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Year of foundation: 1907 Place of foundation: At Beşbıyık Street in Moda, in the bottom floor of house number 3. Founders: Mr Nurizade Ziya Songülen, Osmanlı Bank worker Mr Ayetullah, Bahriye School student Mr Necip Okaner, Mr Hasan Sami Kocameme (son of Basra Mayor Mr Hasan) and Mr Asaf Başpınar known as “Hintli” (the Hindu). First President: Nurizade Ziya Songülen Colours: Yellow and Navy Emblem: The Fenerbahçe emblem was designed by Topuz Hikmet who played left wing in 1910 and was made by Tevfik Haccar (Taşcı) in London. The emblem consists of five colour. The white section which includes the writing ’Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü 1907’ represents purity and open heartenness, the red section represents love and attachment to the club and symbolises the Turkish flag. The yellow middle section symbolises admiration and envy of the club, while the navy symbolises nobility. The ’oak acorn’ leaf which rises from the navy and yellow section shows the power of Fenerbahçe. The green colour of the leaf states the success of Fenerbahçe is imperative. Regulations: The club has a list of regulations regarding various club matters. Please send us mail if you wish to learn more about these regulations. CURRENT INFORMATION President: Aziz Yıldırım Address: Fenerbahçe Sports Club, Fenerbahce Sükrü Saracoglu Stadium/ Kiziltoprak/ Kadıköy/İstanbul/ Turkey. Football season tickets: Football season tickets are sold by the supporters association “Sarı Lacivert Derneği” whilst the VIP season tickets are sold by the “1907 Derneği”. Match tickets: Match tickets can be bought through ticketing firm “Biletix” online or through Biletix outlets throughout Turkey. Tickets can

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also be bought from the Stadium on the match-day. Licensed merchandise: Fenerbahçe’s authentic licensed products are sold by Fenerbahçe Sportif Inc.’s “Fenerium” stores across the country, as well as the mobile “Fenerium Trucks”.

History Fenerbahçe was founded nearly a century ago in the province of Kadýköy in Istanbul. The founders were Mr. Nurizade Ziya Songülen, Mr. Ayetullah and Mr. Necip Okaner. This group of individuals founded the club secretly in order to keep a low profile and not get into any trouble with the strict Ottoman rule. So strict in fact that the Sultan, Abdulhamit the 2nd, forbid that the Turkish youth may not set up a club nor engage in the game of football played by the English families that was watched in envy. After the first meeting of the founders however, Nurizade Ziya Songülen is elected the first President, whilst Mr. Ayetullah is the General Secretary and Mr Necip Okaner assumes General Captaincy. The first emblem of the club is the Lighthouse which is situated on Fenerbahçe cape whilst the first colours of the club are the colours of the daffodils, white and yellow, scattered around the Fenerbahçe peninsula. The emblem and colours were to be changed in 1910 when the badge was redesigned by Topuz Hikmet and the colours were changed as Yellow and Navy.Until a change of legislation in 1908, Fenerbahçe’s activities are run under strict secrecy. After this date however, the new law requires that clubs must register in order to exist legally. From that day on, the club was to take its place amongst the top of the Turkish club’s and achieve much success.Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü first football team included Asaf, Ziya Hasan, Sami, Ayetullah, Mazhar, Necip Fethi, Galip, Huseyin, Hasan and Nevzat. This team joined the Istanbul League in 1909 but achieved nothing in its first three seasons. In the 1912-1913 season a team with Ali Said, Galip, Arif, Izzi, Huseyin, Sabri, Hikmet, Said, Hasan Kamil, Nuri and Mico win the first championship of the club. Apart from being the first championship it had more significance as it was won without a single defeat throughout the season.


FENERBAHÇE Atatürk and Fenerbahçe The founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk was a Fenerbahce supporter. On the 10th of August, after a 3-3 draw against Galatasaray in the Gazi Cup Ataturk was with three Galatasaray and 2 Fenerbahce supporters who were sitting next to him, where he was quoted: “We are three on three here, because I’m a Fenerbahce supporter too”. When the club’s building at Kusdili burnt down, the first donation for a new building came from our great leader Ataturk. Ataturk has also visited the club and has signed the book of honour where he wrote the following sentence: “I was informed about Fenerbahce Club’s admirable activities and had made it a duty for me to visit and congratulate the club. That visit has fallen on this day and hereby I record my tribute and congratulations.”

Emblem The Fenerbahçe emblem was designed by Topuz Hikmet who played left wing in 1910 and was made by Tevfik Haccar (Taşcı) in London. The emblem consists of five colours. The white section which includes the writing ’Fenerbahçe Spor Kulubu 1907’ represents purity and open heartedness, the red section represents love and attachment to the club and symbolises the Turkish flag. The yellow middle section symbolises admiration and envy, while the navy symbolises nobility. The ’oak acorn’ leaf which rises from the navy and yellow section shows the power of Fenerbahçe. The green colour of the leaf shows the success of Fenerbahçe is imperative. Topuz Hikmet describes the story of our emblem like this: “After the change of the club’s colours from yellow and white to yellow and navy, it was an issue to create an emblem with our new colours. My friends left the design of this emblem to me. Firstly, I brought together the colours of our national flag, red and whi-

DORUK ENGİN 9K te. Then drew a heart shape over the red and gave it a yellow and navy colour, adding an acorn leaf that represents resistance, power and strength. I wrote the club name and foundation date on the white section. When drawing our emblem, I tried to give this meaning: ‘Serving the club with dependence from heart.’ The design was liked by my friends and our new emblem was made through the guidance of Tevfik Haccar, who was in Germany at time. After the new alphabet was approved, the design was protected, but the club name on the emblem was changed to ’Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü - 1907’.


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