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Istanbul: Two days, two derbies, two continents, a new football power

Besiktas is the third most successful team in Turkish Super Lig history

"Mazbatayi ver, mazbatayi ver, mazbatayi ver, Imamoglu & # 39; na!"

The Besiktas fans are singing against local rivals Istanbul Basaksehir before their home game and it's very, very loud.

Football in the biggest city of Turkey always means color, passion and noise, but the match on Saturday was played under very special circumstances between two very different clubs.

Istanbul is going through strained, uncertain times. The recent results of the local elections show that the candidate favored by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was defeated here. His governing party, however, refused to accept the result and ordered a recount.

The singing sung by the Besiktas fans prompted Erdogan to give "Ekrem Imamoglu", the "winning candidate" who was present at the game, power and sat next to Besiktas & # 39; chairman.

This is Turkey in a nutshell – politics and football are intertwined, there is no escape. In terms of basaksehir, league leaders and a new power in the scene, they have close ties with Erdogan.

Founded in 1990 as an amateur team, they rose quickly through the leagues and reached in 2007 for the first time the first league.

But it was 2014 when her fortune really changed. At that time, a group of business people were taking place near Erdogan's ruling AK Party.

Former Turkish manager Abdullah Avci was appointed manager and Goksel Gumusdag joined as club president – he is married to the niece of Erdogan's wife, Emine.

While Tottenham introduced club legends Paul Gascoigne and David Ginola for the opening of their new site in March, Basaksehir himself deployed Erdogan when they unveiled a new 17,000-seat stadium in July 2017.

A former semi-professional player, Erdogan scored a hat-trick in the first half with a 9-4 victory for his side in a remarkable performance with the Daily Sabah newspaper