Beşiktaş fans at New Yorker.

Letter From Turkey

The View from the Stands

Life among Istanbul?s soccer fanatics.

by Elif Batuman



Beşiktaş hosts Fenerbahçe in first İstanbul derby of year
Today’s Zaman
The Beşiktaş Black Eagles entertain the Fenerbahçe Yellow Canaries in their Spor Toto Super League week 22 match at the Fiyapı İnönü Stadium this evening in the first İstanbul derby of the year and therefore one that the two teams will not be taking…

Strange farewell for Beşiktaş captain ‘İbrahim the Mad’
Today’s Zaman
The Beşiktaş executive board first decided to fire 36-year-old İbrahim Üzülmez and then held an emotional farewell for the former captain, saying he can always come back to serve the club he played in for a decade. Two days after the experienced

Beşiktas, only turkish team in Europe, bites the dust
Today’s Zaman
Dynamo Kiev players celebrate one of their four goals against Beşiktaş at the Fiyapı İnönü Stadium. Beşiktaş, the only team representing Turkey in European competitions, was defeated by Ukraine’s Dynamo Kiev 1-4 in the first leg of the round of 32

Turkish clubs squander millions on foreign players
Today’s Zaman
Beşiktaş, on the other hand, has paid much for the transfers of Ricardo Quaresma and Guti Hernandez, but the Eagles disappointed fans by trailing the leader from 12 points behind. At the season break, they strengthened the squad with Portuguese stars

Besiktas remain as only Turkish team in IFFHS rankings

from Besiktas JK Fan Site

The International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) released its world ranking of clubs based on Febuary match interval.

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