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Turkish Football Federation (Türkiye Futbol Federasyonu)

[Flag of the Turkish Football Federation]

Flag of the Turkish Football Federation - Image by Onur Özgün, 25 August 2001

The flag of the Turkish Football Federation can be seen in front of the building of the Federation. The emblem can be seen on the Federation website.

Onur Özgün, 25 August 2001

Beşiktaş Istanbul

Besiktas FC

Flag of Beşiktaş Istanbul - Image by Ivan Sache & António Martins, after a photography taken by Dov Gutterman, 29 July 1999

The flag of Beşiktaş Istanbul is horizontally divided black-white-black-white-black with the national flag in canton (two-stripe wide).
It was hoisted side by side with the Turkish national flag, the UEFA flag, the Turkish Football Federation flag and the Hapoel Haifa (Israel) flag during a European Cup match between Beşiktaş and Hapoel.

Dov Gutterman, 29 July 1999

Beşiktaş is the only Turkish club which is entitled to have the Turkish flag on its emblem, because it once represented Turkey against the Greek national team.

Jarig Bakker, 2 August 1999

Fenerbahçe Istanbul

[Flag of Fenehrbace]

Flag of Fenerbahçe Istanbul - Image by Onur Özgün, 25 August 2001

This is an unoffical flag of Fenerbahçe Sport Club, based on fan flags shown on a supporters' website (page no longer online). The emblem of the club can be seen on the club official website (page no longer online), which gives the color specification for the emblem and the flag:

  • Yellow: Pantone Yellow c
  • Blue: Pantone 288c
  • Red: Pantone 485c
  • Green: Pantone 361c

Onur Özgün, 25 August 2001

Galatasaray Istanbul

[Flag of Galatasaray]

Flag of Galatasaray Istanbul - Image by Onur Özgün, 27 June 2003

Ayetullah Emin was a student at the Galatasaray High School, a very ancient school in which an important proportion of the lectures were given in French. Emin used a complicated mathematical formula to draw the emblem. The Ottoman letters Gayin - Sin were changed to Latin letters G - S in 1926.
The football club of Galatasaray, founded within the High School in 1905, adopted Emin's emblem charged with the foundation year of the club in 1923.

Source: Galatasaray High School website

Ivan Sache, 27 June 2003

This flag is also the flag of Galatasaray University, founded by cooperation of the Turkish and French governments, as well as the High School (Lycée) of Galatasaray. They both use the same flag as the Galatasaray Football Club.

Onur Özgün, 3 July 2004

Variants of the flag

[Variant of the flag of Galatasaray]

Variant of the flag of Galatasaray Istanbul - Image by António Martins, 4 July 2004

Yahoo! News showed a picture with Flavio Conceição displaying his new club Galatasaray's flag. The flag shown seems to have only two stripes, instead of the four of the official flag.

James Dignan, 1 July 2004

Today, while I was sitting on the sidewalk across the street from my building, a man pedaled by on a special bicycle designed for disabled people. His vehicle was flying a small Turkish flag on the front, and a larger Turkish flag on the back, along with a similarly sized flag I didn't recognize. I ran after him; he told me he was indeed Turkish, and I inquired about the other flag. He replied that it was a football flag. I found it's a variant of the Galatasaray Istanbul flag. The differences with the official flag are:

  • There were eight red and yellow horizontal stripes instead of four.
  • The object in the center was a white circle instead of a white ellipse.
  • The insignia on the circle was the third of the four variants shown on the Galatasaray High School website.
  • The "1905" was at the bottom of the circle.

Lewis Nowitz, 24 April 2004

Trabzonspor Club (Trabzonspor Kulübü)

[Flag of Tranzonspor]

Flag of Trabzonspor - Image by Onur Özgün, 27 August 2001

The football team of the city of Trabzon is the fourth team that had been national champion until today, with Galatasaray, Fenerbahçe and Beşiktaş.
The colors of the flag are defined on the offical club website (page no longer available) as follows:

  • Claret Red: 28 C, 90 M, 81 Y, 27 K ; 144 R, 47 G, 47 B ; Hex: # 902F2F
  • Blue: 56 C, 6 M, 0 Y, 0 K ; 79 R, 191 G, 240 B ; Hex: #4FBFF0

Onur Özgün, 27 August 2001