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Galatasaray S.K.

Galatasaray SK
Full name Galatasaray Spor Kulübü

Nickname(s) Cimbom, Aslanlar (Lions), Sari-Kirmizilar, Vahşi Kediler (Conqueror Europe)

Founded October 20, 1905

Ground Ali Sami Yen Stadium,-

Istanbul, Turkey

Chairman Adnan Polat

Manager Michael Skibbe

League Turkcell Süper Lig
2007–08 Süper Lig, 1st



Active departments of Galatasaray

Football
Basketball
Volleyball
Athletics Water Polo Swimming
Rowing Sailing Judo

For other uses of Galatasaray, see Galatasaray (disambiguation)
Galatasaray Spor Kulübü is a Turkish sports club based in Istanbul, famous for its football section. Galatasaray is the most successful club in the history of Turkish football, having won more trophies than any other Turkish club.[1]

Galatasaray holds the best international record by a Turkish team as well. They became the first Turkish club to capture a major European title, beating Arsenal of England in the UEFA Cup final during the 1999–2000 season. They lifted another prestigious trophy when they beat Los Galácticos, the UEFA Champions League winner Real Madrid, in the Super Cup same year.[2] Galatasaray topped the world club ranking to be named "Best Football Club in the World" in January 2001.[3]

The club also operates amateur sport teams that compete at Athletics, Basketball, Wheelchair basketball, Volleyball, Water polo, Swimming, Rowing, Sailing, Judo, Bridge and Motorsports (Superleague Formula). These include Galatasaray Café Crown and Galatasaray S.K. Voleybol. There are other now-defunct branches that used to represent the club with success, including the inspirational season in 1987, when Galatasaray won titles in 16 different sports.[4]

Recently, Galatasaray has won the 2007-2008 Turkish Super League title and will be one of the two teams representing Turkey in the 2008-2009 Champions League. Nine of Galatasaray players were selected to play for their national teams at the Euro 2008 finals.



History
For more details on this topic, see History of Galatasaray S.K.

Galatasaray's finishing positions in Turkish League since 1959.


Galatasaray's fourth kit for the 2008–09 season.
Galatasaray was founded in the autumn of 1905, by Galatasaray Lisesi students as a football club. Galatasaray's first president was Ali Sami Yen. Their first match was against Kadıköy Faure School and they won this match 2–0.[6] There were discussions about the clubs name, in which some suggested Gloria (victory) and others Audace (courage), but it was decided that its name would be Galatasaray.[7]

According to researcher Cem Atabeyoğlu, Galatasaray took its name from one of its first matches. In that match, Galatasaray won 2–0 over Rûm club and the spectators called them "Galata Sarayı efendileri" (in English: Gentlemen of Galata Palace), and, after this event, they adopted that name and started to call their club "Galata Sarayı". In 1905, during the era of the Ottoman Empire, there were no laws for associations so the club could not be registered officially, but, after the 1912 Law of Association, the club registered legally.[8]

“ Our aim is to play together like Englishmen, to have a color and a name and to beat the non - Turkish teams. ”


—Ali Sami Yen

This was how the first Turkish football club was founded. Among with the founder Ali Sami Yen, the co-founders were the ones who were keen to do this sport, such as Asim Tevfik Sonumut, Reşat Şirvani, Cevdet Kalpakçıoğlu, Abidin Daver and Kamil.

At first, the colors of the Galatasaray Sports Club were red and white. These are the colors in Turkish flag. However, Turkish Republic was not founded at that time. Therefore, this inspiration caused repressive administration of the day feel uncomfortable and the administration hounded the footballers. For this reason, the colors were changed.

New colors were chosen as red and yellow. Ali Sami Yen stated, "We were imagining brightness of yellow - red fire over our team and thinking that it would carry us from one victory to another."[8] It eventually did.

Since there were not any Turkish teams, Galatasaray joined the Istanbul League that was consisting of English and Greek teams in the season of 1905–1906. With their first championship title they won in 1907–1908, they heralded the beginning of Turkish football history.[9]

While the football in Turkey began to fully develop, Galatasaray won ten more Istanbul League titles, six Sunday League titles and three Friday League titles until 1952. Upon recognition of professional football in 1952, the first professional but nonnational league of Turkey, Istanbul Professional League played between 1952 and 1959. Galatasaray won three of these seven titles.

