Galatasaray S.K. (football)

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Full name Galatasaray 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 name GS
Founded 30 October 1905; 111 years ago (1905-10-30)[1][2][3][4][5]
as Galata-Serai Football Club[6]
Galatasaray, Galata, Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey
Ground Türk Telekom Arena
Ground Capacity 52,652
Owner Galatasaray S.K. (68.77%)
Chairman Dursun Özbek
Manager Igor Tudor
League Süper Lig
2015–16 Süper Lig, 6th
Website Club home page
Current season

Galatasaray Spor Kulübü, also known simply as Galatasaray, is a Turkish professional football club based on the European side of the city of Istanbul in Turkey. 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 students members.

Galatasaray is the most successful Turkish football club. They have won 7 domestic trophies, including 20 Süper Lig titles, a 17 Turkish Cups and a 13 Turkish Super Cups. It is one of three teams to have participated in all seasons of the Turkish 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 Turkish 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 1st on the IFFHS World Rankings.[7]

Since 2011, the club's stadium is the 52,652 capacity Türk Telekom Arena 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 twentieth championship for the 2014–15 season of the Süper Lig, their logo hereafter contains 4 stars representing their 20 championships for the league. Each star corresponds to the team's 5 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.[8] 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.[9]

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" (in 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.[10]

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.[11]

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 20 league titles since then. 2=2

The Turkish Football Federation starts to organize "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.[12]

Probably the greatest record that club holds is winning national championships in 15 different sport branches in 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 home grown footballers who went on to finish third in the 2002 FIFA World Cup and played quarter finals of UEFA Euro 2000. Besides the talented players, visiting teams also disliked traveling into Ali Sami Yen Stadium which is literally called "Hell" by the supporters of Galatasaray due to the intimidating atmosphere provided by the fans including chants and riots in the crowds.[13]

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;[14] Boduri who died aged 21;[15] Mehmet Leblebi who scored a domestic record of 14 goals in a single match;[16] 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;[17] Bülent-Reha Eken brothers; Suat Mamat who made a hat-trick in the 1954 FIFA World Cup;[18] Coşkun Özarı who devoted his life to Galatasaray;[19] Turgay Şeren the heroic goalkeeper who was called "the Panther of Berlin";[20] 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;[21] Metin Oktay the legendary six-time top-scorer of the Turkish Super League;[22] Zoran Simović, another skilled goalkeeper known for his penalty saves;[23] Cüneyt Tanman who played a record of 342 games for Galatasaray;[24] Tanju Çolak, an extraordinary goalscorer and the 1988 European Golden Boot winner with Galatasaray;[25] Cevad Prekazi, an Albanian teammate of Tanju Çolak specializing in free kicks;[26] Taffarel the World Cup winner goalkeeper of Brazil;[27] Gheorghe Hagi, the Romanian football hero who is still described as the best foreign player ever to play in Turkey;[28] Brazilian striker Mário Jardel, who was called Super Mário by the fans and scored both of Galatasaray's two goals in the European Super Cup Final in 2000 against Real Madrid; and last but not least, Hakan Şükür, the player who scored most goals in the Turkish Super League history, with 249 goals.

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.[29] 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.


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.[30]

Team colours and kit[edit]

Galatasaray wore red and white colours when founded, then played in yellow and black during the 1906–1908 season.[31] For a match against the football team of the Royal Navy cruiser HMS Barham's crewmen, played on 8 December 1908, Galatasaray finally settled on playing in red and yellow, inspired by the roses which Gül Baba offered to Sultan Bayezid II.[32]

Since 1908 the club's home kit has typically been an 8-piece halved design. The shirt’s front, back and sleeves are made up of two alternating colours. White shorts and red socks are usually worn as part of the home strip[33] This changed in the mid-1980s, when sportswear manufacturer Adidas began to provide the shirts. The club reverted to the "classic" kit in 2012.[33][34] The official colours are Pantone shades 1235 (yellow) and 201 (red).[35]

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 2014, Galatasaray's shirt sponsors have been Turkish Airlines and HUAWEI. Previous sponsors have been: Volvo and PeReJa (1977–78); Halı Fleks (1979–80); Telefunken, Alo[disambiguation needed] 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); and Türk Telekom (2009–14)

Kit history[edit]

Galatasaray's "classic" home kit



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.[36] 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.[37] 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.[38] 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.[39] In 2011, the stadium demolished after Galatsaray moved to newly built Türk Telekom Arena.

