Football trip Beşiktaş JK
Go on a football trip to see the pioneering Besiktas JK. When Besiktas was established in 1903, it was illegal to start a sports club in Turkey – and football especially was frowned upon. So the club – the first official sports club in Turkey – wasn’t actually legit until 1910.
The club’s colours are black with white which is partly the reason for their nickname, the Black Eagles. Legend also suggests that during a 1941 game, the voice of a fisherman called Mehmet Galin was heard from the stands urging ‘the Black Eagles’ to attack! Besiktas won the game 6-0 and the nickname was adopted.
For 40 years, the home ground of Besiktas was Inönü Stadium in the west of Istanbul – on the European side – with a seating capacity of just over 32,000. However, this was mostly demolished – apart from its walls and historical tower – to make way for a new stadium, Vodafone Arena which is due to open in April 2015.
Our football packages to see Besiktas compete include a return flight, two or three nights in a 3-star hotel and tickets to the game!