The National Sport of Turkey is Yağlı güreş also known as Oiled Wrestling. Yağlı güreş (In English ˈjɑːlə ˈgurεʃ in Turkish ˈjɑːlɯ ˈɟyrεʃ is the Turkish national Sport. Since 1362, Edirne hosts one of the oldest sporting tournaments in the world, Kırkpınar Guresleri. Edirne (anc Hadrianopolis; Greek Adrianople; Slavic/Bulgarian Одрин, see also its other names) is a city in Thrace, the westernmost Kırkpınar is the name of a Turkish oil-wrestling ( Yağlı güreş) tournament
Turkey has risen to prominence in a number of sporting areas in recent decades. Football is the national Sport of Turkey. League system See also Turkish football league system The first league Turkey (Türkiye known officially as the Republic of Turkey ( is a Eurasian Country that stretches Sport is an Activity that is governed by a set of rules or Customs and often engaged in competitively Football has seen a rapid transformation earning it third place in the coveted 2002 FIFA World Cup. Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a Team sport played between two teams of eleven players and is widely considered The 2002 FIFA World Cup, the 17th staging of the World Cup, was held in South Korea and Japan from May 31 to June 30. Its domestic teams are dominated by Fenerbahçe, Galatasaray and Beşiktaş. Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü (Fenerbahçe Sports Club commonly known as Fenerbahçe (feneːɾbatʃe is a professional Sports club based in the district of Beşiktaş Jimnastik Kulübü (commonly Beşiktaş, bɛʃɪktɑːʃ ( English: Beşiktaş Gymnastics Club) is a professional Sports club Of these, Fenerbahçe European triumph came in the now defunct 1967 Balkans Cup. Year 1967 ( MCMLXVII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. For the national team tournament see Balkan Cup. In 1961 a Balkans Cup for clubs from Albania, Bulgaria, Greece Galatasaray has seen the most success, winning the 2000 UEFA Cup and European Super Cup, as well as fielding many of the players for the international team. 2000 ( MM) was a Leap year that started on Saturday of the Common Era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. The UEFA Cup is a football competition for European club teams organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA. The European Super Cup ( UEFA Super Cup) is at stake in an annual football game between the reigning champions of the UEFA Cup and the Champions In recent years Turkey has exported many of its players into top foreign teams including Inter Milan, Barcelona, Parma, AC Milan and Bayer Leverkusen among others. Football Club Internazionale Milano, most commonly referred to as simply Internazionale, or Inter, is an Italian professional football club Fútbol Club Barcelona ( Catalan fudˈbɔɫ ˌklup bəɾsəˈlonə Spanish ˈfutβol ˌkluβ baɾθeˈlona known familiarly as Barça (Spanish ˈbaɾsa Catalan Parma Football Club (formerly Parma Associazione Calcio) is an Italian football club based in Parma, Emilia-Romagna, team that Associazione Calcio Milan, commonly referred to by the abbreviation Milan, is an Italian professional football club based in Milan, Lombardy Bayer 04 Leverkusen Fußball is a German football club based in Leverkusen, North Rhine-Westphalia. As well as sending players abroad, the Turkish league has also attracted players into Turkey. World class players such as Gheorghe Hagi, Ariel Ortega, Cláudio Taffarel, Pierre Van Hooijdonk, Gheorghe Popescu, Mario Jardel, Nicolas Anelka, John Carew, Harald 'Toni' Schumacher, Falko Götz, Radomir Antić, Oscar Cordoba, Lincoln, Hakan Şükür, Mateja Kežman, Kleberson, Ricardinho, Roberto Carlos da Silva, Zoran Simovic, Frank De Boer, Rigobert Song and many more have played at some point, or continue to play in Turkey. Gheorghe Hagi (ˈge̯orge ˈhaʤi in Romanian born February 5, 1965 in Săcele) is a Romanian former football player Ariel Arnaldo Ortega (born March 4, 1974 in Ledesma Jujuy) is an Argentine footballer, who