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History: Fenerbahçe SK
Founded in Istanbul in 1907, Fenerbahçe SK have become the most popular team in Turkey, so much so that the club's Sükrü Saracoglu stadium had its capacity increased to 42,000 to cater for the fervent interest in the club. Of course, many football teams throughout the world feature a number of celebrity supporters but, in Turkey at least, no club can match Fenerbahçe's No1 fan, who was Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the modern nation.

Financially secure
Fenerbahçe are probably the most financially secure of all the top Turkish teams and that healthy position has meant that - even in times of economic crisis - they have always been able to find the resources to enter the transfer market or to improve their facilities.

Bitter rivalry
Yet this has not enabled them to overhaul their bitter city rivals, Galatasaray SK, who have held the edge in recent years. In the 2001/02 season, for example, Galatasaray again won the Turkish championship, pipping Fenerbahçe to the prize.

World record
However, Fenerbahçe do have an impressive record. In 1923, before the establishment of a professional league in Turkey, they broke a world record by not conceding a single goal all season. Then, 12 league titles later in the 1988/89 season, they broke the Turkish league scoring record with 103 goals. Prior to the 2002.03 campaign, Fenerbahçe had won the Turkish championship 14 times, most recently in 2001, as well as four Turkish Cups, six President's Cups and eight Prime Minister's Cups.

Memorable moment
Despite their success at domestic level, Fenerbahçe have been unable consistently to translate that form on to the European stage, although they have enjoyed occasional memorable moments, not least their 1-0 victory against Manchester United FC at Old Trafford in the 1996/97 UEFA Champions League.

Champions again
Despite often languishing in the shadow of Galatasaray, Fenerbahçe came back to lift the league title again, after a break of five years, in 2001. Their fans hoped that that success would herald a return to form for the team who were so consistent throughout the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, when they won ten of their 14 titles.

Tough group
However, their subsequent campaign in the 2001/02 UEFA Champions League proved something of as disaster as, despite winning their qualifying round against Rangers FC, they failed to pick up a single point in a testing section.

2001/02: Second in Turkish league. Lost 3-0 on aggregate to Feyenoord in qualifying round of 2002/03 UEFA Champions League. Entered 2002/03 UEFA Cup.
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