Türkiye Profesyonel 1. Ligi (today it is organized with the name Turkcell Super League) formed in 1959. This is the top-flight professional league in Turkish nationwide football, and the most popular sporting competition in the country. Galatasaray joined all seasons and won 17 league titles since then.[10]

The Turkish Football Federation starts to organize "Turkish Cup" (today it is organized with the name Fortis Turkey Cup) in the 1962–63 season for Turkish clubs to qualify for the UEFA competitions. This is the only national cup competition in Turkey. Galatasaray joined all seasons and won 14 trophies since then.[11]

Probably the greatest record that club holds is winning national championships in 15 different sport branches in 1986–87 season.[4]


Winners of the European Super Cup 2000, smiling and celebrating.Galatasaray's most successful era came in late 1990s, when the club won the UEFA Cup and European Super Cup and becoming the first Turkish football club ever to win a European trophy. They were aided in this by one of Turkey's best generation of home grown footballers who went on to finish third in the 2002 FIFA World Cup and played quarter finals of UEFA Euro 2000. Besides the talented players, visiting teams also disliked traveling into Ali Sami Yen Stadium which is literally called "Hell" by the supporters of Galatasaray due to the intimidating atmosphere provided by the fans including chants and riots in the crowds.[12]

Galatasaray is the only team to have won the Turkish League title, the Turkish Cup, the UEFA Cup and the UEFA Super Cup in the same season. Galatasaray holds the record of winning four consecutive Turkish league titles, which all of these came under the coaching of Fatih Terim and the visionary club president Faruk Süren.

There are many successful footballers played for Galatasaray and made their mark on Turkish football history. Few examples may be 1930s national hero Eşfak Aykaç,[13] Boduri who died aged 21,[14] Mehmet Leblebi who scored a domestic record of 14 goals in a single match,[15] Gündüz Kılıç nicknamed Baba (father) who was the coach but also the player of his team in 1950s with great success on both,[16] Bülent-Reha Eken brothers, Suat Mamat who made a hat-trick in 1954 FIFA World Cup,[17] Coşkun Özarı a life devoted to Galatasaray,[18] Turgay Şeren the heroic goalkeeper that called "the Panther of Berlin",[19] Fatih Terim the team captain of Galatasaray and Turkish National Football team for years and the current coach,[20] Metin Oktay the legendary six time top scorer of the Turkish league,[21] Zoran Simović another skilled goalkeeper known for his penalty saves,[22] Cüneyt Tanman who played a record of 342 games for Galatasaray,[23] Tanju Çolak an extraordinary goalscorer and European Golden Boot 1988 winner with Galatasaray,[24] Cevad Prekazi an Albanian teammate of Tanju specializing in free kicks,[25] Taffarel the world cup winner goalkeeper of Brazil,[26] Gheorghe Hagi Romanian football hero that still described as the best foreign player ever to play in Turkey,[27] and last but not least, Hakan Şükür, the player who scored most goals in the first division of Turkish football history (249 goals) and still scoring.


Achievements

International success
Season Achievement Manager Notes
European Super Cup
Winners: 1 ----- Appearances: 1

2000 Champion Mircea Lucescu won after defeating Real Madrid 2–1
Champions League
Winners: 0 ----- Appearances: 19

1962–63 Quarter Final Gündüz Kılıç eliminated by AC Milan 1–3 in Istanbul, 0–5 in Italy
1969–70 Quarter Final Tomislav Kaloperović eliminated by Legia Warszawa 1–1 in Istanbul, 0–2 in Poland
1988–89 Semi Final Mustafa Denizli eliminated by FC Steaua Bucureşti 1–1 in İzmir, 0–4 in Romania
1993–94 Quarter Final Reiner Hollmann eliminated Manchester United in 2. round
2000–01 Quarter Final Mircea Lucescu eliminated by Real Madrid 3–2 in Istanbul, 0-3 in Spain
2001–02 Second Group Mircea Lucescu eliminated in a group with FC Barcelona, Liverpool and AS Roma


UEFA Cup
Winners: 1 ----- Appearances: 10

2000 Champion Fatih Terim final was won after defeating Arsenal 4–1 on penalties
Cup Winners Cup
Winners: 0 ----- Appearances: 8

1991–92 Quarter Final Mustafa Denizli eliminated by Werder Bremen 2–1 in Germany, 0–0 in Istanbul




UEFA Cup 2000

UEFA Cup Final match line-up against Arsenal F.C., 17 May 2000The UEFA Cup 2000 season was won by Galatasaray of Turkey, who defeated Arsenal F.C. of England in the final. It is the first time a Turkish side has won a European club football trophy, prompting wild celebrations on the streets of Istanbul.[28]

Galatasaray entered the competition through the back door - as one of the third-placed teams in the first group stage of the UEFA Champions League. Even then they had to beat AC Milan in their last game to qualify. But win they did, and that victory was the start of a run which took the Cimbom from the UEFA Cup Third Round, past Bologna FC, BV Borussia Dortmund, RCD Mallorca and Leeds United AFC, to the final at the Parken Stadium.[29]

The game was scoreless through the first ninety minutes and stayed that way through thirty minutes of extra time. In the ensuing penalty shoot-out, Patrick Vieira and Davor Šuker missed for Arsenal F.C. Galatasaray's Ergun Penbe, Hakan Şükür, Umit Davala all gave David Seaman no chance with their spot-kicks before Gheorghe Popescu, scored the winning kick to win the cup.

Galatasaray had won an impressive treble that season, after claiming Turkish league title, as well as the Turkish Cup.

