If you're a football fan, and even if you're not, try a visit to one of the big Istanbul clubs if you happen to be there during the season. Galatasaray and Besiktas play very close to central Istanbul. It's a worthwhile trip, just for the atmosphere!! Just be careful!
Equipment: A helmet and a bullet proof vest. Just kidding!! Even though it's not as dangerous as a lot of people might think, it pays to be careful. Don't carry stuff you don't absolutely need, get there early, and either leave early or after the rush.
Fenerbahce is my team...
welcome to the hell of Kadýkoy
Fenerbahce since 1907...
Is the best....
we were the champion last year but this year although we are not good at, we beat Galatasaray 6 - 0 ...
Our coach are usually from Germany or Yugoslavia, but this year we have turkish.
when we were champion our coach were:
2002-2002 Werner Lorant (Alman)
1995-1996 Carlos Alberto Parreira (Brezil)
1988-1989 Todor Veselinoviç (Yugoslav
1984-1985 Todor Veselinoviç (Yugoslav))
1982-1983 Enver Katip, Branko Stankoviç (Yugoslav)
1977-1978 Tomislav Kaleperoviç (Yugoslav)
we have been the champion 14 times..
Our goal keeper is choosen the second best of Europe after Oliver KAHN, after World Cup..
P.S the foundation of turkish rebuplic was also fan of Fenerbahce as well...
Equipment: I remember when Fenerbahce was beatan my dad was getting really angry and once he broke one of the window..All my family supports Fenerbahce..
and I was so exited when I went to my first game in 1998 against Galatasary , we were beaten 2-1 ...Infact my firends doesn't like me at all, since most of the games I have been to we loose or tie , they reckon I'm unlucky..
Besiktas is one of the 3 big football clubs in Istanbul and watching one of their games is a great experience as turkish football fans are among the most passionate in the world and it´s a real spectacle to see a game and especially the crowd.
The advantage of this team compared to the other two big teams in Istanbul is that their stadium is located very close to Taksim square, so it is easy to reach as a tourist.
The stadium is called "Ismet Inonu" and it´s only about 10 minutes walking distance from Taksim square.
Equipment: If you wanna blend in a bit with the local crowd then there is a shop at the stadium selling Besiktas merchandise.
I recommend to you go to Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM)Sport halls.
All around Istanbul you can find those sport halls and I give you
adresses and phone numbers and name of the places.
They have website but in turkish. www.ibbsporetkin.com
You can go those places and give very less money and swim.Most of them have olympic standart or half olympic (25m) swimming pool.Where willl you stay in Istanbul.I can give you closer swimming pool address.
Please see below the places;
Cemal Kamaci Spor Hall
Indoor swimming pool with olympic standart with 1250 seat
Address : Sark Kahvesi Bus stop /Okmeydani
Phone : +90 212 238 42 44
Faks : +90 212 238 42 47
Transport :you can go by those IETT (public) busses 85, 75E, 54A, 54HM, 54ÖR, 54T, 54A, 54E, 126,127, 500, 522
For public bus company schedule please wisit www.iett.gov.tr
Hamza Yerlikaya Sport Hall
Indoor swimming pool with olympic standart with 450 seat
Address : Sultançiftligi- Gaziosmanpasa
Phone : 0 212 594 66 40 / 594 24 70
Fax : 0 212 576 36 01
TRANSPORT: 32, 32A, 32T IETT BUS
Zeytinburnu Sport Hall
Indoor swimming pool with half olympic standart (25m) with five track
Addreds : Telsiz Mah. Prof. Muammer Aksoy Cd. No.15 Z.Burnu Stadi Yani. ZEYTINBURNU
Phone : 0 212 582 98 32
Fax : 0 212 664 78 49
Transport : 80, 80B, 80T, 93, 93B, 93T IETT BUS
RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN STADIUM
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.
Besiktas is the best team in Turkey!...
