1959 Turkish National League

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Turkish National League
Season 1959
Champions Fenerbahçe
1st Milli Lig title
Relegated none
European Champions Cup Fenerbahçe
Goals scored 264 goals
Average goals/game 2.3 goals/game
Top goalscorer Metin Oktay, 11 goals
Biggest home win 5 Galatasaray
0 Göztepe
Biggest away win 0 Istanbulspor
5 Fenerbahçe
Highest scoring 6 goals,
4 Göztepe
2 Ankara Demirspor

The 1959 Turkish National League was the first season of professional football in Turkey. The league was made up of sixteen clubs split into two groups: the Kırmızı Grup (Red Group) and Beyaz Grup (White Group), the colours of the Turkish flag. The first season took place in the calendar year of 1959, instead of 1958-59, because the qualifying stages took place in 1958.[1]

Overview[edit]

The top eight clubs from the 1958–59 Istanbul Football League and the top four club from Ankara and İzmir took part in the league. These clubs were Adalet, Beşiktaş, Beykoz, Fatih Karagümrük, Fenerbahçe, Galatasaray, Istanbulspor, Vefa (Istanbul), Ankaragücü, Ankara Demirspor, Gençlerbirliği, Hacettepe (Ankara), Altay, Göztepe, İzmirspor, Karşıyaka (İzmir).[1]

The final consisted of two legs and took place between the winners of each group. Galatasaray won the Kırmızı Grup and Fenerbahçe won the Beyaz Grup. Galatasaray won the first match 1-0, but Fenerbahçe won the second 4-0, winning 4-1 on aggregate. The league title was Fenerbahçe's first league title and they qualified for 1959-60 European Cup. Metin Oktay finished top scorer with 11 goals. No clubs were relegated this season.[1]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Galatasaray 14 7 6 1 18 7 +11 20
2 Vefa 14 7 6 1 21 10 +11 20
3 Ankara Demirspor 14 4 8 2 12 11 +1 16
4 Göztepe A.Ş. 14 5 5 4 23 21 +2 15
5 Centone Karagümrük 14 4 4 6 17 17 0 12
6 Karşıyaka 14 2 6 6 13 21 −8 10
7 Gençlerbirliği 14 1 8 5 10 18 −8 10
8 Adalet 14 1 7 6 12 21 −9 9

Source: [1]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Fenerbahçe 14 12 2 0 29 7 +22 26
2 Beşiktaş 14 8 2 4 22 16 +6 18
3 Altay 14 5 5 4 18 16 +2 15
4 İzmirspor 14 4 5 5 11 12 −1 13
5 MKE Ankaragücü 14 5 3 6 16 19 −3 13
6 Hacettepe Spor 14 5 1 8 14 20 −6 11
7 Beykoz 14 3 4 7 17 21 −4 10
8 İstanbulspor 14 1 4 9 6 22 −16 6

Source: [2]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Championship final[edit]

First leg

1959-06-10
Galatasaray S.K. 1 – 0 Fenerbahçe S.K.
Metin Goal 39' (Report)
Dolmabahçe Stadyumu, Istanbul
Attendance: 18,016
Referee: Markovic (Yugoslavia)

Second leg

1959-06-14
Fenerbahçe S.K. 4 – 0 Galatasaray S.K.
Yüksel Goal 9'
Naci Goal 44'
Mustafa Goal 70'
Şeref Goal 72'
(Report)
Dolmabahçe Stadyumu, Istanbul
Attendance: 26,553
Referee: Francesco Liverani (Italy)
1959 Milli Lig winners
Fenerbahçe S.K.
First title

Results table[edit]

Kırmızı Grup

Home ╲ Away[1] ADA ADS GAL GEN GÖZ CKG KRŞ VEF
Adalet 0–0 0–1 2–3 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1
Ankara Demirspor 2–1 0–2 0–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–1
Galatasaray 2–1 1–2 0–0 5–0 1–0 1–1 0–0
Gençlerbirliği 1–1 0–0 0–0 2–2 1–2 1–1 0–3
Göztepe A.Ş. 2–3 4–2 0–0 2–1 3–0 3–2 0–1
Centone Karagümrük 3–0 1–2 2–3 1–0 1–1 2–2 1–2
Karşıyaka 3–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–3 2–0
Vefa 2–2 0–0 1–1 3–0 3–2 1–0 3–0

Source: [1]
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Beyaz Grup

Home ╲ Away[1] ALT MKE BEY BEŞ FEN HAC IST IZM
Altay 1–0 2–2 3–1 0–1 1–0 2–0 1–1
MKE Ankaragücü 2–1 2–2 1–3 2–3 1–0 1–1 1–0
Beykoz 2–2 3–1 2–3 0–1 1–2 1–1 0–2
Beşiktaş 2–1 0–0 0–1 0–2 3–2 2–1 2–0
Fenerbahçe 1–1 3–1 2–1 1–0 2–1 3–0 1–0
Hacettepe Spor 2–0 1–3 1–0 0–3 1–4 1–1 1–0
Istanbulspor 0–1 0–1 0–0 1–2 0–5 0–2 0–0
İzmirspor 2–2 1–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 2–0

Source: [1]
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Sivritepe, Erdinç 1959 Milli Lig turkish-soccer.com, accessed 20 June 2010