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European Super Cup
Winners: 1 ----- Appearances: 1

2000 Champion Mircea Lucescu won after defeating Real Madrid 2–1
Champions League
Winners: 0 ----- Appearances: 19

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Domestic success

Turkish Super League Championships:
Winners (17): 1961–62, 1962–63, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2001–02, 2005–06, 2007–08
Turkish Cup:
Winners (14): 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1973, 1976, 1982, 1985, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2005
Turkish Super Cup / President Cup:
Winners (11): 1966, 1969, 1972, 1982, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2008
Chancellor Cup:
Winners (5): 1975, 1979, 1986, 1990, 1995
TSYD Cup:
Winners (12): 1963, 1966, 1967, 1970, 1977, 1981, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1997, 1998, 1999
Note that there were no professional leagues nor developed football organizations in Turkey before 1960s. These competitions below are not recognized by Turkish Football Federation.

Turkish Football Championship:

Winners (9): 1931–32, 1933–34, 1935–36, 1940–41, 1941–42, 1942–43, 1946–47, 1949–50, 1950–51
Istanbul Football League:
Winners (16): 1908–09, 1909–10, 1910–11, 1913–14, 1917–18, 1922–23, 1923–24, 1924–25, 1925–26, 1928–29, 1930–31, 1937–38, 1948–49, 1954–55, 1955–56, 1957–58
Istanbul Football Cup:
Winners (2): 1942, 1943
Istanbul Shield:
Winners (1): 1933

Recent seasons
Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Europe Manager
1996/97 TS 1 34 25 7 2 90 30 82 UCWC 2nd round Fatih Terim
1997/98 TS 1 34 23 6 5 86 43 75 UCL group stage Fatih Terim
1998/99 TS 1 34 23 9 2 85 30 78 winner UCL group stage Fatih Terim
1999/00 TS 1 34 24 7 3 77 23 79 winner UC1 winner Fatih Terim
2000/01 TS 2 34 23 4 7 77 35 73 UCL quarter-final Mircea Lucescu
2001/02 TS 1 34 24 6 4 75 31 78 UCL last 16 Mircea Lucescu
2002/03 TS 2 34 24 5 5 61 27 77 UCL group stage Fatih Terim
2003/04 TS 6 34 15 9 10 56 47 54 UC1 3rd round Fatih Terim
2004/05 TS 3 34 24 4 6 64 25 76 winner Gheorghe Hagi
2005/06 TS 1 34 26 5 3 82 34 83 UC 1st round Eric Gerets
2006/07 TS 3 34 15 11 8 58 37 56 UCL group stage Eric Gerets
2007/08 TS 1 34 24 7 3 64 23 79 UC 3rd round Cevat Güler


1 Galatasaray SK started season in UCL but joined UC after group stage.
Div. = Division;TS = Turkcell Super League; Pos. = Position; Pl = Match played; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Lost; GS = Goal Scored; GA = Goal Against; P = Points
UCL = UEFA Champions League; UCWC = UEFA Cup Winners' Cup; UC = UEFA Cup; Cup = Fortis Turkey Cup. Colors: Gold = winner; Silver = runner-up.


Stadium

Champions league matches draw over 70,000 spectators.
Ali Sami Yen
Main article: Ali Sami Yen Stadium
Galatasaray played its first years in different fields, since there were not any stadiums in Istanbul. In 1921, the first stadium, Taksim Stadium opened.[30] Galatasaray played there until 1940. When historic Taksim Stadium was demolished, Galatasaray decided to build a large, modern stadium. Due to difficulties stemming from World War II, construction was delayed for over two decades. In this period, they played in İnönü Stadium.

On 20 December 1964, Ali Sami Yen Stadium opened.[31] It is named after the founder of the club, Ali Sami Yen. It is in Mecidiyeköy quarter of the Şişli district at the center of the city. In 1964, the stadium had capacity over 35,000. Today, due to improvements in security and prohibition of non-seater spectators, it has an all-seater capacity of 24,990.[32]

After 2002, when Atatürk Olympic Stadium was built for Istanbul's Olympic Games bid, Galatasaray started to play European Cup matches there. The attendance record among Turkish stadiums was broken there, in Galatasaray–Olympiacos match played in front of 82,000 spectators. Yet, Ali Sami Yen Stadium has historic importance for Galatasaray fans although it is smaller and older.[33]

Stadium Anthem

Galatasaray-Steaua Bucuresti 2008Since 1998, after every goal scored by Galatasaray, the last part of the song I Will Survive by the Hermes House Band played. Although the song is in English, the part used has no lyrics except "la la la la". This makes it easy for fans to participate.

