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The main reason why I visited Istanbul in early December 2012 was the Europa League match between Fenerbahce Istanbul and my team Borussia Mönchengladbach. It was the last match of the group phase and luckily even before this match both teams were already qualified for the round of 32.
Fenerbahce is one of the three major football clubs in Istanbul; the other two being Galatasaray and Besiktas. The latter two can be found on the European side of the city, whereas Fenerbahce play their home matches in the Sükrü Saracoglu Stadium in Kadiköy on the Asian side of Istanbul. The stadium has a capacity of 50.000 people.
We went to the match by ferry. At the ferry terminal of Kadiköy the Borussia supporters were awaited by a massive police contingent; many of them were armed and had protective shields. The police escorted us through the local shopping street to the stadium.
Here only one very small entrance was opened for the more than 3000 Borussia supporters. So the queue was very long and people started to get impatient. Inside the stadium we couldn’t even get to the area which was listed on our tickets; so organisation was quite chaotic.
The Borussia area consisted of four blocks on two tiers. They were totally fenced off and partly even proteced by a net from above. It all looked like the Fenerbahce supporters don’t seem to be especially famous for their friendliness. There were neither drinks nor was something to eat available in our area, so we concentrated on the match.
Borussia Mönchengladbach won with 3:0 after goals of Cigerci, Hanke and De Jong. After the match we had to wait about 45 Minutes inside our area until the home fans had left the stadium.
We walked back to the ferry terminal of Kadiköy where we reached the last ferry to the European side of Istanbul. We finished the chaotic but successful day with a couple of victory beers in the local bar near our hotel.
Fenerbahce’s Sükrü Saracoglu Stadium is located in Istanbul’s Kadiköy district on the Asian side of the city. From the ferry terminal of Kadiköy it can be reached on foot in eastern direction within 20 minutes.
Updated Apr 7, 2013
Istanbul is home of three well known football teams. Two of them are locatet on the european side and the other called "Fenerbahce" is the asian representative. There is a great enmity between these teams.
Written Jun 24, 2012
In my first visit to Istanbul it was difficult to reach the hotel, one night, because there was an international game of Galatasarai. I remember the area, and, this time, I walked there, verifying that it is Besiktas stadium.
Do they share the stadium? was in circumstantial Galatasarai game?
We had no game there, this time, but noticed that it is in a wide and steep park
Updated Jul 12, 2011
Sükrü Saracoglu Stadium is a football stadium in the Kadiköy district of Istanbul, Turkey, and is the home venue of Fenerbahçe S.K.. It was inaugurated in 1908, renovated between 1999 and 2006 and currently increased in capacity. It is the first stadium in Turkey designed according to official football regulations in standards. On October 4, 2006, after numerous inspections by the UEFA, Sükrü Saracoglu Stadium was selected to host the 2009 UEFA Cup Final.
The Fenerbahçe Sükrü Saracoglu Stadium has gone through a complete rebuilding process which involved each stand being demolished and rebuilt in turn. Each stand has been built closer to the pitch, getting the fans closer to the action on the field. This style of stadium has never before existed in Turkey, as the stands are usually separated from the pitch by a running track.
The "Maraton" stand can hold up to 14,500 spectators. This stand includes "Box Offices" which have all been rented out from the club. These Box Offices, equipped with TV’s, Internet, work areas, dining facilities and many other luxuries, are the first of their kind in Turkey. Facing Maraton is the "Fenerium" stand with its 15,000 seats capacity and its equally luxurious "1907" zone. With each remaining stands (namely "Migros" and "Telsim") having a 10,500 capacity, the total capacity of the stadium is 50,509.
Equipment: Before Sükrü Saracoglu Stadyumu was built, the field was known as Papazin Çayiri. In 1908, local teams needed a regular soccer field, so this land was leased from the Ottoman Sultan Abdülhamid II for 30 Ottoman gold pounds a year. The total construction cost was 3,000 Ottoman gold pounds.
The Union Club Field was used by many teams in Istanbul, including the owner, Union Club (which changed its name to Ittihatspor after World War I), Fenerbahçe, Galatasaray and Beþiktaþ. However, it had lost its importance when a bigger venue, the Taksim Stadium, was built in 1922, inside the courtyard of the historic Taksim Topçu Kislasi (Taksim Artillery Barracks), which was located at the present-day Taksim Gezi Parki (Taksim Park).
