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Fenerbahçe Ülker
Fenerbahçe Ülker logo
Leagues Turkish Basketball League
Founded 1913
History Fenerbahçe
Fenerbahçe Ülker
Arena Ülker Sports Arena
(capacity: 13,800)
Location Istanbul, Turkey
Team colors Yellow and Navy Blue
President Aziz Yıldırım
Head coach Željko Obradović
2013–14 position Regular: 2nd
Play-off: Champions
Championships 6 Turkish Championships
4 Turkish Cups
5 Turkish President's Cups
Website fenerbahce.org
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Fenerbahçe Men's Basketball Team (Turkish: Fenerbahçe Erkek Basketbol Takımı), known as Fenerbahçe Ülker for sponsorship reasons, is a Turkish professional basketball team from Istanbul, Turkey. It is the men's basketball department of Fenerbahçe, a major multisport club. Team plays its home games at its 13,800 seat court Ülker Sports Arena.


Fenerbahçe's men's basketball department was founded in 1913 and achieved considerable success when the sport established itself in Turkey. Fenerbahçe won national titles in 1957, 1959 and 1965, just before the Turkish League was founded in 1966, and made it to the Euroleague in 1960 and 1966. Its fans had to wait until 1991 for another title, when Levent Topsakal, Larry Richard and head coach Çetin Yılmaz led Fenerbahçe to the Turkish League title over Tofaş.[1] Fenerbahçe returned to the Euroleague in 1992, but lost in the preliminary round. Fenerbahçe was back in the Turkish League finals in 1992, 1993 and 1995, but could not find a way to win the championship for some time. A third-place finish in the 1997-98 season allowed the club to return to the Euroleague, and with players like Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Marko Milič, Žan Tabak, İbrahim Kutluay and the late Conrad McRae. Fenerbahçe advanced to the eighthfinal playoffs, losing there to Real Madrid. The club made it to the Korać Cup quarter-finals in 1996 and 2001, as well as finishing fourth 2005 FIBA Europe League. In Summer 2006 the basketball club merged with Ülkerspor to form Fenerbahçe Ülker. After the merger, Fenerbahce dominated the league and became champions two times in a row.[2][3][4] After losing the third final after the merge to Efes Pilsen in a closely contested playoff finals,[5] Fenerbahçe became champions again in the 2009-2010 season this time beating Efes Pilsen in the finals.[6] Fenerbahçe Ülker headed into the 2010–11 season with 5 new transfers: Engin Atsür, Šarūnas Jasikevičius, Marko Tomas, Kaya Peker and Darjuš Lavrinovič. New transfers include Bojan Bogdanović, Curtis Jerrells, James Gist, Hakan Demirel, last Thabo Sefolosha who transferred the after NBA lock out. With head coach Neven Spahija, Fenerbahçe Ülker became champions again.[7] After two disappointing seasons, Željko Obradović was signed as a head coach and the roster strengthened with the likes of former Raptor Linas Kleiza, promising forward Nemanja Bjelica, consistent center Luka Žorić and Turkish hot prospects Kenan Sipahi, Melih Mahmutoğlu. Fenerbahçe Ülker became champions again beating rival Galatasaray in the playoff finals.[8]

Active departments of Fenerbahçe
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Football Basketball (Men's) Basketball (Women's)
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Volleyball (Men's) Volleyball (Women's) Table Tennis
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Swimming Rowing Sailing
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Athletics Boxing The Club

Home courts[edit]

The first match at Ülker Sports Arena against Olimpia Milano
# Court Capacity Years
1 Lütfi Kırdar Sports Palace 07.000 1949–1992
Abdi İpekçi Arena
12.270 1992–2010
Sinan Erdem Dome
16.000 2010–2012
Ülker Sports Arena


