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The Süper Lig (Turkish pronunciation: [ˈsypæɾ liɟ], Super League) is a Turkish professional league for association football clubs. It is the top-flight of the Turkish football league system and is run by the Turkish Football Federation. Eighteen clubs compete annually, where a champion is decided and three clubs are promoted and relegated from, and to, the 1. Lig. The season runs from August to May, with each club playing 34 matches. Matches are played Friday through Monday.

Süper Lig
Süper Lig logo.svg
Founded 1959[1]
First season 1959
Country Turkey
Confederation UEFA
Number of teams 18
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to TFF First League
Domestic cup(s) Turkish Cup
Turkish Super Cup
International cup(s) UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Current champions Galatasaray (21st title)
(2017–18)
Most championships Galatasaray (21 titles)
Most appearances Oğuz Çetin (503 matches)[2]
Top goalscorer Hakan Şükür (249 goals)[3]
TV partners beIN Sports Turkey
TRT (highlights only)
International:
beIN Sports, A+ Sport (Africa), Fox Sports Africa, SportKlub, CBC Sport, Kujtesa[4]
Website Süper Lig
2017–18 Süper Lig

The competition was initially established as the Millî Lig (National League) in 1959 - the first professional nationwide league competition held in Turkey. The league succeeded the Turkish Football Championship and the National Division, both being former top-level national competitions. The Super League is currently ranked 10th in the UEFA coefficients of leagues based on club performances in European competitions over the last five years.[5] A total of 67 clubs have competed in the Süper Lig, but only five have won the title so far: Galatasaray (21), Fenerbahçe (19), Beşiktaş (15), Trabzonspor (6), and Bursaspor (1).

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HistoryEdit

Football in Turkey stems back to the late 19th century, when Englishmen brought the game with them while living in Salonica (then part of the Turkish Empire).[6] The first league competition was the Istanbul Football League, which took place in the 1904–05 season. The league went through several variations until the creation of the Millî Lig (Süper Lig) in 1959. Between the creation of the Istanbul League and Millî Lig, several other regional leagues took place: Adana (1923), Ankara (1923), Eskişehir (1920), İzmir (1923), Kayseri (1936), and Trabzon (1923), to name a few. The first competition to bring forth a national champion was the Turkish Football Championship, which began in 1924 and continued until 1951.[7] The championship format was based on a knockout competition, contested between the winners of each of the country's top regional leagues.[8] The National Division (Turkish: Millî Küme) was the first national league competition in Turkey. Started in 1937, the Millî Küme consisted of the strongest clubs from the Ankara, Istanbul, and İzmir Leagues. The championship lasted until 1950.[9][10]

The Federation Cup was created in 1956 to decide a national champion. This champion would go on to participate in the European Cup. The competition was held for two years until it was replaced by the Millî Lig. Beşiktaş won both editions, and qualified for the European Cup during the two-year span. However, since the TFF failed to register their name for the draw in time, Beşiktaş could not participate in the 1957–58 season after all.[11][12]

The top clubs from Ankara, Istanbul, and İzmir competed in the 1959 Millî Lig. The first season took place in the calendar year of 1959, instead of 1958-59, because the qualifying stages took place in 1958. The 16 clubs who competed in the first season were: Adalet (İstanbul), Altay (İzmir), Ankaragücü, Ankara Demirspor, Beşiktaş (İstanbul), Beykoz (İstanbul), Fatih Karagümrük (İstanbul), Fenerbahçe (İstanbul), Galatasaray (İstanbul), Gençlerbirliği (Ankara), Göztepe (İzmir), Hacettepe Gençlik (Ankara), İstanbulspor, İzmirspor, Karşıyaka (İzmir Province), and Vefa (Istanbul). Only five of those clubs are currently competing in the Super League: Ankaragücü, Beşiktaş, Fenerbahçe, Galatasaray, and Göztepe. The first champions were Fenerbahçe and the first "Gol Kralı" (top scorer) was Metin Oktay. No clubs were promoted or relegated at the end of the first season.[13]

The 2.Lig (Second League) was created at the start of the 1963–64 season and the Millî Lig became known as the 1.Lig (First League). Before the creation of a second division, the bottom three clubs competed with regional league winners in a competition called the Baraj Games. The top three teams of the seven-team group were promoted to the Millî Lig. After the creation of a new second division in 2001, known as the 1. Lig, the formerly titled 1. Lig was rebranded as Süper Lig.[14] The Fenerbahçe–Galatasaray derby is the most watched football game in Turkey. It is considered to be one of the best and most intense in the world. British Daily Mail ranked it second among the ten greatest football rivalries of all-time.[15]

Competition formatEdit

 
Current design of the Süper Lig Trophy, in use since 2015.

