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Fenerbahçe Ülker
Fenerbahçe Ülker logo
Nicknames The Yellow Canaries
Leagues Turkish Basketball League,
Founded 1913
History 1913 - Present
Arena Abdi İpekçi Arena
(capacity: 12,500)[1]
Location Istanbul, Turkey
Team colors Yellow and Navy Blue
President Turkey Aziz Yıldırım
Head coach Montenegro Bogdan Tanjević
Championships 6 Turkish Championships: 1957, 1959, 1965, 1991, 2007, 2008
6 Turkish Cups: 1954, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1967
4 President Cups: 1990, 1991, 1994, 2007
2 GSGM Cups: 1988, 1992
7 Istanbul Leagues: 1955, 1956, 1957, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966
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Fenerbahçe Ülker is the professional basketball section of Fenerbahçe S.K., a major sports club in Istanbul, Turkey. The basketball branch of the club is actually a merger of two teams Ülkerspor and Fenerbahçe, which occurred due to a sponsorship deal in 2006 summer[2].


History of Fenerbahçe

Fenerbahçe S.K. was founded in 1907 and its basketball section was founded in 1913 and achieved considerable success when the sport established itself in Turkey. Fenerbahçe won national titles in 1957, 1959 and 1965, just before the Turkish League was founded in 1966, and made it to the Euroleague in 1960 and 1966. Its fans had to wait until 1991 for another title, when Levent Topsakal, Larry Richard and head coach Çetin Yılmaz led Fenerbahçe to the Turkish League title over Tofaş S.K..

Fenerbahçe returned to the Euroleague in 1992, but lost in the preliminary round. Fenerbahçe was back in the Turkish League finals in 1992, 1993 and 1995, but could not find a way to win the championship for some time. A third-place finish in the 1997-98 season allowed the club to return to the Euroleague, and with players like Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Marko Milič, İbrahim Kutluay and the late Conrad McRae. Fenerbahçe advanced to the eighthfinal playoffs, losing there to Real Madrid. The club made it to the Korac Cup quarterfinals in 1996 and 2001, as well as finishing fourth 2005 FIBA Europe League, but it wasn't until summer 2006 that the team became a European powerhouse. Fenerbahçe merged with Ülkerspor, one of the winningest clubs in recent Turkish basketball history and a perennial Euroleague powerhouse since 1997.

Ülkerspor and the Merger

Following 4 domestical league titles (94-95, 97-98, 2000-01, 05-06) and constant Euroleague attendances within 13 years of its history, Ülkerspor board decided to shut the branch down in the summer of 2006, immediately after a dominating play-off final series (4-0) against their arch-rivals, Efes Pilsen S.K.[3]. This title was also significant, as the team had put a dramatic halt to Efes Pilsen S.K.'s 4 consecutive league title series in between 2001-05.

The board's abrupt decision later led to a sponsorship deal with Fenerbahçe, and Fenerbahçe Ülker was founded on the base structure of 5 key players from the 05-06 title holder (İbrahim Kutluay, Joe Ira Clark, Ömer Onan, Oğuz Savaş, Mirsad Türkcan). The rest of the disbanded champion were snatched by Efes Pilsen S.K. (2 players: Cüneyt Erden, Marcus Haislip who later played for Unicaja Malaga); Unicaja Malaga (1 player: Robert Gulyas); Olympiacos BC (1 player: Vrbica Stefanov); Beşiktaş Cola Turka (1 player: Derya Yannier); Banvitspor (1 player: Bekir Yarangüme); Iurbentia Bilbao Basket (1 player: Drago Pašalić).

Upon disbanding the team and founding the merger of Fenerbahçe Ülker, the board adjusted the decision of shutting down the branch and renamed the club as Alpella B.K.. Alpella B.K. obtained youngsters from the former TBL clubs of Fenerbahçe and Ülkerspor for its roster in Turkish Basketball League.

Fenerbahçe Ülker now play matches in 11.500-seat arena, called the Abdi İpekçi Arena. A new hall with capacity 12.000 is to be built in a few years.

2009-10 Season Start

With a balance of experienced youth and energetic veterans that promises fans the best of both worlds, Fenerbahce Ulker enters the 2009-10 Euroleague aiming high as ever. If last year, injuries led to disappointment for Fenerbahce in the Euroleague, two seasons ago head coach Bogdan Tanjevic surprised many observers by guiding a young team all the way to the Quarterfinal Playoffs. Tanjevic now has nine players from that team at his disposal, including two who left after that summer, floor general Willie Solomon and floor runner Tarence Kinsey, but are back now. Also ready to make an impact is shot-blocking virtuoso Ömer Aşık, who missed all of last year’s Euroleague through injury after finishing in the top five in voting for both the Euroleague Best Defender Award and Rising Star Award in 2007-08. Likewise, scoring ace Gordan Giricek looks to make up for missed time after sitting out 11 games last season due to injury. In the meantime, a trio of Fenerbahce’s talented youth - big men Semih Erden and Oğuz Savaş and swingman Emir Preldzic - have all picked up big minutes to make even bigger strides in their games. And the one player who can never be overlooked is rebounding king Mirsad Türkcan. The only completely new face on the roster is guard Lynn Greer, whose scoring power helped Olympiacos BC reach the Final Four last year. All told, Fenerbahce Ulker starts this season with one of the deepest teams in the competition, chock-full of dynamic perimeter players and rising frontcourt stars all hungry to go far in the Euroleague.

