Galatasaray Spor Kulübü, also known as Galatasaray is a Turkish professional football club based on the European side of the city of Istanbul in Turkey. It is the association football branch of the larger Galatasaray Sports Club, itself a part of the Galatasaray Community Cooperation Committee which includes the prestigious Lycée de Galatasaray, where the football club was founded in October 1905 consisting entirely of students members.

The Turkish Football Federation starts to organize "Turkish Cup" (today it is organized with the name Ziraat Turkish Cup) in the 1962–63 season for Turkish clubs to qualify for the UEFA competitions. This is the only national cup competition in Turkey. Galatasaray joined all seasons and won 16 trophies since then.[12]

Galatasaray football academy trains children between seven and fifteen. They are located in 79 sites, in Turkey, Australia, Germany, The Netherlands and the UK.

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Galatasaray's kit is manufactured by Nike, who have held the contract since 2011. Previous kit manufacturers have been: Çamlıca (1978–79); Adidas (1978–82, 1984–91, 1995–2001, and 2005–11); Umbro (1979–81, 1982–83, 1991–95, and 2002–05); Puma (1980–81); Gola (1981–82); Fatih (1984–85); and Lotto (2001–02).

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Galatasaray is the most successful Turkish football club. They have won 7 domestic trophies, including 20 Süper Lig titles, a 17 Turkish Cups and a 13 Turkish Super Cups. It is one of three teams to have participated in all seasons of the Turkish Süper Lig since 1959, following the dissolution of the Istanbul Football League, and are the only club to have won the Süper Lig in four successive seasons.

In 2014, UEFA fined Galatasaray 200,000 euros (£155,000) and required the club to break even on football-related trading over a three-year period.

Probably the greatest record that club holds is winning national championships in 15 different sport branches in 1986–87 season.[citation needed]

Diarra, 31, was one of OM's stand-out performers last season, recapturing the form that had convinced clubs such as Arsenal, Chelsea and Real Madrid to sign him in the past. That form earned him a recall to the France squad for Euro 2016, although he eventually missed the tournament through injury.

And Galatasaray confirmed news of the move for De Jong, who joined Galaxy from AC Milan just prior to the 2016 season, via their official Twitter account on Thursday.

Companies that Galatasaray S.K. currently has sponsorship deals with include:

While football in Turkey began to fully develop, Galatasaray won ten more Istanbul League titles[citation needed], six Sunday League titles[citation needed] and three Friday League titles[citation needed] until 1952. Upon the initiation of professional football in 1952, the first professional but non-national league of Turkey, Istanbul Professional League, was played between 1952 and 1959. Galatasaray won three of these seven titles.

The name Galatasaray itself comes from that of Galatasaray High School, which in turn takes its name from Galata Sarayı Enderûn-u Hümâyûn (Galata Palace Imperial School), the name of the original school founded on the site in 1481, and which in turn took its name from the nearby medieval Genoese citadel of Galata (the modern quarter of Karaköy) in the Beyoğlu (Pera) district of Istanbul. Galatasaray literally means "Galata palace".

Speaking on RMC radio on Tuesday evening, Vasilyev said Monaco had previously been sounded out about potential interest in the France international.

Diarra, 31, wants to leave Marseille and L'Equipe reported on Wednesday that he had been involved in lengthy negotiations with Turkish side Galatasaray over a three-year deal.

According to media polls since 1978, Galatasaray is the most popular team among football fans in Turkey. The latest poll by June 2012 places Galatasaray in the first place with a 41.8% level of popularity while Fenerbahçe S.K. comes second with a 35.9% level, Beşiktaş J.K. third with 16.3% and Trabzonspor fourth with 4.7%.[45][46][47][48]

Torches, smoke, drums, flags and giant posters used to create visual grandeur and apply psychological pressure on visiting teams, which fans call "welcoming them to hell".[51]

LA Galaxy midfielder Nigel de Jong is in talks to join Turkish side Galatasaray, with an MLS league source telling ESPN FC it is "quite likely" that the deal will be completed prior to the close of the European transfer window on Thursday.

Since 1908 the club's home kit has typically been an 8-piece halved design. The shirt’s front, back and sleeves are made up of two alternating colours. White shorts and red socks are usually worn as part of the home strip[33] This changed in the mid-1980s, when sportswear manufacturer Adidas began to provide the shirts. The club reverted to the "classic" kit in 2012.[33][34] The official colours are Pantone shades 1235 (yellow) and 201 (red).[35]

Among with the founder Ali Sami Yen, the co-founders were the ones who were keen to do this sport, such as Asım Tevfik Sonumut, Reşat Şirvani, Cevdet Kalpakçıoğlu, Abidin Daver and Kamil.

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Galatasaray official Iskender Baydar said club directors are meeting and "examining the text of the decision," and will issue a statement later Wednesday.

The former Dutch international joined the Galaxy just prior to the 2016 season, making 21 league and cup appearances....

Galatasaray fans broke the "loudest crowd roar at a sport stadium" record on 18 March 2011 at Galatasaray’s new stadium Türk Telekom Arena in Istanbul. A peak reading of 140.76 dBA was recorded.[44]

Since there weren't any other Turkish teams, Galatasaray joined the Istanbul League that was consisting of English and Greek teams in the season of 1905–1906. With their first championship title they won in 1908–1909, they heralded the beginning of Turkish football history.[11]

The Turkish champions competed in the Champions League this season, where they finished third in their group meaning they had to play in the Europa League.

UEFA referred the case to its tribunal in June after Galatasaray did not balance its budget for 2015-2016 as promised.

A Major League Soccer source told ESPN FC earlier this week that it was "quite likely" that a deal would go through before the close of the transfer window.

As a result of the team's twentieth championship for the 2014–15 season of the Süper Lig, their logo hereafter contains 4 stars representing their 20 championships for the league. Each star corresponds to the team's 5 championships.

However, sources close to the player have indicated that he and the Turkish club were unable to agree terms despite...

If the Turkish giants qualify for Europe this season, they will serve the ban in the 2016-17 campaign. If they do not qualify, the ban will be served in the 2017-18 season.

Galatasaray wore red and white colours when founded, then played in yellow and black during the 1906–1908 season.[31] For a match against the football team of the Royal Navy cruiser HMS Barham's crewmen, played on 8 December 1908, Galatasaray finally settled on playing in red and yellow, inspired by the roses which Gül Baba offered to Sultan Bayezid II.[32]

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Marseille captain Lassana Diarra could join Galatasaray after Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev said that his club had turned down the chance to sign the midfielder.

They were beaten in the last 32 by Lazio, 4-2 on aggregate at the end of February.

The 30-year-old Ivory Coast international travelled to Istanbul with a view to completing a permanent transfer, with the Magpies now prepared to sell the man they bought from FC Twente for £3.5 million in August 2010.

The club has a long-standing rivalry with other major Istanbul teams, namely with Beşiktaş and Fenerbahçe. The derby between Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe is dubbed the Kıtalar Arası Derbi (English: Intercontinental Derby) due to the location of their headquarters and stadiums on the European (Galatasaray) and Asian (Fenerbahçe) sides of the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul.

Galatasaray have signed Nigel de Jong from LA Galaxy on a two-year contract.

UEFA's club finance panel can sanction clubs who overspend or miss financial targets.

Since 2011, the club's stadium is the 52,652 capacity Türk Telekom Arena in Seyrantepe, Istanbul. Previously, the club had played at the Ali Sami Yen Stadium, as well as a succession of other grounds in Istanbul, which included groundshares with Beşiktaş and Fenerbahçe at the Taksim Stadium and İnönü Stadium.