1960–61 Turkish National League

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Turkish National League
Season 1960–61
Champions Fenerbahçe
2nd Milli Lig title
Promoted Yeşildirek
Relegated Adana Demirspor
European Champions Cup Fenerbahçe
Goals scored 850 goals
Average goals/game 2.3 goals/game
Top goalscorer Metin Oktay, 36 goals

The 1960–61 Turkish National League was the third season of professional football in Turkey. The league consisted of 20 clubs, with Fenerbahçe winning their second title.[1][2][3]

Overview[edit]

Fenerbahçe won their second Milli Lig title after edging out rivals Galatasaray by one point. The previous years champion, Beşiktaş, finished in third. Fenerbahçe were the lone Turkish representatives at the 1961–62 European Cup, as Turkey did not send a team to the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, and there was no cup competition held to send winners to the European Cup Winners' Cup. Metin Oktay finished top scorer for the third time in a row, scoring 36 goals, his highest tally to date.[1][2][3]

The season marked the first time a club from outside of Ankara, Istanbul or İzmir competed; Adana Demirspor earned promotion to the league the previous season. Their stay did not last long, as they were relegated back to the Adana Regional League after finishing bottom of the table and finishing 4th in the Baraj Games. Adana Demirspor were the only club to be relegated and Yeşildirek G.K. were the only club to be promoted.[1][2][3]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L GF GA ± Pts Notes
1 Fenerbahçe 38 26 9 3 81 29 +52 61 1961–62 European Cup 1st round and 1961–63 Balkans Cup
2 Galatasaray 38 27 6 5 75 19 +56 60 1961–63 Balkans Cup
3 Beşiktaş 38 22 11 5 61 26 +35 55
4 Beykoz 38 17 15 6 51 34 +17 49
5 Gençlerbirliği 38 16 13 9 54 39 +15 45
6 Vefa 38 13 15 10 32 39 -7 41
7 İzmirspor 38 11 16 11 34 34 0 38 1.000
8 Ankara Demirspor 38 12 14 12 37 41 -4 38 0.902
9 Karagümrük 38 12 11 15 48 48 0 35 1.000
10 Feriköy 38 11 13 14 32 36 -4 35 0.842
11 MKE Ankaragücü 38 10 14 14 44 47 -3 34 0.936
12 Kasımpaşa 38 10 14 14 27 35 -8 34 0.771
13 Göztepe 38 12 10 16 40 53 -13 34 0.755
14 İstanbulspor 38 11 11 16 42 54 -12 33
15 Şeker Hilal 38 9 14 15 33 53 -20 32
16 Karşıyaka 38 10 11 17 45 50 -5 31 0.900
17 PTT 38 8 15 15 32 46 -12 31 0.696
18 Altay 38 8 14 16 30 46 -16 30 Qualified for Baraj Games
19 Altınordu 38 5 16 17 17 31 -14 26 Qualified for Baraj Games
20 Adana Demirspor 38 3 12 23 21 66 -45 18 Qualified for Baraj Games

1961 Baraj Games[edit]

Pos Club P W D L GF GA ± Pts Notes
1 Altay 5 3 1 1 5 1 +4 7 Remain in the Milli Lig
2 Altınordu 5 3 1 1 8 5 +3 7 Remain in the Milli Lig
3 Yeşildirek G.K. 5 3 1 1 8 5 +3 7 Promoted to the Milli Lig
4 Adana Demirspor 5 2 0 3 6 7 -1 4 Relegated to Regional League
5 Toprakspor 5 1 2 2 5 6 -1 4 Remain in Regional League
6 Kültürspor 5 0 1 4 5 13 -8 1 Remain in Regional League

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Turkey - Final Tables". rsssf.com. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Sivritepe, Erdinç. "1960-1961 Milli Lig". turkish-soccer.com. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c "SPOR TOTO SÜPER LİG ŞAMPİYONLUKLARI" (in Turkish). tff.org. Retrieved 15 October 2010.