The guard duo of Solomon and Greer promises to be one of the most exciting in Europe this season. Solomon, a veteran of four Euroleague seasons with a pair of continental trophies to his name, is a true winner who can shine with his scoring, passing and defense. Tanjevic will put Solomon at the controls both the spearhead the defense, score himself or distribute to others. Greer is a former Euroleague scoring champ who can provide instant offense, a role he excelled in off the bench last season. His ability to get his shot or get to the line should make Fenerbahce more effective in tough situations. Giricek is a deadly shooter who may get even more open looks now, playing alongside Greer and Solomon. Kinsey compliments the aforementioned players with his athleticism, selfless play and nose for the ball. Team captain Damir Mrsic, at age 39, remains one of the Euroleague's clutch long-range shooters, Ömer Onan enters his fifth season with the club as a clever team player and intense defender. Serhat Çetin, who made his Euroleague debut last season, provides perimeter depth, while teenage prospect Maxim Can Mutaf will gain more seasoning from the stars around him.

Preldzic truly came into his own last season, making an impact as a point forward who was too quick for power forwards and too big for small forwards to guard. His ability to score, rebound and pass promise a bright future for Preldzic and those around him. Turkcan returns at power forward for his fourth straight season at Fenerbahce and his eighth overall in the Euroleague, during which time he has gathered more rebounds than any other player. Simply put, when there’s a missed shot, Turkcan is there, and his ability to gain possessions for Fenerbahce will be key again this season. The trio of Erden, Savas and Asik give Tanjevic incredible size and depth with which to plan games. Savas’s game took a leap forward last season when he showed he can bang inside, score, draw fouls and make free throws. Erden has long arms and quick feet that help him cut to the basket for impressive slams and to get offensive rebounds. And Asik showed at EuroBasket that he is back to his old self, which means a big, strong body, great timing and super leaping ability that results in plenty of blocked shots, rebounds and dunks. Altogether, Fenerbahce heads into the season with 11 players who all boast experience and talent, but whose variety of skills complement each other, instead of duplicating themselves. With a veteran winner like Coach Tanjevic pulling the strings, Fenerbahce fans hope their team has the recipe to make a run to glory this season.


As of September 2008

Fenerbahçe Ülker roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt.
C 24 Turkey Aşık, Ömer (INJ) 2.13 m (6 ft 12 in) 116 kg (256 lb)
PF 8 Turkey Başak, Rasim 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 100 kg (220 lb)
SG 33 Turkey Çetin, Serhat 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 94 kg (207 lb)
C 9 Turkey Erden, Semih 2.13 m (6 ft 12 in) 109 kg (240 lb)
SF 10 Croatia Giriček, Gordan 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 101 kg (223 lb)
PG 14 United States Greer, Lynn 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 82 kg (181 lb)
SG 22 United States Kinsey, Tarence 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 86 kg (190 lb)
PG 12 Bosnia and Herzegovina Mršić, Damir (C) 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 91 kg (201 lb)
PG 16 Turkey Mutaf, Maxim Can 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 77 kg (170 lb)
SG 7 Turkey Onan, Ömer 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 95 kg (209 lb)
SF 55 Slovenia Preldžič, Emir 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 100 kg (220 lb)
C 21 Turkey Savaş, Oğuz 2.13 m (6 ft 12 in) 132 kg (291 lb)
PF 6 Turkey Türkcan, Mirsad (C) 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 113 kg (249 lb)
PG 4 Croatia Ukić, Roko 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 86 kg (190 lb)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

  • (C) Team captain
  • (*) Playing only in Euroleague
  • (INJ) Injured

Roster • updated 2008-03-22

For a listing of past rosters, see Fenerbahçe Ülker past rosters.

Depth Chart

Pos. Starter Bench Bench Inactive
C Ömer Aşık Semih Erden Oğuz Savaş
PF Mirsad Türkcan Rasim Başak Altay Özurgancı
SF Gordan Giriček Emir Preldžič Tarence Kinsey
SG Ömer Onan Damir Mršić Serhat Çetin
PG Lynn Greer Roko Ukić Maxim Can Mutaf

Notable players

 Bosnia and Herzegovina
New Zealand New Zealand
 United States


  • The list of achievements below, displays the achievements of Fenerbahçe Ülker and Fenerbahçe combined. The achievements of Ülkerspor is not listed.

International success

Domestic success

Turkish Championships

  • Turkish Basketball League:
    • Winners (3): 1990-91 as Fenerbahçe; 2006-07, 2007-08 as Fenerbahçe Ülker
    • Runners-up (8): 1967-68, 1969-70, 1970-71, 1982-1983, 1984-85, 1992-93, 1994-95 as Fenerbahçe; 2008-09 as Fenerbahçe Ülker
  • Turkish Basketball Championship:

Other Competitions

  • Turkish Cup:
  • President Cup:
    • Winners (4): 1989-90, 1990-91, 1993-94 as Fenerbahçe; 2006-07 as Fenerbahçe Ülker
    • Runners-up (3): 1984-85, 1987-88 as Fenerbahçe; 2007-08 as Fenerbahçe Ülker
  • Federation Cup:
    • Winners (5): 1954, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961 as Fenerbahçe
  • GSGM Cup:
  • Istanbul League:
    • Winners (7): 1954-55, 1955-56, 1956-57, 1962-63, 1963-64, 1964-65, 1965-66 as Fenerbahçe

See also

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