1961–62 Milli Lig

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Milli Lig
Season 1961–62
Champions Galatasaray
1st Milli Lig title
Promoted Hacettepe,
Beyoğluspor
Relegated none
European Champions Cup Galatasaray
Balkans Cup Fenerbahçe
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Altay
Goals scored 857 goals
Average goals/game 2.3 goals/game
Top goalscorer Fikri Elma, 22 goals
Biggest away win 0 Beykoz
6 Beşiktaş

The 1961–62 Milli Lig was the fourth season of professional football in Turkey. The league consisted of 20 clubs, with Galatasaray winning their first title.[1][2][3]

Overview[edit]

Galatasaray won their first league title after previously finishing second place two times and third in 1959–60. The club qualified for the European Cup, while runners-up Fenerbahçe qualified for the Balkans Cup. Beşiktaş rounded out the top-three, while Altay were the other European representative, earning qualification to the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. Fikri Elma of finished top scorer of the league, scoring 22 of Ankara Demirspor's 42 goals as they finished last in the league.[2]

Hacettepe and Beyoğluspor were promoted to the 1962–63 Milli Lig, while no clubs were relegated. Before the start of the season, it was decided only one club would be promoted from the Baraj Games in order to cut down the number of competing clubs from 20 to 18. However, after the Baraj Games, cities boycotted for their clubs to remain in the Milli Lig, and Prime Minister İsmet İnönü asked the Turkish Football Federation to allow these clubs to compete. The TFF allowed for five clubs – three already participating and two promoted from the regional leagues – to compete in the 1962–63 season. The TFF decided to create a second division the following season.[2]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L GF GA ± Pts Notes
1 Galatasaray 38 23 11 4 52 18 +34 57 1962–63 European Cup
2 Fenerbahçe 38 23 7 8 64 30 +34 53 1963-64 Balkans Cup
3 Beşiktaş 38 16 16 6 48 24 +24 48 1963-64 Balkans Cup
4 Altay 38 18 10 10 44 35 +9 46 1962–63 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
5 Karşıyaka 38 17 8 13 46 51 -5 42
6 Gençlerbirliği 38 16 9 13 57 47 +10 41 1.213
7 Göztepe 38 12 17 9 46 42 +4 41 1.095
8 Altınordu 38 14 13 11 48 53 -5 41 0.906
9 Kasımpaşa 38 12 15 11 44 41 +3 39
10 PTT 38 11 14 13 45 50 -5 36
11 MKE Ankaragücü 38 11 13 14 45 39 +6 35
12 Feriköy 38 10 14 14 31 36 -5 34 0.861
13 İstanbulspor 38 9 16 13 36 42 -6 34 0.857
14 Beykoz 38 9 15 14 43 52 -9 33
15 Karagümrük 38 10 12 16 38 45 -7 32 0.844
16 Yesildirek 38 10 12 16 40 53 -13 32 0.755
17 İzmirspor 38 9 14 15 32 44 -12 32 0.727
18 Vefa 38 11 9 18 29 48 -19 31 Qualified for Baraj Games
19 Ankara Demirspor 38 9 12 17 42 52 -10 30 Qualified for Baraj Games
20 Şeker Hilal 38 6 11 21 27 55 -28 23 Qualified for Baraj Games

Baraj Games[edit]

Pos Club P W D L GF GA ± Pts Notes
1 Hacettepe 5 4 1 0 9 4 +5 9 Promoted to the Milli Lig
2 Ankara Demirspor 5 3 2 0 14 4 +10 8 Remain in the Milli Lig
3 Şeker Hilal 5 2 1 2 5 5 0 5 Remain in the Milli Lig
4 Vefa 5 1 2 2 5 2 +3 4 Remain in the Milli Lig
5 Beyoğluspor 5 1 2 2 2 7 -5 4 Promoted to the Milli Lig
6 İzmir Demirspor 5 0 0 5 1 18 -17 0 Relegated to Regional League

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Turkey - Final Tables". rsssf.com. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Sivritepe, Erdinç. "1961-1962 Milli Lig". turkish-soccer.com. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "SPOR TOTO SÜPER LİG ŞAMPİYONLUKLARI" (in Turkish). tff.org. Retrieved 15 October 2010.