1959 Turkish National League

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 16 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, as the qualifying stages took place in 1958.[1]

Millî Lig
Season1959
ChampionsFenerbahçe
(1st Millî Lig title)
Relegatednone
European Champions CupFenerbahçe
Goals scored264 goals
Average goals/game2.3 goals/game
Top goalscorerMetin Oktay (11 goals)
Biggest home winGalatasaray 5–0 Göztepe
Biggest away winİstanbulspor 0–5 Fenerbahçe
Highest scoringGöztepe 4–2 Ankara Demirspor

Overview

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, 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 leg 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,[2] qualifying them for the 1959–60 European Cup. Metin Oktay was top scorer with 11 goals. No clubs were relegated this season.[1]

League tables

Kırmızı Grup
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 14 5 5 4 23 21 +2 15
5 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:
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
Beyaz Grup
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 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:
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Championship final

First leg

Galatasaray1 0Fenerbahçe
Metin Oktay  39' (Report)
Attendance: 18,016
Referee: Markovic (Yugoslavia)

Second leg

Fenerbahçe4 0Galatasaray
Yüksel Gündüz  9'
Naci Erdem  44'
Mustafa Güven  70'
Şeref Has  72'
(Report)
Attendance: 26,553
Referee: Francesco Liverani (Italy)
1959 Millî Lig winners
Fenerbahçe
First title

Results table

Red Group

Home \ Away[1] ADA ADS GALGENGÖZKAGKRŞVEF
Adalet 00 01 23 00 00 00 11
Ankara Demirspor 21 02 00 11 00 10 11
Galatasaray 21 12 00 50 10 11 00
Gençlerbirliği 11 00 00 22 12 11 03
Göztepe 23 42 00 21 30 32 01
Karagümrük 30 12 23 10 11 22 12
Karşıyaka 31 11 01 11 11 03 20
Vefa 22 00 11 30 32 10 30

Source: [1]
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 ANK BEYBEŞFENHACİSTİZM
Altay 10 22 31 01 10 20 11
MKE Ankaragücü 21 22 13 23 10 11 10
Beykoz 22 31 23 01 12 11 02
Beşiktaş 21 00 01 02 32 21 20
Fenerbahçe 11 31 21 10 21 30 10
Hacettepe 20 13 10 03 14 11 10
İstanbulspor 01 01 00 12 05 02 00
İzmirspor 22 10 21 11 00 10 20

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

See also

References

  1. Sivritepe, Erdinç 1959 Milli Lig turkish-soccer.com, accessed 20 June 2010
  2. "Turkey – List of champions". rsssf.com. RSSSF. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
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