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Besiktas draw with Porto to reach Champions League last 16

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Istanbul (AFP) – Turkish champions Besiktas reached the Champions League last 16 for the first time in 31 years on Tuesday, as a 1-1 draw with Porto in Istanbul wrapped up top spot in Group G.

Porto silenced the vociferous home crowd with the opening goal through defender Felipe, but Besiktas equalised before half-time as Talisca scored his third goal in the competition this season.

Turkey’s Sahin quits internationals — at 29

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Istanbul (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin on Thursday announced his international retirement after Turkey’s failure to reach the World Cup, despite being just 29 years old.

“I’d like to announce that I am putting an end to my career with the national team,” Sahin wrote on Twitter and Instagram, adding that he wanted “to give way to a new generation” of players.

Pepe ‘the boss’ makes mark at Istanbul’s Besiktas

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Istanbul (AFP) – After winning three Champions League titles and three La Liga titles with Real Madrid and Euro 2016 with Portugal, star defender Pepe could have been forgiven for resting on his laurels at new club Besiktas.

But not a bit of it.

Since joining the Black Eagles in Istanbul from Real Madrid over the summer, Pepe, 34, has stamped his authority on the Turkish champions and emerged as their standout player.

Pepe ‘the boss’ makes mark at Istanbul’s Besiktas

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Istanbul (AFP) – After winning three Champions League titles and three La Liga titles with Real Madrid and Euro 2016 with Portugal, star defender Pepe could have been forgiven for resting on his laurels at new club Besiktas.

But not a bit of it.

Since joining the Black Eagles in Istanbul from Real Madrid over the summer, Pepe, 34, has stamped his authority on the Turkish champions and emerged as their standout player.

Besiktas sign Spanish striker Negredo – report

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Istanbul (AFP) – Spanish international striker Alvaro Negredo has signed with Istanbul club Besiktas for three years after a disappointing season with English team Middlesbrough, local media reported on Thursday.

Negredo will receive an annual salary of 4.5 million euros ($5.3 million), according to sports daily Fanatik.

Besiktas sign Spanish striker Negredo – report

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Istanbul (AFP) – Spanish international striker Alvaro Negredo has signed with Istanbul club Besiktas for three years after a disappointing season with English team Middlesbrough, local media reported on Thursday.

Negredo will receive an annual salary of 4.5 million euros ($5.3 million), according to sports daily Fanatik.

Romanian Lucescu named new Turkey football coach

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Istanbul (AFP) – The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) on Wednesday said it had agreed terms with veteran Romanian coach Mircea Lucescu to take charge of the national side.

The federation and Lucescu have agreed a two-year deal, with an option for one more year, the TFF said in a statement.

Romanian Lucescu named new Turkey football coach

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Istanbul (AFP) – The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) on Wednesday said it had agreed terms with veteran Romanian coach Mircea Lucescu to take charge of the national side.

The federation and Lucescu have agreed a two-year deal, with an option for one more year, the TFF said in a statement.

Football: Turkish international Irtegun detained over ‘coup links’

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Istanbul (AFP) – Turkish authorities on Friday detained international footballer Bekir Irtegun on suspicion of links to the group blamed for the July 15, 2016 failed coup aimed at ousting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Irtegun, who played for six years for Fenerbahce before joining Istanbul rivals Basaksehir in 2015, was detained as part of the investigation into the group of US-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, the state-run Anadolu news agency said.

Galatasaray exit saddens Dutch midfielder Sneijder

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Istanbul (AFP) – Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder left Turkey on Saturday after four years with Galatasaray, expressing sadness that club manager Igor Tudor had not wanted him to stay.

The Istanbul club said on Friday that it was “parting with Wesley Sneijder” and wished him success in the future.

Sneijder leaves Galatasaray after four years

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Istanbul (AFP) – Istanbul giants Galatasaray said that Dutch international midfielder Wesley Sneijder was leaving the club by mutual agreement after over four seasons that saw him become a big favourite with fans.

“Our club is parting with Wesley Sneijder,” Galatasaray said in a statement late on Friday.

