Turkish Football Federation
UEFA
Turkish Football Federation crest.svg
Founded23 April 1923
FIFA affiliation1923[1]
UEFA affiliation1962[1]
PresidentMehmet Büyükekşi
Websitewww.tff.org
Turkish Football Federation Facility at Riva, Beykoz in Istanbul.
Turkish Football Federation Facility at Riva, Beykoz in Istanbul.

The Turkish Football Federation (Turkish: Türkiye Futbol Federasyonu; TFF) is the governing body of association football in Turkey. It was formed on 23 April 1923, and joined FIFA the same year and UEFA in 1962. It organizes the Turkey national football team, the Turkish Football League and the Turkish Cup.

Governed competitions

Leagues

Main article: Turkish football league system

The Turkish football league system is divided into eight tiers, ranging from the top-tier Süper Lig to local amateur divisions.

Cups

Main articles: Turkish Cup and Turkish Super Cup

The Turkish Cup changed its name to the Federation Cup (Turkish: Federasyon Kupası) in the 1980–81 season, then back to Turkish Cup in 1992–93.

Hosting bids

Turkish Football Federation's Hasan Doğan National Teams Camp and Training Facility at Riva, Beykoz in Istanbul.
Turkish Football Federation's Hasan Doğan National Teams Camp and Training Facility at Riva, Beykoz in Istanbul.

Turkey has had several unsuccessful bids to host the UEFA European Championship.

Turkey submitted a joint bid with Greece for UEFA Euro 2008, which failed. Their bid for UEFA Euro 2012 was also unsuccessful, with the competition going to Poland and Ukraine. The federation also submitted a bid to host UEFA Euro 2016, but on May 28, 2010, UEFA announced that Euro 2016 would be hosted by France. France beat bids of Turkey (7-6 in voting in second voting round) and Italy, which had the fewest votes in the first voting round. Turkey were also bidding for UEFA Euro 2024, competing against Germany. Germany were announced the hosts on September 27, 2018 at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

Turkey had already hosted the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final and the 2009 UEFA Cup Final in Istanbul.[2] At the youth-level, they hosted the UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship in 2008, after first hosting the event back in 1993.

Competition summary

As of May 2019

Event Gold Silver Bronze Total
Football
FIFA World Cup 0 0 1 1/21
FIFA U-20 World Cup 0 0 0 0/22
FIFA U-17 World Cup 0 0 0 0/18
FIFA Club World Cup 0 0 0 0/16
FIFA Confederations Cup 0 0 1 1/10
FIFA Women's World Cup 0 0 0 0/8
FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup 0 0 0 0/9
FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 0 0 0 0/7
FIFA Women's Club World Cup 0 0 0 0/1
UEFA European Championship 0 0 1 1/15
UEFA European Under-21 Championship 0 0 0 0/21
UEFA European Under-19 Championship 1 2 2 5/65
UEFA European Under-17 Championship 2 0 1 3/37
UEFA Nations League 0 0 0 0/1
UEFA Women's Championship 0 0 0 0/12
UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship 0 0 0 0/20
UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship 0 0 0 0/12
UEFA–CAF Meridian Cup 0 0 1 1/5
Football at the Summer Olympics 0 0 0 0/34
Football at the Mediterranean Games 1 7 2 10/18
Football at the Islamic Solidarity Games 0 0 1 1/3
UEFA Champions League 0 0 1 1/64
UEFA Europa League 1 0 1 2/48
UEFA Super Cup 1 0 0 1/43
UEFA Youth League 0 0 0 0/6
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 0 0 0 0/39
UEFA Women's Champions League 0 0 0 0/18
UEFA Regions' Cup 0 0 2 2/10
UEFA Amateur Cup 0 0 0 0/4
Balkan Cup 0 1 0 1/11
Balkans Cup 3 1 3 7/27
ECO Cup 3 2 0 5/6
Futsal
FIFA Futsal World Cup 0 0 0 0/9
UEFA Futsal Championship 0 0 0 0/11
UEFA Futsal Under-21 Championship 0 0 0 0/1
UEFA Under-19 Futsal Championship 0 0 0 0/1
UEFA Women's Futsal Championship 0 0 0 0/1
UEFA Futsal Champions League 0 0 0 0/18
Beach Soccer
FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 0 0 0 0/20
FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup qualification (UEFA) 0 0 0 0/7
Euro Beach Soccer League 0 0 0 0/21
Euro Beach Soccer Cup 0 0 0 0/15
Euro Winners Cup 0 0 1 1/7
Women's Euro Winners Cup 0 0 0 0/4
Beach Soccer at the European Games 0 0 0 0/2
Beach Soccer at the Mediterranean Beach Games 0 0 0 0/2
eSports
FIFA eWorld Cup 0 0 0 0/14
Total 11 14 18 43

