Ziya Songülen

Nurizade Ziya Songülen (1886 Kadıköy, Istanbul – 1936) was a great-grandson of Damat Gürcü Halil Rifat Pasha and his second wife Saliha Sultan, an Ottoman princess. His parents was Azize Hanim and Hariciyeci Suad Bey. He was the founder and first president of the major Turkish multi-sport club Fenerbahçe SK, between 1907–08.[1] Ziya Songülen also played as a right back for the club. He graduated from Saint Joseph's College and bought the ground where the current Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium is located (then named Papazın Çayırı) for 17 Ottoman gold coins.[citation needed]

Nurizade Ziya Songülen
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Personal information
Full name Mehmed Ziya Songülen
Date of birth 1886 (1886)
Place of birth Istanbul, Ottoman Empire
Date of death 1936 (aged 49–50)
Place of death Istanbul, Turkey
Buried in Aşiyan Asri Cemetery,
 Istanbul, Turkey
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Managerial career
1907-1908 Fenerbahçe

EducationLycée Saint-Joseph, Istanbul
*Club domestic league appearances and goals


  1. ^ Başkanlarımız Archived February 22, 2008, at the Wayback Machine

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