Besiktas sign Pepe from Real Madrid

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Istanbul (AFP) – Portuguese international defender Pepe on Wednesday signed for Turkish champions Besiktas of Istanbul from Real Madrid on a two-year deal.

Pepe, 34, landed in Istanbul before dawn aboard a private plane and was given a rousing welcome by hundreds of fans who had waited overnight at the airport.

Besiktas sign Pepe from Real Madrid

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Istanbul (AFP) – Portuguese international defender Pepe on Wednesday signed for Turkish champions Besiktas of Istanbul from Real Madrid on a two-year deal.

Pepe, 34, landed in Istanbul before dawn aboard a private plane and was given a rousing welcome by hundreds of fans who had waited overnight at the airport.

Gomis signs for Galatasaray from Swansea

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Istanbul (AFP) – French international striker Bafetimbi Gomis Thursday signed for Turkish top flight side Galatasaray from Swansea City of the English Premier League in a three year deal for a 2.5 million euro transfer fee.

Gomis, 31, who spent the past season on loan at Marseille, had the day earlier received an ecstatic welcome in Istanbul when he was mobbed by hundreds of fans of the “Lions” and then passed a medical.

Gomis signs for Galatasaray from Swansea

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Istanbul (AFP) – French international striker Bafetimbi Gomis Thursday signed for Turkish top flight side Galatasaray from Swansea City of the English Premier League in a three year deal for a 2.5 million euro transfer fee.

Gomis, 31, who spent the past season on loan at Marseille, had the day earlier received an ecstatic welcome in Istanbul when he was mobbed by hundreds of fans of the “Lions” and then passed a medical.

Galatasaray set to sign Swansea’s Gomis

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Istanbul (AFP) – French international striker Bafetimbi Gomis on Wednesday arrived in Istanbul to sign for Turkish top flight side Galatasaray from Swansea City of the English Premier League in a reported three million dollar deal.

Gomis, 31, was mobbed by hundreds of excited Galatasaray fans chanting club songs and brandishing its yellow and red colours after arriving at Istanbul’s main airport.

Galatasaray set to sign Swansea’s Gomis

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Istanbul (AFP) – French international striker Bafetimbi Gomis on Wednesday arrived in Istanbul to sign for Turkish top flight side Galatasaray from Swansea City of the English Premier League in a reported three million dollar deal.

Gomis, 31, was mobbed by hundreds of excited Galatasaray fans chanting club songs and brandishing its yellow and red colours after arriving at Istanbul’s main airport.

Sex-tape victim Valbuena to join Fenerbahce

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Istanbul (AFP) – Mathieu Valbuena, the France international at the centre of an interminable sex-tape scandal, has agreed to join Istanbul giants Fenerbahce from Lyon, the Turkish club said on Monday.

Fenerbahce said in a statement that an agreement in principle had been reached for the 32-year-old attacking midfielder’s transfer and the signing would follow later.

Turkey’s Arda Turan quits international football after bust-up

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Istanbul (AFP) – Turkey captain Arda Turan announced his retirement from international football on Tuesday, hours after being kicked out of a training camp by coach Fatih Terim for allegedly verbally and physically abusing a journalist.

“I think the time has come…I am ending my career with the national team,” said the 30-year-old Barcelona midfielder, capped 96 times, at a brief press conference in Slovenia, broadcast on Turkish television.

Turkey’s Arda Turan quits international football after bust-up

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Istanbul (AFP) – Turkey captain Arda Turan announced his retirement from international football on Tuesday, hours after being kicked out of a training camp by coach Fatih Terim for allegedly verbally and physically abusing a journalist.

“I think the time has come…I am ending my career with the national team,” said the 30-year-old Barcelona midfielder, capped 96 times, at a brief press conference in Slovenia, broadcast on Turkish television.

Victorious Besiktas retain Turkish title

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Istanbul (AFP) – Besiktas on Sunday retained the Turkish Super Lig title for the first time since the early 1990s as the Istanbul side seek to stamp a new dominance on football in the country.