Presidents

As of 16 June 2022[3]
Former Turkish footballer, referee and the 3rd president of Galatasaray, Yusuf Ziya Öniş, was the first president of TFF between 1922 and 1926
Former Turkish footballer, referee and the 3rd president of Galatasaray, Yusuf Ziya Öniş, was the first president of TFF between 1922 and 1926
 
Nat. Name Years
Turkey Yusuf Ziya Öniş 1922–1926
Turkey Muvaffak Menemencioğlu 1926–1931
Turkey Hamdi Emin Çap 1931–1937
Turkey Sedat Rıza İstek 1937–1938
Turkey Danyal Akbel 1938–1943
Turkey Ziya Ateş 1943
Turkey Sadi Karsan 1943–1948
Turkey Vildan Aşir Savaşır 1948–1949
Turkey Ulvi Ziya Yenal 1949–1952
Turkey Mehmet Arkan 1952
Turkey Mümtaz Tarhan 1952
Turkey Orhan Şeref Apak 1952–1954
Turkey Ulvi Ziya Yenal 1954
Turkey Hasan Polat 1954–1957
Turkey Orhan Şeref Apak 1957–1958
Turkey Safa Yalçuk 1958–1959
 
Nat. Name Years
Turkey Faik Gökay 1959–1960
Turkey Muhterem Özyurt 1960–1961
Turkey Bekir Silahçılar 1961
Turkey Orhan Şeref Apak 1961–1964
Turkey Muhterem Özyurt 1964–1965
Turkey Orhan Şeref Apak 1965–1970
Turkey Hasan Polat 1970–1976
Turkey Füruzan Tekil 1976–1977
Turkey Sabahattin Erman 1977
Turkey İbrahim İskeçe 1977–1978
Turkey Doğan Andaç 1980
Turkey Yılmaz Tokatlı 1980–1984
Turkey A. Kemal Ulusu 1984–1985
Turkey Erdoğan Ünver 1985–1986
Turkey Erdenay Oflaz 1986
Turkey Ali Uras 1986–1987
 
Nat. Name Years
Turkey Halim Çorbalı 1987–1989
Turkey Şenes Erzik 1989–1997
Turkey Özkan Olcay 1997
Turkey Abdullah Kiğılı 1997
Turkey Haluk Ulusoy 1997–2004
Turkey Levent Bıçakcı 2004–2006
Turkey Haluk Ulusoy 2006–2008
Turkey Hasan Doğan 15 February 2008 – 5 July 2008
Turkey Mahmut Özgener 19 August 2008–29. June 2011
Turkey Mehmet Ali Aydınlar 29 June 2011 – 31 January 2012
Turkey Yıldırım Demirören 27 February 2012 – 1 March 2019
Turkey Hüsnü Güreli (interim) 1 March 2019 – 1 June 2019
Turkey Nihat Özdemir 1 June 2019 – 4 April 2022
Turkey Servet Yardımcı (interim) 4 April 2022 – 16 June 2022
Turkey Mehmet Büyükekşi 16 June 2022 – present

Controversies

Denial of former national championships

Further information: List of Turkish football champions

The TFF organized a nationwide championship as early as 1924. That year the Turkish Football Championship (Turkish: Türkiye Futbol Şampiyonası) was held in order to bring forth a national football champion.[4][5] The championship format was based on a knockout competition, contested between the winners of each of the country's regional leagues. Some years later, in 1937, the first national league called Millî Küme was introduced. The league was held until 1950, one year before the Turkish Football Championship was also abolished.[6][7]

Even though both competitions were organized by the TFF and were official championships respectively,[8][9] they are not acknowledged and counted by the very same federation which held them. Until today no official reason or motive was given for the unparalleled and irregular denial. All other football associations in Europe without exception consequently acknowledge their former national championships. The Turkish Federation is the only one with such a stance.

As a result, Ankara Demirspor became the first club to officially demand the federation to acknowledge their championship title won in 1947, but received no answer at all to date.[10][when?] Club president Nuğman Yavuz stated that he contacted the Turkish Federation twice, but the federation did not respond in any way.[11] Similarly, Fenerbahçe also requested proper acknowledgement of these national championship titles, and faced the same unconstructive reaction.[12] Having won a total of nine titles in both former championships, the club demands to have those official titles rightfully acknowledged.[13][14][15][16]

