In the Beşiktaş district of Istanbul, Beşiktaş Jimnastik Kulübü (lit. ‘Beşiktaş Gymnastics Club’) was founded in 1903 and is also known as Beşiktaş (Turkish pronunciation: [beikta]). A member of Turkey’s Big Three and one of the country’s most successful squads, the football team has never been relegated to the lower divisions. It was the country’s first officially recognized sports organization and one of the few to be granted the right to display the Turkish flag on its logo.
With 21 league titles, the football team has won the Turkish Super Lig (16 times), three national division titles (3 times), and two championship titles (2 times).
In the 1991–92 season, Beşiktaş was the only team to go undefeated in the Süper Lig. The team last won the Turkish Süper Lig and Turkish Cup in the season 2020–21. Vodafone Park, a 42,590-seat stadium near Dolmabahçe Palace, serves as the team’s home ground. A number of factors have contributed to the stadium’s popularity, including the fact that it is in an ideal location and has an appealing design as well as high-tech amenities. What’s the source of this?
The group is a regular competitor in European tournaments as well. Beşiktaş made it to the European Cup quarterfinals in 1986–87 and had the best Champions League group stage performance of any Turkish team in 2017–18, earning 14 points and going undefeated.
In addition, Beşiktaş has twice made it to the quarterfinals of the UEFA Europa League. Beşiktaş is currently the highest-ranked Turkish team in terms of the UEFA coefficient and ranks second all-time behind Galatasaray.
The arş fan base of the team is well-known around the world.
Their 132-decibel noise record against Liverpool FC in 2007 earned them the title of best fan group among American sports viewers.
“The people’s team” is a term used to describe a group that is active in social issues and traditionally associated with the working class and the liberal left.
With 76,127 fans in attendance, a Beşiktaş-Galatasaray derby set a record for football attendance in Turkey’s league history.
It also participates in other sports, such as football, basketball (for both men and women), volleyball (for both men and women), handball, beach football, boxing, and chess. The club also competes in parasports and other games.