Galatasaray S.K. (football)

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Galatasaray Star Logo.svg
Full nameGalatasaray Spor Kulübü
Nickname(s)Cimbom (Turkish pronunciation: [d͡ʒimbom])
Sarı-Kırmızılılar (The Yellow-Reds)
Aslanlar (The Lions)
Avrupa Fatihi (Conqueror of Europe)
Gala (referred by non-Turkish nationals)
Short nameGS
Founded30 October 1905; 113 years ago (1905-10-30)[1][2][3][4][5]
as Galata-Serai Football Club[6]
Galatasaray, Galata, Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey
GroundTürk Telekom Stadı
OwnerGalatasaray S.K. (66.42%)[8]
ChairmanMustafa Cengiz
ManagerFatih Terim[9]
LeagueSüper Lig
2017–18Süper Lig, 1st (champion)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Galatasaray Spor Kulübü, also known simply as Galatasaray, is a Turkish football club based on the European side of the city of Istanbul. It is the association football branch of the larger Galatasaray Sports Club, itself a part of the Galatasaray Community Cooperation Committee which includes the prestigious Lycée de Galatasaray, where the football club was founded in October 1905 consisting entirely of student members.

Galatasaray is one of the most successful Turkish football clubs. They have won 21 Süper Lig titles, 17 Turkish Cups and 15 Turkish Super Cups. It is one of three teams to have participated in all seasons of the Süper Lig since 1959, following the dissolution of the Istanbul Football League, and are the only club to have won the Süper Lig in four successive seasons.

Internationally, Galatasaray has won the UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup in 2000, becoming the first and only Turkish team to win a major UEFA competition. In the 1999–2000 season, the club achieved the rare feat of completing a quadruple by winning the Süper Lig, the Turkish Cup, the UEFA Cup and the UEFA Super Cup in a single season. Galatasaray is also the only Turkish club to have been ranked first on the IFFHS World Rankings.[10]

Since 2011, the club's stadium is the 52,332-capacity Türk Telekom Stadium in Seyrantepe, Istanbul. Previously, the club had played at the Ali Sami Yen Stadium, as well as a succession of other grounds in Istanbul, which included groundshares with Beşiktaş and Fenerbahçe at the Taksim Stadium and İnönü Stadium.

The club has a long-standing rivalry with other major Istanbul teams, namely with Beşiktaş and Fenerbahçe. The derby between Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe is dubbed the Kıtalar Arası Derbi (English: Intercontinental Derby) due to the location of their headquarters and stadiums on the European (Galatasaray) and Asian (Fenerbahçe) sides of the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul.

As a result of the team's 20th championship for the 2014–15 Süper Lig season, their logo hereafter contains four stars representing their 20 championships for the league; each star corresponds to five of the team's championships.


Ali Sami Yen, founder of the club
The first ever recorded photo of Galatasaray (1905)

Galatasaray SK was founded in October 1905 (the exact day is disputed, but is traditionally accepted as "17 Teşrinievvel 1321" according to the Rumi calendar, which corresponds to "30 October 1905" according to the Gregorian calendar) by Ali Sami Yen and other students of Galatasaray High School (a high school in Istanbul which was established in 1481) as a football club. Ali Sami Yen became Galatasaray SK's first president and was given the club's membership number "1". The team's first match was against Cadi-Keuy FC and Galatasaray won this match with a score of 2–0.[11] There were discussions about the club's name, in which some suggested Gloria (victory) and others Audace (courage), but it was decided that its name would be Galatasaray.[12]

The name Galatasaray itself comes from that of Galatasaray High School, which in turn takes its name from Galata Sarayı Enderûn-u Hümâyûn (Galata Palace Imperial School), the name of the original school founded on the site in 1481, and which in turn took its name from the nearby medieval Genoese citadel of Galata (the modern quarter of Karaköy) in the Beyoğlu (Pera) district of Istanbul. Galatasaray literally means "Galata palace".

According to researcher Cem Atabeyoğlu, Galatasaray took its name from one of its first matches. In that match, Galatasaray won 2–0 over a local Greek club and the spectators called them "Galata Sarayı efendileri" (English: "Gentlemen of Galata Palace"), and, after this incident, they adopted that name and started to call their club "Galata Sarayı". In 1905, during the era of the Ottoman Empire, there were no laws for associations so the club could not be registered officially, but, after the 1912 Law of Association, the club registered legally.[13]

Among with the founder Ali Sami Yen, the co-founders were the ones who were keen to do this sport, such as Asım Tevfik Sonumut, Reşat Şirvani, Cevdet Kalpakçıoğlu, Abidin Daver and Kamil.

