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Fenerbahce vs Galatasaray: H2H, Intercontinental Derby Rivalry, Watch Live & More

The Fenerbahce vs Galatasaray Intercontinental Derby in Turkey is undoubtedly one of the feistiest football rivalries in the world.

Both clubs are situated in the city of Istanbul, but occupy two different continents – Fenerbahce are in Asia, while Galatasaray are in Europe.

We take a closer look at Fenerbahce vs Galatasaray including the H2H (stats correct – April 13, 2023), how to watch the Super Lig live, the history of the Intercontinental Derby and more.

Fenerbahce vs Galatasaray H2H

The two teams have played 274 competitive matches, with Fenerbahce leading the H2H 100-84 and the other 90 games drawn.

However, Galatasaray have won more silverware than their rivals, with their tally of 83 trophies putting them eight ahead of Fenerbahce.

Notable Fenerbahce vs Galatasaray Results

  • Galatasaray 4-4 Fenerbahce – Super Lig – June 1983
  • Galatasaray 2-1 Fenerbahce – Turkish Cup – April 1996 (aggregate score)
  • Fenerbahce 4-4 Galatasaray – Turkish Cup – February 2001
  • Fenerbahce 6-0 Galatasaray – Super Lig -November 2002
  • Galatasaray 5-1 Fenerbahce – Turkish Cup – May 2005
  • Galatasaray 2-1 Fenerbahce – Turkish Cup – February 2008
  • Galatasaray 3-2 Fenerbahce – Turkish Super Cup – August 2012
  • Galatasaray 1-0 Fenerbahce – Turkish Cup – May 2016

Fenerbahce vs Galatasaray Live Streams

beinSPORTS is the best place to watch Super Lig matches, with live streams available to subscribers on a wide range of platforms.

There are plenty of other streaming services that cover live games from Turkey, but you will need to use Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology to gain access.

One of the best services is Express VPN, which can be downloaded to various devices including Android, iOS, Fire TV, PC, Mac and smart televisions.

Intercontinental Derby History

The two clubs were formed during the early part of the 1900s and were spawned from very different backgrounds.

A group of students from one of Istanbul’s top universities formed Galatasaray, while Fenerbahce was created in the economically prosperous region of Anatolia.

They initially coexisted in relative harmony, with the respective presidents considering a merger which was scuppered by the breakout of the Balkan Wars.

A ‘friendly’ match in 1934 was the catalyst for the rivalry to ignite, with players on both sides eager to kick lumps out of each other.

The creation of a nationwide professional league in Turkey in 1959 increased the tension, with the two clubs going head-to-head for the title in the inaugural season.

Fenerbahce won a two-legged play-off final 4-1 on aggregate to be crowned the first champions of this newly formed league.

This laid the foundations for the two clubs to engage in a titanic struggle to be recognised as the best team in Turkey.

The rivalry has continued apace since then, with Fenerbahce and Galatasaray regularly competing for league titles and domestic cup competitions.

There have inevitably been numerous flashpoints between the two clubs, most notably towards the end of the 1995/96 season.

Fenerbahce vs Galatasaray Controversies

As with many other football rivalries worldwide, hooliganism is a common feature of meetings between Fenerbahce and Galatasaray.

The bitterness is so intense that violence often occurs miles away from the respective stadiums, while the atmosphere inside the grounds can be toxic.

With that in mind, Galatasaray’s decision to appoint Graeme Souness as their manager in 1995 was probably not the brightest move a club could make.

Souness was renowned for his fiery temper, and chucking him into the powder keg atmosphere of the Intercontinental Derby was never likely to end well.

The former Liverpool and Rangers midfielder led Galatasaray to the Turkish Cup Final in his first season with the club, where they unsurprisingly faced their biggest rivals.

Having won the two-legged final courtesy of a Dean Saunders goal in extra-time, Souness ran onto the pitch and planted a Galatasaray flag in the middle of Fenerbahce’s pitch.

With the home fans going wild, Souness was escorted off the pitch by police. Just when he thought he had got away scot-free, he was hit in the head by a supporter who had sneaked into the tunnel.

A meeting between the two sides in May 2013 was another low point in the rivalry as Galatasaray thugs shamed themselves by stabbing a teenage Fenerbahce fan to death.

The bitterness remains firmly intact today, with a massive police presence required whenever the Intercontinental Derby is staged.

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