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    Football: Fenerbahce Istanbul

    by HORSCHECK Updated Apr 7, 2013

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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.


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    Fenerbahce football

    by midnight_mike Written May 27, 2006

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    Fenerbahce is one of Turkey's top football clubs. Many of its players have moved on to major European clubs and the team has even done well in the Champions League. Tickets sell fast so you should try to buy them as soon as possible.

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    by neodue Updated Oct 10, 2007

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    Atatürk Olympic Stadium (Turkish: Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadi) located in Ikitelli, a district in the western outskirts of Ýstanbul, is the largest-capacity stadium of Turkey. Its construction began in 1999 and was completed in 2002. It was built for Turkey's Olympic Games bid and cost about 130 million TRY (100 million USD).

    With its 81,283 (all-seater) capacity and Olympic size, it was granted the "5-star sports complex" title by the UEFA in 2004, enabling it to host the finals of UEFA events. The stadium is also certified by the IAAF and IOC for athletic competitions. Atatürk Olympic Stadium has hosted some European athletic competitions. Galatasaray SK played its home games at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium during the 2003-2004 football season, due to the bad condition of their own venue, Ali Sami Yen Stadium, and this was criticized by other teams. Galatasaray eventually returned back to Ali Sami Yen for the 2004-2005 season, and is currently building a new 52,000-seater stadium with a retractable roof in the Seyrantepe neighbourhood near Maslak financial district. Sivasspor also played some of its home games at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium due to the bad weather conditions in their original hometown stadium.

    The 2005 Champions League final between A.C. Milan and Liverpool F.C. was played on May 25, 2005, at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium. During the match, Liverpool were trailing 3-0 at half time but made the most dramatic comeback in the tournament's history, scoring 3 goals in just 6 minutes to bring the game to 3-3 by the end of normal time. No more goals were scored in extra time, bringing the game to penalties. Liverpool went on to win the shoot-out 3-2.

    Galatasaray have played their 2006-2007 Champions League games at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium.

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    by neodue Updated Oct 10, 2007

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    Ali Sami Yen Stadi is the home of the football club Galatasaray SK in Istanbul, Turkey. It is named after the founder of the club, Ali Sami Yen. The stadium has a capacity of 24,990 (all-seater) and is situated in the Mecidiyeköy quarter of the Þiþli district at the center of the city.

    Ali Sami Yen Stadium was inaugurated on December 14th, 1964, with a friendly game between Turkey and Bulgaria. Unfortunately, tragedy struck during the opening match: in one of the stands many people fell onto the first floor, which caused numerous injuries, but luckily none of them were fatal. Spotlights were added to the stadium in 1965, and night games began to be played (the lighting system was renovated in 1993). The stadium is made up of 2 identical lateral stands which are covered by a roof: the Numaralý (Numbered) stand, where the TV cameras are located; and the Kapali (Covered) stand, where the most fanatical team supporters usually view the games. The two other stands, behind the goal gates, are the Yeni Açýk (New Open), with 2 tiers, and the Eski Açik (Old Open), with the electronic scoreboard.

    In the past, games were played in front of more than 40,000 spectators in this stadium, which is nicknamed "Hell" by Galatasaray's supporters because of its intimidating atmosphere and the enthusiastic support of the fans who often make mass use of torches, smoke, drums, flags and giant posters to create visual grandeur and apply psychological pressure on visiting teams. Ali Sami Yen is important for Galatasaray because it has seen many victories against renowned European football clubs, such as FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, AC Milan, PSV Eindhoven, AS Monaco, Leeds United, Deportivo La Coruna, PSG, Rangers and many others.

    The new stadium of Galatasaray S.K. will have a seating capacity for more than 52,000 spectators (Construction End Date: August 2009)Galatasaray will build a new stadium in the Seyrantepe quarter near Maslak financial district, the name of which has been changed to Aslantepe (Lion Hill) after Galatasaray purchased the ground; Aslan (Lion) being Galatasaray's symbol. The construction works of the new stadium will begin at the end of 2007. The new stadium will have a capacity of 52,500, making it the largest private stadium owned by a club in Turkey. It will also feature a mobile pitch and a hydraulic dome at the top which can be closed in case of rain or snow. There are also plans for building a shopping mall and residential units as part of the Aslantepe Project

    Interior view of the new stadiumThe New Ali Sami Yen Stadium, also known as Aslantepe (Lion Hill) Arena, will be built in Seyrantepe, near Maslak financial district. The stadium's project was introduced to the Turkish press on May 11, 2007.[1] It will have a fully retractable roof and a seating capacity for 52,000 spectators, excluding the seats of the VIP lounges. The stadium will also have its own subway station. Construction works are scheduled to be completed in 23 months.