Since there weren't any other Turkish teams, Galatasaray joined the Istanbul League that was consisting of English and Greek teams in the season of 1905–1906. With their first championship title they won in 1908–1909, they heralded the beginning of Turkish football history.[14]

While football in Turkey began to fully develop, Galatasaray won ten more Istanbul League titles[citation needed], six Sunday League titles[citation needed] and three Friday League titles[citation needed] until 1952. Upon the initiation of professional football in 1952, the first professional but non-national league of Turkey, Istanbul Professional League, was played between 1952 and 1959. Galatasaray won three of these seven titles.

The 2000 UEFA Cup Final match line-up against Arsenal F.C., 17 May 2000.
The 2000 UEFA Super Cup match line-up against Real Madrid, 25 August 2000.

Türkiye Profesyonel 1. Ligi (Turkish Super League today) formed in 1959. This is the top-flight professional league in Turkish nationwide football, and the most popular sporting competition in the country. Galatasaray joined all seasons and won 21 league titles since then.

The Turkish Football Federation began organizing the Turkish Cup (today it is organized with the name Ziraat Turkish Cup) in the 1962–63 season for Turkish clubs to qualify for the UEFA competitions. This is the only national cup competition in Turkey. Galatasaray joined all seasons and won 16 trophies since then.[15]

Probably the greatest record that the club holds is winning national championships in 15 different sport branches in the 1986–87 season.[citation needed]

Galatasaray's most successful era came in late 1990s, when the club become the first and only Turkish football club to win a major UEFA competition. They were aided in this by one of Turkey's best generation of homegrown footballers who went on to finish third in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, after having played in the quarter-finals of UEFA Euro 2000. Besides the talented players, visiting teams also disliked traveling into Ali Sami Yen Stadium, literally dubbed "Hell" by Galatasaray supporters due to the intimidating atmosphere provided by the fans including chants and riots in the crowds.[16]

There are many successful footballers who have played for Galatasaray and made their mark on Turkish football history. The team's legendary players include Nihat Bekdik nicknamed Aslan (Lion); the 1930s national hero Eşfak Aykaç;[17] Boduri who died aged 21;[18] Mehmet Leblebi who scored a domestic record of 14 goals in a single match;[19] Gündüz Kılıç nicknamed Baba (Father) who was the coach but also the player of his team in the 1950s, with great success in both duties;[20] Bülent-Reha Eken brothers; Suat Mamat who scored three goals in the 1954 FIFA World Cup;[21] Coşkun Özarı who devoted his life to Galatasaray;[22] Turgay Şeren the heroic goalkeeper who was called "the Panther of Berlin";[23] Fatih Terim, the team captain of Galatasaray and Turkish national football team for many years, who won the UEFA Cup in 2000 as the team's coach;[24] Metin Oktay the legendary six-time top-scorer of the Turkish Super League;[25] Zoran Simović, another skilled goalkeeper known for his penalty saves;[26] Cüneyt Tanman who played a record of 342 games for Galatasaray;[27] Tanju Çolak, an extraordinary goalscorer and the 1988 European Golden Boot winner with Galatasaray;[28] Cevad Prekazi, an Albanian teammate of Tanju Çolak specializing in free kicks;[29] Cláudio Taffarel the World Cup-winning goalkeeper for Brazil;[30] Gheorghe Hagi, the Romanian football hero who is still described as the best foreign player ever to play in Turkey;[31] Brazilian striker Mário Jardel, dubbed "Super Mário" by the fans and scored both of Galatasaray's two goals in the 200 European Super Cup Final against Real Madrid; and last, but not least, Hakan Şükür, the player who scored most goals in Süper Lig history with 249.