In addition, before every game the Florida State Warchant is played accompanied by what the fans call a "scarf show" where fans display and wave their Galatasaray scarves, banners and flags.[34]


Aslantepe

In recent years, numerous proposals have been put forward to demolish the current stadium and build a larger one on the same location, but this is impossible due to the lack of space. Finally, the club's ground, Ali Sami Yen Stadyumu, is going to be replaced with a new ground in Seyrantepe, near Maslak financial district. The multi-purpose sports complex is scheduled to be completed in 2009, with fully retractable roof and a seating capacity for 52,000 spectators. [35]


Supporters and rivalries

ultrAslan
There had been self-organized fans within different groups, but the unity and coordination come out when ultrAslan founded in 2001. Galatasaray is the most supported team in Turkey, so that made ultrAslan the greatest football supporters' federation just after foundation.[36] The smaller groups unified to form one large group, and they choose the name ultrAslan (ultras merged aslan), which means Ultras Lions. Unlike some other Ultras groups, ultrAslan, are apolitical. Their symbol is a Lion, specially designed for them, and their name is always written with the same font on their banners. Since 2003, fan group obtained the right to sell products carrying the ultrAslan logo, and ultrAslan became a registered trademark.[37]

Internal subdivisions developed within ultrAslan, to organize Galatasaray fans in different cities of Turkey. Besides geographic based divisions, ultrAslan-UNI was launched to organize all Galatasaray fan groups in Turkish universities and ultrAslan-BH is the youth section of the group, mostly made up of college students. ultrAslan-EUROPE,[38] established in 2004, has coordinators in nearly every European country and followed by uA-America,[39] uA-Asia, uA-Africa and uA-Australia.[40]


Istanbul has some of the most passionate football fans in the world.
Istanbul derbies
If having an active hooligan scene is a pre-requisite to joining the EU then Turkey should be a shoe-in.[41] The two other successful clubs of Istanbul, Beşiktaş J.K. and Fenerbahçe S.K. have a long history of rivalry with Cimbom. There is not any religion or class based difference between the fans but every match produces its own drama. The tension and the excitement are building and building weeks before match days. Unfortunately, sometimes this cause extremist fans to create violence and harm themselves, their own clubs, as well as opponents and the Police on match days. Fans also attach high importance to UEFA competitions.[42]

Torches, smoke, drums, flags and giant posters used to create visual grandeur and apply psychological pressure on visiting teams, which fans call welcoming them to hell


Club officials
Galatasaray Sports Club

President: Adnan Polat
Vice Chairman: Mehmet Helvacı, Yigit Sardan
Football Committee: Haldun Üstünel, Tunca Hazinedaroğlu, Murat Yalçındağ
Galatasaray Football Management Trade I.C.[48]

General Manager: Mümtaz Tahincioğlu
Galatasaray Football Management Trade manager: Adnan Sezgin
Financial Director : İlker Aktaş
Facilities Director: Fahri Yılmaz
Manager of Team: Cenk Ergün
Press and Operations Officer: Yako Igual
Coaching and Medical Staff[49]

Manager: Michael Skibbe
Assistant Manager: Edwin Boekamp
Assistant Manager: Ümit Davala
Assistant Manager: Cevat Güler
Goalkeeping Coach: Nezihi Boloğlu
Strength & Conditioning Coach: Cumhur Erol
Youth Coach: Erkan Ültanır
Director of Youth Academy: Ali Yavaş
Manager of Football Substructure: Fatih İbradı
Club Doctor: Dr. İlker Yücesir & Dr. Murat Çevik
Physiotherapist: Mustafa Korkmaz



Youth Facilities

Arda Turan, a product of the Galatasaray youth system. Arda (age 21), became the youngest player in Euro 2008 squad of Turkey.Galatasaray has the most successful youth facilities in Turkey.[50] Gündüz Kılıç Youth Facilities in Florya is the center of the department. Club has been supporting and serving Turkish Football since the Republican Period has given more than 300 footballers to the National teams.

The goal is to raise footballers who are loyal to Galatasaray traditions who can develop creative ideas, have a high Standard of capturing strategical points, fast, technical, powerful, determined, loyal to fair play principles and have respect for the arbitrager, rival and supporters.

Galatasaray Star Team became champions in Europe recently, and Galatasaray S.K. PAF were the champions for three consecutive years in Turkish Youth League between the years 2005-2007 (For the 2007-2008 season, they finished runners-up after Sivasspor).[51]


Football Schools
Galatasaray football schools train children between seven and fifteen. This organization is open for the whole year and gives education on technical and strategical areas in football by giving an opportunity to kids to practice what they learn during the lessons.

The organization consists of 10 football academies that are located in Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Denizli, Eskişehir, İzmir, Ordu, Maltepe, Mecidiyeköy and Gaziantep aims to spread its wings through all parts of Turkey. Other football schools which are ready to give training to children will be opened in Konya and Manisa in the following days.[52]


UEFA 2000- Europea's FIRST and ONE undefeated UEFA Cup champion is Galatasaray.