plays in Independiente Cláudio André Mergen Taffarel (born May 8, 1966 in Santa Rosa, Rio Grande do Sul) is a Brazilian former football Petrus ("Pierre" Ferdinandus Johannes Stevenson van Hooijdonk (born on November 29, 1969 in Steenbergen, Noord-Brabant) is a Gheorghe ("Gică" Popescu (born October 9, 1967 in Calafat) is a former Romanian footballer who played as a defender Mário Jardel Almeida Ribeiro (born 18 September 1973 in Fortaleza, Brazil) is a professional footballer who currently plays for Nicolas Anelka (born March 14, 1979 in Versailles, France) is a French football Striker who plays for John Alieu Carew (born September 5, 1979 in Lørenskog, Akershus) is a Norwegian footballer partly of Gambian descent who Harald Anton Schumacher (born March 6, 1954 in Düren, West Germany) commonly known as Toni Schumacher, was a football Falko Götz (born 26 March 1962 in Rodewisch) is a former Soccer player and now coach Radomir Antić ( Serbian Cyrillic: Радомир Антић (born November 22, 1948) is a Serbian former football defender and current football Óscar Eduardo Córdoba Arce (born February 3, 1970 in Cali) is a Colombian Football (soccer goalkeeper who has played more Lincoln Cássio de Souza Soares (born January 22, 1979 in Belo Horizonte) is a Brazilian football player Hakan Şükür (born September 1, 1971 in Sakarya, Turkey) is a former Turkish footballer who played as a Striker Mateja Kežman ( Serbian Cyrillic: Матеја Кежман (born 12 April 1979 in Zemun, Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia José Kléberson Pereira (born 19 June 1979 in Uraí is a Brazilian football player Ricardinho, real name Ricardo Luiz Pozzi Rodrigues (born May 23, 1976 in São Paulo) is a Brazilian football player currently Roberto Carlos da Silva Rocha (born April 10, 1973, Garça, São Paulo) better known simply as Roberto Carlos, is a Brazilian Frank de Boer (born May 15, 1970 in Hoorn) is a former Dutch professional footballer. Rigobert Song Bahanag (born July 1, 1976) is a Cameroonian football central defender who currently plays for Trabzonspor.
Weightlifting has been another successful sport for Turkey, regularly relied upon to provide gold medals in the Olympics. Weightlifting, also called Olympic weightlifting or Olympic-style weightlifting, is a sport in which participants attempt a maximum weight single lift of a barbell The Olympic Games is an international Multi-sport event established for both summer and winter games Its most famous weightlifters Naim Suleymanoglu and Halil Mutlu are only two of four weightlifters in the world to have won 3 gold medals in 3 olympics. This is a list of active and retired international Turkish Weightlifters Active Women 48 kg Şaziye Okur Naim Süleymanoğlu (born January 23, 1967 in Ptichar Bulgaria) formerly known as Naim Suleimanov (Наим Сюлейманов is Halil Mutlu (born Huben Hubenov on July
Athletics is another fast improving sport, Süreyya Ayhan set the 1500m world record in 2003 and Elvan Abeylegesse set a new 5000m record in 2004. Süreyya Ayhan Kop (born September 6, 1978 in Korgun, Çankırı, Turkey was a middle distance track runner and was a European Middle distance track events are track races longer than sprints up to (and arguably including 3000 Metres. Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. Elvan Abeylegesse (also formerly Hewan Abeye ( Amharic) and Elvan Can ( Turkish) (born September 11, 1982) is a Long-distance track event races require runners to balance their energy "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again "