The lack of comprehension and awareness concerning the baseless denial of proper championship titles is growing in the general Turkish public and among Turkish sports people. For instance, Mehmet Demirkol, a renowned sports writer and commentator which is a Fenerbahçe fan,[17] stated that Beşiktaş won their 20th championship title overall in the 2016–17 season, not their 15th.[18][19][Video 1] Numerous other sports writers, persons of authority, politicians, and officials also openly expressed their opinions on this issue and reinforced the view that the Turkish federation should unambiguously acknowledge and count the former championship titles.[20][21][22][23][24][Video 2][Video 3]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "TFF » İş Ortakları" (in Turkish). Turkish Football Federation. Archived from the original on 2 September 2020. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  2. ^ "BBC: Man City stadium given Uefa final". BBC News. 4 October 2006. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  3. ^ "TFF Başkanlarının Dönemleri ve Yönetim Kurulları" [Periods of TFF Presidents and Board of Directors] (in Turkish). Turkish Football Federation. Archived from the original on 18 August 2019. Retrieved 16 June 2022.
  4. ^ "Türkiye Futbol Birinciliği". Erdinç Sivritepe. Archived from the original on 20 January 2018. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Türkiye Futbol Federasyonu Kuruluyor". tff.org (in Turkish). Turkish Football Federation. Archived from the original on 25 January 2018. Retrieved 13 December 2017. 1936'ya kadar süren bu dönemde ilk Türkiye Şampiyonası Ankara'da yapılmış ve şampiyon Harbiye olmuştur.
  6. ^ "Milli Küme". Erdinç Sivritepe. Archived from the original on 26 October 2017. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Türkiye Futbol Federasyonu Kuruluyor". tff.org (in Turkish). Turkish Football Federation. Archived from the original on 25 January 2018. Retrieved 13 December 2017. ...ilk deplasmanlı lig kapsamındaki Milli Küme maçları da yine bu dönemde tertip edilmiştir.
  8. ^ "Turkey – List of Champions". rsssf.com. RSSSF. Archived from the original on 26 September 2018. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  9. ^ "First National League and Cup Competitions and a Super Cup". Erdinç Sivritepe. Archived from the original on 27 May 2018. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  10. ^ "65 yıl sonra, şampiyonluğunun peşinde" (in Turkish). Hürriyet. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Ankara Demirspor şampiyonluğunu istiyor". haber7.com (in Turkish). Archived from the original on 14 December 2017. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  12. ^ "F.Bahçe, 9 şampiyonluğunu istiyor". sporx.com (in Turkish). Archived from the original on 20 January 2018. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  13. ^ "G.Birliği ve A.Gücü Şampiyon Oluyor". sporyolu.com (in Turkish). Archived from the original on 27 May 2018. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  14. ^ "Fenerbahçe 1959 öncesi için çalışma başlattı". ntvspor.net (in Turkish). NTV Spor. Archived from the original on 14 April 2018. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  15. ^ "Fenerbahçe 5. yıldızı istiyor". hurriyet.com.tr (in Turkish). Hürriyet. Archived from the original on 14 December 2017. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  16. ^ "19 değil, 28 şampiyonluk". trthaber.com (in Turkish). TRT Haber. Archived from the original on 22 November 2017. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  17. ^ "Demirkol: Gönlümde hep Fenerbahçe oldu!". spor.haber7.com (in Turkish). Tümspor. Archived from the original on 31 July 2020. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  18. ^ "Mehmet Demirkol: Beşiktaş'ın 20. şampiyonluğu bu". kralspor.ensonhaber.com (in Turkish). En Son Haber. Archived from the original on 14 December 2017. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  19. ^ "Mehmet Demirkol: Beşiktaş'ın 20 şampiyonluğu var!". fanatik.com.tr (in Turkish). Fanatik. Archived from the original on 14 December 2017. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  20. ^ "1959'dan önceki şampiyonluklar nerede?". hurriyet.com.tr (in Turkish). Ali Can Yaycılı. Archived from the original on 26 December 2017. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  21. ^ "19 değil 28 şampiyonluk kanıtlarla". sporyazarlari.com (in Turkish). Metin Sipahioğlu. Archived from the original on 23 August 2017. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  22. ^ "Futbolumuzun miladı; takımların gerçek şampiyonluk sayıları nedir?". milliyet.com.tr (in Turkish). Uzay Gökerman. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  23. ^ "Ben, "28." diyorum…". hurriyet.com.tr (in Turkish). Ateş Bakan. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  24. ^ "FENERBAHÇE'NİN KAÇ ŞAMPİYONLUĞU VAR ??". abcspor.com (in Turkish). Burak Belgen. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
Video references
  1. ^ Mehmet Demirkol: Beşiktaş'ın 20 şampiyonluğu vardır. 15 falan değil! (YouTube video) (in Turkish). Archived from the original on 2021-12-12. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  2. ^ 1959 Öncesi Şampiyonluklar Sayılmalı Mı? Emre Bol ve Turgay Demir Yorumları (YouTube video) (in Turkish). Archived from the original on 2020-04-07. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  3. ^ '28 şampiyonluk' için resmi başvuru (YouTube video) (in Turkish). Archived from the original on 2021-12-12. Retrieved 25 December 2017.