In 1929, the club which owned the stadium, Ittihatspor, was shut down by the CHP government, in which Þükrü Saracoðlu was a member. Thus, the ownership of the stadium passed to the state, but the field was immediately leased to Fenerbahçe. Later, in 1933, Fenerbahçe purchased the stadium from the government for 9,000 TL; when Sükrü Saracoðlu was the President of Fenerbahçe.
The name of the field was changed to Fenerbahçe Stadium, and this made Fenerbahçe SK the first football club in Turkey to own its stadium, with the help of the Sükrü Saracoðlu government. In the following years, Fenerbahçe SK renovated the stadium and increased its seating capacity. By the year 1949, Fenerbahçe Stadium was the largest football venue in Turkey, with a seating capacity of 25,000.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
I was grown up in this part of Istanbul.KASIMPASA.My father is a shop owner in Kasýmpasa
and I worked with him and when I was a student for holidays and saturdays I was coming to
work in our shop which is still in Kasimpasa.
This poor and second class neigbourhood made a Prime minister.We are having the fruits of this.We have a modern and brand new Sport Complex.Even Best football team of Turkey
GALATASRAY do not have it.
We didnt think Kasimpasa can improove like this at the past.
Recep Tayyip Erdoðan Stadium is a multi-use stadium in Istanbul, Turkey. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is used as the home stadium for Kasýmpaþa S.K.. The stadium holds 15,000 people.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Opened last year but really up and running this year.
First snow has fallen but as yet not great amounts so some runs still shut.
Map to download of the ski runs on the web page.
Spa facilities also available.
Area great for hiking at other times of the year.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: The Green Park Resort,Kartepe,Kocaeli.
Phone: +90 (0)262 315 47 00
Lookýng for a bike shop? don' go to the centre before trying Bakirkoy and the Metin bike shop
Equipment: These guys are experts in their fields and incredibly friendly and helpful and speak a few words of english - its enough!!
They sell new and second-hand bikes, they have parts and accessories all quality stuff, some bike clothing and very fast service!!!
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: Zeytinlik Mah. Pancar Sok. No: 35/A Bakirkoy
Phone: 0212 660 26 04
Every year, in Autumn Euroasian Marathon is organized in Istanbul. This is the only marathon in the world that you run from one continent to another in a few hours. There are three different runs of that marathon:
1) The marathon of 42.2 km: It is for professionals and the pri,ce is 30.000 USD for the first comer
2) The marathon of 15 km: The prize is 1500 USD
The total amount of the prizes is 100.000 USD
Besides those two different runs, there is also the Popular Marathon of 8 km. and the prize is a medal and a t-shirt to everybody who finish the marathon. And every year about 100.000 people attends to that marathon as the joy to pass over the bridge which connects the two continents is a wonderful feeling.
Equipment: Just jogging shoes and sports wear.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Phone: +90.212.234 42 00
If your in Istanbul on a weekend then you might have noticed that bars get pretty full with football supporters who are quite vociferous.Top at the moment are Fenerbache,whom i live quite close to so lots of theirs supporters around me locally.Below is their web site in Turk and English.Lets hope they win the Championship in their 100th year.Site has where you can get match tickets as well as the other sports that the club does.
Ground,Sukru Saracoglu Stadium.
Capacity currently 52500 but increasing i think.
Nickname,Sari Kanaryalar,yellow canaries.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: Fenerbache Tesileri,Kiziltoprak,Kadikoy,81030
Phone: +90 212 345 09 40
Home to the Turkish league team of Besiktas JK, formed in August 1911.
A 32.145 all-seater stadium opened on May 19, 1947, although the capacity then was only 16,000.
Whilst it was always home to Besiktas JK, it was also used by Galatasaray SK and Fenerbahce SK for a few years, whilst the construction of the Ali Sami Yen Stadium, the home of Galatasaray football club and the Sükrü Saracoglu Stadium, the home of Fenerbahçe SK were completed.
Updated Dec 1, 2010
Address: BJK Plaza, Akaretler Süleyman Seba Caddesi, No. 92
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