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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.

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.

Mourinho frustrated by ‘sleeping’ United

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Istanbul (AFP) Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho on Thursday said that his team had been caught "sleeping" in a 2-1 Europa League defeat by Fenerbahce in Istanbul.

Mourinho said that he had warned his side ahead of the game the clash in Istanbul would be completely different to the meeting of the teams in England two weeks ago, which United won 4-1.

Mourinho frustrated by ‘sleeping’ United

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Istanbul (AFP) Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho on Thursday said that his team had been caught "sleeping" in a 2-1 Europa League defeat by Fenerbahce in Istanbul.

Mourinho said that he had warned his side ahead of the game the clash in Istanbul would be completely different to the meeting of the teams in England two weeks ago, which United won 4-1.

‘Forgiven’ Eto’o back for Antalyaspor after racism row

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Istanbul (AFP) Former Cameroon international Samuel Eto'o was recalled by Turkish side Antalyaspor on Sunday after being dropped for allegedly accusing the club leadership of racism on social media.

Club chairman Ali Safak Ozturk said the former Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea star had been forgiven after expressing regret for the remarks.

‘Forgiven’ Eto’o back for Antalyaspor after racism row

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Istanbul (AFP) Former Cameroon international Samuel Eto'o was recalled by Turkish side Antalyaspor on Sunday after being dropped for allegedly accusing the club leadership of racism on social media.

Club chairman Ali Safak Ozturk said the former Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea star had been forgiven after expressing regret for the remarks.

Subs make impact in Besiktas, Dynamo Champions League stalemate

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Istanbul (AFP) Dynamo Kiev substitutes Nikita Korzun and teenage star Viktor Tsygankov made crucial impacts as the Ukrainians battled to a 1-1 Champions League draw at Besiktas on Wednesday.

Korzun gave away the free-kick that led to Besiktas's first-half opener in Istanbul before Tsygankov came off the bench in the second period to secure a point for Dynamo.

Subs make impact in Besiktas, Dynamo Champions League stalemate

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Istanbul (AFP) Dynamo Kiev substitutes Nikita Korzun and teenage star Viktor Tsygankov made crucial impacts as the Ukrainians battled to a 1-1 Champions League draw at Besiktas on Wednesday.

Korzun gave away the free-kick that led to Besiktas's first-half opener in Istanbul before Tsygankov came off the bench in the second period to secure a point for Dynamo.

Turkey arrests ex Galatasaray star in coup probe

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Istanbul (AFP) Turkish authorities on Thursday placed under arrest a former prominent footballer from the Istanbul giants Galatasaray on charges of links to the group blamed for the July 15 failed coup.

Ismail Demiriz, who played for Galatasaray from 1984-1993 as well as 27 times for the Turkish national side, was detained in the Istanbul district of Bakirkoy, the Dogan news agency reported.

Turkey arrests ex Galatasaray star in coup probe

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Istanbul (AFP) Turkish authorities on Thursday placed under arrest a former prominent footballer from the Istanbul giants Galatasaray on charges of links to the group blamed for the July 15 failed coup.

Ismail Demiriz, who played for Galatasaray from 1984-1993 as well as 27 times for the Turkish national side, was detained in the Istanbul district of Bakirkoy, the Dogan news agency reported.

Antalyaspor drop Eto’o in racism row

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Istanbul (AFP) Turkish top flight club Antalyaspor said on Wednesday that their star striker Samuel Eto'o would be left out of the squad until further notice in a bitter row over comments on social media.

Former Cameroon international Eto'o, who in a glittering career has turned out for Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea, had written on his Instagram account he was not being given respect for his achievements as he is black.

Turkey ex-football star Sukur on trial for insulting Erdogan

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Istanbul (AFP) Former Turkey football star Hakan Sukur went on trial on Thursday at an Istanbul court in absentia on charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on social media.

Sukur is one of several thousand people including journalists, politicians and the occasional celebrity, to face legal proceedings on hugely controversial accusations of insulting the Turkish leader.

Turkey ex-football star Sukur on trial for insulting Erdogan

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Istanbul (AFP) Former Turkey football star Hakan Sukur went on trial on Thursday at an Istanbul court in absentia on charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on social media.

Sukur is one of several thousand people including journalists, politicians and the occasional celebrity, to face legal proceedings on hugely controversial accusations of insulting the Turkish leader.

Tough guy Turan seeks to shine on Euro 2016 stage

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Istanbul (AFP) Arda Turan, who rose from a tough upbringing in a working class Istanbul district to join Barcelona in the highest-profile move ever by a Turkish footballer, has to prove his international class at Euro 2016.

No other Turkish player comes close to the profile of Turan, who moved to Atletico Madrid in 2011 and became a pillar before moving on to Barcelona, a team he describes as one of the best in football history.

Tough guy Turan seeks to shine on Euro 2016 stage

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Istanbul (AFP) Arda Turan, who rose from a tough upbringing in a working class Istanbul district to join Barcelona in the highest-profile move ever by a Turkish footballer, has to prove his international class at Euro 2016.

No other Turkish player comes close to the profile of Turan, who moved to Atletico Madrid in 2011 and became a pillar before moving on to Barcelona, a team he describes as one of the best in football history.