Name and pronunciation[edit]

The name Galatasaray (Turkish pronunciation: [ˌɡaɫata.saˈɾaj]) itself comes from that of Galatasaray High School, which took its name from Galata Sarayı Enderûn-u Hümâyûn ("Galata Palace Imperial School"), the name of the original school founded on the site in 1481, and which in turn took its name from the nearby medieval Genoese citadel of Galata (the modern quarter of Karaköy) in the Beyoğlu (Pera) district of Istanbul. Thus Galatasaray literally means "Galata Palace". "Galatasaray" is a compound word and it is pronounced as such, with a very brief pause between the two words.[32] There is no diminutive form of the club's name. Fans refer to the club either by its full name or by its nickname Cim-Bom(-Bom)—pronounced [dʒim bom (bom)])—of uncertain etymology. However, the shortened form "Gala" is sometimes used by English speakers.

Crest and colours[edit]

The first Galatasaray SK crest

Galatasaray's first emblem was drawn by 333 [School Number] Şevki Ege. This was the figure of a spread-winged eagle with a football in its beak. The eagle was a model emblem that Galatasaray dwelled on in the beginning. But when the name did not attract too much interest, Şevki Ege’s composition was pushed aside. It was replaced by the current design in the 1920s. This replaced in 1925 by the current "Ghayn-Sin" crest, which are the first two Arabic letters of "G"alata "S"aray, designed by Ayetullah Emin.[33]

At first, the colours of Galatasaray were red and white. These are the colours in the modern Turkish flag. The Turkish Republic, however, was not founded at that time. Therefore, this decision caused the repressive administration of the day to feel uncomfortable and the administration subsequently pressured the footballers. For this reason, on December 26, 1906 the colors were changed to yellow and black,.[34] The eight-piece halved design kit was ordered from the Sports Outfitter William Shillcock based in Birmingham, United Kingdom.[35] After a heavy 0-5 lost to Baltalimanı in a friendly match the new colours yellow and black were counted as inauspicious.

On 6 December 1908, for a match against the football team of the Royal Navy cruiser HMS Barham, Galatasaray finally settled on playing in red and yellow, inspired by the roses which Gül Baba offered to Sultan Bayezid II.[36] Ali Sami Yen stated, "After we have been in and out of several shops, we saw two different elegant-looking wool materials in Fatty Yanko's store at Bahçekapısı (between Eminönü and Sirkeci in Istanbul, now called Bahçekapı). One of them was quite dark red, resembling the cherry color, and the other a rich yellow with a touch of orange. When the sales clerk made the two fabrics fly together with a twist of his hand they became so bright that it reminded us the beauty of a goldfinch. We thought we were looking at the colors flickering in burning fire. We were picturing the yellow-red flames shining on our team and dreaming that it would take us to victories. Indeed it did."[13]

Home kit[edit]

Galatasaray's "classic" home kit

The Galatasaray home kit have always been fundamentally the same since 1908. The traditional shirt of Galatasaray is the eight-piece halved design. This consists of the shirt’s front, back and sleeves being made up of two colours, resulting in the shirt being split into eight parts. (Two same colours are never next to each other within the 8 parts.) The colours continue in an alternating order, from yellow to red. This results in the front of the shirt being the opposite of the back and the shirt also having an halved design from the side. This alternating colour order of eight parts creates a complete halved design for the shirt.[37] The classic eight-piece halved design would become the look of Galatasaray for around 80 years, until 1985 when sportswear manufacturer Adidas began to provide the shirts and the sleeves were made up by one colour and not halved. Created over a century ago, the classic Galatasaray kit combination consists of the eight-piece halved traditional shirt, white shorts and red socks and are usually worn as part of the home strp.[37] This changed in the mid-1980s, when sportswear manufacturer Adidas began to provide the shirts. The club reverted to the "classic" kit in 2012.[37][38] The official colours are Pantone shades 1235 (yellow) and 201 (red).[39]

Kit history[edit]


Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Galatasaray's kit is manufactured by Nike, who have held the contract since 2011. Previous kit manufacturers have been: Çamlıca (1978–79); Adidas (1978–82, 1984–91, 1995–2001, and 2005–11); Umbro (1979–81, 1982–83, 1991–95, and 2002–05); Puma (1980–81); Gola (1981–82); Fatih (1984–85); and Lotto (2001–02).