Super Cup 2000- Europea's FIRST Super Cup Champion with wining UEFA Cup is Galatasaray. (Second is Sevilla)
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Re: your club's story

Postby violence7 » Mon May 23, 2011 4:53 pm

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Olympiacos F.C. (Greek: Ολυμπιακός), also known simply as Olympiacos, Olympiacos Piraeus or with its full name Olympiacos C.F.P. (Greek: Oλυμπιακός Σύνδεσμος Φιλάθλων Πειραιώς, transliterated "Olympiacos Syndesmos Filathlon Piraios"), Olympiacos Club of Fans of Piraeus, is a Greek association football club, part of Olympiacos CFP, based in Piraeus.

Olympiacos is the most successful club in Greek football history, having won 38 League titles, 24 Greek Cups and 4 Greek Super Cups, more titles than any other Greek team and it is one of four teams that have never been relegated from the first division; in European competitions, they have reached the quarter-finals twice, in the 1998–99 UEFA Champions League and the 1992–93 European Cup Winners' Cup. Olympiacos is also one of the founding members of the European Club Association.

The club's stadium is the newly rebuilt Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus. Olympiacos is the most popular Greek club with around two and a half million fans in Greece and was placed ninth on the list with the most paid up members in the world in 2006, having 83,000 registered members as of April 2006.

Olympiacos was founded on March 10, 1925, in the port of Piraeus, when the members of "Piraikos Podosfairikos Omilos FC" (Sport and Football Club of Piraeus) and the "Piraeus Fans Club FC" decided, during a historical assembly, to dissolve the two clubs in order to establish a new unified one, with an emblem depicting the profile of an Olympic winner. Notis Kamberos announced the name Olympiacos and Michalis Manouskos completed it to its full name, Olympiacos Syndesmos Filathlon Pireos. The Andrianopoulos brothers, however, were those who significantly raised the reputation of the club and added glory to it. Members of a prosperous family, they made the name of Olympiacos known over Greece. Yannis, Dinos, Giorgos and Vassilis were the first to play. Leonidas made his appearance later on and played for a long time (1927–1935). The club's offensive line, made up of the five brothers, soon became legendary. Olympiacos immediately caught the attention of locals, back then their fanbase consisted mainly of the working class, with the team filling the Neo Phaliron Velodrome, later to be the Karaiskakis Stadium, and becoming Piraeus' champions for the seasons 1925, 1926, 1927.[4]

In 1926, the Hellenic Football Federation was founded and organized the Panhellenic Championship in the 1927–1928 season, the first national championship, where the regional champions from EPSA league (Athens), EPSP league (Piraeus) and EPSM league (Thessaloniki) compete for the national title through play-offs, with Aris becoming the first champion. Up to 1958–59 the Panhellenic Championship was organized this way however the second season (1928–29) Olympiacos came to a dispute with the Hellenic Football Federation and did not participate in the championship with Panathinaikos and AEK Athens deciding to follow Olympiacos and doing the same. During that season they played friendly games with each other and together formed a group called P.O.K.. The fourth Panhellenic Championship took place in 1930–31 and found Olympiacos winning the Greek national league title for the first time in the history of the club. It was going to be a very successful era.

By 1940, Olympiacos had already won six championships in eleven seasons and by 1960 they had won fifteen championships in twenty-three seasons, as well as nine Greek Cups, making it for six doubles. The legendary Olympiacos team of the 1950s, with key performers such as Andreas Mouratis, Ilias Rossidis, Thanassis Bebis, Elias Yfantis, Kostas Polychroniou, Giorgos Darivas and Savas Theodoridis, won the title six consecutive times, from 1954 to 1959, combining it with the cup in 1957, 1958 and 1959 to celebrate the only third double in a row to have ever been won in Greek football history. Hence, Olympiacos is also known as Thrylos, meaning 'legend', after this classic side of the 1950s which won a hatful of titles. It is worth mentioning that Olympiacos for several seasons was not allowed to make use of the Karaiskakis Stadium and, found a temporary home in Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium, the ground of the eternal enemy.

The first championship as a Top National League, called Alpha Ethniki, was held for the first time in the 1959–60 season, however the 60s and the early 70s were not as fruitful for Olympiacos, having won only two championships and six cups. Another chapter began in 1972, after Nikos Goulandris became president. He appointed Lakis Petropoulos as coach and signed star players Giorgos Delikaris, Yves Triantafyllos, Julio Losada, Milton Viera and Dimitris Persidis. Under Goulandris presidency, Olympiacos won the title three times in a row from 1973 to 1975, combining it with the cup in 1973 and 1975. The highlight for that side was the 1973–74 season, when Olympiacos won the league with record points (59) and goals (102). Following Goulandris resignation from the presidency in 1975, the team went through a relative dry period in the second half of the 1970s. However in the early 80s, when the championship became professional, Olympiacos emerged again as the dominant power in the Greek football, winning the title four times in a row (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983). Key players during this period included forward Nikos Anastopoulos, midfielder Tasos Mitropoulos and goalkeeper Nikos Sarganis. Alketas Panagoulias, who had also been manager of the Greek national football team and the United States national soccer team, coached the team between 1981 and 1983 and again in the 1986–87 season, earning the championship title in 1982, 1983 and 1987.

