Beşiktaş out to overtake lead in CL group
Turkish champion Beşiktaş will go top of Group B if it follows up a 3-2 away win over Napoli with a home win over the Italian side at its new stadium, where they have won 13 of their past 14 league fixtures.
Euro 2016 star Ricardo Quaresma continues to impress for Besiktaş and his free-kick and Cameroon striker Vincent Aboubakar’s brace secured a famous victory in Italy on Oct. 19. For the visitors, Spain’s Jose Callejon is the man to watch after he scored a seventh goal of the season in a 2-1 Italian league loss to Juventus on Oct. 29.
Beşiktaş also suffered a disappointment in the domestic league as it drew 1-1 with Ankara’s Gençlerbirliği away on Oct. 28 to fall two points behind leaders Başakşehir.
Napoli can book a place in the next round if they win and Benfica draw with the group’s cellar dwellers, Dynamo Kyiv.
Beşiktaş’s Gökhan İnler, who has been looking for recovery from injury, played and captained Napoli between 2011 and 2015. Beşiktaş will also be without left back Caner Erkin and attacking midfielder Talisca due to long-term injuries.
Adriano, the former Barcelona right back who scored the first Beşiktaş goal in Napoli, is one booking away from a ban.
Back in the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 2009/10, Beşiktaş is hoping to negotiate the group stage hurdle for the first time at the sixth attempt. In that 2009 campaign, it lost all three home fixtures and finished bottom of the section, although it did memorably win 1-0 away at Manchester United.
Because Turkey has ceased using daylight saving time unlike the rest of Europe, this will be the first Champions League game to start at 8:45 p.m. local time in the country.
One of the hottest games of the night will be in Group C when Manchester City takes on Barcelona.
Lionel Messi scored three as Pep Guardiola’s return to Barcelona went belly up with a 4-0 defeat two weeks ago. On the bright side, a six-match winless streak was snapped by a 4-0 league win over West Brom on Oct. 28 as star striker Sergio Aguero scored twice. Barcelona only needs a point to qualify for the next round.
Because of Turkey’s new time practices, all the rest of the week’s Champions League fixtures will begin at 10:45 p.m. in Turkey instead of the usual 9:45 p.m.
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Football, hugely popular in Turkey, was brought there in the second half of the 19th century when English tobacco and cotton traders visited the main harbour towns of the Ottoman Empire.
In the beginning they played football with each other, and later taught the game to their Turkish neighbours.The first football match on Turkish grounds was played in Salonika in 1875. After that, football was played in Istanbul and İzmir. But during this time, football was only played between English and Greek people. This was also the case in the first Turkish league, named the Istanbul Football League.But some young Turkish men, who loved this game at once, began to play football in open fields without observing any rules.
These young players formed the first Turkish team, playing their first match on 26 October, 1901, against a Greek team. Then the club Beşiktas, founded in 1903, became the first Turkish club to enter the Istanbul League.
A very strong love for football widened to the whole nation. After this period football in Turkey started to develop very fast and treating football like a “national matter” continued until now.
Turkey has a big potential in footbal. There are 4,956 football clubs organized in Turkey, and a registered 4,775 professional and 136,823 amateur players with 233 women. 796 male and 20 female football referees are licensed by the TFF.
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