Since 2016, Galatasaray's shirt sponsors have been nef. Previous sponsors include: Volvo and PeReJa (1977–78); Halı Fleks (1979–80); Telefunken, Alo, and THY (1980–81); Borsaş and Meban (1981–83); Telefunken (1983–84); Modell's (1984–85); Denizbank (1984–86); TürkBank (1986–91); ADEC Saat (1991–92); SHOW TV (1991–95); Emek Sigorta (1992–95); VakıfBank (1995–97); Bank Ekspres (1997–98); Marshall (1998–2000); Telsim (2000–01); Aria (2001–04); Avea (2004–09); Türk Telekom (2009–14); Huawei for domestic matches (2014–2015) and Turkish Airlines for UEFA Champions League matches (2014–2016).


Ali Sami Yen Stadium[edit]

When Galatasaray were formed no Turkish teams had their own home ground, and all games in the Istanbul Football League took place at Papazın Çayırı – now the site of Fenerbahçe's Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium. In 1921 the city's first proper football stadium was constructed, Taksim Stadium, which was used as the home ground for all of Istanbul's teams.[40] When historic Taksim Stadium was demolished in 1940, Galatasaray decided to build a large, modern stadium. Due to difficulties stemming from World War II, construction was delayed for over two decades. In this period, they played in Şeref Stadi and Dolmabahçe Stadi On 20 December 1964, Ali Sami Yen Stadium opened.[41] Named after the founder of Galatasaray, Ali Sami Yen, it is in the Mecidiyeköy quarter of the Şişli district at the center of the city. In 1964, the stadium had capacity over 35,000. Due to improvements in security and prohibition of non-seater spectators, the all-seater capacity reduced to 22,000 in 1993. A few years later, the rebuilt of main stand, which was damaged by an earthquake, slightly increased the capacity.[42] After 2002, when Atatürk Olympic Stadium was built for Istanbul's Olympic Games bid, Galatasaray started to play European Cup matches there. The attendance record among Turkish stadiums was broken there, in Galatasaray–Olympiacos match played in front of 79,414 spectators. Yet, Ali Sami Yen Stadium has historic importance for Galatasaray fans although it is smaller and older.[43] In 2011, the stadium demolished after Galatsaray moved to the newly built Türk Telekom Stadium.

Türk Telekom Stadium[edit]

The new home ground of Galatasaray is the newly built Türk Telekom Stadium in the Seyrantepe area of Sarıyer[44]. The new stadium, which was opened 15 January 2011, has a capacity of 52,223 seats, making it the largest private stadium used by a club in Turkey.[45]

Stadium anthems[edit]

Since 1992, after every goal scored by Galatasaray, the last part of the song "I Will Survive" by the Hermes House Band is played. Although the song is in English, the part used has no lyrics except "la la la la". In addition, before every game the Galatasaray War Chant, which is borrowed from the original Warchant created by Florida State University, is played accompanied by what the fans call a "scarf show" where fans display and wave their Galatasaray scarves, banners and flags. Many people[who?] call the Turk Telekom Stadium 'Cehennem' (hell) because of stadium anthems and the continuous roar of the fans.[citation needed]

Stadium history[edit]

# Stadium Years[46]
1 Papazın Çayırı 1905–1921
2 Taksim Stadı 1921–1940
3 Şeref Stadı 1940–1948
4 Dolmabahçe Stadı 1948–1966
5 Ali Sami Yen Stadı 1966–1972
6 Dolmabahçe Stadı 1972–1980
7 Ali Sami Yen Stadı 1980–1984
8 Dolmabahçe Stadı 1984–1986
9 Ali Sami Yen Stadı 1986–2003
10 Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadı 2003–2004
11 Ali Sami Yen Stadı 2004–2011
12 Türk Telekom Stadı 2011–0000
# Stadium Years played
1 Ali Sami Yen Stadı 34
2 Dolmabahçe Stadı 28
3 Taksim Stadı 18
4 Papazın Çayırı 17
5 Şeref Stadı 8
6 Türk Telekom Stadı 7
7 Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadı 1


European matches[edit]

Galatasaray fans

Galatasaray fans attach high importance to European competitions, and Galatasaray is known as the Conqueror of Europe by their fans. This nickname underlines the importance of the UEFA Cup and Super Cup Galatasaray managed to win during the 1999–2000 season. Galatasaray fans also have a reputation in Europe as being one of the most fanatic in the world, along with ultrAslan. Ryan Giggs once said I've never experienced anything like Galatasaray. Three hours before kick-off, we went out to have a look at the pitch and the stadium was overcrowded! The chanting was brilliant: one side starts, then the other, then quiet, then all of them chanting! The players really enjoyed it. Before it was good, after it wasn't for us.'[47][48]


