Fenerbahçe was founded nearly a century ago in the province of Kadiköy in Istanbul. The founders were Mr. Nurizade Ziya Songülen, Mr. Ayetullah and Mr. Necip Okaner. This group of individuals founded the club secretly in order to keep a low profile and not get into any trouble with the strict Ottoman rule. So strict in fact that the Sultan, Abdulhamit the 2nd, forbid that Turkish youth set up a club or engage in the game of football, then played by the English families who they watched in envy. After the first meeting of the founders however, Nurizade Ziya Songülen is elected the first President, whilst Mr. Ayetullah is the General Secretary and Mr Necip Okaner assumes General Captaincy. The first emblem of the club is the Lighthouse which is situated on Fenerbahçe cape whilst the first colours of the club are the colours of the daffodils, white and yellow, scattered around the Fenerbahçe peninsula. The emblem and colours were to be changed in 1910 when the badge was redesigned by Topuz Hikmet and the colours were changed as Yellow and Navy. Until a change of legislation in 1908, Fenerbahçe’s activities are run under strict secrecy. After this date however, the new law requires that clubs must register in order to exist legally. From that day on, the club was to take its place amongst the top of the Turkish club’s and achieve much success. Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü first football team included Asaf, Ziya Hasan, Sami, Ayetullah, Mazhar, Necip Fethi, Galip, Huseyin, Hasan and Nevzat. This team joined the Istanbul League in 1909 but achieved nothing in its first three seasons. In the 1912-1913 season a team with Ali Said, Galip, Arif, Izzi, Huseyin, Sabri, Hikmet, Said, Hasan Kamil, Nuri and Mico win the first championship of the club. Apart from being the first championship it had more significance as it was won without a single defeat throughout the season. Atatürk and Fenerbahçe The founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk was a Fenerbahce supporter. On the 10th of August, after a 3-3 draw against Galatasaray in the Gazi Cup Ataturk was with three Galatasaray and 2 Fenerbahce supporters who were sitting next to him, where he was quoted: "We are three on three here, because I’m a Fenerbahce supporter too". When the club’s building at Kusdili burnt down, the first donation for a new building came from our great leader Ataturk. Ataturk has also visited the club and has signed the book of honour where he wrote the following sentence: "I was informed about Fenerbahce Club’s admirable activities and had made it a duty for me to visit and congratulate the club. That visit has fallen on this day and hereby I record my tribute and congratulations." 03.05.1918, Army Commander Mustafa Kemal Atatürk A Legend: Şükrü Saracoğlu Mehmet Şükrü Saracoğlu was a politician and was to be the fifth Prime Minister of Turkey. He was born in 1887 at Odemis. Saracoglu progressed as being a teacher before graduating from foreign faculties. Saracoğlu also became the Minister of Education in 1924. Saracoglu was successful at every area even in politics and was a precious statesman in Turkey. He was also a keen Fenerbahçe supporter and was the president of the club from 1934 to 1950. This made him the longest serving Fenerbahçe president. In 1953, three years after retiring from politics, he sadly died in Istanbul on 27th of December.
Fenerbahçe is a multi-sports club and competes in football, basketball, volleyball, athletics, swimming, sailing, rowing, boxing and table tennis with many major honours won in each.
The Stadium The Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium is rapidly becoming one of Europe’s elite football arenas. Aziz Yıldırım’s huge investments in top quality facilities since his election as President have been much admired by players and fans alike. The Social Venue Located next to the club’s headquarters, the Faruk Ilgaz Social Facilities is the new venue for the club’s gatherings. Was initially opened 15 May 1969 but Aziz Yıldırım rebuilt a modern complex and opened on 21 January 2004. The Training Complex The construction for this top quality training complex began in 1997 during Ali Şen’s presidency. The construction was completed in the year 2000. The Club Headquarters Located at Fenerbahçe Island. Re-opened 24 April 1996. The Dereağzı Metin Aşık Camp Facilities Training facilities located at Dereağzı, re-opened in 1989. The Youth Football Centre Built in 1999, serves the youth ranks of the football branch. The Sports Hall Munir Nurettin Selcuk Road Kiziltoprak. Refurbished 24 February.2001. First opened in 1982. Serves the basketball and volleyball branches. The Fikirtepe Facilities Yumurtacı Abdi Bey Road, Kadıköy. Opened 1 July 1998. Serves youth football development. The College Uslu Road Yunus Way No.1 Kayışdağı. Opened 30 January 1995. The Swimming Pool The Vefa Küçük Swimming Pool was opened on 16 July 1999.
Fenerbahçe has a huge leading profile over other clubs concerning trophies. Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü has won many trophies at the currently active branches and at some other branches which have been discontinued. During the Turkish War of Independence, Fenerbahçe played with many teams of the enemy and injected morale to the Turkish people by winning those games. Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü’s football team has many records which are still not broken. Yet the success is not limited only with the football team. At the Olympics, the first gold medal was won by a Fenerbahçe athlete, Ruhi Sarialp, in a field other than wrestling. In athletics, the only club that wins the European Championship is Fenerbahçe. Football championships Fenerbahçe has won football cups more than any other teams in Turkey. Since the day it was formed, Fenerbahçe has won a total of 125 trophies. The Turkish Super League (formerly named as the "Turkish First Division") had been won by Fenerbahçe 16 times, once more than Galatasaray. Amongst the trophies, 16 of them is for the Istanbul League Championships, 12 is for the Turkish Sports Writer’s Championships, 6 of them for National League,4 is for Istanbul Shields, 3 for Turkish Football Championships, and 1 Spor-Toto Cup, 4 Armory Cups, 8 Prime Minister Cups, 4 Turkish Cups, 2 Ataturk Cups and 6 President Cups.