Turkey placed a bid to become a candidate for the 2012 Olympics but was eliminated in the initial rounds. Part of its bid included the building of the 80,000 seater Atatürk Stadium in Istanbul. Atatürk Olympic Stadium ( Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadı) located in İkitelli a district in the western outskirts of İstanbul, is the largest-capacity stadium of Istanbul (historically Byzantium and later Constantinople; see the other Names of Istanbul) is the largest city of Turkey The stadium hosted the European Champions League final in 2005. See also List of European Cup and UEFA Champions League winners The UEFA Champions League, which evolved from the European Champion Clubs' Cup is a seasonal club The history of the European Cup and Champions League is long and remarkable with fifty years of competition finding winners and losers from all parts of the continent
Another major sporting event that takes place in Turkey is the Turkish Grand Prix. The Turkish Grand Prix is a Formula One motor race that debuted on August 21, 2005 as part of the 2005 Formula One season. The track located at Istanbul has a seating capacity of 155,000 people (biggest in Europe), is just over 5,340 m long and runs anti-clockwise. Istanbul Park (İstanbul Park also known as the Istanbul Racing Circuit or initially Istanbul Otodrom, is a Motor sports Race track in Seating capacity refers to the number The track was designed by Hermann Tilke, designer of the Sepang, Bahrain and Shanghai tracks. Hermann Tilke (born December 31, 1954 in Olpe) is a German Architect, designer of Formula One Motor racing circuits The Sepang International Circuit (SIC is the venue used for the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix, A1 Grand Prix as well as the Malaysian The Bahrain International Circuit ( Arabic: حلبة البحرين الدولية) is a venue used for Drag racing, GP2, and an annual The Shanghai International Circuit ( is a Chinese Motor racing venue situated in the district of Jiading near Shanghai in the People's GP2 series also include a Turkish Team (Petrol Ofisi FMS International) and a Turkish Driver, Jason Tahincioglu. For the article about the Asian version of the GP2 series see GP2 Asia Series. Fisichella Motor Sport, also known as FMS International, is a Racing team from Italy. Jason Tahincioglu ( Turkish: Jason Tahincioğlu, also called Jason Tahinci) born on October 29, 1983 in Bristol, United
Basketball is also gaining popularity in Turkey. Basketball is a team Sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by propelling a ball through a 10 feet (3 m Turkey national basketball team came second in European Basketball Championship in 2001 in Istanbul. The Turkey national basketball team is the Basketball side that represents Turkey in international competitions Istanbul (historically Byzantium and later Constantinople; see the other Names of Istanbul) is the largest city of Turkey Turkey national basketball team also came the 9th in 2002 FIBA World Championship. The Turkey national basketball team is the Basketball side that represents Turkey in international competitions The 2002 FIBA World Championship was an international Basketball tournament held by the International Basketball Federation in Three Turkish nationals, Ersan Ilyasova, Hedo Turkoglu and Mehmet Okur, have achieved success in the prestigious NBA of North America, generally considered the world's top basketball league. Ersan İlyasova (born May 15 1987 in Eskişehir, Turkey) is a Turkish professional Basketball player currently with Hidayet Türkoğlu, commonly referred to as Hedo Turkoglu (born March 19 1979 in Gaziosmanpaşa, Istanbul, Turkey. Mehmet Okur (born May 26 1979 in Yalova, Turkey) is a Turkish professional Basketball player who currently plays for Turkey will host the 2010 FIBA World Championship, which could introduce more Turks to the game. The 2010 FIBA World Championship will be hosted by Turkey from August 23 to September 12, 2010 Turkey national basketball team have advanced to quarter finals in 2006 FIBA World Championship. The Turkey national basketball team is the Basketball side that represents Turkey in international competitions The 2006 FIBA World Championship was an international Basketball competition hosted by Japan from August 19 to September 3, 2006.