The Istanbul giants thrashed Gaziantepspor of the southeastern province of Gaziantep 4-0 away to secure the crown, their 15th overall.

Turkey star Tufan released after arrest in car probe

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Istanbul (AFP) – Istanbul police on Tuesday detained Turkish international and Fenerbahce midfielder Ozan Tufan in a probe into the illegal import of luxury cars, releasing the football star after questioning.

Prosecutors in the Istanbul district of Bakirkoy issued 46 arrest warrants for suspects including Tufan, the state-run Anadolu news agency said.

Turkey international Tufan held in luxury car probe

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Istanbul (AFP) – Istanbul police on Tuesday detained Turkish football international and Fenerbahce midfielder Ozan Tufan and several other suspects in a probe into the illegal import of luxury cars, state media said.

Prosecutors in the Istanbul district of Bakirkoy issued 46 arrest warrants for suspects including Tufan, the state-run Anadolu news agency said.

Turkey international Tufan held in luxury car probe

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Istanbul (AFP) – Istanbul police on Tuesday detained Turkish football international and Fenerbahce midfielder Ozan Tufan and several other suspects in a probe into the illegal import of luxury cars, state media said.

Prosecutors in the Istanbul district of Bakirkoy issued 46 arrest warrants for suspects including Tufan, the state-run Anadolu news agency said.

Galatasaray and Fenerbahce, Istanbul’s best of enemies

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Istanbul (AFP) – For over a century, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce have been battling for football supremacy in Turkey’s largest city Istanbul, in the world’s only transcontinental derby.

Watched by a voracious media and unforgiving fans, it’s a game where losing simply can’t be an option.

Galatasaray and Fenerbahce, Istanbul’s best of enemies

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Istanbul (AFP) – For over a century, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce have been battling for football supremacy in Turkey’s largest city Istanbul, in the world’s only transcontinental derby.

Watched by a voracious media and unforgiving fans, it’s a game where losing simply can’t be an option.

Lyon break Besiktas hearts in Istanbul after 1st leg clashes

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Istanbul (AFP) – Lyon ended the Europa League dream of Turkey’s Besiktas in an epic penalty shoot-out in Istanbul Thursday, with the French side pulling into the semi finals despite travelling with virtually no fans after first leg clashes between supporters.

With the result ending 2-1 to Besiktas on the night and 3-3 on aggregate, the match went to penalties as the clock ticked well past midnight.

Lyon break Besiktas hearts in Istanbul after 1st leg clashes

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Istanbul (AFP) – Lyon ended the Europa League dream of Turkey’s Besiktas in an epic penalty shoot-out in Istanbul Thursday, with the French side pulling into the semi finals despite travelling with virtually no fans after first leg clashes between supporters.

With the result ending 2-1 to Besiktas on the night and 3-3 on aggregate, the match went to penalties as the clock ticked well past midnight.

Turkey confirms bid to host Euro 2024 football

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Istanbul (AFP) – Turkey’s football authorities confirmed Wednesday the country was bidding to host the Euro 2024 football tournament, which would be the biggest sporting event it has ever held.

Turkey in 2014 withdrew its bid to host final stage matches of Euro 2020 - which uniquely will be held across Europe - in favour of focusing on a one country bid for 2024.

Turkey confirms bid to host Euro 2024 football

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Istanbul (AFP) – Turkey’s football authorities confirmed Wednesday the country was bidding to host the Euro 2024 football tournament, which would be the biggest sporting event it has ever held.

Turkey in 2014 withdrew its bid to host final stage matches of Euro 2020 - which uniquely will be held across Europe - in favour of focusing on a one country bid for 2024.

Tudor set to reign at Galatasaray after Riekerink ousted

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Istanbul (AFP) – Istanbul giants Galatasaray on Tuesday were set to appoint former Croatian international Igor Tudor as new manager after firing Dutch manager Jan Olde Riekerink because of lacklustre results.

