GALATASARAY S.K.


2001-2001


Champions League


Milan vs Galatasaray


Match Worn Shirt


Hagi Gheorghe


Did you Know?

This shirt was worn by Gheorghe Hagi during the Champions League game between A.C.Milan and Galatasaray which took place in Milan, “Giuseppe Meazza” Stadium, on November 21st 2000. Galatasaray draw 2-2 and at the end of the game Hagi gifted a friend of him with his worn shirt whom we got it from. Hagi signed signed for Turkish club Galatasaray, at the age of 31, after two years at Barcelona F.C. He had been the subject of a competing transfer offer from São Paulo FC. Although in the twilight of his career, at Galatasaray, he was extremely successful, and became highly popular among the Turkish supporters, due to his excellent performances for the club. Hagi was an important member of the Galatasaray team that went on to win four consecutive league titles between 1996 and 2000. In 2000, at age 35, Hagi had one of the best seasons of his career, winning every possible major title with Galatasaray that season. Most significantly, Hagi captained the club to win the 1999–2000 UEFA Cup after defeating Arsenal on penalties in the final, following a 0–0 draw; during the match, Hagi was sent off in extra-time for punching Arsenal captain Tony Adams. Consequently, Galatasaray became the first Turkish club to win a UEFA club competition title. The team’s UEFA Cup triumph was immediately followed by the UEFA Super Cup title, with a historic 2–1 win against Hagi’s former club Real Madrid in extra-time. The mass hysteria caused by these wins in Istanbul raised Hagi’s popularity with the fans even further, and prompted former France international Luis Fernández to say, “Hagi is like wine, the older it gets, the better it is.” When he retired in 2001, Hagi was one of the most popular players in both Turkey and Romania. Hagi drew praise from the Galatasaray supporters for his performances during his time with the club, who adopted the chant “I Love You Hagi” in his honour.

GALATASARAY S.K.


2001-2002


Champions League


Roma vs Galatasaray


Match Worn Shirt


Horvath Pavel


Did you Know?

Akyel Fatih played for Galatasaray for four years, winning three Süper Lig titles and three Turkish Cup titles. He was also a part of the team that won the 1999–2000 UEFA Cup and 2000 UEFA Super Cup, assisting Mário Jardel’s game winner against Real Madrid.

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Watch the shameful Roma vs Galatasaray post game above

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In the match against Rome, Galatasaray took the lead through Umit Karan, but for the fifth time in five games was held to a tie when Cafu, Roma’s Brazilian right back, equalized. The play was soured by ugly fouls, not least when Francesco Totti slammed his boot into a Turkish player’s shin. When the game ended a big fight between players and team’s officials started. Lima, Roma’s player, is a Brazilian who understood the insults because he spent two seasons at Galatasaray. After the match he threw more punches in a mad flurry than Mike Tyson throws at a press conference. Lima was apparently incensed by remarks made to him as he left the field by Galatasaray players and coaching staff. He kept fighting until he was stopped and pushed toward the tunnel by coach Fabio Capello. Galatasaray’s coach, Mircea Lucescu, was also in the thick of it. He was fervently remonstrating with his own staff, grabbing one assistant and pushing him toward the tunnel, cuffing the man behind the ear.