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1959 Milli Lig

Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü - İstanbul


The first ever national professional Turkish league started in 1959. It was named as "Milli Lig" (National League).
There were professional leagues only in three cities - Ankara, İstanbul, İzmir - at the time.
During the first half of the 1958-59 season, the clubs played in their own regional leagues to qualify to the Milli Lig. Top 8 clubs from İstanbul and top 4 clubs both from Ankara and İzmir were admitted to the league.
The first half of the season were spent by the qualifications and Milli Lig could start during the second half, literally in 1959 calendar year. That's why, the first year is referred as 1959 Milli Lig rather than 1958-59 Milli Lig.

1959 Milli Lig was played in two stages - the Groups and the Final.

First stage - The clubs played in 2 groups, which were named after the colours of the Turkish flag as Red and White. The winners of each group qualified to the second stage.
2 points were awarded to each win and 1 for each tie.
The tie-breaker used for the clubs finishing at equal points is the result of a division of goals scored for into goals scored against (average goal scored per goal allowed).

Second stage - was played as a two legged knock-out final.

No clubs were relegated, 4 clubs got promoted after a promotion league. The promotion league was renamed as "Federasyon Kupası" the first year, but was renamed as "Baraj" games after the first year.


Groups

	KIRMIZI GRUP (Group RED)
GS V DS GT KG KSK GB A Galatasaray 0-0 1-2 5-0 1-0 1-1 0-0 2-1 İstanbul Vefa 1-1 0-0 3-2 1-0 3-0 3-0 2-2 İstanbul A Demirspor 0-2 1-1 1-1 0-0 1-0 0-0 2-0 Ankara Göztepe 0-0 0-1 4-2 3-0 3-2 2-1 2-3 İzmir Karagümrük 2-3 1-2 1-2 1-1 2-2 1-0 3-0 İstanbul Karşıyaka 0-1 2-0 1-1 0-3 0-3 1-1 3-1 İzmir Gençlerbirliği 0-0 0-3 0-0 2-2 1-2 1-1 1-1 Ankara Adalet 0-1 1-1 0-0 0-0 1-1 0-0 2-3 İstanbul P G W D L F A 1 Galatasaray 20 14 7 6 1 18 7 2.571 Proceeds to Final 2 Vefa 20 14 7 6 1 21 10 2.100 3 Ankara Demirspor 16 14 4 8 2 12 11 4 Göztepe 15 14 5 5 4 23 21 5 Karagümrük 12 14 4 4 6 17 17 6 Karşıyaka 10 14 2 6 6 13 21 0.619 7 Gençlerbirliği 10 14 1 8 5 10 18 0.556 8 Adalet 9 14 1 7 6 12 21 BEYAZ GRUP (Group WHITE) FB BJK AT İ AG HT BK İS Fenerbahçe 1-0 1-1 1-0 3-1 2-1 2-1 3-0 İstanbul Beşiktaş 0-2 2-1 2-0 0-0 3-2 0-1 2-1 İstanbul Altay 0-1 3-1 1-1 1-0 1-0 2-2 2-0 İzmir İzmirspor 0-0 1-1 2-2 1-0 1-0 2-1 2-0 İzmir Ankaragücü 2-3 1-3 2-1 1-0 1-0 2-2 1-1 Ankara Hacettepe 1-4 0-3 2-0 1-0 1-3 1-0 1-1 Ankara Beykoz 0-1 2-3 2-2 2-1 3-1 1-2 0-2 İstanbul İstanbulspor 0-5 1-2 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-2 0-0 İstanbul P G W D L F A 1 Fenerbahçe 26 14 12 2 0 29 7 Proceeds to Final 2 Beşiktaş 18 14 8 2 4 22 16 3 Altay 15 14 5 5 4 18 16 4 İzmirspor 13 14 4 5 5 11 12 0.917 5 Ankaragücü 13 14 5 3 6 16 19 0.842 6 Hacettepe 11 14 5 1 8 14 20 7 Beykoz 10 14 3 4 7 17 21 8 İstanbulspor 6 14 1 4 9 6 22

Final

Galatasaray 1-0 Fenerbahçe
10.06.1959 Dolmabahçe Stadyumu, İstanbul (18,016) - Markovic (YUG)
1-0 Metin 39

Galatasaray: Turgay Şeren, Saim Taysengil, İsmail Kurt, Ahmet Berman, Ergun Ercins, Nuri Aşan, İsfendiyar Açıksöz, Suat Mamat, Metin Oktay, Dursun Baran, Mete Basmacı
Trainer: Leandro Remondini
Fenerbahçe: Özcan Arkoç, Osman Göktan, Basri Dirimlili, Avni Kalkavan, Naci Erdem, Niyazi Tamakan, Mustafa Güven, Can Bartu, Şeref Has, Lefter Küçükandonyadis, Yüksel Gündüz
Trainer: Ignace Molnar

Fenerbahçe 4-0 Galatasaray
14.06.1959 Dolmabahçe Stadyumu, İstanbul (26,553) - Francesco Liverani (ITA)
1-0 Yüksel 9, 2-0 Naci 44, 3-0 Mustafa 70, 4-0 Şeref 72

Fenerbahçe: Özcan Arkoç, Osman Göktan, Basri Dirimlili, Avni Kalkavan, Naci Erdem, Niyazi Tamakan, Şeracettin Kırklar, Can Bartu, Şeref Has, Lefter Küçükandonyadis, Yüksel Gündüz
Trainer: Ignace Molnar
Galatasaray: Yüksel Alkan, Saim Taysengil, İsmail Kurt, Ahmet Berman, Ergun Ercins, Nuri Aşan, İsfendiyar Açıksöz, Suat Mamat, Metin Oktay, Dursun Baran, Mete Basmacı
Trainer: Leandro Remondini

Fenerbahçe won 4-1 on aggregate score, qualified to European Champions' Cup

1959 Federasyon Kupası - Promotion Games

Two clubs from regional leagues of Ankara (Şeker Hilal GK and Toprakspor GK), İstanbul (Kasımpaşa GK and Feriköy GK), and İzmir (Altınordu GK and Ülküspor GK) qualified along with the only professional club out of these cities - Adana Demirspor GK from Adana.
The games were played in Bursa and top four got promoted.


			   P  G  W  D  L   F   A F/A
	1 Kasımpaşa	  10  6  4  2  0  10   2	Promoted to Milli Lig
	2 Şeker Hilal	   7  6  1  5  0   5   3	Promoted to Milli Lig
	3 Altınordu	   6  6  2  2  2   9   7 1.286  Promoted to Milli Lig
	4 Feriköy	   6  6  2  2  2   5   5 1.000  Promoted to Milli Lig
	5 Toprakspor	   5  6  2  1  3   8   9 0.889
	6 Adana Demirspor  5  6  2  1  3   6  10 0.600
	7 Ülküspor	   3  6  1  1  4   6  13

	The standings were provided by Cem Pekin.

Stats

1st Level

Top Scorer: Metin Oktay (Galatasaray SK) 11 goals
Most Goals in a Game: 6 - Göztepe 4-2 Ank.Demirspor
Most Goals ina Game by a Club: 5 - İstanbulspor 0-5 Fenerbahçe, Galatasaray 5-0 Göztepe

European Club Competition Qualifications:
European Champions Cup: Fenerbahçe SK İstanbul

Championships:
1 - Fenerbahçe (59)

Relegations:
None

1 Year of Milli Lig - 1959.


2nd Level

Promotions
1 - Kasımpaşa (59), Şeker Hilal (59), Altınordu (59), Feriköy (59)

1 Year of Promotion Games - 1959.

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