Türk Telekom Arena[edit]

The new home ground of Galatasaray is the newly built Türk Telekom Arena in the Aslantepe quarter near Maslak financial district in Şişli. The new stadium, which was opened 15 January 2011, has a capacity of 52,695 seats, making it the largest private stadium owned by a club in Turkey.[40]

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 Arena 'Cehennem' (hell) because of stadium anthems and the continuous roar of the fans.

Stadium history[edit]

# Stadium Years[41]
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 Arena 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 Arena 6
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.'[42][43]


Galatasaray fans broke the "loudest crowd roar at a sport stadium" record on 18 March 2011 at Galatasaray’s new stadium Türk Telekom Arena in Istanbul. A peak reading of 140.76 dBA was recorded.[44]

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%.[45][46][47][48]

Istanbul derbies[edit]

"The big three" clubs of Istanbul, Beşiktaş J.K., Fenerbahçe S.K. and Galatasaray S.K. have a century-long history of rivalry. The Galatasaray-Fenerbahçe rivalry is the primary Istanbul derby and the most important rivalry in Turkish football.[49] 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 The Real Football Factories International episode. 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.[50] 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".[51]


The continental quadruple which Galatasaray won in the 1999–2000 season: the 2000 UEFA Super Cup, the 1999–2000 UEFA Cup, the 1999–2000 Turkish Super League Championship Cup and the 1999–2000 Turkish Cup.

International competitions[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]

National titles[edit]

Regional titles[edit]

  • Istanbul Football League: (shared-record)
    • 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
  • Istanbul Football Cup: (shared-record)
    • Winners (2): 1941-42, 1942–43
  • Istanbul Shield:
    • Winners (1): 1932-33
  • Union Club Cup: (record)
    • Winners (1): 1909


  • Milli Küme Şampiyonası:
    • Winners (1): 1938-39
    • Runners-up (5): 1936-37, 1939–40, 1940–41, 1942–43, 1949–50
  • Amatör Futbol Şampiyonası:
    • Winners (1): 1953
    • Runners-up (1): 1927
  • Chancellor Cup:
    • Winners (5): 1975, 1979, 1986, 1990, 1995
    • Runners-up (2): 1980, 1989
  • TSYD Cup: (shared-record)
    • 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
  • Atatürk Gazi Cup: (record)
    • Winners (1): 1928
  • 50. Yıl Cup: (record)
    • Winners (1):1973

Doubles, trebles and quadruples[edit]

  • Doubles
    • Süper Lig and Türkiye Kupası (6): 1962-1963, 1972–1973, 1992–1993, 1998–1999, 1999–2000, 2014–2015
  • Treble
    • Süper Lig, Türkiye Kupası and TFF Süper Kupa (2): 1992-1993, 2014–2015
  • Quadruples
    • Süper Lig, Türkiye Kupası, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Super Cup (1): 1999-2000

UEFA ranking[edit]

As of 30 July 2016.[52]
24 – Turkey Galatasaray 57.220


Current squad [53][edit]

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
3 Turkey DF Ahmet Çalık
4 Turkey DF Serdar Aziz
7 Turkey MF Yasin Öztekin
8 Turkey MF Selçuk İnan (Captain)
9 Switzerland FW Eren Derdiyok
10 Netherlands MF Wesley Sneijder (Vice-captain)
11 Germany FW Lukas Podolski
14 Norway DF Martin Linnes
16 Cape Verde MF Garry Rodrigues
18 Germany MF Sinan Gümüş
19 Turkey GK Cenk Gönen
20 Portugal MF Bruma
21 Cameroon DF Aurélien Chedjou
No. Position Player
22 Turkey DF Hakan Balta
23 France DF Lionel Carole
25 Turkey FW Berk İsmail Ünsal
26 Turkey DF Semih Kaya
27 Turkey MF Tolga Ciğerci
28 Germany DF Koray Günter
29 Turkey FW Kerem Çalışkan
30 Portugal MF Josué (on loan from Porto)
34 Netherlands MF Nigel de Jong
39 Belgium DF Luis Pedro Cavanda
55 Turkey DF Sabri Sarıoğlu (3rd captain)
67 Turkey GK Eray İşcan
88 Turkey MF Gökay Güney
97 Turkey MF Birhan Vatansever

Out of squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
49 Switzerland MF Endoğan Adili

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
6 Netherlands MF Ryan Donk (on loan to Real Betis until 30 June 2017)
17 Turkey MF Emrah Başsan (on loan to Fortuna Sittard until 30 June 2017)
24 Turkey DF Salih Dursun (on loan to Antalyaspor until 30 June 2017)
32 Turkey FW Volkan Pala (on loan to İnegölspor until 30 June 2017)
38 Turkey DF Tarık Çamdal (on loan to Eskişehirspor until 30 June 2017)
44 Turkey GK İsmail Çipe (on loan to Polatlı Bugsaşspor until 30 June 2017)
90 Turkey MF Umut Gündoğan (on loan to Manisaspor until 30 June 2017)