Galatasaray fans broke the "loudest crowd roar at a sport stadium" record on 18 March 2011 at Galatasaray’s new stadium Türk Telekom Stadium in Istanbul. A peak reading of 140.76 dBA was recorded.[49]

Popularity of Galatasaray in Turkey[edit]

According to media polls since 1978, Galatasaray is the most popular team among football fans in Turkey. The latest poll by June 2012 places Galatasaray in the first place with a 41.8% level of popularity while Fenerbahçe S.K. comes second with a 35.9% level, Beşiktaş J.K. third with 16.3% and Trabzonspor fourth with 4.7%.[50][51][52][53]

Istanbul derbies[edit]

"The big three" clubs of IstanbulBeşiktaş, Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray – have a century-long history of rivalry. The Galatasaray–Fenerbahçe rivalry is the primary Istanbul derby and the most important rivalry in Turkish football.[54] The rivalry poses a symbolic importance to supporters as much as the result. Supporters are often quoted as stating that winning the league without winning the derby is hollow. There is always huge interest in the derby due to its fierce nature on and off the pitch. Many documentaries have been made about the derby including an episode of The Real Football Factories International. The rivalry has led to violence among supporters on numerous occasions, though this has been on the decline in recent years. The typical features of derby days include sell out stadiums, loud support throughout the match and taunting choreography displays by supporters before kick off.[55] Other top level İstanbul derbies include the teams; İstanbul BB and Kasımpaşa although these teams pose a minor rivalry as the history and the nationwide attention to the derbies among the big three is unmatched.

Torches, smoke, drums, flags and giant posters used to create visual grandeur and apply psychological pressure on visiting teams, which fans call "welcoming them to hell".[56]


International competitions[edit]

Winners (1): 1999–2000
Winners (1): 2000

Domestic competitions[edit]

National titles[edit]

Winners (21): 1961–62, 1962–63, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2001–02, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2017–18
Runners-up (10): 1959, 1960–61, 1965–66, 1974–75, 1978–79, 1985–86, 1990–91, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2013–14
Winners (17): 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1973, 1976, 1982, 1985, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2014, 2015, 2016
Runners-up (5): 1969, 1980, 1994, 1995, 1998
Winners (15): 1966, 1969, 1972, 1982, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016
Runners-up (9): 1971, 1973, 1976, 1985, 1994, 1998, 2006, 2014, 2018
Winners (1): 1939
Runners-up (5): 1937, 1940, 1941, 1943, 1950
Runners-up (1): 1949
Winners (5): 1975, 1979, 1986, 1990, 1995
Runners-up (2): 1980, 1989
Runners-up (1): 2000

Doubles, trebles and quadruples[edit]

Süper Lig and Turkish Cup (6): 1962–63, 1972–73, 1992–93, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2014–15
Süper Lig, Turkish Cup and TFF Super Cup (2): 1992–93, 2014–15
Süper Lig, Turkish Cup, UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup (1): 1999–2000

Regional titles[edit]

Winners (15): 1908–09, 1909–10, 1910–11, 1914–15, 1915–16, 1921–22, 1924–25, 1925–26, 1926–27, 1928–29, 1930–31, 1948–49, 1954–55, 1955–56, 1957–58
Winners (2): 1941–42, 1942–43
Winners (1): 1932–33
Winners (1): 1909


Winners (1): 1952
Winners (12): 1963, 1966, 1967, 1970, 1977, 1981, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1997, 1998, 1999
Runners-up (9): 1965, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1986, 1991
Winners (1): 1928
Winners (1): 1973

UEFA ranking[edit]

As of 24 September 2018.[57]
65 England Leicester City 22.000
66 Turkey Galatasaray 20.500
67 Germany RB Leipzig 20.000


Current squad[edit]

