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FENERBAHÇE

Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü (Fenerbahçe Sports Club), commonly known as Fenerbahçe, Fener or FB [pronounced fe-nehr-baah-che] is a sports club residing on the Asian side of Istanbul, Turkey. The most popular branch by far is the football team, but the club also competes in basketball, volleyball, rowing, boxing, sailing, athletics, swimming and table tennis.

Founded: 1907 (originally founded in 1899 but had to be dissolved under the strict Ottoman rules)
Colors: Yellow and navy blue
Nickname: Yellow Canaries
Stadium: Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadyumu in Kadıköy.
Capacity: 55.000
Chairman: Aziz Yildirim
Manager: Aykut Kocaman
Emblem: The Fenerbahçe emblem was designed by Topuz Hikmet who played left wing in 1910 and was made by Tevfik Haccar (Taşcı) in London. The emblem consists of five colours. The white section which includes the writing ’Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü 1907’ represents purity and open heartedness, the red section represents love and attachment to the club and symbolises the Turkish flag. The yellow middle section symbolises admiration and envy of the club, while the navy symbolises nobility. The ’oak acorn’ leaf which rises from the navy and yellow section shows the power of Fenerbahçe. The green colour of the leaf states the success of Fenerbahçe is imperative.
Match tickets: Match tickets can be bought through ticketing firm "Biletix" (www.biletix.com) online. Tickets can also be bought from the Stadium on the match-day.
Main Sponsor: AVEA
Media: FBTV, Fenerbahce magazine
Official website: www.fenerbahce.org
Address: Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü, Fenerbahçe Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadyumu, Istanbul, Turkiye
Fan forums in English: http://forum.antu.com/konular.aspx?gID=6&fID=18


Fenerbahçe plays at Sükrü Saracoglu Stadium, the biggest club stadium in Turkey. This stadium also regularly hosts national team games. The club chairman Aziz Yildirim, who had just left the club, has returned to his post, is entering into his 10th year in rule next year. Among his accomplishments are, 3 league titles, Fenerbahce Sportif A.S. IPO (publicly traded on Istanbul Stock Exchange under ‘FENER’), rebuilding of stadium the youth center, training grounds and many other facilities for the club. Also, during his term the club opened its flagship stores Fenerium.
Buy your Fenerbahce jersey at www.fenerium.com.tr


Quick facts:

• Most championships for a Turkish Club (18 Professional league titles since 1959 and a total of 26)
• Fenerbahce carries 3 stars on its jerseys (given for every 5 championship), most for a Turkish club.
• First Turkish team to win an international cup (Balkan Cup winner 1967)
• Most cups (5) in one season (Turkish league, Federation Cup, President’s cup, Spor-Toto and Balkan Cup)
• Finished the 1922-23 season without allowing a goal (First team ever to accomplish- a Guiness world record)
• Most goals in a season (103 goals -1988-89)
• Most goals for a player to score in a single match (Tanju Colak 6 goals vs. Karsiyaka 1992)
• Most points scored in a basketball game by a player (Erman Kunter 153 points of 175 team total)
• Track team became European champions in 1993
• Only Turkish team with athletes winning Olympic medals (Ruhi Sarialp –triple long jump 1948 – bronze and Esref Apak –hammer throw 2004 – bronze)
• After Muhammed Ali, the youngest boxer ever to reach final in Olympics, Atagün Yalçınkaya (Athens 2004 silver) is also a member of Fenerbahce SK.
• Beaten Galatasaray 132 times in various matches and counting… (22 more than them)
• Best performance in UEFA cups: Quarter Final – UEFA Cup Winners (1963-64)
• Ended Manchester United’s 40 year streak in Old Trafford for not losing a European Cup game (1-0 Elvir Bolic, Champions league game 1996)


Atatürk and Fenerbahçe
The founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was a Fenerbahçe supporter. On the 10th of August, after a 3-3 draw against Galatasaray in the Gazi Cup Atatürk had three Galatasaray and 2 Fenerbahçe supporters next to him, where he was quoted: "We are three on three here, because I’m a Fenerbahçe supporter too".
Atatürk has also visited the club and has signed the book of honour where he wrote the following:
"I was informed of Fenerbahçe Club’s admirable activities and had made it a duty of mine to visit and congratulate the club. That visit has fallen on this day and I hereby record my tribute and congratulations." ® May 3, 1918 (3.5.1334) signed by Army commander Mustafa Kemal
When the club’s wooden building at Kusdili, Kadiköy burnt down on the night of June 5, 1932, the first donation for a new building came from Atatürk.


Current squad
As of 31 July 2006:
Note: A maximum of 6 international players are allowed by the Turkish Football Federation.

Number Player Position Year Signed Previous Club

1 Volkan Demirel
34 Mert Günok
54 Erten Ersu
25 Ertuğrul Taşkıran
94 Hakan Çinemre
3 Hasan Ali Kaldırım
0 Bruno Alves
0 Michal Kadlec
0 Berkaycan Değirmencioğlu
2 Egemen Korkmaz
35 Hasan Erbey
53 Serdar Kesimal
77 Gökhan Gönül
4 Bekir İrtegün
66 Mehmet Topuz
26 Alper Potuk
88 Caner Erkin
62 Selçuk Şahin
5 Mehmet Topal
48 Salih Uçan
27 Milos Krasic
14 Raul Meireles
0 Emre Belözoğlu
35 İbrahim Serdar Aydın
36 Muhammed Akarslan
30 Mert Zeybek
10 Diego Ribas
37 Mehdi Akgül
28 Beykan Şimşek
29 Emmanuel Emenike
7 Moussa Sow
11 Dirk Kuyt
95 Recep Niyaz
9 Pierre Webo

Famous Coaches
Guus Hiddink
Waldir Pereira Didi
Carlos Alberto Parreira
Todor Veselinovic
Friedel Rausch
Pal Csernai
Joachim Low
Otto Baric
Holger Osicek
Tomislav Ivic
Mustafa Denizli
Christoph Daum


A Legend (where the name of the stadium is coming from):

Şükrü Saracoğlu

Mehmet Şükrü Saracoğlu was a politician and was the fifth Prime Minister of Turkey. He was born in 1887 in Odemis. Saracoglu progressed to being a teacher before graduating from faculties abroad. Saracoğlu also became the Minister for Education in 1924. Saracoglu was successful in every area in politics and was a valued statesman in Turkey. He was also a keen Fenerbahçe supporter and was the president of the club from 1934 to 1950. This made him the longest serving Fenerbahçe president. In 1953, three years after retiring from politics, he sadly died in Istanbul on 27 December.


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