Current roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Fenerbahçe Ülker roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
C/G 0 United States Goudelock, Andrew 70001910000000000001.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 700191000000000000091 kg (201 lb) 26 – (1988-12-07)7 December 1988
C/G 1 Greece Zisis, Nikolaos 70001970000000000001.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 700198000000000000098 kg (216 lb) 31 – (1983-08-16)16 August 1983
C/G 3 Georgia (country) Hickman, Ricky Injured 70001890000000000001.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 700188000000000000088 kg (194 lb) 29 – (1985-09-01)1 September 1985
PG 23 Turkey Uğurlu, Berk 70001920000000000001.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 700172000000000000072 kg (159 lb) 18 – (1996-04-27)27 April 1996
PG 25 Turkey Sipahi, Kenan 70001970000000000001.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 700185000000000000085 kg (187 lb) 19 – (1995-05-26)26 May 1995
SG 10 Turkey Mahmutoğlu, Melih 70001910000000000001.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 700185000000000000085 kg (187 lb) 24 – (1990-05-12)12 May 1990
SG 13 Serbia Bogdanović, Bogdan 70001980000000000001.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 700193000000000000093 kg (205 lb) 22 – (1992-08-18)18 August 1992
G/F 15 Turkey Çetin, Serhat 70001970000000000001.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 700194000000000000094 kg (207 lb) 29 – (1986-02-23)23 February 1986
G/F 55 Turkey Preldžić, Emir (C) 70002060000000000002.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 7002100000000000000100 kg (220 lb) 27 – (1987-09-06)6 September 1987
C/M 24 Czech Republic Veselý, Jan 70002130000000000002.13 m (7 ft 0 in) 7002110000000000000110 kg (243 lb) 24 – (1990-04-24)24 April 1990
PF 8 Serbia Bjelica, Nemanja 70002090000000000002.09 m (6 ft 10 in) 7002106000000000000106 kg (234 lb) 26 – (1988-05-09)9 May 1988
C 9 Turkey Erden, Semih 70002130000000000002.13 m (7 ft 0 in) 7002109000000000000109 kg (240 lb) 28 – (1986-07-28)28 July 1986
C 14 Turkey Yurtseven, Ömer Faruk 70002080000000000002.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 7002105000000000000105 kg (231 lb) 16 – (1998-06-19)19 June 1998
C 21 Turkey Savaş, Oğuz 70002130000000000002.13 m (7 ft 0 in) 7002132000000000000132 kg (291 lb) 27 – (1987-07-13)13 July 1987
C 22 Croatia Žorić, Luka Injured 70002110000000000002.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 7002110000000000000110 kg (243 lb) 30 – (1984-11-05)5 November 1984
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Spain José María Izquierdo Ibáñez
  • Serbia Vladimir Androić
  • Turkey Erdem Can
Athletic trainer(s)
  • Serbia Predrag Zimonjić
Team manager

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: November 26, 2014

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Oğuz Savaş Luka Žorić Semih Erden Ömer Faruk Yurtseven
PF Nemanja Bjelica Jan Veselý
SF Bogdan Bogdanović Emir Preldžić Serhat Çetin
SG Andrew Goudelock Ricky Hickman Melih Mahmutoğlu
PG Nikos Zisis Kenan Sipahi Berk Uğurlu

Out on loan[edit]

Notable players[edit]

For a listing of past rosters, see Fenerbahçe (basketball) past rosters.

Retired numbers[edit]

Fenerbahçe Men's Basketball retired numbers
No Nationality Player Position Tenure Ceremony Date
6 Turkey Bosnia and Herzegovina Serbia Mirsad Türkcan F 2006-12 16/09/2012 [9]
7 Turkey Ömer Onan SG 2004–05, 2006-14 17/10/2014 [10]


Domestic Competitions[edit]



  • Basketball Federation Cup (5):
    • 1953-54, 1957-58, 1958-59, 1959-60, 1960-61

International Competitions[edit]

Against NBA teams[edit]

In 2012, Fenerbahçe Ülker became the first Turkish basketball club to win against NBA teams.[11] They competed against the Boston Celtics in Ülker Sports Arena on 5 October 2012.[12]

5 October 2012
19:00 CET
Boston Celtics United States 91–97 Turkey Fenerbahçe Ülker
Scoring by quarter: 27–26, 18–29, 27–24, 19–18
Pts: Green, Sullinger 22
Rebs: Sullinger 8
Asts: Rondo 9
Pts: Sato 24
Rebs: Sato, Ilkan 7
Asts: McCalebb 5
Ülker Sports Arena
Attendance: 12,191
Referees: David Guthrie (USA), John Goble (USA), Sasa Pukl (SLO)

5 October 2013
14:00 CET
Oklahoma City Thunder United States 95–82 Turkey Fenerbahçe Ülker
Scoring by quarter: 20–28, 28-14, 27-23, 20-17
Pts: Durant 24
Rebs: Durant 8
Asts: Jackson 5
Pts: Bogdanović 19
Rebs: Bogdanović, Vidmar, Kleiza 4
Asts: Preldžić 4
Ülker Sports Arena
Attendance: 12,191
Referees: Dan Crawford (USA), Courtney Kirkland (USA), Rüştü Nuran (TUR)

