2023 Turkish Super Cup

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EventTurkish Super Cup
Date7 April 2024
VenueŞanlıurfa 11 Nisan Stadium, Şanlıurfa
RefereeVolkan Bayarslan

The 2023 Turkish Super Cup, also known as 2023 Turkcell Super Cup (Turkish: 2023 Turkcell Süper Kupa) for sponsorship reasons, was the 50th edition of the Turkish Super Cup since its establishment as Presidential Cup in 1966, the annual Turkish football match contested by the winners of the previous season's top league and cup competitions (or cup runner-up in case the league- and cup-winning club is the same). The game, originally scheduled for 29 December 2023, between Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe, was intended to take place at the Al-Awwal Park in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; however, it did not proceed as planned due to disagreements between the involved clubs and Saudi authorities.

Following this development, the Turkish Football Federation announced that the rescheduled game would take place on 7 April 2024 at the Şanlıurfa 11 Nisan Stadium in Şanlıurfa, Turkey.

The match was abandoned after just 1 minute, when Fenerbahçe (who fielded their U19's squad) walked off the pitch in protest of an alleged unfair testament, resulting in the referee to have no option but to abandon the game. As a result of this, Galatasaray celebrated winning the Super Cup. On April 11, 2024, TFF announced that Fenerbahçe had been sanctioned with a forfeit with a 3–0 loss of the game.


On 24 July 2023, the Turkish Football Federation announced that the Turkish Super Cup between the Süper Lig champions Galatasaray and the Turkish Cup champions Fenerbahçe would be held during the midseason break, citing congestion in the European cup schedules of both clubs as the rationale.

Dursun Özbek, the president of Galatasaray, responded to inquiries regarding the possibility of holding the Super Cup in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, stating that the decision rests with the federation. He expressed enthusiasm for the prospect, highlighting the positive experiences Galatasaray fans have had in Azerbaijan, comparable to those in Turkey. Özbek considered it an elegant idea and believed it would bring happiness to their counterparts in Azerbaijan. He mentioned plans to establish contact with relevant individuals to explore the possibility further and expressed hope that it would come to fruition.

On 8 September 2023, the Turkish Football Federation president Mehmet Büyükekşi conveyed a keen interest in hosting the Super Cup abroad, explicitly referring to Saudi Arabia's substantial interest in making significant investments in football. He elaborated that Saudi Arabia is actively investing in football, particularly emphasizing its impact on enhancing the country's global image. Büyükekşi pointed out the presence of both Italian and Spanish tournaments in the region. Additionally, he mentioned that the first meeting with the president of the Saudi Arabian Football Federation occurred in Sydney, Australia, where initial proposals were presented. While refraining from providing further details due to the absence of a clear outcome, he indicated that, in principle, the consideration of hosting the Super Cup in Saudi Arabia was underway.

On 20 October 2023, the Turkish Football Federation announced that the Super Cup would be played on 30 December 2023, at the Al-Awwal Park in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Following the announcement, the decision faced backlash from fans due to coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Turkey. Supporters expressed their preference for such a significant match to be played within the country in this momentous year.

In early November 2023, the Fenerbahçe High Council recommended that the Super Cup match be played at either the Atatürk Olympic Stadium or the Samsun 19 Mayıs Stadium. Similarly, the Galatasaray Council expressed a desire for the Super Cup to take place in Turkey. In a unanimously issued statement, it was conveyed that, for the cup of the century, known as the "Republic Cup" in the centennial year, they want it to be played in the Turkish homeland. According to the statement, this desire was grounded in the significance of the centennial year, symbolizing the culmination of a century of Turkish history earned and safeguarded by the blood, vitality, intellect, and wisdom of their ancestors. However, Büyükekşi defended the decision to hold the match in Saudi Arabia despite objections from the clubs, pointing out that Spain and Italy also host their tournaments there.

Ceremonial disagreement

Fenerbahçe's desire to participate in the opening ceremony with banners reading the phrase "Peace at Home, Peace in the World", and Galatasaray's intention to display the phrase "How happy is the one who says I am a Turk", along with warming up in Mustafa Kemal Atatürk-themed t-shirts before the match, were met with disapproval by Saudi officials. The disagreement stemmed from the Saudi authorities' refusal to accept these requests and their insistence on playing the national anthem of Saudi Arabia during the ceremony. Consequently, both sides refused to play, resulting in the cancellation of the match. A joint statement released by the teams and Turkish Football Federation later on said the game was postponed due to "glitches", without elaborating.