Turan, Calhanoglu spearhead Turkey’s Euro challenge

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Istanbul (AFP) Turkey coach Fatih Terim on Wednesday announced his squad for the Euro 2016 finals spearheaded by foreign-based star midfielders Arda Turan and Hakan Calhanoglu, saying the team was aiming for the highest possible outcome.

Announcing the squad on state-run TRT Sport television, Terim said he was expecting great things from his side despite being drawn in a challenging Group D.

Turan, Calhanoglu spearhead Turkey’s Euro challenge

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Istanbul (AFP) Turkey coach Fatih Terim on Wednesday announced his squad for the Euro 2016 finals spearheaded by foreign-based star midfielders Arda Turan and Hakan Calhanoglu, saying the team was aiming for the highest possible outcome.

Announcing the squad on state-run TRT Sport television, Terim said he was expecting great things from his side despite being drawn in a challenging Group D.

Turan, Calhanoglu spearhead Turkey’s Euro challenge

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Istanbul (AFP) Turkey coach Fatih Terim on Wednesday announced his squad for the Euro 2016 finals spearheaded by foreign-based star midfielders Arda Turan and Hakan Calhanoglu, saying the team was aiming for the highest possible outcome.

Announcing the squad on state-run TRT Sport television, Terim said he was expecting great things from his side despite being drawn in a challenging Group D.

Turan, Calhanoglu spearhead Turkey’s Euro challenge

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Istanbul (AFP) Turkey coach Fatih Terim on Wednesday announced his squad for the Euro 2016 finals spearheaded by foreign-based star midfielders Arda Turan and Hakan Calhanoglu, saying the team was aiming for the highest possible outcome.

Announcing the squad on state-run TRT Sport television, Terim said he was expecting great things from his side despite being drawn in a challenging Group D.

Rampant Besiktas swoop to first Turkish title since 2009

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Istanbul (AFP) Besiktas clinched the Turkish Super Lig title with a game to spare on Sunday, topping the league for the first time since 2009 and claiming Turkey's sole automatic Champions League spot.

Driven on by over 40,000 fans inside their new stadium on the Bosphorus, Besiktas thrashed Osmanlispor of Ankara 3-1 to gain an unassailable advantage over local Istanbul rivals Fenerbahce going into the coming week's final round of games.

Rampant Besiktas swoop to first Turkish title since 2009

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Istanbul (AFP) Besiktas clinched the Turkish Super Lig title with a game to spare on Sunday, topping the league for the first time since 2009 and claiming Turkey's sole automatic Champions League spot.

Driven on by over 40,000 fans inside their new stadium on the Bosphorus, Besiktas thrashed Osmanlispor of Ankara 3-1 to gain an unassailable advantage over local Istanbul rivals Fenerbahce going into the coming week's final round of games.

Rampant Besiktas swoop to first Turkish title since 2009

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Istanbul (AFP) Besiktas clinched the Turkish Super Lig title with a game to spare on Sunday, topping the league for the first time since 2009 and claiming Turkey's sole automatic Champions League spot.

Driven on by over 40,000 fans inside their new stadium on the Bosphorus, Besiktas thrashed Osmanlispor of Ankara 3-1 to gain an unassailable advantage over local Istanbul rivals Fenerbahce going into the coming week's final round of games.

Rampant Besiktas swoop to first Turkish title since 2009

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Istanbul (AFP) Besiktas clinched the Turkish Super Lig title with a game to spare on Sunday, topping the league for the first time since 2009 and claiming Turkey's sole automatic Champions League spot.

Driven on by over 40,000 fans inside their new stadium on the Bosphorus, Besiktas thrashed Osmanlispor of Ankara 3-1 to gain an unassailable advantage over local Istanbul rivals Fenerbahce going into the coming week's final round of games.

Rampant Besiktas swoop to first Turkish title since 2009

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Istanbul (AFP) Istanbul side Besiktas on Sunday clinched the Turkish Super Lig title with a game to spare, topping the league for the first time since 2009 and claiming Turkey's sole automatic Champions League spot.

Driven on by over 40,000 fans inside their new stadium on the Bosphorus, Besiktas thrashed Osmanlispor of Ankara 3-1 to gain an unassailable advantage over local rivals Fenerbahce going into the coming week's final round of games.

Rampant Besiktas swoop to first Turkish title since 2009

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Istanbul (AFP) Istanbul side Besiktas on Sunday clinched the Turkish Super Lig title with a game to spare, topping the league for the first time since 2009 and claiming Turkey's sole automatic Champions League spot.

Driven on by over 40,000 fans inside their new stadium on the Bosphorus, Besiktas thrashed Osmanlispor of Ankara 3-1 to gain an unassailable advantage over local rivals Fenerbahce going into the coming week's final round of games.

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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.

Turkey ex-football star on trial for insulting Erdogan

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Istanbul (AFP) Former Turkey football star Hakan Sukur went on trial in his absence Thursday on charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on social media.

Sukur is one of several thousand people including journalists, politicians and the occasional celebrity, to face similar legal proceedings.

Turkey ex-football star on trial for insulting Erdogan

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Istanbul (AFP) Former Turkey football star Hakan Sukur went on trial in his absence Thursday on charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on social media.

Sukur is one of several thousand people including journalists, politicians and the occasional celebrity, to face similar legal proceedings.