The Governance of Turkish Football: The Council, the Board and the Committees

The Governance of Turkish Football: The Council, the Board and the Committees

Room G01
The Clore Management Centre
Birkbeck College, University of London
London WC1E 7HX
Wednesday 25th April, 2012, at 6pm

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Given by: Emir Güney, PhD Candidate, Director of Sports Law Research Center, Department of Law, Kadir Has University


Starting in the late 20th century, Turkish football has become a major player in European football. Both the club teams and the national teams of all levels started to perform to a high level in UEFA and FIFA competitions, challenging major teams from England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France. For example Galatasaray SK won the UEFA Cup in 2000, the national team finished third in the South Korea & Japan FIFA World Cup in 2002, and again finished third in the Austria-Switzerland UEFA Euro 2008 tournament. These were major achievements for Turkish football. But between 2002 and 2008 Turkey could not qualify for any major international tournament and missed out on qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and 2012 UEFA European Championships. What is the reason behind this instability? The answer to this question is multi-faceted. The main answer lies within the question. It is the ‘instability’ of the governance bodies in Turkish football that prevents the creation of a strong football base on which to build a solid foundation. In this presentation, Emir Güney will present and outline the organisation of Turkish Football and its governance methods, and then present a critical assessment of how it might be reformed.


  • Şenel, Tolga (2006) A Strategic Review of Turkish Football Governance, Unpublished MSc Thesis, University of London Birkbeck College


Emir is currently the director of Sports Law Research Center at Kadir Has University in Istanbul, Turkey. He is also a PhD candidate on Sports Management at Marmara University. His main areas of study are the organisation of sport bodies and the structure of football supporters’ organisations. The Sports Law Research Center has three main areas of study: Sports Law, Sports Management and Sports Media. Beginning from April 2012 the name of the center will change to the Sports Studies Research Center and the study areas will expand accordingly. Sports Economics, Sports Sociology, Sports History will be some of the new additions to the research topics.

Contact Details

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For further details on this seminar series contact:

Sean Hamil
Department of Management
Birkbeck College
Malet Street

Tel: 020-7631 6763

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