Fenerbahçe, a Turkish giant
Fenerbahçe, a Turkish giant

The Submarine face Jorge Jesús’ side on Saturday at 5pm CET

A demanding friendly. Quique Setién’s team will face Fenerbahçe at the Ülker Stadium in Istanbul this Saturday, with kick-off at 5pm CET. This will be the first of two friendlies that the Submarine will play in Turkey during the break in league action due to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Founded on 3rd May 1907, Fenerbahçe are the current leaders of the Turkish Süperlig with 29 points. The Istanbul-based team is a historic Turkish football club with 19 league titles, six Turkish Cups and nine Turkish Super Cups to its name. They have also participated in European competition in 54 different campaigns, the most notable being in the 2012/13 season, when they reached the semi-finals of the Europa League.

Their coach, Jorge Jesús, is an accomplished Portuguese coach with European experience. Before joining the Turkish side this season, the Lisbon-born coach had coached Benfica, Sporting Clube de Portugal, Sporting Braga and Flamengo, among others, and has a total of 21 titles to his name.

Conocidos bajo el apodo Sari Kanarya (los canarios amarillos), el conjunto turco juega de local en el estadio Şükrü Saraçoğlu, que recibe este nombre en honor al legendario presidente del Fenerbahçe Şükrü Saracoğlu. Finalmente, cabe destacar que el Fenerbahçe cuenta en sus filas con jugadores gran categoría como Enner Valencia y Michy Batshuayi —que han participado en el Mundial de Qatar 2022—.

Known as Sari Kanarya (the Yellow Canaries), the Turkish side play their home games at the Şükrü Saraçoğlu Stadium, named after the legendary Fenerbahçe president Şükrü Saracoğlu. Finally, it is worth noting that Fenerbahçe have in their ranks top players such as Enner Valencia and Michy Batshuayi, both of whom were at the World Cup this winter..