In a press release, the organizer Riyadh Season placed the blame on the teams. The clubs' decision not to play received unanimous support within Turkey. Beşiktaş JK, MKE Ankaragücü and Samsunspor shared their support and publicly offered their home fields for the match while other Turkish football teams, players from both sides, players of other clubs and other organizations responded by sharing Atatürk's pictures and words. Metro İstanbul, the operator of Istanbul Metro, encouraged fans to use public transport to welcome the teams at Istanbul's airports. Mayor of Beşiktaş, Rıza Akpolat, stated that the street where the Saudi Arabian consulate general of Istanbul is situated on will be named after Fahreddin Pasha, the Ottoman commander during the siege of Medina. It was also reported that S Sport, a Turkish sports network and subscription service, which holds rights to broadcast Saudi Pro League in Turkey, removed Saudi Pro League from their programming.



7 April 202421:30 TRT (UTC+3)
Icardi 1' Report
Şanlıurfa 11 Nisan Stadium, ŞanlıurfaReferee: Volkan Bayarslan

Win has been awarded to Galatasaray as Fenerbahçe walked off the pitch on 2nd minute and sanctioned with a forfeit by TFF.

GK 1 Uruguay Fernando Muslera (c)
RB 23 Turkey Kaan Ayhan
CB 25 Denmark Victor Nelsson
CB 42 Turkey Abdülkerim Bardakcı
LB 17 Germany Derrick Köhn
CM 18 Turkey Berkan Kutlu
CM 34 Uruguay Lucas Torreira
AM 10 Belgium Dries Mertens
RW 53 Turkey Barış Alper Yılmaz
LW 7 Turkey Kerem Aktürkoğlu
CF 9 Argentina Mauro Icardi
GK 19 Turkey Günay Güvenç
DF 6 Colombia Davinson Sánchez
DF 92 Ivory Coast Serge Aurier
MF 5 Germany Eyüp Aydın
MF 8 Germany Kerem Demirbay
MF 22 Morocco Hakim Ziyech
MF 91 France Tanguy Ndombele
FW 14 Ivory Coast Wilfried Zaha
FW 20 Brazil Tetê
FW 95 Brazil Carlos Vinícius
Turkey Okan Buruk
GK 97 Turkey Furkan Onur Akyüz (c)
RB 55 Turkey Mustafa Emir Akyıldız
CB 56 Turkey Ümitcan Okan
CB 49 Turkey Muhammet İmre
LB 95 Turkey Yusuf Akçiçek
CM 92 Turkey Efekan Karayazı
CM 59 Turkey Kerem Kayaarası
AM 88 Turkey Zeki Dursun
RW 98 Turkey Emirhan Arkutcu
LW 58 Turkey Görkem İbrahim Demirel
CF 94 Turkey Çağrı Fedai
GK 67 Turkey Doğukan Demir
DF 54 Turkey Yiğit Epözdemir
DF 96 Turkey Mehmet Can Gülerer
MF 57 Turkey Samet Seymen Sargın
Turkey Zeki Murat Göle

Man of the Match:
Mauro Icardi (Galatasaray)

Assistant referees:
Serkan Olguncan
Serkan Ok
Fourth official:
Burak Şeker
Video assistant referee:
Koray Gençerler
Assistant video assistant referees:
Zorbay Küçük
Esat Sancaktar
Serkan Tokat

Match rules

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level
  • Ten named substitutes
  • Maximum of five substitutions, with a sixth allowed in extra time


  1. ^ Each team was given only three opportunities to make substitutions, with a fourth opportunity in extra time, excluding substitutions made at half-time, before the start of extra time and at half-time in extra time.