Sources:[58] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Uruguay GK Fernando Muslera (vice-captain)
2 Brazil DF Mariano Filho
3 Brazil DF Maicon Roque
4 Turkey DF Serdar Aziz (3rd captain)
5 Turkey DF Ahmet Çalık (6th captain)
7 Cape Verde MF Garry Rodrigues
8 Turkey MF Selçuk İnan (captain)
9 Switzerland FW Eren Derdiyok
10 Morocco MF Younès Belhanda
11 Germany FW Sinan Gümüş (4th captain)
13 Turkey GK İsmail Çipe
14 Norway DF Martin Linnes
No. Position Player
15 Netherlands MF Ryan Donk (5th captain)
17 Senegal MF Badou Ndiaye (on loan from Stoke City)
19 Turkey DF Ömer Bayram
20 Turkey MF Emre Akbaba
21 Nigeria FW Henry Onyekuru (on loan from Everton)
25 Brazil MF Fernando Reges
35 Turkey MF Yunus Akgün
43 Turkey DF Ozan Kabak
52 Turkey MF Celil Yüksel
55 Japan DF Yuto Nagatomo
88 Turkey MF Muğdat Çelik
89 Algeria MF Sofiane Feghouli

U21 players[edit]

Only professional players and/or players with first team numbers are listed. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
12 Turkey GK Batuhan Şen
36 Turkey MF Atalay Babacan
37 Turkey MF Recep Gül
40 Turkey MF Gökay Güney
41 Turkey MF Mustafa Kapı
46 Turkey FW Ahmet Sivri
47 Turkey MF Abdussamed Karnuçu
49 Turkey FW Ali Kol
50 Turkey MF Batuhan Tekin
61 Turkey MF Metehan Mertöz
62 Turkey MF Serkan Sefil
No. Position Player
64 Turkey MF Mikail Okyar
98 Turkey DF Sefa Özdemir
99 Turkey GK Boran Güngör
Turkey GK Emircan Seçgin
Turkey DF Emirhan Civelek
Turkey DF Süleyman Luş
Turkey DF Bekir Gökçimen
Turkey MF Ferhan Evren
Turkey MF Mirza Cihan
Turkey MF Mutlu Aksu
Turkey FW Malik Karaahmet

Other players under contract[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
32 Turkey FW Volkan Pala
38 Turkey DF Tarık Çamdal

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
48 Turkey MF Doğan Davas (on loan at Bandırmaspor until 31st May 2019)
97 Turkey MF Birhan Vatansever (on loan at İnegölspor until 31st May 2019)

Reserves and Academy squad[edit]

Former players[edit]

Club captains[edit]

Technical Staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Turkey Fatih Terim
Assistant Manager Turkey Ümit Davala
Assistant Manager Turkey Hasan Şaş
Assistant Manager Turkey Levent Şahin
Goalkeeper Coach Brazil Cláudio Taffarel
Assistant Goalkeeper Coach Turkey Fadıl Koşutan
Conditioner Turkey Yasin Küçük
Director of football Turkey Şükrü Hanedar
General manager of footballing Turkey Uğur Yıldız
Assistant manager of footballing Turkey Mert Çetin
Head of scouting Turkey Emre Utkucan
Scout Turkey Halil Cihan Ünal
Physiotherapists Turkey Mustafa Korkmaz
Turkey Burak Koca
Turkey Samet Polat
Doctors Turkey Dr. Yener İnce
Turkey Dr. İsmail Erman Büyükgök
Academy development Turkey Nedim Yiğit

Last updated: 19 October 2018
Source: Galatasaray SK


Name From–to
Turkey Faruk Süren 1996–01
Turkey Mehmet Cansun 2001–02
Turkey Özhan Canaydın 2002–08
Turkey Adnan Polat 2008–11
Turkey Ünal Aysal 2011–14
Turkey Duygun Yarsuvat 2014–15
Turkey Dursun Özbek 2015–18
Turkey Mustafa Cengiz 2018–

Club officials[edit]

Football Management Trade I.C.
Position Name
Sportive Coordinator Mehmet Özbek
Financial and Administrative Affairs Director Sedef Hacısalihoğlu
Competition and External Relations Director Yeşim Toroslu
Florya Metin Oktay Facilities Director Fahri Yılmaz
Manager of Team Cenk Ergün
Executive Assistant Ezgi Ekiz

Managerial history[edit]

Recent seasons[edit]