Olympiacos experienced its darkest days from the late-1980s until the mid-90s. In the mid-80s Olympiacos came into the hands of Greek businessman George Koskotas. Soon Koskotas was accused of and convicted for embezzlement, leaving Olympiacos deep in debt. On the pitch, the team, without a serious management, went nine seasons without a league title, 1988 to 1996. This period was known as Olympiacos' stone years. 1987–88 was the worst season ever for Olympiacos, as the club finished 8th in the league, playing to avoid the relegation in most of the season.

When, in 1925, the merger of the two clubs of Piraeus, Athlitikos Podosfairikos Syllogos Pireos and Omilos Filathlon Pireos, gave birth to the new football club, the latter was unanimously baptized Olympiacos Club of Fans of Piraeus, a name inspired from the Ancient Olympic Games, the morality, the vying and the splendor that they represented in ancient Greece. Consequently, the club adopted the laureate teen as their emblem, which symbolizes the Olympic Games winner, a crest that underwent minor changes through the ages. Red and white were chosen as the colours of the crest; red for the passion and white for the virtue.

The typical kit of the team is that of a shirt with red and white vertical stripes, and red or white shorts and socks. The shirt has taken different forms during the history of the club, for example with thin or wider stripes. The second most common kit is the all-red one and next the all-white one. Olympiacos has used several other colours during its history as an away or third kit, with the most notable of them being the monotint black or silver one.

The Karaiskakis Stadium (Greek: Γήπεδο Γεώργιος Καραϊσκάκης), situated at the Faliro area of Piraeus, Greece, is the traditional and current home ground of Olympiacos. Named after Georgios Karaiskakis, national hero of the Greek War of Independence, it hosts Olympiacos home matches for the most of the club's history.

It was built in 1895 as a velodrome, to host the cycling events for the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens. Its official name was Neo Phaliron Velodrome (Greek: Ποδηλατοδρόμιο Νέου Φαλήρου) and the pitch was covered with curm. Olympiacos started using it since its foundation in 1925. In 1964, the stadium was renovated, taking its current name and the shape it had until 2003, with an athletics track around the pitch. Being one of the most important sport venues in Greece, it hosted the 1969 European Athletics Championships and the 1971 European Cup Winners' Cup Final between Chelsea and Real Madrid.

The history of the Karaiskakis Stadium and Olympiacos was marked by the worst tragedy that ever hit Greek sports, known as the Karaiskakis Stadium disaster. On February 8, 1981, Olympiacos hosted AEK Athens for a League match, which ended 6–0, in an unprecedented triumph for the host team of Piraeus. During the last minutes of the game, thousands of Olympiacos fans at the gate 7 rushed to the exit, to get to the stadium's main entrance and celebrate with the players, but the doors were almost closed and the turnstiles still in place, making the exit almost impossible. As people continued to come down from the stands, unable to see what happened, the stairs of gate 7 became a death trap; people were crushed, tens of fans were seriously injured and twenty-one young people died, most of them by suffocation.

Olympiacos left the Karaiskakis Stadium temporarily, to play home games at the newly built Athens Olympic Stadium, in 1984. After a five-year use of the biggest stadium in Greece, the team returned to their traditional home, where they played until 1997. It was then that Olympiacos got back to the Athens Olympic Stadium, where they stayed for another period of five years. In 2002, the Olympic Stadium was closed for renovation works due to the 2004 Summer Olympics and Olympiacos moved to the Georgios Kamaras Stadium in Rizoupoli, home of Apollon Smyrnis, for the following two seasons.

The Karaiskakis Stadium had fallen in disrepair and its use was passed to Olympiacos in April 2003; the club took the responsibility to build a new football-only ground in its place, to be used for the football tournament of the 2004 Olympics. In return, Olympiacos got exclusive use of the stadium until 2052, covering all maintenance costs and also paying 15% of revenue to the State. The old stadium was demolished in the spring of 2003 and the whole project was constructed in the record period of 14 months. It was completed on June 30, 2004 at a total cost of €60 million. Nowadays, the Karaiskakis Stadium is one of the most modern football grounds in Europe, also hosting the museum of Olympiacos and several facilities around.

In 2006, Olympiacos was placed in the top ten of the clubs with the most paying members in the world, holding the ninth place just ahead of Real Madrid. As of April 2006, the club had some 83,000 registered members. Olympiacos and Red Star Belgrade fans have developed a deep friendship, calling themselves the Orthodox Brothers. Usually, Olympiacos supporters from several fan-clubs attend Red Star's matches, especially against their old rival Partizan, and vice-versa. More recently, the Orthodox Brothers have started to include fans of Spartak Moscow in their club.