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    by neodue Written Oct 10, 2007

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    Football.this is second religion of this country.If you are a men andspeak some turkish you can start to talk and open a conversation with talking about Last week what happened to GS(Galatasaray) or FB (FENERBAHCE) Half of The Turkish popl are man in Turkey and all them
    are fan of 3 big team (BJK-BESIKTAS10 times Champion) (GS-GALATASARAY 16 Times Champion) (FB-FENERBAHCE 17 times champion) from Istanbul.
    Another HERO and LEGENDARY team is (TS -TRABZON) first and only team could be champion in Turkish Super Leauge for 5 times.
    I am a GS fan As you know and we start to see first GS TEMPLE in NEXT TIP.

    Equipment: For more in about turkish football history and turkish football go to web site of Turkish Football Federation TFF

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    by neodue Updated Oct 10, 2007

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    When you check the photos of the stadium you can see it is located in the Dolmahce Palace.
    In 1940's it was possible to conctarct a stadium in a palace garden :)
    Alos this stadium named 3 times in it is all life.
    1)Mithat pasha Stadium (ottoman period prime minister name)
    2)Dolmabahce Stadium (name of the where is located
    3)Inonu Stadium (This stadium constracted during his precidency)

    Besiktas Inönü Stadium (Turkish: Besiktas Inönü Stadyumu) is the home of the football club Besiktas J.K. in Istanbul, Turkey. It is located in Dolmabahçe, close to the elegant Dolmabahçe Palace in the district of Beþiktaþ, on the European side of Istanbul. The stadium has a capacity of 32,145[2] (all-seater).

    BJK Inönü Stadium was designed by Italian architect Paolo Vietti Violi, who collaborated with Turkish architects Sinasi Sahingiray and Fazil Aysu for preparing the project. The stadium, formerly known as the Dolmabahçe Stadium due to its vicinity to Dolmabahçe Palace, was inaugurated on 19 May 1947 by Ismet Inönü, the second President of Turkey, and Lütfi Kirdar, the Governor of Istanbul. Interestingly, the first goal in this stadium was scored by Süleyman Seba, the most famous and longest-presiding Chairman of the club (in the 1980s and 1990s) when he used to be a player of Besiktas JK.

    According to the great football legend Pelé, BJK Inönü Stadium has the most beautiful view of any stadium in the world, is one of the world's most beautiful football venues, and is definitely the most beautiful stadium in Europe.

    While seated on the tribunes of this stadium, one can see the Bosphorus, Dolmabahçe Palace, Dolmabahçe Clock Tower, Dolmabahçe Mosque, and the famous Kýz Kulesi (Maiden's Tower). It is the only stadium in the world from which a football fan can view two continents, Europe and Asia, which are separated by the Bosphorus.

    you can see the palace and an erected a hotel too from inside the stadium you can see the palace on the corner

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    Best Football team of Turkey

    by neodue Updated Aug 17, 2007

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    If you come to Istanbul and like football ,please do not forhet to visit Galatasaray football club.

    The club building is in Galatasaray ( Turkeys oldest high school) in Beyoglu District.
    Temple is (I mean stadium in Mecidiyekoy) Call ALI SAMI YEN founder of the club.

    Galatasaray hold the UEFA CUP 2000 and SUPER CUP 2001 also 16 TURKISH LEAGUE WINNER CUP and TURKISH FA cup

    15th Championship of GS in Turkish Super League Arabic Script logo from Ottoman Period

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    istanbul sporty type thingies

    by TomorrowsAngel Written Sep 4, 2003

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    You can basically walk around all the prime sights of the old city in one day, but instead of just seeing them in brief; it's heaps better to divide and conquer the city's attractions by means of a number of DIY planned walks, taking a couple or three days.
    Istanbul isn't known for its golfing facilities, but there are a few courses close by if you're keen. The best swimming options are a day trip to Kilyos or Sile, or the closer Kizil Adalar (Princes' Islands).
    Most of Istanbul's pool facilities are privately owned and expensive; try sweet-talking reception staff at one of the big hotels into letting you use the pool.
    Gyms tend to be testosterone-fuelled, no-go-zones for women (i.e. read SCAAARRRY), with limited equipment - find a hotel gym instead.
    Turks have perfected the art of socialising, and game playing is an important ingredient. Any tea garden should be able to come up with a backgammon board for free if you ask, though if you want to play billiards or bowling you might have to head to Beyoglu.
    Not exactly hard-core sporty in the strictest sense of the word, but sitting and yarning over a narglieh is a quintessential Middle Eastern experience. Even if you're not a smoker you may be lured by the fruity and flowery tobacco concoctions.
    Shopping in the thousands of shops of the Kapali Carsi (Grand Bazaar) in Beyazit, and Misir Carsisi (the Egyptian market or Spice Bazaar) in Eminonu qualifies as exercise. And don't forget to try one of the many hamams (Turkish steam baths) to open those pores.

