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Galatasaray v Fenerbahce
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This Turkish derby is a real delight!

Although the two clubs can be found in the capital Istanbul, they are actually divided by some pretty funky geography!

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The two fierce rivals are separated by Istanbul's Bosphorus straits (a body of water that cuts the city in two) and are even on different continents!

Istanbul is divided by the Bosphorus Straits
Asia or Europe?

Travel's not a problem though. The two rival stadiums are only 40 minutes away from each other!

Galatasaray was founded by an all French speaking high school and is on the European side.

While Fenerbahce is on the Asian side and has a largely working class following.

Fener were even formed in secret, because the strict Ottoman rulers of the time banned young Turks from playing the game.

So what about the rivalry?
One thing for sure is that Turkish club teams have fanatical supporters.

When Manchester United visited Galatasaray in the Champions League a few seasons ago, the home fans greeted them at the airport with 'welcome to hell' banners!

But that is nothing compared to the atmosphere of a derby match.

Graeme Souness managed Galatasaray in the 1990's
Souness got into the spirit!

When Graeme Souness was Galatasaray manager, he was so pleased with victory over their rivals, he famously planted a club flag in the centre of Fenerbahce's pitch!

Even a veteran of the great derbies of Glasgow, Liverpool and Genoa was lost in the drama and passion of this fixture!

He narrowly avoided the wrath of Fener supporters by escaping through a tunnel of riot policemen!

Total domination
Galatasaray are the most successful Turkish club, and became the first club in Turkey to win a European title, when they won the Uefa Cup in 2000.

Galatasaray officials clash with riot police
Passions rise in Istanbul

Galatasaray earned its fifth consecutive Turkish League Championship in 2000, before they were finally overhauled by Fenerbahce.

The success of both clubs can be seen with the core of Turkey's World Cup squad made up of players from both teams.

Previous success and current form are all forgotten though when both sets of players walk out to a packed stadium and an unbelievable hostile atmosphere.

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Turkish delight

Fenerbahce Factfile:
Founded: 1907
Stadium: Sukru Saracoglu (55,000)
Nicknames: The yellow canaries
Manager: Werner Lorant


Haim Revivo

The skilful Israeli wears No.10 and pulls the strings in the middle of the pitch for the Yellow Canaries

Galatasaray Factfile:
Founded: 1905
Stadium: Ali Sami Yen (18,308)
Nicknames: Cim Bom
Manager: Fatih Terim


Hasan Sas

Sas was one of the real stars of Turkey's impressive World Cup in Japan and Korea

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