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2004-05 Galatasaray S K Season

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Galatasaray Spor Kulubu, also know as Galatasaray, is a sporting association based on the European side of the city of Istanbul in Turkey. It is the association Football branch of the larger Galatasaray Sports Club, itself part of the Galatasaray Community Cooperation Committee which includes the prestigious Lycee de Galatasaray, where Football Club was founded in October 1905 consisting entirely of student members. Galatasaray is the most successful Turkish football club. They have won 7 domestic trophies, including 22 Super Lig titles, 18 Turkish Cups and 15 Turkish Super Cups. It is one of three teams to have participated in all seasons of the Turkish Super Lig since 1959, following the dissolution of Istanbul Football League, and are the only club to have won the Super Lig in four successive seasons. Internationally, Galatasaray won the UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup in 2000, becoming the first and only Turkish team to win a major UEFA competition. In the 1999-2000 season, club achieved the rare feat of completing a quadruple by winning the Turkish Super Lig, Turkish Cup, UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup in a single season. Galatasaray is also the only Turkish club to have been ranked 1 in the IFFHS World Rankings. Since 2011, Club's Stadium is 52 652 capacity Turk Telekom Arena in Seyrantepe, Istanbul. Previously, Club had played at Ali Sami Yen Stadium, as well as a succession of other grounds in Istanbul, which include groundshares with Besiktas and Fenerbahce at Taksim Stadium and Inonu Stadium. The club has a long-standing rivalry with other major Istanbul teams, namely with Besiktas and Fenerbahce. The Derby between Galatasaray and Fenerbahce is dubbed Ktalar Aras Derbi due to the location of their headquarters and stadiums on the European and Asian sides of the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul. As result of the team's twentieth championship for the 2014-15 season of Super Lig, their logo hereafter contains 4 stars representing their 20 championships in the League. Each star corresponds to the team's 5 championships.

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A number of Galatasaray AS players and coach Michael Skibbe will return to the land of their birth on Matchday 4 with the Turkish giants looking to earn a place in the last 32 of the UEFA Cup with a draw or win against Hertha BSC Berlin. Hertha have drawn both of their Group B games to date and were not in action on 27 November. They will not know whether they have reached the last 32 until after their Matchday 5 fixture at Olympiacos CFP. Galatasaray surprisingly lost 1-0 at home against FC Metalist Kharkiv last time out, but they still need just one point against Hertha to be sure of qualifying. Only once has a total of six points not been enough to progress beyond the UEFA Cup Group stage, with Rangers FC missing out in 2004 / 05. Hertha and Galatasaray have met once before, with the Turkish side drawing 2-2 at home and winning 4-1 in the German capital in 1999 / 00 UEFA Champions League first Group stage. Michael Preetz and Dariusz Wosz struck twice in a minute to give Hertha a 2-0 lead in Istanbul, but Hakan Sukur reduced the arrears before half-time, with Gheorghe Hagi equalising four minutes from time for Fatih Terim's Galatasaray. Kjetil Rekdal put Jurgen Rober's Hertha ahead before the break in the second leg, but Hakan Sukur struck twice, before goals from Tugay Kerimoglu and Okan Buruk completed a memorable win. The teams for that tie in Berlin on 26 October 1999 were: Hertha: Gabor Kiraly, Dick van Burik, Eyjolfur Sverrison, Dariusz Wosz, Ali Daei, Kjetil Rekdal, Michael Preetz, Andreas Schmidt, Kai Michalke, Sebastian Deisler, Thomas Helmer. Galatasaray have played 21 games against German sides, from which their record is W5 D10 L6. Their ten games in Germany have earned them three wins and two draws, with the remaining five ending in defeat. Last season, Galatasaray were knocked out of the UEFA Cup Round of 32 by German opposition, losing 5-1 at Bayer 04 Leverkusen after drawing the home leg 0-0. Then Leverkusen coach Michael Skibbe is now in charge at Galatasaray, and has plenty of experience of German football to call upon AS he looks to undo Hertha. Hertha's Ukrainian striker Andriy Voronin played under Skibbe at Leverkusen prior to joining Liverpool FC, who have loaned him back to the Bundesliga Club for season. Like Skibbe, Hertha boss Lucien Favre has played against his current team in UEFA Club competition game. His Servette FC side drew 0-0 in Geneva and then beat Hertha 3-0 in Berlin to win the 2001 / 02 UEFA Cup third-Round tie. With Turkish people representing the largest ethnic minority population in Berlin, Galatasaray's visit is sure to create a major stir. Several of Galatasaray's foreign players have Bundesliga experience. Fernando Meira was at VfB Stuttgart from 2002 to 2008 and Lincoln was at 1. FC Kaiserslautern from 2001 to 2004 before playing for FC Schalke 04 between 2004 and 2007.

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Date of birth: 26 January 1963 Nationality: Portuguese Coaching career: SL Benfica, UD Leiria, FC Porto, Chelsea FC, FC Internazionale Milano, Real Madrid CF Former teacher, Mourinho had spells working at Sporting Clube De Portugal, Porto and FC Barcelona AS Coaching assistant in the 1990s. AS coach, had a brief, nine-game stay at Benfica and a highly successful tenure at Leiria before really making his mark after arriving at Porto in January 2002. In his first full season, 2002 / 03, Porto won the UEFA Cup and domestic double. Next year they retain their League title and claim the UEFA Champions League with 3-0 defeat of AS Monaco FC in Gelsenkirchen. He Join Chelsea in 2004 and led the club to the League Cup and their first League championship for 50 years in his first season. Follow up with the League title again in 2006, and both the League Cup and FA Cup in 2007, but left the club that September. He joined Inter in June 2008 and in his first campaign retained Scudetto, feat Nerazzurri repeated in 2009 / 10 when they also added the Coppa Italia and UEFA Champions League title, their first European crown since 1965. Victory at Santiago Bernabeu was Mourinho's last act as Inter coach before he joined Madrid on a four-year deal. His first season featured in the club's first Copa del Rey victory in 18 years and his second brought the Liga title; also lead Madrid to three successive UEFA Champions League semi-finals, equalling Sir Alex Ferguson's record of seven last-four appearances, before returning to Chelsea at the start of June 2013.

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