    Equipment: Bring yer walking shoes and someone you can read a map. Have some cash so you can buy some yummy shwarmas and a cold one for akil time.

    sit a while...
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    Cagaloglu Hammam

    by SirRichard Written May 14, 2003

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    If you wanna know how are the famous turkish baths like, try this one. Old, authentic and famous.
    Although the date of the construction and the name of the architect of the hamam is not known, it is said to have been built in the beginning of the 18th. century. It is also said that construction is one of Sinan's works of art. These double baths in which only the changing-rooms have been changed since 1969-1971 now consist of two parts, one of women and the other for men in a 2834 sq.m area.
    King Edward John VIII, Kaiser Wilhelm, Franz Liszt and Florance Nightingale have all been here for a royal experience. Besides today's well known personalities King Fahd, Rockefeller, Tony Curtis, Richard Harrison came to Cagaloglu Hamami during their visit to Istanbul. Some films were shooted here, from Indiana Jones to a commercial for visa card.

    Inside the hammam (watercolor)

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    Fishing at Galata Bridge

    by SirRichard Written May 20, 2003

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    At anytime you pass by the Galata Bridge you will be able to see fishermen on top. Many of them go there, and is incredible that the ferries don’t get trapped in the net of fishing threads that hang from the bridge.
    Local fishermen get mostly little fishes like sardines which they keep alive in water cans that they bring with them.


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    HAVE FUN !

    by babazula Written May 23, 2003

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    In Spring 1907, the youth of Kadikoy sown the seeds of the sparkling successes by establishing FENERBAHCE Club.

    Winning its first championship in 1911, FENERBAHCE is not only the honour of its Turkish fans, bu the success stories are also spread throughout the world.

    To be a FENERBAHCE fan means to be previleged... SINCE 1907.


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    Formula 1 in Istanbul from 2005

    by Erkmen Updated Nov 5, 2006

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    If you have not been to Istanbul since now, you will have no excuse after Formula 1 :)..

    Starting from 2005, One of the Formula 1 races are being held in Istanbul at Istanbul park circuit... The rally circuit is on the Asian side of Istanbul and located near the new Sabiha Gokcen Airport.. Istanbul race is taking place on the second part of August and it is generally very hot at this time of the year... And you will have the chance to watch the worlds number 1 race in Istanbul..

    The first dig of the Ground has been made with the joining of Bernie Eclestone and Turkish Prime Minister on Sep10, 03.. And the construction has started.. The ground is 5,3 Km length and tours are taking place on the counter clock direction.. Course has ups and downs and so many places tha allow passing of cars, which makes the race so attractive...

    Equipment: Your teams Flag (Ferrari, Mc Laren, Renault, BMW etc..). Your hat and your Camera.

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    Cemberlitas Hammam (turkish bath)

    by SirRichard Written May 8, 2003

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    This is probably the most famous of the hammams amongst tourist. Though is a bit expensive (comparing with the media) is a good place for your first hammam experience, as there are many tourists like you and they speak english (not fluent, but english anyway).
    Price: 10$ only hammam, 15$ with massage.
    They have private cabins where you can leave all your belongings.
    It’s located in Yeniceriler Caddesi, just in front of the Constantine’s column.

    The entrance

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    The Biggest Stadium and the Rivals of Istanbul

    by Erkmen Updated Sep 28, 2003

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    If you happen to be in Istanbul while there is a match between the two rival teams of Istanbul, Fenerbahce and Gala.. Do not miss to watch this game..

    Fenerbahce Stadium, on the Asian side, is the Biggest Football stadium in Istanbul with 52,000 seated capacity ..

    The matches between Fener and Gala in this Stadium is a not to miss out opportunity.

    Note: Last match between Fener and Gala in this stadium has created an unbelievable score of 6-0..

    Equipment: Do not wear any red clothes...:)

    Last derby at Kadikoy

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    Besiktas Fans

    by Lunamagica Written Mar 15, 2003

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    Besiktas fans really reflect the *passion* that Turkish men and women alike have for football.... at every single match, Inonu Stadium is packed with supporters cheering their team non-stop from beginning to end... an atmosphere so charged that even the most laid-back individual won't be able to resist joining in the frenzy..... HAYATTA BESIKTAS!

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