Olympiacos fans are renowned for their passionate and fervent support to their team, with the atmosphere at home matches regarded as intimidating. When they played Newcastle United at home in the 2004–05 UEFA Cup, the match was televised in the United Kingdom on Channel 5 and the guest commentator was former England international Tony Cottee, who was constantly mentioning how great the atmosphere was. During the game he was asked whether it was the most atmospheric stadium he had been to and replied: "I'd have to say it probably is. You hear a lot about various places and the atmosphere there but when you go you realise it's not all that... But this place is the real deal." The experienced Czech international winger Jaroslav Plašil paid further testament to the hostile atmosphere created by Olympiacos fans at home before his team Bordeaux visit Karaiskakis Stadium, where he had played during his time at Monaco and stated: "It was one of the most intense atmospheres I've ever experienced in a stadium, so I expect it will be a bit like hell for us. Their supporters really can help their team."

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Re: your club's story

Postby lsfc » Tue Jul 10, 2012 1:05 pm

Levski Sofia
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Sports Club “LEVSKI” - Sofia was founded in 1911 by a group of students at II Male High School in Sofia and the main kind of sport that was practiced was football.
The club was officially registered on 24th May 1914. That date is considered to be its birthday date. The name of the club given in memoriam to the Apostle of freedom Vassil Levski was proposed by one of its founders - Boris Vassilev (Borkisha).
The first team of Levski Sofia:
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The name of the club has been changed by force three times during the totalitarian communist regime, from 1950 till 1957 - “Dinamo”, from 1969 till 1985 - “Levski - Spartak” (after the union of the club with “Spartak” - Sofia) and from 1985 till 1989 - “Vitosha”.
The name of the club for its true friends has always been “Levski”.
Some of the shirts of Levski Sofia through the years:
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Initially, the club did not possess a field of its own and training was held on an empty space called The Hillock, where the National Palace of Culture was built later. In 1924 the Sofia Municipality provided the club with the rights to an empty field on what were then the outskirts of the city, and a decade later the stadium named Levski Field was finally completed. It provided for 10,000 spectators and was regarded as the finest sport facility in the city.
In 1949 the stadium was nationalized and later the Vasil Levski National Stadium was built on the site. The team played in various locations (including the nearby Yunak Stadium) before moving to the "Dinamo" ground, which was located at the site of the modern Spartak swimming complex. In 1961 after districting the team moved to "Suhata Reka" neighborhood. There a new stadium was completed in 1963, renamed in 1990 in honor of Levski's most beloved former player Georgi Asparuhov:
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Honours:
Champions - 26 times
National Cup - 27 times
Supercup - 3 times
Sofia Championship - 11 times
Ulpia Serdika Cup - 4 times
13 doubles and 2 trebles
2 times UEFA Cup 1/4 finalist
3 times Cup Winners Cup 1/4 finalist
2 times Balkans Cup 2nd place
Levski holds the record for most goals scored in one season in Bulgaria - 96 in season 2006/2007;
Levski holds the record of Bulgarian team played most games in European tournaments in one season - 14 in season 2005/2006;
Levski holds the record for most doubles (championship and cup) in Bulgaria - 13 times;
Levski is the only Bulgarian team that has played in the Champions league group stage;
Levski is the only team that has played in all seasons of Sofia 1st Division or the National Top League;
Here are some notable matches:
1962 Olympiakos - Levski (Balkan league final)

1975 Levski - Ajax 2:1 (Levski eliminates Ajax with penalties)

1976 Levski - Barcelona 5:4 (Levski is the only non-Spanish team to score more than 4 goals to Barcelona in European tournaments)


1976 Levski - Reipas Lahti (Finland) 12:2 (one of the 5 biggest results in all European tournaments of all time)

1976 Levski - Boavista 2:0

1984 Stuttgart - Levski 2:2

1984 Levski - Stuttgart 1:1 (Levski eliminates Stuttgart in two years in a row in 1983 and 1984, the second time Stuttgart are
champions of Germany)

1993 Levski - Glasgow Rangers 2:1 (Levski eliminates Rangers with an amazing goal in the last minute)

2005 Levski - Auxerre 1:0

2005 Levski - Olympique Marseille 1:0

2006 Levski - Udinese 2:1

2006 Schalke - Levski 1:1 (UEFA Cup 1/4 final)

2006 Levski - Chievo 2:0 & 2:2 (Levski is the only Bulgarian team to qualify in the Champions league and also has series of 4 away
games with Italian teams without losing: 1999 Juventus 1:1, 2005 Udinese 0:0, 2009 Lazio 0:1)

2010 Levski - Sporting Lisbon 1:0

Levski has also won against teams like: Lazio, Dinamo Kiev, Atletiko Madrid, Olympiakos, Brondby, Dinamo Bucharesti, Hajduk Split,
Gent, Slavia Prague, Duisburg, AIK Stockholm, Djurgarden, etc.
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Re: your club's story

Postby Feyenoord-Boys » Sun Jul 15, 2012 1:24 am

Feyenoord Rotterdam

History
The Dutch football club Feyenoord is a club with a long history. On 19 July of the year 1908 in the pub 'De Vereeniging' the football club 'Wilhelima' was born. The kit was a red shirt with blue sleeves and white shorts. In 1909 the name was changed into HFC (Hillesluise Football Club). HFC found their way to the Rotterdam Football Federation, but because there was a club in there called HFC the name has to be changed again. The new name became RVV Celeritas and there was be played in a striped yellow black shirt with white shorts. In 1912 Celeritas was good enough to play in the national league, the NVB. Because there was another club in there called Celeritas the had to be changed again. This time the name became Feijenoord, at that time the current kit was a fact, a red white shirt with black shorts and black socks.