Galatasaray’s top executives held an emergency meeting about the Dutchman’s future following the 1-2 home defeat to lowly Kayserispor on Sunday, the Hurriyet daily and Dogan news agency said.

Tudor set to reign at Galatasaray after Riekerink ousted

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Istanbul (AFP) – Istanbul giants Galatasaray on Tuesday were set to appoint former Croatian international Igor Tudor as new manager after firing Dutch manager Jan Olde Riekerink because of lacklustre results.

Galatasaray’s top executives held an emergency meeting about the Dutchman’s future following the 1-2 home defeat to lowly Kayserispor on Sunday, the Hurriyet daily and Dogan news agency said.

Galatasaray boss job on line after shock loss

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Istanbul (AFP) – The manager of Istanbul football giants Galatasaray Jan Olde Riekerink is facing the sack following a shock weekend league loss, press reports said on Tuesday.

Galatasaray’s top executives held an emergency meeting about the Dutchman’s future following the 1-2 home defeat to lowly Kayserispor on Sunday, the Anadolu news agency and Hurriyet dailies said.

Galatasaray boss job on line after shock loss

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Istanbul (AFP) – The manager of Istanbul football giants Galatasaray Jan Olde Riekerink is facing the sack following a shock weekend league loss, press reports said on Tuesday.

Galatasaray’s top executives held an emergency meeting about the Dutchman’s future following the 1-2 home defeat to lowly Kayserispor on Sunday, the Anadolu news agency and Hurriyet dailies said.

Van Persie, Tosic suspended after Istanbul derby fracas

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Istanbul (AFP) – Turkey’s football federation on Thursday suspended Fenerbahce’s star Dutch striker Robin van Persie for three games and Serbian defender Dusko Topic of Besiktas for four after a standoff in a tense Istanbul cup derby this week.

The two had been involved in an off-the-ball incident in the February 5 game which saw Tosic sent off in the 41st minute but Beskitas fans feel van Persie also deserved red for exaggerating the contact.

Van Persie, Tosic suspended after Istanbul derby fracas

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Istanbul (AFP) – Turkey’s football federation on Thursday suspended Fenerbahce’s star Dutch striker Robin van Persie for three games and Serbian defender Dusko Topic of Besiktas for four after a standoff in a tense Istanbul cup derby this week.

The two had been involved in an off-the-ball incident in the February 5 game which saw Tosic sent off in the 41st minute but Beskitas fans feel van Persie also deserved red for exaggerating the contact.

Benfica must wait after stirring Besiktas fightback in Champions League

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Istanbul (AFP) Portugal's Benfica must wait on a place in the last 16 of the Champions League after they squandered a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 at Turkey's Besiktas on Wednesday.

The Portuguese cruised into a 3-0 lead inside barely half an hour but were pegged back as the Turks maintained their unbeaten record with two goals in the final seven minutes, including a penalty by former Sporting Lisbon and Porto man Ricardo Quaresma.

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Turkey Crowned Amputee Champions Of Europe After Beating England In Emotional Final At Besiktas’ Vodaphone Arena (Photos & Video)

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A doff of the proverbial cap is most definitely due to the Turkish national amputee team, the new champions of Europe.

The Turks registered a 2-1 win over England in the European AmputeeFootball Federation Championship final in front of tens of thousands of fans at Besiktas' Vodafone Arena in Istanbul.

Just The Five Red Cards As Istanbul Derby Between Fenerbahce And Besiktas Descends Into Pandemonium (Photos & Video)

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The first Bosphorus derby of the Turkish Super Lig season was exactly as rowdy as you'd expect with Fenerbache beating Besiktas 2-1 amid a wild flurry of disciplinary lapses.

By the final whistle, five players had been sent off by referee Ali Palabiyik, who was under siege from the off.

Blasts kill dozens near Istanbul's Besiktas stadium

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Turkey declares day's mourning after blasts possibly targeting police kill at least 29 and injure 160 others.

Two explosions have hit the city of Istanbul, near Besiktas stadium, killing at least 29 people, mostly police personnel, and wounding more than 160 .

They have detained 10 people in connection with the bombings.