Results of league and cup competitions by season
Season League Domestic Cup Europe Other Top goalscorer[59]
Division Pos. Pl. W D L GF GA Pts Competition Result Competition Result Competition Result Name(s) Goals
2007–08 Süper Lig 1st 34 26 5 3 82 34 83 Türkiye Kupası SF UEFA Cup GS &
Ümit Karan 17
2008–09 Süper Lig 5th 34 18 7 9 57 39 61 Türkiye Kupası QF Champions League 3QR Süper Kupa C Milan Baroš 26
UEFA Cup R16
2009–10 Süper Lig 3rd 34 19 7 8 61 35 64 Türkiye Kupası QF Europa League R32 &
Milan Baroš
Shabani Nonda
2010–11 Süper Lig 8th 34 14 4 16 41 46 46 Türkiye Kupası QF Europa League POR &
Milan Baroš 11
2011–12 Süper Lig 1st 40 25 11 4 78 30 86 Türkiye Kupası R16 &
Selçuk İnan 13
2012–13 Süper Lig 1st 34 21 8 5 66 35 71 Türkiye Kupası 5R Champions League QF Süper Kupa C Burak Yılmaz 32
2013–14 Süper Lig 2nd 34 18 11 5 59 32 65 Türkiye Kupası C Champions League R16 Süper Kupa C Burak Yılmaz 18
2014–15 Süper Lig 1st 34 24 5 5 60 35 77 Türkiye Kupası C Champions League GS Süper Kupa F Burak Yılmaz 22
2015–16 Süper Lig 6th 34 13 12 9 69 49 51 Türkiye Kupası C Champions League GS Süper Kupa C Lukas Podolski 17
Europa League R32
2016–17 Süper Lig 4th 34 20 4 10 65 40 64 Türkiye Kupası R16 Europa League 2Q Süper Kupa C Lukas Podolski 17
2017–18 Süper Lig 1st 34 24 4 6 75 33 75 Türkiye Kupası SF Europa League 2QR &
Bafétimbi Gomis 32

Youth facilities[edit]

Galatasaray has one of the most successful youth facilities in Turkey.[citation needed] Gündüz Kılıç Youth Facilities in Florya is the center of the department. Galatasaray S.K. PAF have won the Turkish Youth League three times.[60]


Galatasaray football academy trains children between seven and fifteen. They are located in 79 sites, in Turkey, Australia, Germany, The Netherlands and the UK.


Companies that Galatasaray S.K. currently has sponsorship deals with include:[61]

Licensee Product
Nef Main Sponsor (chest)
Garenta Co Sponsor (back)
fluo Co Sponsor (shorts)
Jeunesse Global Co Sponsor (socks)
Nike Technical Sponsor
Türk Telekom Official Sponsor
Odeabank Official Sponsor
Medical Park Official Sponsor
Turkish Airlines Official Sponsor
Denizbank Official Sponsor
HDI Sigorta Official Sponsor Official Sponsor
TEMSA Official Sponsor
Arena of Valor Official Sponsor
Sci-Mx Official Sponsor
Hummel Official Sponsor
Perform Group Official Sponsor
Passolig Official Sponsor
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Further reading[edit]

  • Birand, M. A., & Polat, M. M. (2006). Passion that continues for 100 years. İstanbul: D Yapım. OCLC 164788939
  • Turagay, U., Özgün, G., Gökçin, B., Ahunbay (2006). 17 May: The story of a championship. İstanbul: D Yapım. OCLC 169899400
  • Hasol, D. (2004). Dreams/realities in Galatasaray. İstanbul: Yapı Yayın. ISBN 978-975-8599-44-8
  • Tuncay, B. (2003). Galatasaray with European Success and Notable Players. Yapı Kredi Kü̈ltü̈r Sanat Yayıncılık. ISBN 978-975-08-0427-4
  • Yamak, O. (2001). Galatasaray: Story of 95 years. Sinerji. OCLC 59287768
  • Çakar, A. (1995). 90 questions about history of Galatasaray SK. Cağaloğlu, İstanbul: Demir Ajans Yayınları. OCLC 42434622
  • Tekil, S. (1986). History of Galatasaray, 1905–1985. Galatasaray Spor Kulübü. OCLC 25025508
  • Tekil, S. (1983). Galatasaray 1905–1982: Memories. Arset Matbaacılık Koll. Şti. OCLC 62614035
  • İsfendiyar, F. (1952). History of Galatasaray. İstanbul: Doğan Kardeş yayınları]. OCLC 27753643

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