Istanbul Football League

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Istanbul Lig or originally Constantinople Football Association League was founded by James La Fontaine and Henry Pears and started with the 1904-05 season with only four teams as "Istanbul Sunday League". The matches between the four teams, Moda FC, HMS Imogene FC, Elpis FC, and Cadi-Keuy FC were played on Sundays, leading to the name of the Istanbul Sunday League. Henry Pears, an Englishman, promised to give the shield forever to the club who had won the most championships in 10 years.

Constantinople Football League Founder James Lafontaine
Constantinople Football League Founder Henry Pears

The Istanbul Friday League was founded in 1915, and replaced the Istanbul Sunday League in 1915. Seven clubs took part in the league when it was first found in 1915-1916: Galatasaray SK, Fenerbahçe SK, Altınordu İdman Yurdu SK, Anadolu Üsküdar 1908 SK, Küçükçekmece SK and Anadolu Hisarı İdman Yurdu SK. From 1923-1924 till 1950-1951 the league was called İstanbul Lig. The name of the tournament later changed and became İstanbul Professional League in 1951-52 season. The Istanbul Football League was the first league organization in the Ottoman Empire (later Turkey). This league lasted for 55 years (four of the seasons had never been completed).

Champions[edit]

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Club Wins Runners-up Winning Years
Fenerbahçe SK
15
18
1912, 1914, 1921, 1923, 1930, 1933, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1944, 1947, 1948, 1953, 1957, 1959
Galatasaray SK
15
11
1909, 1910, 1911, 1915, 1916, 1922, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1931, 1949, 1955, 1956, 1958
Beşiktaş JK
13
6
1924, 1934, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1945, 1946, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1954
Altınordu İdman Yurdu SK
2
3
1917, 1918
Cadi-Keuy FC
2
1
1906, 1907
Moda FC
1
3
1908
HMS Imogene FC
1
1
1905
Güneş SK
1
1
1938
İstanbulspor
1
-
1932
Üsküdar Anadolu SK
-
2
-
Vefa SK
-
2
-
Rumblers FC
-
1
-
Strugglers FC
-
1
-
Küçükçekmece SK
-
1
-
Season Winner (number of titles) Runner-up
1904–05 HMS Imogene FC (1) Moda FC
1905–06 Cadi-Keuy FC (1) HMS Imogene FC
1906–07 Cadi-Keuy FC (2) Moda FC
1907–08 Moda FC (1) Cadi-Keuy FC
1908–09 Galatasaray SK (1) Moda FC
1909–10 Galatasaray SK (2) Strugglers FC
1910–11 Galatasaray SK (3) Progress FC
1911–12 Fenerbahçe SK (1) Rumblers FC
1912–13
Unaccomplished due to Balkan Wars
1913–14 Fenerbahçe SK (2) Altınordu İdman Yurdu SK
1914–15 Galatasaray SK (4) Üsküdar Anadolu SK
1915–16 Galatasaray SK (5) Fenerbahçe SK
1916–17 Altınordu İdman Yurdu SK(1) Üsküdar Anadolu SK
1917–18 Altınordu İdman Yurdu SK(2) Fenerbahçe SK
1918–19
Unaccomplished due to Armistice of Mudros
1919–20
Aborted
1920–21 Fenerbahçe SK (3) Galatasaray SK
1921–22 Galatasaray SK (6) Fenerbahçe SK
1922–23 Fenerbahçe SK (4) Altınordu İdman Yurdu SK
1923–24 Beşiktaş JK (1) Galatasaray SK
1924–25 Galatasaray SK(7) Vefa SK
1925–26 Galatasaray SK(8) Fenerbahçe SK
1926–27 Galatasaray SK(9) Fenerbahçe SK
1927–28
Aborted due to The Olympics was held in Amsterdam
1928–29 Galatasaray SK(10) Fenerbahçe SK
1929–30 Fenerbahçe SK(5) Galatasaray SK
1930–31 Galatasaray SK(11) Fenerbahçe SK
1931–32 İstanbulspor(1) Süleymaniye FC
1932–33 Fenerbahçe SK(6) Beşiktaş JK
1933–34 Beşiktaş JK(2) Fenerbahçe SK
1934–35 Fenerbahçe SK(7) Galatasaray SK
1935–36 Fenerbahçe SK(8) Galatasaray SK
1936–37 Fenerbahçe SK(9) Güneş SK
1937–38 Güneş SK(1) Fenerbahçe SK
1938–39 Beşiktaş JK(3) Fenerbahçe SK
1939–40 Beşiktaş JK(4) Fenerbahçe SK
1940–41 Beşiktaş JK(5) Fenerbahçe SK
1941–42 Beşiktaş JK(6) Galatasaray SK
1942–43 Beşiktaş JK(7) Fenerbahçe SK
1943–44 Fenerbahçe SK(10) Beşiktaş JK
1944–45 Beşiktaş JK(8) Fenerbahçe SK
1945–46 Beşiktaş JK(9) Fenerbahçe SK
1946–47 Fenerbahçe SK(11) Vefa SK
1947–48 Fenerbahçe SK(12) Beşiktaş JK
1948–49 Galatasaray SK(12) Beşiktaş JK
1949–50 Beşiktaş JK(10) Fenerbahçe SK
1950–51 Beşiktaş JK(11) Galatasaray SK
1951–52 Beşiktaş JK(12) Galatasaray SK
1952–53 Fenerbahçe SK(13) Beşiktaş JK
1953–54 Beşiktaş JK(13) Galatasaray SK
1954–55 Galatasaray SK(13) Beşiktaş JK
1955–56 Galatasaray SK(14) Fenerbahçe SK
1956–57 Fenerbahçe SK(14) Galatasaray SK
1957–58 Galatasaray SK(15) Fenerbahçe SK
1958–59 Fenerbahçe SK(15) Galatasaray SK

Istanbul Sunday League (İstanbul Pazar Ligi)[edit]

Istanbul Friday League (İstanbul Cuma Lig)[edit]

İstanbul League (İstanbul Lig)[edit]

İstanbul Profesyonel Futbol Lig[edit]