If you are into football(soccer), or just a fan of Besiktas FC or you just happen to pass from Besiktas football stadium have in mind that you can visit the museum of Besiktas FC right there, under one gate of the stadium. There's no entrance fee and you can see some of the trophies this team had won through the years and other memorabilia.
A few meters away is the official store of the team where you can buy tshirt, hats, balls, souvenirs etc all with the colors of Besiktas, black and white
Kasimpasa is one of the really small football clubs in Istanbul and if you go to see them then you will most likely be the only foreigner in the stadium.
Their stadium is located quite centrally though and it´s an easy walk from Taksim square.
Kasimpasa is a small working class club that has never played a big role in turkish football, but at the time of writing (march 2010) they are playing in the turkish first division.
Ithought it was quite interesting to watch a game there.
Normally when you go to see one of the big teams in Istanbul the crowd is geneally young and rebellious, but at Kasimpasa it seemed to be mostly old men and a few of their grand sons.
Fenerbahçe S.K., is one of 3 Istanbul soccer (football) clubs that play in the Turkish Süper Lig, the premiere division for soccer in the country. They are, however, the only one of the three teams that reside on the Asian side of the city. Their home is in the Fenerbahçe district, located directly next to Kadiköy, and they play their matches in the 52,000 capacity Sükrü Saracoglu Stadium. Originally founded in 1907, the club is one of the most successful in Turkish soccer history, and boasts the highest average attendance in the Süper Lig. Once you see the recently renovated stadium, you will see why. It is very beautiful, hopefully one day I will be able to attend a match there!
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SUKRU SARACOGLU STADI (FENERBAHCE)
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.
Bosphorus Cross Continental
The reason for our visit to Istanbul was so that my husband could swim in the Bosphorus Cross Continental, a 6.5 km swim in the Bosphorus from Asia to Europe. The distance sounds really far until you factor in the current, my husband, who is a good swimmer finished in just 57 minutes, 32 out of 107 in his age group. He said that he lost a few minutes as he didn't start cutting over to shore soon enough and the strong current is tough to swim through. There were 1,500 participants this year from 50 countries although the two predominant nationalities were Turkish and Russian.
We had to pick up his race packet the day before the swim and they took people on the ferry up to where they were swimming from if they wanted to see the course. On the day of the swim, the participants are carried by ferry to the start, spectators stay back at the finish line. It was impossible to get photos of him starting of course and there were so many people watching that what I thought was a good spot to get a shot was quickly filled in. They did have jumbotrons set up with coverage of the race.
It was very well organized and he enjoyed the race a lot. Maybe we'll go again next year!
Equipment: Wetsuits were allowed and he did use it. Obviously you need to bring your own swimsuit and googles and anything else you need to swim.
Swimming in the islands
If you want to enjoy the sea you should go to the islands.
This is the place where turkish people go to enjoy the sea and the beaches.
You can go to Buyukada to swim but the less touristic island and more authentic it Kinaliada (the first island).
Besiktas Football club.
Besiktas Jimnastik Kulubu
Won the league here 12 times the most recently 2002/3 so always near the top.
Web site has page in English.
Nickname,Kara Kartallar,Black Eagles.
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Caddebostan Balikadamlar sports club
Just around the corner from me and where my wife learned to dive.Great student courses available with a great bunch of people.Courses run from April-October.Diving usually in the pool,on the nearby islands and at Ibrice,near Gallipoli.
Equipment: Everything you need is rentable.
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You can enjoy the Marmara sea or the bosphorus by sailing.
It is not an expensive trip and it is very relaxing and you can see a lot of beautiful buildings and mountains.
You can sail to the prince's islands or to the mouth of the black sea.
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- Sailing and Boating
Galata Bridge - Fishermen's heaven
While walking across Galata bridge we saw a lot of fishermen.
It was during the night and also in the morning - a lot of fisherman and seagulls waiting for a chunk from the catch.
Equipment: Fishing rod , bait , bucket for the fish and a lot of patience.
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