Sixteen years after the foundation and three years after the promotion to the highest league in 1921 Feijenoord could celebrate their first real succes, they managed to get the national championship. After that many would follow but the first was the best for many Feijenoorders, because it was them, the working class who had defeat the big people. Their club, their Feijenoord, was the best of Holland. After that Feijenoord became division champion for many times but only a national title followedin 1928. In 1930 they won the national cup of the country for the first time. Five years later Feijenoord managed to do it again. In the 30's and 40's Feijenoord wonned the national cup 5 times and became the national champion for 7 times. In 1965 Feijenoord wonned both in one season for the first time in their history.

Feijenoord changed the 'ij' in their name into a 'y' in the 70's because many people from abroad thought it was difficult to say Feijenoorder. In that time Feyenoord played many matches in European tournaments. In 1970 Feyenoord defeated Celtic in Milan and won the tournament what know is known as the Champions League for the first time. After that winning they also defeated Indepiente from Argentina in the battle of the world. In 1974 Feyenoord won the UEFA Cup and in 1978 the club split in two clubs. SC Feyenoord was the amateurs and Feyenoord Rotterdam the professional club. In 1999 Feyenoord celebrated their last championship so far, for the 14th time. In 2002 Feyenoord defeated Borussia Dortmund in the final for the UEFA Cup. In 2008 Feyenoord won the national cup, this was the last price Feyenoord had won. A nice detail is the fact Feyenoord was the first and last Dutch club to win a European price, the Europe Cup 1 in 1970 and the UEFA Cup in 2002.

Stadium
Feyenoord plays her matches in Stadion Feijenoord, by many people called De Kuip which gives space to 51.577 people. The stadium was build in 1935 and finished in 1937 and was unique for that the time. The UEFA rated De Kuip with 5 stars, the highest possible. De Kuip is the stadium where the most European finals took place, 14 times De Kuip was the place for a big final. Next to that the Dutch Cup Final is always played in De Kuip and the Dutch national team plays their matches there. In Holland De Kuip is known as the most beautifull stadium of the country by the most people and with the best atmosphere.

Supporters
The Feyenoord supporters are known as loyal, loud, pride and also as very fanatic and hardcore. The atmosphere from the Feyenoord fans is known far away from Rotterdam and the supporters are unique in Holland. They have their own culture and habbits. Not always good habbits as Feyenoord get fines all the time for misbehaving from the fans. Feyenoord has the biggest mob and hardcore element of the country and have a very explosive new generation according to some rapports. Also abroad they have a huge name when it comes to violence. The UEFA have banned Feyenoord for a few times out of the competition. The last time was after riots in Nancy, 2007.

City
The city from Feyenoord is Rotterdam. Rotterdam has over 617.000 civilians and is known as a port city with a impressive skyline. The port was the biggest of the world for a long time untill the Asian ones got bigger. Now it's still the biggest of Europe and one of the biggest of the world. In the second world war Rotterdam was bombed and the city had to be rebuild. In the following years they did that and in 2012 Rotterdam is a city which have unique architecture and has one of the biggest skylines of Europe. Rotterdam is city with lot's of youth and colour, people from all over the world have find their place in Rotterdam.
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Re: your club's story

Postby PAS Giannina » Tue Sep 25, 2012 6:33 pm

PAS Giannina , the Panepirotic Athletic Association Giannina, is a Greek association football club based in the city of Ioannina, the capital of Greece’s Epirus.The club is probably best known among Greek football spectators for its fervent support and its status as the Epirus region's preeminent football club. PAS was formed in 1966 as a result of the union of the two local teams – Atromitos and Averof. During its 1970s and early 1980s prime, the provincial club was bolstered by the acquisition of six Argentine players of Greek descent (Oscar Alvarez, Edouardo Rigani, Juan Montez, Jose Pasternac, Alfredo Glasman and Edouardo Lisa, with De Faria as coach) and procured several finishes near the top of the National Division table, often earning victories over Greece’s more established big city teams such as Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, AEK and PAOK. The club’s effective and spirited play during the 1970s drew flattering comparisons with that of the Dutch club Ajax Amsterdam, and the moniker “Ajax of Epirus” has stuck with the team ever since. In 1980 former Poland national team coach Jacek Gmoch took the helm of the Epirote club for what was a brief but reasonably successful tenure.

Yeah, Athens established system didn't let us to win a single major title, but our devotion and supporting of our local team is amazing. ;;pro
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Re: your club's story

Postby Grobari Priboj » Sat Oct 13, 2012 2:04 pm

KOSOVO IS SERBIA!!!
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