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Football: Süper Lig

It is not a good idea to cheer 'away' teams playing in Istanbul,—Turkish Süper Lig is both exciting and safe to watch

Football: Süper Lig in Istanbul 2020 - Best Time
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The 'away' teams do not fancy the matches hosted by Turkey, as their fans are not so welcome in the stadium, and may even be beaten by gangs of temperamental local fans. Nevertheless, a spirited football game is a great spectacle to observe in the city of Istanbul, and the best option for this would be the famed Süper Lig, since it features matches that take place exclusively between Turkish football teams.

Turkish Süper Lig at former Ali Sami Yen Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey 2020
Turkish Süper Lig at former Ali Sami Yen Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey
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Galatasaray fans at former Ali Sami Yen Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey 2020
Galatasaray fans at former Ali Sami Yen Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey
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The greatest rivalry is observed between three leading teams, which are Beşiktaş, Fenerbahçe, and Galatasaray. The football season usually lasts from mid-August to mid-May. Check the dates of the matches you are most interested in, and join the fan crowds.

Watching Galatasaray vs Sivasspor match at former Ali Sami Yen Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey 2020
Watching Galatasaray vs Sivasspor match at former Ali Sami Yen Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey
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