Calculated in respect of three-points system; II = Calculated in respect of two-points system until the 1987-88 season
Note: At that time the UEFA Cup was called the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.
The "Legend" Squad
* Also holds Turkish citizenship.
For recent transfers, see List of Turkish football transfers 2008–09.
|Barış Güçlü||General Director|
|Bilal Şar||Assistant Manager|
|Oktay Akgül||Assistant Manager|
|Şenol Sevindi||Goalkeeping Coach|
|Dr. Mutlu Gürsoy||Club Doctor|
|Ünlü Danyal||Coach of Youth Academy|
|Mustafa Oğuz||Coach of Youth Academy|
|Aktuğ Sönmez||Coach of Youth Academy|
|Polat Sezersan||Coach of Youth Academy|