Super Lig (Turkish League)
The Super Lig is the top-flight of Turkish football. It was founded in 1959 and consists of 18 teams. The league’s most successful sides are Galatasaray and Fenerbahce, both winning the league 19 times.. Besiktas are 3rd on the list with 13 championship wins. Only two other sides, Trabzonspor and Bursaspor, have ever won the Super Lig.
Metin Oktay is the League's all time top scorer, with a remarkable 311 goals. Legendary Turkish striker Hakan Sukur is second with 249 goals, most of which came for Galatasaray. Third is Tanju Colak with 240 goals followed by Hami Mandirali of Trabzonspor with 218 goals. The top-scoring non-Turkish player in the league’s history is Alexsandro de Souza of Brazil who scored 136 goals for Fenerbahce.
The player with the most appearances in the Super Lig’s history is Oguz Cetin who made 503 appearances between 1981 and 2000.
Fatih Terim is the most successful manager in the League’s history having won the title on 6 occasions, all with Galatasaray. Hakan Sukur, Suat Kaya and Bulent Korkmaz have all won the title a record 8 times, all three players winning it with Galatasaray.
The league’s highest scoring match was Fenerbahce’s 8-4 win over Gaziantepspor in the 1991-1992 season. Besiktas recorded the biggest ever win when they beat Adana Demirspor 10-0 in 1989.
Fenerbahce, Galatasaray and Besiktas continue to dominate the league today with most of the league’s top talents playing for these sides.
Galatasaray recently invested in the world class services of manager Cesare Prandelli and Wesley Sneijder which created further interest in the league. Galatsaray also have, Felipe Melo, Hamit Altintop and Fernando Muslera in their ranks.
Fenerbahce also have some big name players including former Liverpool players Dirk Kuyt and Raul Meireles, Moussa Sow, Bruno Alves and Emmanuel Emenike.
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