My name is Yagiz Ozan. I am a Fener guy who had studied Sports Communication and worked at sports organizations. The sports and urban culture of Istanbul is my passion!
Did you know: the Oldest terraces in Istanbul is 1700 years old? Constantine the Great, also known as Constantine I, ordered a hippodrome to built centuries ago. Sadly, most of it destroyed over time; however, its terraces are still standing here in Istanbul. Antique derby games of Constantinople have been played here: Greens and Blues. This rivalry was the most intense! Let’s imagine those centuries under the Sfendon.
By five minutes of walking, we will be in front of Little Hagiasophia FC and Kadırga FC. Their club building is so authentic. We will discuss their performance with locals here while drinking tea.
There are two more clubs in the Old City, and they compete in the Super League: Karagümrük and Kasımpaşa. Red and Black Karagümrük, playing at Vefa Stadium. There was a water cistern 1500 years ago; however, this also got ruined by centuries. Currently, its wall is standing as one side of the stadium. Karagümrük fans are the most passionate ones in Istanbul. The featured photo (the one with flares) is from their first game without fans due to the pandemic.
Until there, we have walked 7 km. Now it is time for some lunch and includes a well deserved and traditional kebap!
Now, it is time to meet with Kasımpaşa and its fans. We will go across the Golden Horn by ferry and have a little walk uphill to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Stadium of Kasımpaşa. This district is not recommendable for tourists on some travel websites. No problem for us, because we are not tourists. I will tell you stories of the club and the neighborhood in a cafe owned by supporters of Kasımpaşa.
In the end, we will be thirsty. So let’s finish it strong and grab some pints in a traditional bar!
The meeting point is the Orient Express.
This tour is around 12 km and 6 hours by foot.