External links


  1. ^ a b "2023 Turkcell Süper Kupa Maçı 7 Nisan'da Şanlıurfa'da Oynanacak". Turkish Football Federation (in Turkish). 21 February 2024. Retrieved 21 February 2024.
  2. ^ a b c "2023 Turkcell Süper Kupa Müsabakasını Volkan Bayarslan Yönetecek". Turkish Football Federation (in Turkish). 4 April 2024. Retrieved 4 April 2024.
  3. ^ a b "Galatasaray vs Fenerbahce 'cancelled' before kick-off in Saudi Arabia as teams refuse to play". Daily Mirror. 29 December 2023. Retrieved 29 December 2023.
  4. ^ "Fenerbahce field U19 side then leave pitch in Super Cup". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 April 2024.
  5. ^ "Fenerbahce players walk off after one minute to concede Turkish Super Cup". Reuters. Reuters. 7 April 2024. Retrieved 8 April 2024.
  6. ^ "PFDK Kararları - 11.04.2024". www.tff.org (in Turkish). Turkish Football Federation. Retrieved 11 April 2024.
  7. ^ "Turkcell Süper Kupa Devre Arasında Oynanacak". Turkish Football Federation (in Turkish). 24 July 2023. Retrieved 30 December 2023.
  8. ^ "Dursun Özbek'ten "Süper Kupa" açıklaması: "Bakü'de oynanması çok iyi olur"". NTV Spor (in Turkish). 31 July 2023. Retrieved 30 December 2023.
  9. ^ "Büyükekşi: "Süper Kupa için Suudi Arabistan ile görüşüyoruz"". beIN Sports (in Turkish). 8 September 2023. Retrieved 30 December 2023.
  10. ^ "Turkcell Süper Kupa 30 Aralık'ta Suudi Arabistan'da Oynanacak". Turkish Football Federation (in Turkish). 20 October 2023. Retrieved 30 December 2023.
  11. ^ "'Süper Kupa' Suudi Arabistan'da oynanacak! TFF'nin kararına sosyal medyada tepki yağdı: 'Cumhuriyetin 100. yılında...'". Cumhuriyet (in Turkish). 20 October 2023. Retrieved 30 December 2023.
  12. ^ "Fenerbahçe Yüksek Divan Kurulu'ndan Süper Kupa kararı: İşte talep edilen 2 stat". NTV Spor (in Turkish). 5 November 2023. Retrieved 30 December 2023.
  13. ^ "Galatasaray Spor Kulübü Divan Kurulu, Süper Kupa Finali'nin Türkiye'de oynanması talep etti". Anadolu Agency (in Turkish). 6 November 2023. Retrieved 30 December 2023.
  14. ^ "TFF Başkanı Mehmet Büyükekşi'den Süper Kupa açıklaması". Anadolu Agency (in Turkish). 13 November 2023. Retrieved 30 December 2023.
  15. ^ "Fenerbahçe ve Galatasaray, Arabistan'daki Süper Kupa maçına çıkmama kararı aldı - Sözcü Gazetesi". www.sozcu.com.tr (in Turkish). 2023-12-29. Retrieved 2023-12-29.
  16. ^ "Turkey's Super Cup in Saudi Arabia canceled over reported Ataturk row - Al-Monitor: Independent, trusted coverage of the Middle East". Al-Monitor. 2023-12-29. Retrieved 2023-12-29.
  17. ^ "Press Release on the Turkish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh".
  18. ^ "Kapımız Açık! Cumhuriyetimizin 100. yılında oynanacak Süper Kupa finalini, uygun bir tarihte, Atamızın semtinde, dünyanın en güzel stadında oynamak üzere, Atatürk sevdalılarını Türk bayraklarıyla Dolmabahçe'ye bekleriz".
  19. ^ "Eski adı Cumhurbaşkanlığı Kupası olan Süper Kupa finalinin; Cumhuriyet'imizin 100.yılında Başkentimiz Ankara'da oynanması için TFF ve kulüplerimize davetimizdir".
  20. ^ "Işıkları Açtık 🏟️ Bayrakları Astık 🇹🇷 Samsun'a bekliyoruz! @Fenerbahce @Galatasaray".
  21. ^ "Tüm İstanbullulara duyurumuzdur: Sabaha karşı yurdumuza dönecek şanlı takımlarımızı karşılayabilmeniz için; M1A Yenikapı Atatürk Havalimanı M1B Yenikapı-Kirazlı M2 Yenikapı-Hacıosman M4 Kadıköy-Sabiha Gökçen Havalimanı M5 Üsküdar-Çekmeköy M6 Levent-Boğaziçi Ü./Hisarüstü ve M7 Yıldız-Mahmutbey metro hatlarımızda Gece Metrosu olduğunu hatırlatmak isteriz".
  22. ^ "Değerli komşularım, Birinci Dünya Savaşı'nda zor koşullarda Medine'yi kutsal topraklarımızı 2 yıl 7 ay başarıyla savunan vatansever Çöl Kaplanı Fahreddin Paşa'nın adını Belediye Meclisimize sunacağımız önerge ile Suudi Arabistan İstanbul Başkonsolosluğu'nun bulunduğu Akasyalı Sokağa vereceğiz. Sokağımızda aynı zamanda Cumhuriyetimizin kurucusu Mustafa Kemal Atatürk ve Fahreddin Paşa'nın özel bir görsel alanı olacak".
  23. ^ "S Sport'tan Suudi Arabistan kararı!". www.cumhuriyet.com.tr (in Turkish). 2023-12-30. Retrieved 2023-12-30.
  24. ^ "2023-2024 Laws of the Game" (PDF). Turkish Football Federation. Retrieved 26 July 2023.
  25. ^ "2023 Süper Kupa Müsabakası Statüsü" (PDF) (in Turkish). Turkish Football Federation. Retrieved 18 July 2023.
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