11 October 2014
17:00 CET
San Antonio Spurs United States 96–90 Turkey Fenerbahçe Ülker
Scoring by quarter: 29-21, 18-19, 28-30, 21-20
Pts: Duncan 23
Rebs: Ginóbili 8
Asts: Parker 7
Pts: Goudelock 30
Rebs: Žorić 7
Asts: Preldžić 11
Ülker Sports Arena
Attendance: 12,191
Referees: Tony Brothers (USA), Matej Boltauzer (SLO), Haywoode Workman (USA)

Team captains[edit]

Dates Name
1988–1993 Turkey Ali Limoncuoğlu
1993–1995 Turkey Hüsnü Çakırgil
1995–1998 Turkey Güray Kanan
1998–2003 Georgia (country) Zaza Enden
2003–2006 Turkey Zeki Gülay
2006–2010 Bosnia and Herzegovina Damir Mršić
2010–2014 Turkey Ömer Onan
2014–present Turkey Emir Preldzic

Head coaches[edit]

Main article: Fenerbahçe basketball head coaches list[13]

  • 1944–49 Turkey none
  • 1949–50 Turkey Feridun Koray
  • 1951–65 Turkey Samim Göreç
  • 1965–66 Turkey Samim Göreç / Turkey Sacit Seldüz / Turkey Mehmet Baturalp / Turkey Altan Dinçer
  • 1966–67 Turkey Erol Demiroma / Turkey Altan Dinçer
  • 1967–68 Turkey Altan Dinçer
  • 1968–69 Turkey Önder Dai
  • 1969–71 Turkey Mehmet Baturalp
  • 1971–72 Turkey Mehmet Baturalp / Turkey Altan Dinçer / Turkey Deniz Sine / Turkey Bülent Yüksel
  • 1972–73 Turkey Altan Dinçer
  • 1973–75 Turkey Önder Seden
  • 1975–76 Turkey Önder Seden / Turkey Hüseyin Kozluca
  • 1976–78 Turkey Tuluğ Siyavuş
  • 1978–79 Turkey Tuluğ Siyavuş / Turkey Hüseyin Kozluca
  • 1979–82 Turkey Mehmet Baturalp
  • 1982–83 Turkey Önder Seden
  • 1983–84 Turkey Aydan Siyavuş / Turkey Önder Okan
  • 1984–85 Turkey Önder Okan
  • 1985–86 United States Dennis Perryman / Turkey Erdal Poyrazoğlu / Turkey Mahmut Uslu
  • 1986–87 Turkey Faruk Akagün / Turkey Rıza Erverdi
  • 1987–88 Turkey Rıza Erverdi / Turkey Doğan Hakyemez
  • 1988–89 Turkey Fehmi Sadıkoğlu / Turkey Rıza Erverdi
  • 1989–93 Turkey Çetin Yılmaz
  • 1993–94 Turkey Necati Güler / Bosnia and Herzegovina Faruk Kulenović
  • 1994–95 Turkey Murat Didin
  • 1995–96 Turkey Murat Didin / Murat Özgül
  • 1996–98 Turkey Murat Özgül
  • 1998–99 Turkey Murat Özgül / Turkey Halil Üner
  • 1999–00 Turkey Halil Üner
  • 2000–01 Bosnia and Herzegovina Nihat Izić
  • 2001–04 Turkey Murat Özgül
  • 2004–07 Turkey Aydın Örs
  • 2007–09 Montenegro Bogdan Tanjević
  • 2009–10 Montenegro Bogdan Tanjević / Turkey Ertuğrul Erdoğan
  • 2010–12 Croatia Neven Spahija
  • 2012–13 Italy Simone Pianigiani / Turkey Ertuğrul Erdoğan
  • 2013–present Serbia Željko Obradović


