History

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 that Sultan, Abdulhamit the 2nd, forbid the Turkish youth to set up a club and to engage in the game of football played by the English families, that was watched in envy.

After the first meeting of the founders however, Nurizade Ziya Songülen was elected the first President, whilst Mr. Ayetullah became the General Secretary and Mr Necip Okaner obtained the role 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 to Yellow and Navy.

Until a change of legislation in 1908, Fenerbahçe’s activities were obtainedunder strict secrecy. After this date however, the new law required 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's 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 the team contained of Ali Said, Galip, Arif, Izzi, Huseyin, Sabri, Hikmet, Said, Hasan Kamil, Nuri and Mico won 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.