Turkey has four bordering seas; the Black Sea, Marmara Sea, Aegean Sea and Mediterranean Sea, so it not surprising that cruising is a popular sport. The Black Sea is an inland Sea bounded by southeastern Europe, the Caucasus and the Anatolian peninsula ( Turkey The Sea of Marmara ( Turkish: Marmara Denizi, Greek: Θάλασσα του Μαρμαρά or Προποντίς, Bulgarian Etymology In ancient times there were various explanations for the name Aegean. There are many cruising charters available. Gulets are traditional motor yachts and gulet holidays are becoming increasingly popular. Best Gulets are build in Marmaris and Bodrum. Marmaris is a port city and a tourist destination on the Mediterranean coast located in southwest Turkey, in the Muğla Province. Bodrum (from Petronium; formerly Halicarnassus (Halikarnas Ancient Greek: Ἁλικαρνασσός) is a Turkish
Mediterranean and Aegean coasts are the best places to dive. It is also possible to dive to shipwrecks from World War I (with special permission of local authorities) in Gallipoli, Çanakkale.
Turkey's rivers provide perfect conditions for canoeing and rafting, for both beginners and experienced. Some of the best rivers for rafting are: Çoruh, Barhal, Berta, Fırtına, Çolak, Köprüçay, Manavgat, Dragon, Göksu (Silifke), Zamanti, Göksu (Feke), Kızılırmak and Dalaman Çayı. The Çoruh River or Ch'orokhi River (ჭოროხი Çoruh starts in the Mescit Mountains (3225 m in the north-eastern Turkey and flows into Georgia Manavgat is a town and district of the Antalya Province in Turkey, from the city of Antalya. The dragon is a Legendary creature of which some interpretation or depiction appears in almost every culture worldwide Zamantı River is a river in Central Anatolia, Turkey crossing Kayseri Province in practically its whole course to join Seyhan River further south Kızılırmak ( Turkish) refers to Geographical names in Turkey Kızılırmak is the longest river and located in central and eastern
The bays around Çesme, Alaçati, Bodrum and Datça peninsulas as well as Antalya have ideal wind conditions for windsurfing. Çeşme ( Greek: Κρήνη, transliteration Kríni or Krēnē) is a coastal town and the center-town of the district of the same Bodrum (from Petronium; formerly Halicarnassus (Halikarnas Ancient Greek: Ἁλικαρνασσός) is a Turkish Datça is a district as well as the center town of that district in Muğla Province of Turkey. Famous windsurfer Cagla Kubat is also from Turkey. Çağla Kubat, ( pron ˈʧaːla kuˈbat is a Turkish model, actress and Windsurfer. Turkey (Türkiye known officially as the Republic of Turkey ( is a Eurasian Country that stretches
Fishing cannot be done without a license even if you're an amateur. You must apply to have one by submitting some id cards and paying a fee. Details concerning fishing zones, the minimum sizes of fish that can be caught, and the numbers of fish that can be caught per person, can be obtained from the Department of Fisheries at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. Especially Aegean and Mediterranean seas are rich fishing areas.
Plane gliding, hang gliding, parachuting, paragliding and single engine flights are catered for as well as services that provide instruction courses. Best areas are Fethiye, Eskişehir, Pamukkale and Istanbul. Fethiye is a City and district of Muğla Province in the Aegean region of Turkey with about 68000 Inhabitants Eskişehir ( eskē'shehēr, Eskişehir "Old City" Latin: Dorylaeum; Greek: Δορύλαιον Dorylaion) is a city Pamukkale, meaning "cotton castle" in Turkish, is a natural site and attraction in south-western Turkey in the Denizli Province. Istanbul (historically Byzantium and later Constantinople; see the other Names of Istanbul) is the largest city of Turkey
The Turkish Football Federation ( TFF) also called Turkish Football Association, ( Türkiye Futbol Federasyonu) is the governing body of football The Turkish national football team is the national football team of the Republic of Turkey and is controlled by the Turkish Football Federation. Turkey competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. Yağlı güreş (In English ˈjɑːlə ˈgurεʃ in Turkish ˈjɑːlɯ ˈɟyrεʃ is the Turkish national Sport. The İstanbul Cup is a Tennis Tournament held in İstanbul, Turkey.