1959 Turkish National League

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Millî Lig
Season 1959
Champions Fenerbahçe
(1st Millî Lig title)
Relegated none
European Champions Cup Fenerbahçe
Goals scored 264 goals
Average goals/game 2.3 goals/game
Top goalscorer Metin Oktay (11 goals)
Biggest home win Galatasaray 5–0 Göztepe
Biggest away win İstanbulspor 0–5 Fenerbahçe
Highest scoring Göztepe 4–2 Ankara Demirspor
1959 Millî Lig trophy at Fenerbahçe Museum

The 1959 Turkish National League was the first season of the professional nationwide league in Turkey, known as Süper Lig today. The first season consisted of sixteen clubs split into two groups: the Kırmızı Grup (Red Group) and Beyaz Grup (White Group), the colours of the Turkish flag. The first season took place in the calendar year of 1959, instead of 1958–59, because the qualifying stages took place in 1958.[1]

Overview[edit]

The top eight clubs from the 1958–59 Istanbul Football League and the top four clubs from the Ankara and İzmir Leagues in the 1958–59 season took part in the league. These clubs were Adalet, Beşiktaş, Beykoz, Fatih Karagümrük, Fenerbahçe, Galatasaray, İstanbulspor, Vefa (from Istanbul), Ankaragücü, Ankara Demirspor, Gençlerbirliği, Hacettepe (from Ankara), Altay, Göztepe, İzmirspor, and Karşıyaka (from İzmir).[1]

The final consisted of two legs and took place between the winners of each group. Galatasaray won the Red Group and Fenerbahçe won the White Group. Galatasaray won the first match 1-0, but Fenerbahçe won the second leg 4-0, winning 4-1 on aggregate. The title was Fenerbahçe's first Süper Lig title and 10th Turkish championship title overall, qualifying them for the 1959–60 European Cup. Metin Oktay was top scorer with 11 goals. No clubs were relegated this season.[1]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Galatasaray 14 7 6 1 18 7 +11 20
2 Vefa 14 7 6 1 21 10 +11 20
3 Ankara Demirspor 14 4 8 2 12 11 +1 16
4 Göztepe A.Ş. 14 5 5 4 23 21 +2 15
5 Fatih Karagümrük 14 4 4 6 17 17 0 12
6 Karşıyaka 14 2 6 6 13 21 −8 10
7 Gençlerbirliği 14 1 8 5 10 18 −8 10
8 Adalet 14 1 7 6 12 21 −9 9
Source: [1]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Fenerbahçe 14 12 2 0 29 7 +22 26
2 Beşiktaş 14 8 2 4 22 16 +6 18
3 Altay 14 5 5 4 18 16 +2 15
4 İzmirspor 14 4 5 5 11 12 −1 13
5 MKE Ankaragücü 14 5 3 6 16 19 −3 13
6 Hacettepe Spor 14 5 1 8 14 20 −6 11
7 Beykoz 14 3 4 7 17 21 −4 10
8 İstanbulspor 14 1 4 9 6 22 −16 6
Source: [2]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Championship final[edit]

First leg

Galatasaray 1 – 0 Fenerbahçe
Metin Oktay Goal 39' (Report)
Attendance: 18,016
Referee: Markovic (Yugoslavia)

Second leg

Fenerbahçe 4 – 0 Galatasaray
Yüksel Gündüz Goal 9'
Naci Erdem Goal 44'
Mustafa Güven Goal 70'
Şeref Has Goal 72'
(Report)
Attendance: 26,553
Referee: Francesco Liverani (Italy)
1959 Millî Lig winners
Fenerbahçe
First title

Results table[edit]

Red Group

Home \ Away[1] ADA ADS GAL GEN GÖZ CKG KRŞ VEF
Adalet 0–0 0–1 2–3 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1
Ankara Demirspor 2–1 0–2 0–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–1
Galatasaray 2–1 1–2 0–0 5–0 1–0 1–1 0–0
Gençlerbirliği 1–1 0–0 0–0 2–2 1–2 1–1 0–3
Göztepe A.Ş. 2–3 4–2 0–0 2–1 3–0 3–2 0–1
Fatih Karagümrük 3–0 1–2 2–3 1–0 1–1 2–2 1–2
Karşıyaka 3–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–3 2–0
Vefa 2–2 0–0 1–1 3–0 3–2 1–0 3–0

Source: [1]
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

White Group

Home \ Away[1] ALT MKE BEY BEŞ FEN HAC IST IZM
Altay 1–0 2–2 3–1 0–1 1–0 2–0 1–1
MKE Ankaragücü 2–1 2–2 1–3 2–3 1–0 1–1 1–0
Beykoz 2–2 3–1 2–3 0–1 1–2 1–1 0–2
Beşiktaş 2–1 0–0 0–1 0–2 3–2 2–1 2–0
Fenerbahçe 1–1 3–1 2–1 1–0 2–1 3–0 1–0
Hacettepe Spor 2–0 1–3 1–0 0–3 1–4 1–1 1–0
Istanbulspor 0–1 0–1 0–0 1–2 0–5 0–2 0–0
İzmirspor 2–2 1–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 2–0

Source: [1]
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Sivritepe, Erdinç 1959 Milli Lig turkish-soccer.com, accessed 20 June 2010