Er­bil and Fener­bahce Seek to Strengthen Re­la­tions

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Zakaria Muhammed

Aim­ing to re­in­force their re­la­tions with Er­bil Foot­ball Club, a del­e­ga­tion from the Turk­ish fa­mous foot­ball club, Fener­bahce, vis­ited the Kur­dish cap­i­tal city of Er­bil last Mon­day. The del­e­ga­tion con­sisted of Ni­hat Ozdemir, the Deputy Pres­i­dent of the club and some of the club board mem­bers.

The del­e­ga­tion vis­ited Er­bil Club and met with Ma­soud Ab­dulkhaliq, Er­bil Club deputy pres­i­dent, and Safeen Kan­aby, Kur­dis­tan Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (KFA) pres­i­dent.

Af­ter ex­press­ing his glad feel­ings over the visit, Ozdemir, said “We are pretty much aware of the sports con­di­tions in Iraq and have in­for­ma­tion about Er­bil Sports Club ac­tiv­i­ties in par­tic­u­lar. We al­ways fol­low up the sport­ing events in the coun­try through TV chan­nels,”

Ni­hat Ozdemir is cur­rently a board mem­ber of the Turk­ish Su­per Lig foot­ball club gi­ant Fener­bahce SK. He is cur­rently serv­ing his fourth two-year term since Aziz Yıldırım's board came to power. His ti­tles are "Deputy Pres­i­dent" and "Press Spokesman" of the club. He has also has re­ceived a me­chan­i­cal engineering de­gree and sits as the chair­man of the Li­mak Hold­ing board. He re­signed as deputy pres­i­dent of Fener­bahce on Au­gust 25, 2011.

Ozdemir re­it­er­ated that he will try to bring his foot­ball team, Fener­bahce, to Kur­dis­tan Re­gion in or­der to play a friendly match with Er­bil FC in the fu­ture.

“We re­al­ized that our team has a big num­ber of fans in Kur­dis­tan re­gion, so we want the fans here to closely see the team’s per­for­mance level. Af­ter we played the game here, I will make sure to in­vite Er­bil board mem­bers to at­tend a team’s match ei­ther in Turk­ish do­mes­tic league or in Euro League,” he noted

Ozdemir also promised to open a train­ing camp for Er­bil FC in Tur­key and to take the re­spon­si­bil­ity of all the costs.

The pos­si­bil­ity of open­ing a foot­ball academy in Kur­dis­tan was also dis­cussed in the meet­ing. The del­e­ga­tion con­firmed that they have a long term project plan to sub­mit to the Kur­dish Gov­ern­ment.

Fener­bahce is the fourth club aim­ing to open academy in the re­gion af­ter Real Madrid al­ready sign­ing a con­tract to open four schools in Er­bil, Su­laimaniya, Duhok and Kalar to train young Kur­dish soc­cer play­ers; In­ter­nazionale from Italy and Sport­ing Lis­bon from Por­tu­gal also have shown their in­ter­ests to launch soc­cer schools as well.

The Turk­ish gi­ant club of Fener­bahce was founded nearly a cen­tury ago in the prov­ince of Kadiköy in Is­tan­bul. The first em­blem of the club is the Light­house which is sit­u­ated on Fener­bahce cape whilst the first col­ors of the club are the col­ors of the daf­fodils, white and yel­low, scat­tered around the Fener­bahce penin­sula. The em­blem and col­ors were to be changed in 1910 when the badge was re­designed by Topuz Hik­met and the col­ors were changed as Yel­low and Navy.

Fener­bahce joined the Is­tan­bul League in 1909 but achieved noth­ing in its first three sea­sons. In the 1912-13 sea­son, a team with Ali Said, Galip, Arif, Izzi, Huseyin, Sabri, Hik­met, Said, Hasan Kamil, Nuri and Mico win 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.

Er­bil Club deputy pres­i­dent, Ma­soud Ab­dulkhaliq, gives a present to Fener­bahce club deputy pres­i­dent, Ni­hat Ozdemir in Er­bil, Jan­uary 20, 2013.

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