World's Biggest Derby: Summer Edition

News  •  Author: Nathan Redd   •   Wednesday, July 21, 2010 Picture

The 2010-2011 Süper Lig season is still several weeks away, but fans will get a rare chance to see the world's biggest derby in a different setting Wednesday night.  Fenerbahçe face arch-rivals Galatasaray later tonight in the Spor Toto Friendly Cup at Borussia Park Stadium in Mönchengladbach, Germany.  Both teams have played several friendlies already in an effort to look at new and young players, but the two coaches are expected to field first team lineups this evening. 

Fans get a bonus edition of the world's biggest derby later this evening in Germany.  The two fiercest rivals in football face each other in a friendly in Mönchengladbach, but there is a debate over just how 'friendly' these two teams can be. 

Although it seems a bit unusual for these two teams to meet outside of Turkey, it's not without precedent.  Tonight's match is actually the fourth time these two sides have met outside of Turkish borders.  They first met on August 3rd, 1980, with Fener pulling out a 3-2 win in the Vatan Cup in Offenbach, Germany.  Nearly ten years to the day later, Galatasaray would get a bit of revenge, taking down their rivals 2-0 in Cologne, Germany on August 4th, 1990.  Then on July 17th, 1996, the two teams would meet again in Frankfurt, Germany, with a scoreless draw resulting.  That means the winner of Wednesday's match can get the upper hand on the 'world's biggest derby abroad' rivalry. 

These two rivals have been meeting for 101 years, and tonight's match is the 365th meeting in the series.  Fenerbahçe have 138 victories, while Galatasaray have won 116 times.  The two sides finished level in 110 of those matches.  In those previous 364 meetings, Fener have scored 511 goals, while Galatasaray have hit the back of the net 463 times. 

Coaches Aykut Kocaman and Frank Rijkaard have been using their summer friendlies to get a good look at their new and young players.  For Fenerbahçe, it's been a rough couple of weeks.  The team has only one win in three friendlies so far, and the team looked uninspired in all three matches.  They were outscored 7-2 in the two losses before claiming a 3-0 win over Belgian side KRC Genk.  Galatasaray, on the other hand, have rolled in their three friendlies, outscoring their opponents 13-0.  The Lions have played far inferior competition, however, earning their three wins over two German 5th-division sides, and a club from Iran. 

For Fenerbahçe, few first team players have seen significant minutes so far this summer.  That's because Aykut Kocaman has used the friendlies to take a look at some of his more inexperienced players, as well as new transfers Miroslav Stoch, Caner Erkin, and İlhan Eker.  It's also due to the fact that the Yellow Canaries have been hit by a number of injuries already this summer, with Mehmet Topuz, Andre Santos, Volkan Demirel, Semih Şentürk, Selçuk Şahin, Gökhan Ünal, and others missing practice time in the team's Belgian camp.  Kocaman will likely field a first team lineup Wednesday night, however, along with his Galatasaray counterpart Frank Rijkaard. 

Reports indicate that Kocman may go with Volkan Demirel, Fabio Bilica, İlhan Eker, Bekir İrtegün, André Santos, Miroslav Stoch, Selçuk Şahin, Colin Kazım-Richards, Cristian Baroni, Alex de Souza, and Gökhan Ünal Wednesday night.  Rijkaard may field a first eleven of Ufuk Ceylan, Sabri Sarıoğlu, Ali Turan, Servet Çetin, Hakan Balta, Lorik Cana, Mustafa Sarp, Aydın Yılmaz, Serdar Özkan, Arda Turan, Mehmet Batdal for Galatasaray. 

Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray meet in a summer edition of the world's biggest derby Wednesday night.  Kickoff in the Spor Toto Friendly Cup at Borussia Park Stadium in Mönchengladbach, Germany is set for 20:00 local time (CET). [21:00 Turkish time, 7:00 PM in the UK, 4:00 AM in Australia, 2:00 PM in the US (EST)] Fans in Turkey can watch the match live on D-Smart (Futbol Smart and TRT-HD)

Comments (26)

AKay • 15:10 • July 21, 2010
D-smart i starting to realy piss me off.
sageleader • 16:40 • July 21, 2010
The season was drawn:
berkan8gulsen • 17:14 • July 21, 2010
yeahh we playing trabzonspor the second week. and then besiktas the 5th week..
fb_fan • 17:31 • July 21, 2010
i hate D-smart as well!
mtHead • 19:07 • July 21, 2010
Usually these summer derbies are dull and lack pace and intensity so don't expect much. I hope to be wrong though.
panama • 21:18 • July 21, 2010
sageleader • 21:38 • July 21, 2010
buraktigin • 21:59 • July 21, 2010
sageleader • 21:59 • July 21, 2010
FB 1-0 GS at half. Santos scored. They stopped the game for 10 minutes because of fan rioting.
fb_fan • 22:21 • July 21, 2010
GO FENERRR!We are playing with 10 players though ;//
ergin • 22:28 • July 21, 2010
ergin • 22:30 • July 21, 2010
guys I just started watching. Were Selcuk's yellow cards bad? And how are we playing and how was Santo's goal?
fb_fan • 22:33 • July 21, 2010
all was perfect till' selcuk got the 2nd yellow ergin ://
ergin • 22:34 • July 21, 2010
Was it a stupid yellow? And how was Santo's goal?
sageleader • 22:36 • July 21, 2010
Selcuk got two yellows at the same time, no? Why?
remedy2000 • 22:39 • July 21, 2010
I'll be honest, Fener isn't missing the 11th player. Controlled the first half and it's only now that Gala are pressing hard on them.
fb_fan • 22:39 • July 21, 2010
arda bounced the bar pretty bad ;//!I like Kazim,Stoch very much :)Bilica does well too!
BushRanger • 22:39 • July 21, 2010
The goal was very good actually. Good move and Santos was put through on left, cut into box and slammed a shot into the roof of the net from a tight angle. Since then we are playing on the counter and its all Gala.
ergin • 22:40 • July 21, 2010
thanks for that remedy. Always nice to have an update like that when you've missed most of the game. Hopefully we score another! HADI FENER!!

And thanks very much BushRanger for letting me know what the goal was like.
remedy2000 • 22:47 • July 21, 2010
Gala is pretty much the Arda Turan Show right now
madturk • 22:51 • July 21, 2010
the ref must have learned his trade from the English ref at the WC final. I lost count of the number of cards handed out.
remedy2000 • 22:58 • July 21, 2010
why he had to go and attempt to ruin the game with a red card i don't know. It's a friendly. Let them play football.
remedy2000 • 23:01 • July 21, 2010
and that's that, 1 - 0 to fener. Gala has some great young players coming through and it looks like stoch is worth the money.
ergin • 23:02 • July 21, 2010
Well even though it's a friendly I'm glad we won. Will give our team some decent confidence going forward.

Hey Bursaspor tied Borussia Dortmund today 1-1 which is not that bad a result in my opinion.
fb_fan • 23:04 • July 21, 2010
HAHA there is the truth -- FB ON TOP 4GOOD!
BushRanger • 23:06 • July 21, 2010
This result should provide the team a great boost after a pretty disappointing week. We still need to sign some class players in the next few weeks though.
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