Reserves and Academy squad[edit]

Former players[edit]

Club captains[edit]

Technical staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager Croatia Igor Tudor
Assistant Manager Croatia Hari Vukas
Assistant Manager Turkey Ayhan Akman
Assistant Manager Turkey Orhan Atik
Fitness Coach Croatia Toni Modrić
Goalkeeping Coach Croatia Sandro Tomić
Goalkeeping Coach Turkey Fadıl Koşutan
Goalkeeping Coach Turkey Mehmet Bölükbaşı
Chief Scout Turkey Emre Utkucan
Consultant and Chief Doctor Turkey Abdullah Yener İnce
Doctor Turkey Cihan Deniz Arslan
Doctor Turkey Erman Buyukgok
Doctor Turkey Engin Dinç
Physiotherapist Turkey Samet Polat
Physiotherapist Turkey Mustafa Korkmaz
Physiotherapist Turkey Burak Koca
Masseur Turkey Şükrü Cenk Akkaya
Masseur Turkey Hasan Kodal
Masseur Turkey Ozan Abaylı
Masseur Turkey Yasin Genç
Masseur Turkey Serdal Yılmaz
Masseur Turkey Yasin Eray
Masseur Turkey Batuhan Erkan
Fitness Coach Turkey Yasin Küçük
Fitness Coach Turkey Vural Durmuş
Manciple Turkey Hasan Çelik
Manciple Turkey Veli Muğlı
Manciple Turkey İlyas Gökçe
Transportation Turkey Salih Necdet Büyükataman
Transportation Turkey Feyyaz Yalçın
Nutrition Turkey Vahit Sezgin


Name From–to
Turkey Alp Yalman 1990–96
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–

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 Sports Complex and Training Center Director Fahri Yılmaz
Manager of Team Cenk Ergün
Executive Assistant Ezgi Ekiz

Managerial history[edit]

Recent seasons[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Europe Manager
2005/06 TS 1 34 26 5 3 82 34 83 UC 1st round Eric Gerets
2006/07 TS 3 34 15 11 8 58 37 56 UCL group stage Eric Gerets
2007/08 TS 1 34 24 7 3 64 23 79 UC 3rd round Karl-Heinz Feldkamp/Cevat Güler
2008/09 TS 5 34 17 8 9 57 39 61 UC last 16 Michael Skibbe/Bülent Korkmaz
2009/10 TS 3 34 19 7 8 61 35 64 UC last 32 Frank Rijkaard
2010/11 TS 8 34 14 4 16 41 46 46 Quarter-Final UC Play-off Round Frank Rijkaard/Gheorghe Hagi/Bülent Ünder
2011/12 TS 1 34 23 8 3 69 24 77 Last 16 Fatih Terim
2012/13 TS 1 34 21 8 5 66 35 71 Last 16 UCL Quarter-Final Fatih Terim
2013/14 TS 2 34 18 11 5 59 32 65 Winner UCL Last 16 Fatih Terim/Roberto Mancini
2014/15 TS 1 34 24 5 5 60 35 77 Winner UCL group stage Cesare Prandelli/Hamza Hamzaoğlu
2015/16 TS 6 34 13 12 9 69 49 51 Winner UC1 Play-off Round Hamza Hamzaoğlu/Mustafa Denizli/Jan Olde Riekerink

Last updated: 21 May 2016
1 Galatasaray SK started season in UCL but joined UC after group stage.
Div. = Division;TS = Turkcell Super League; Pos. = Position; Pl = Match played; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Lost; GS = Goal Scored; GA = Goal Against; P = Points
UCL = UEFA Champions League; UCWC = UEFA Cup Winners' Cup; UC = UEFA Cup; Cup = Fortis Turkey Cup. Colors: Gold = winner; Silver = runner-up.

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.[54]


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:

Licensee Product
Nike Technical Sponsor
General Motors Official Sponsor
Microsoft Technological Sponsor
Nef Co Sponsor
Türk Telekom Co Sponsor
Opel Co Sponsor
Garenta Co Sponsor
Medical Park Official Sponsor
Hedef Filo Hizmetleri Official Sponsor
MNG Kargo Official Sponsor
HDI-Gerling Official Sponsor
Bilyoner Official Sponsor
W Collection Official Sponsor
JohnsonDiversey Official Supplier
GNC Official Supplier
Power plate Official Supplier
Yandex 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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