There are 18 clubs in the Süper Lig. During the course of the season (from August to May) each club plays the others twice (a double round robin system), once at their home stadium and once at that of their opponents, for a total of 34 games. Teams receive three points for a win and one point for a draw. No points are awarded for a loss. Teams are ranked by total points, then head-to-head record, then goal difference, and then goals scored. At the end of each season, the club with the most points is crowned champion. If points are equal, the head-to-head record and then goal difference determine the winner. The three lowest placed teams are relegated to the 1. Lig and the top two teams from the 1. Lig, together with the winner of play-offs involving the third to sixth placed 1. Lig clubs are promoted in their place.[16]

Qualification for European competitionsEdit

Qualification for European competitions is as follows: champions qualify for the group stage of the Champions League, runners-up qualify for the second qualifying round of the Champions League, third place qualifies for the third qualifying round of the Europa League, and fourth place qualifies for the second qualifying round of the same competition. A fifth spot is given to the winner of the Turkish Cup, who qualify for the play-off round of the Europa League. If the Turkish Cup winner has already qualified for European competition through their league finish, the next highest placed club in the league takes their place.

UEFA rankingEdit

As of 19 April 2018

Ranking Member association Coefficient
2018 2017 Mvmt 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017-18 Total
9 9     Belgium 6.400 9.600 7.400 12.500 2.600 38.500
10 10     Turkey 6.700 6.000 6.600 9.700 6.800 35.800
11 15   +4   Austria 7.800 4.125 3.800 7.375 9.250 32.350

TeamsEdit

Stadium locations of Istanbul clubs
Club City Position in 2016–17 First season
in top division
Seasons in
top division
First season
of current spell
Top division
titles
Last title
Sivasspor Sivas First League: 1st 2005–06 12 2017–18
Akhisar Bld.b Akhisar 7th 2012–13 6 2012–13
Alanyasporb Alanya 12th 2016–17 2 2016–17
Antalyaspor Antalya 5th 1982–83 22 2015–16
Beşiktaşab Istanbul 1st 1959 60 1959 15 2016–17
Bursaspor Bursa 14th 1967–68 49 2006–07 1 2009–10
Yeni Malatyaspor Malatya First League: 2nd 2017–18 1 2017–18
Fenerbahçeab Istanbul 3rd 1959 60 1959 19 2013–14
Galatasarayab Istanbul 4th 1959 60 1959 21 2017–18
Göztepea Izmir First League: 3rd 1959 26 2017–18
Gençlerbirliğia Ankara 8th 1959 46 1989–90
Başakşehir FK Istanbul 2nd 2007–08 10 2014–15
Karabükspor Karabük 11th 1993–94 10 2016–17
Kasımpaşa İstanbul 10th 1959–60 14 2012–13
Kayserispor Kayseri 15th 2004–05 13 2015–16
Konyaspor Konya 9th 1988–89 17 2013–14
Osmanlıspor Ankara 13th 2004–05 9 2015–16
Trabzonsporb Trabzon 6th 1974–75 44 1974–75 6 1983-84

a Founding member of the Süper Lig
b Never been relegated from the Süper Lig

ChampionsEdit

In total, 14 clubs have won the Turkish championship, including titles won before the Süper Lig's inception, namely in the Turkish Football Championship and Turkish National Division,[17] which are denied and not counted by the Turkish Football Federation, even though they were official championships by the TFF itself. Only five clubs have been champions since the beginning of the Süper Lig era in 1959: Galatasaray 21 times, Fenerbahçe 19 times, Beşiktaş 15 times (with an additional two titles counted for star rating purposes, see note below), Trabzonspor six times, and Bursaspor once.

Club Winners[18] Runners-up Winning years Runners-up years
Galatasaray
    
21 10 1962, 1963, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1987, 1988, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2018 1959, 1961, 1966, 1975, 1979, 1986, 1991, 2001, 2003, 2014
Fenerbahçe
   
19 22 1959, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1983, 1985, 1989, 1996, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2014 1960, 1962, 1967, 1971, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1984, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018
Beşiktaş
   
15 14 19571, 19581, 1960, 1966, 1967, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 2003, 2009, 2016, 2017 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1974, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2007
Trabzonspor
 
6 8 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1978, 1982, 1983, 1995, 1996, 2004, 2005, 2011
Bursaspor 1 2010
Eskişehirspor 3 1969, 1970, 1972
Adanaspor 1 1981
Sivasspor 1 2009
Başakşehir 1 2017

