1959–60 Milli Lig

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Milli Lig
Season 1959–60
Champions Beşiktaş
1st Milli Lig title
Promoted Kasımpaşa,
Şeker Hilal,
Altınordu,
Feriköy
Relegated Adalet,
Hacettepe
European Champions Cup Beşiktaş
Goals scored 929 goals
Average goals/game 2.4 goals/game
Top goalscorer Metin Oktay, 33 goals
Biggest home win 8 Galatasaray
0 Altınordu
Highest scoring 8 goals,
8 Galatasaray
0 Altınordu

The 1959–60 Milli Lig was the second season of professional football in Turkey. The league consisted of 20 clubs, with Beşiktaş J.K. winning their first championship.[1]

Overview[edit]

The original sixteen clubs of the 1959 Milli Lig took part in the 1959–60 edition, along with newly promoted Kasımpaşa, Şeker Hilal, Altınordu, and Feriköy. Beşiktaş won their first league title, winning 11 matches by a 1-0 margin, a record at the time. Metin Oktay finished top scorer with 33 goals. Clubs weren't relegated directly, but instead took part in the Baraj Maçları, a competition between the top four amateur clubs and the bottom three Milli Lig clubs.[1]

Altınordu finished first in the Baraj Maçları, allowing them to stay in the Milli Lig. Hacettepe and Adalet weren't successful, earning relegation to the Ankara and Istanbul professional leagues respectively. Adana Demirspor and PTT earned promotion to the Milli Lig. Adana Demirspor would become the first club from outside of the big three cities (Ankara, Istanbul, and İzmir) to compete in the Milli Lig during the following season.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L GF GA ± Pts Notes
1 Beşiktaş 38 29 7 2 68 15 +53 65 1960–61 European Cup Preliminary Round
2 Fenerbahçe 38 27 6 5 88 38 +50 60 1961 Balkans Cup
3 Galatasaray 38 24 10 4 74 23 +51 58
4 İzmirspor 38 17 13 8 62 44 +18 47
5 Ankara Demirspor 38 17 11 10 49 40 +9 45
6 İstanbulspor 38 13 16 9 38 35 +3 42
7 Feriköy 38 18 4 16 44 39 +5 40
8 Karagümrük 38 15 10 13 50 45 +5 40
9 Karşıyaka 38 14 8 16 43 52 -9 36
10 Gençlerbirliği 38 12 11 15 50 46 +4 35
11 Vefa 38 11 13 14 37 60 -23 35
12 Şeker Hilal 38 12 10 16 37 43 -6 34
13 Kasımpaşa 38 9 15 14 31 48 -17 33
14 Göztepe 38 9 14 15 34 41 -7 32
15 Ankaragücü 38 9 12 17 39 56 -17 30
16 Beykoz 38 8 14 16 35 56 -21 30
17 Altay 38 10 8 20 45 64 -19 28
18 Adalet 38 9 8 21 26 48 -22 26 Qualified for Baraj Maçları
19 Hacettepe 38 8 8 22 42 68 -24 24 Qualified for Baraj Maçları
20 Altınordu 38 6 8 24 38 69 -31 20 Qualified for Baraj Maçları

Baraj Maçları[edit]

Pos Club P W D L GF GA ± Pts Notes
1 Altınordu 6 3 2 1 9 3 +6 8 Remain in the Milli Lig
2 Adana Demirspor 6 4 0 2 13 8 +5 8 Promoted to the Milli Lig
3 PTT 6 4 0 2 13 8 +5 8 Promoted to the Milli Lig
4 Hacettepe 6 3 1 2 10 9 +1 7 Relegated to Ankara Professional League
5 Adalet 6 2 1 3 7 8 -1 5 Relegated to Istanbul Professional League
6 Eyüpspor 6 1 2 3 4 13 -9 4 Relegated to Istanbul Professional League
7 İzmirspor 6 0 2 4 2 9 -7 3 Relegated to İzmir Professional League

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Sivritepe, Erdinç 1959-1960 Milli Lig turkish-soccer.com, accessed 21 June 2010