Sport in Turkey: much more than a game
Turkey is a country full of great landscapes and cultures. Not in vain, this territory was home to great civilizations such as the Hittites, Urartu, Cimmerians, Assyrian Empire, Persian Empire, Ancient Greece, Roman Empire, Byzantine Empire, Seljuk Empire, Ottoman Empire…
Furthermore, the country has a strong strategic importance, since it influences the area between the European Union in the west and Central Asia in the east, Russia in the north and the Middle East in the south.
But in addition to all this, Turkey is also a place where sport has a special relevance. Few countriesfollow and live it so closely with as much passion as Ottomansdo. Therefore, if you have in mind to book package holidays to Turkey here are some sportive considerations.
Main sportive events in Turkey are…
The king of sport is also football in Turkish lands. There, passion for football is a common denominator in the different regions that make up the country.
Thus, we find 3 teams that every football fan knows well: Fenerbahçe, Galatasaray, and Besiktas. In addition, in recent years, Turkey has become one of the destinations of football stars with high salaries.
Passion for football provides scenes of bleachers shining with colourfulflares or supporterssinging songs in unison that make rumble the foundations of the stadiums.
On the other hand, the Turkish national team got its maximum achievement in 2002, when it signed a historic third place in the World Cup in Korea and Japan, or in the Euro 2008, when it reached the semifinals of the European Championship celebrated in Austria and Switzerland.
If we said that football was lived in a passionate and unrestrained way in Ottoman lands, basketball is not far behind.
There are 5 very powerful basketball teams, all of them from Istanbul: Fenerbahçe, Anadolu Efes, Besiktas, DarussafakaDogus and Galatasaray.
In addition, Turkish league is a very attractive option for NBA stars whose career are almost over. Thus, in Turkey they find a really competitiveleague with high salaries.
From August 2005 to May 2011, the Intercity Istanbul Parkwas one of the circuits on the calendar of the Formula 1 World Championship.
Thus, the so-called Grand Prix of Turkey increased the expectation of Turks around this sport, becoming very popular in recent yearsdespite the fact that the Formula 1 World Championship no longer makes a stop in Turkey.