Season Turkish League Turkish Cup European Competitions Coach Roster
2006–07 Champion Semifinalist Euroleague
Regular Season
A.Örs Can Maxim Mutaf, Damir Mršić (C), Eddie Basden, Hakan Demirel, İbrahim Kutluay, Joe Ira Clark, Kaspars Kambala, Mirsad Türkcan, Oğuz Savaş, Ömer Onan, Rasim Başak, Semih Erden, Willie Solomon, Zeki Gülay
2007–08 Champion Semifinalist Euroleague Quarterfinalist B.Tanjević Can Maxim Mutaf, Damir Mršić (C), Emir Preldžič, Gašper Vidmar, Hakan Demirel, İbrahim Kutluay, James White, Mirsad Türkcan, Oğuz Savaş, Ömer Aşık, Ömer Onan, Rasim Başak, Semih Erden, Tarence Kinsey, Willie Solomon
2008–09 2nd place Semifinalist Euroleague
Top 16
B.Tanjević Can Maxim Mutaf, Damir Mršić (C), Devin Smith, Emir Preldžič, Enes Kanter, Gašper Vidmar, Gordan Giriček, Hakan Demirel, Marques Green, Mirsad Türkcan, Oğuz Savaş, Ömer Aşık, Ömer Onan, Rasim Başak, Semih Erden, Willie Solomon
2009–10 Champion Champion Euroleague
Regular Season
Berkay Candan, Can Maxim Mutaf, Damir Mršić (C), Emir Preldžič, Erbil Eroğlu, Gašper Vidmar, Gordan Giriček, Kerem Hotiç, Lynn Greer, Mirsad Türkcan, Oğuz Savaş, Ömer Aşık, Ömer Onan, Rasim Başak, Roko Ukić, Semih Erden, Serhat Cetin, Tarence Kinsey
2010–11 Champion Champion Euroleague
Top 16
N.Spahija Berkay Candan, Can Maxim Mutaf, Darjuš Lavrinovič, Emir Preldžič, Engin Atsür, Erbil Eroğlu, Gašper Vidmar, Kaya Peker, Kerem Hotiç, Lynn Greer, Marko Tomas, Mirsad Türkcan, Oğuz Savaş, Ömer Onan (C), Rasid Mahalbasić, Roko Ukić, Šarūnas Jasikevičius, Sean May, Tarence Kinsey
2011–12 5th place Quarterfinalist Euroleague
Top 16
N.Spahija Berkay Candan, Bojan Bogdanović, Curtis Jerrells, Emir Preldžič, Engin Atsür, Erbil Eroğlu, Gašper Vidmar, James Gist, Hakan Demirel, Kaya Peker, Kerem Hotiç, Marko Tomas, Mirsad Türkcan, Morris Finley, Oğuz Savaş, Ömer Onan (C), Roko Ukić, Thabo Sefolosha
2012–13 4th place Champion Euroleague
Top 16
Barış Ermiş, Bo McCalebb, Bojan Bogdanović, Can Maxim Mutaf, David Andersen, Emir Preldžič, Erbil Eroğlu, İlkan Karaman, J. R. Bremer, Kaya Peker, Mike Batiste, Metecan Birsen, Oğuz Savaş, Ömer Onan (C), Romain Sato, Uroš Tripković
2013–14 Champion Semifinalist Euroleague
Top 16
Ž.Obradović Blagota Sekulić, Bo McCalebb, Bojan Bogdanović, Emir Preldžič, Gašper Vidmar, İlkan Karaman, İzzet Türkyılmaz, Kenan Sipahi, Linas Kleiza, Luka Žorić, Melih Mahmutoğlu, Metecan Birsen, Nemanja Bjelica, Oğuz Savaş, Ömer Onan (C), Pierre Jackson
2014–15 Current Season Finalist Current Season
Top 16
Ž.Obradović Andrew Goudelock, Berk Uğurlu, Bogdan Bogdanović, Can Altıntığ, Emir Preldžič (C), İzzet Türkyılmaz, Jan Veselý, Kenan Sipahi, Luka Žorić, Melih Mahmutoğlu, Nemanja Bjelica, Nikolaos Zisis, Oğuz Savaş, Ömer Faruk Yurtseven, Serhat Çetin, Ricky Hickman, Semih Erden

Individual awards[edit]

Retired Numbers

50 Greatest Euroleague Contributors


Euroleague Weekly MVPs

EuroLeague records

Euroleague Score Leaders

Euroleague Rebound Leaders

Euroleague Block Leaders

NBA Drafts

NBA Rights

Sponsporship and Kit Manufacture[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ as Fenerbahçe
  2. ^ as Fenerbahçe
  3. ^ as Fenerbahçe
  4. ^ as Fenerbahçe


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