1 Beşiktaş formally requested that championships won in the 1956–57 and 1957–58 editions of the Turkish Federation Cup be counted as Turkish Professional First Division championships to the Turkish Football Federation. The ruling on this matter was announced in a press release on March 25, 2002 which indicated that the championships won by Beşiktaş in the Federation Cup would be counted as national league championships. Beşiktaş had earned the right to represent Turkey in the European Cup in the 1957–58 and 1958–59 seasons.[19]

Star rating systemEdit

The honor of Golden Stars was introduced in football to recognize sides that have won multiple championships or other honours by the display of gold stars on their team badges and jerseys. In Turkey, clubs are permitted to place a golden star above their crest for every five national championships won. For the 2018–19 season Galatasaray are permitted four golden stars, Fenerbahçe and Beşiktaş are permitted three golden stars, and Trabzonspor are permitted one golden star to be placed above their crest on their jerseys.

League participationEdit

Player recordsEdit

  • Bold denotes players still active in the league.
  • All players are Turkish unless otherwise indicated.

Turkish football clubs in UEFA competitionsEdit

European Cup / UEFA Champions League UEFA Cup / Europa League UEFA Cup Winners' Cup UEFA Super Cup UEFA Intertoto Cup
Club Semi-finalist Quarter-finalist Winner Semi-finalist Quarter-finalist Quarter-finalist Winner Winner
Galatasaray 1989 1963, 1970, 2001, 2013 2000 - - 1992 2000 -
Fenerbahçe - 2008 - 2013 - 1964 - -
Beşiktaş - 1987 - - 2003, 2017 - - -
Bursaspor - - - - - 1975 - -
Göztepe - - - - - 1970 - -
Kayserispor - - - - - - - 2006
  • Galatasaray was one of the eight teams in the group stage of the 1993–94 UEFA Champions League, however, UEFA does not consider this a quarter-final participation.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Mackolik.com - iddaa, canlı sonuçlar, iddaa sonuçları, puan durumu, iddaa programı". Mackolik.com. Retrieved 11 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "Hakan Şükür". Mackolik.com. Retrieved 11 November 2015. 
  4. ^ http://liveonsat.com/los.soc_med_turkey.php
  5. ^ UEFA Country Ranking
  6. ^ "Before the national Turkish Leagues". turkish-soccer.com. Erdinç Sivritepe. Retrieved 27 May 2018. 
  7. ^ "1936'ya kadar süren bu dönemde ilk Türkiye Şampiyonası Ankara'da yapılmış ve şampiyon Harbiye olmuştur". www.tff.org (in Turkish). Turkish Football Federation. Retrieved 26 October 2017. 
  8. ^ "Turkish Football Championship". Erdinç Sivritepe. Retrieved 26 October 2017. 
  9. ^ "...ilk deplasmanlı lig kapsamındaki Milli Küme maçları da yine bu dönemde tertip edilmiştir". www.tff.org (in Turkish). Turkish Football Federation. Retrieved 26 October 2017. 
  10. ^ "Millî Küme". Erdinç Sivritepe. Retrieved 26 October 2017. 
  11. ^ Sivritepe, Erdinç Federation Cup 56/57 turkish-soccer.com, accessed 22 July 2010
  12. ^ Sivritepe, Erdinç Federation Cup 57/58 turkish-soccer.com, accessed 22 July 2010
  13. ^ Sivritepe, Erdinç 1959 Milli Lig turkish-soccer.com, accessed 22 July 2010
  14. ^ Sivritepe, Erdinç 1963-1964 1. Lig turkish-soccer.com, accessed 22 July 2010
  15. ^ "THE LIST: The greatest rivalries in club football, Nos 10–1". Mail Online. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  16. ^ Official TFF competition rules Archived 2010-03-31 at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ "Turkey - List of Champions". RSSSF. 18 January 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2018. 
  18. ^ "Süper Lig Şampiyonu Takımlar". www.tff.org (in Turkish). Turkish Football Federation. Retrieved 15 February 2018. 
  19. ^ http://www.tff.org/default.aspx?pageID=379
  20. ^ Dissolved in 2011 - Zonguldakspor Archived 2011-07-28 at the Wayback Machine.
  21. ^ Football branch dissolved in 2011.
  22. ^ Dissolved in 2013
  23. ^ played as İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor before 2014-15 season - İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor
  24. ^ Now Turanspor
  25. ^ Now Keçiörengüçü
  26. ^ Became Van İl Özel İdarespor in 2004 and later closed in 2014
  27. ^ Now Aydınspor 1923
  28. ^ Dissolved in 2011
  29. ^ Alibeyköyspor since 1971
  30. ^ Dissolved in 2010 (TFF)
  31. ^ (Dissolved in 2014) Siirtspor
  32. ^ a b "Türkiye Spor Toto Süper Lig". Mackolik.com. Retrieved 11 November 2015. 

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