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Galatasaray Spor Kulübü is a Turkish sports club based on the European side of the city of Istanbul in Turkey. Most notable for its association football department, the club also consists of various other departments including basketball, wheelchair basketball, volleyball, water polo, handball, athletics, swimming, rowing, sailing, judo, bridge, motorsport, equestrian and chess. Galatasaray S.K. is among the key members of the Galatasaray Community Cooperation Committee together with Galatasaray University and the prestigious Galatasaray High School.
Galatasaray Spor Kulübü were founded in 1905 by 19-year-old, back then, Galatasaray High School student Ali Sami Frashëri, who tempted some of his fellow students to form a team and start playing games against English and Greek teams that pre-existed in Istanbul.
If the first two thirds of his name look familiar, it’s because in 1934, after the enactment of a law on family names in Turkey, the Albanian-Turkish Frashëri switched to “Yen”, hence “Ali Sami Yen”, the legendary stadium Galatasaray called home from 1964 (thirteen years after Yen’s death), until 2011.
Galatasaray competed in Istanbul’s local Championship for over half a century, and when Turkey started having a national competition in 1959, the team were in excellent position to spread their dominance nationwide.
First championship title
After finishing second in 1959 and 1961, Galatasaray won their first Championship title in 1962. Fast forward to our days, “Cimbom” (possibly their most common nickname, a word that doesn’t really means anything in Turkish, and is just a pair of syllables included in an old fan chant) can boast 20 Championship wins, more than any other Turkish club.
In 1963 they won the Championship and the Cup, the first of their 17 in total, another number that makes Galatasaray the envy of the other two huge Istanbul clubs, Fenerbahçe and Beşiktaş.
Lifting a major European trophy
What makes Galatasaray though stick out the most among all Turkey’s greats, is that in 2000 they beat Arsenal in the final of the UEFA Cup (today’s Europa League), in Copenhagen, becoming the first (and only, until now) Turkish club to lift a major European trophy.
A few months later, led by newly-signed Brazilian striker Mário Jardel, Galatasaray beat Real Madrid in Monaco, winning the UEFA Super Cup as well, earning themselves another nickname, “Avrupa Fatihi”, Turkish for “Conquerors of Europe”.
Jardel had been signed to fill the void left by Hakan Şükür’s departure, the second in five years. Şükür first wore Galatasaray’s jersey at the age of 21, in 1992, and three years later, having a record of one goal in less than every second game, he moved to Italy, a rare, back then, move of Turkish player abroad, especially to Italy’s top-class league.
After failing to adopt at Torino, Şükür returned to Galatasaray for the best years of his career, until 2000, with the UEFA Cup win as the cherry on top of his glory days at Ali Sami Yen.
In 2003, Şükür returned to his beloved Galatasaray for a third (and final) stint, until he retired, aged 37, in 2008. Despite the fact that others have played more games with Galatasaray’s jersey (Bülent Korkmaz, from 1985 to 2005), or scored more goals (Metin Oktay, in the fifties and sixties), Şükür can be considered their most iconic figure, being second in both lists (of matches played, and goals scored).
Leaving Ali Sami Yen
Titles and players-aside, a major event in Galatasaray’s recent history was moving into their spectacular Türk Telekom Arena in 2011. Historic Ali Sami Yen stadium was sadly demolished, but everyone agreed that the time had come for a true European, and not just Turkish great, to have a correspondingly great modern stadium, able to host more than 50,000 fans.
The Source: Football History