|Süper Lig 2008-09|
|TFF First League|
|Number of Teams|
|Level on Pyramid|
| UEFA Champions League|
UEFA Intertoto Cup
| Turkey Super Cup|
Fortis Turkey Cup
|Current Champions (2007-08)|
|Most Successful Clubs|
|Fenerbahce SK (17 titles)|
|Galatasaray A.Ş. (17 titles)|
As of the 2005/06 season, the top two teams qualify for the Champions League, with the champions entering the third qualifying round and the runners-up entering in the second qualifying round. The third-placed league team and the winners of the Turkey Cup make up the two Turkish teams that enter the UEFA Cup.
The arrival of private television channels in Turkey in the 1990s created a bidding war for live coverage rights, pouring money into the league and raising footballing standards dramatically. Live coverage rights are currently held by Digiturk, the digital satellite platform, until the contract expires in 2010. Digiturk bought the rights in 2004 for 135.85 million New Turkish lira (US$99 million). On the other hand, Doğan Medya, the company of the Turkish media magnate Aydın Doğan, argues that the contract of Digiturk will expire in 2008. In accordance to this claim, Doğan Medya came out with a new offer of approximately $180 million.
In 2005, the Turkish Football Federation signed a five-year deal with mobile phone operator Turkcell that saw the league's name changed to the 'Turkcell Super League' for five years. It came some years after an abortive sponsorship attempt by Turkcell's rivals, Telsim, in 1999.
For the new inspiring Turkcell Super Lig Season season saw more than £50,000,000 spent on new exciting players, this includes such super stars as Daniel Guiza, Milan Baros, Gokhan Unal, Emre Belozoglu, Harry Kewell, Fernando Meira and many more. Economist in the next five years have foreshadowed, that the Turkcell Super Lig will be one of the top leagues to be watched in the world.
|Club||Home town||Founded in||Stadium||In league since||Finishing position last season|
|Antalya S.K.||Antalya||1966||Antalya Atatürk||2008-2009||TFF First League; 2nd|
|Eskişehirspor||Eskişehir||1965||Eskişehir Atatürk||2008-2009||TFF First League; Play-Off winner|
|Fenerbahçe S.K.||İstanbul||1907||Şükrü Saracoğlu||1959||2nd|
|Galatasaray A.Ş.||İstanbul||1905||Ali Sami Yen||1959||1st|
|Gençlerbirliği S.K.||Ankara||1923||Ankara 19 Mayıs||1989-1990||15th|
|Hacettepe S.K.||Ankara||1949||Cebeci İnönü||2007-2008||11th|
|İstanbul B.B.||İstanbul||1990||Atatürk Olympic||2007-2008||12th|
|Kocaelispor||Kocaeli||1966||İsmet Paşa||2008-2009||TFF First League; 1st|
|M.K.E. Ankaragücü||Ankara||1910||Ankara 19 Mayıs||1981-1982||8th|
The clubs below took part in the TFF First League play-offs but failed to clinch the final promotion spot for the 2008-09 season.
|Club||Home town||Founded in||Last season in Super League||Finishing position in Category A|
The clubs below were relegated to the TFF First League at the end of the 2007-08 season.
|Club||Home town||Founded in||In league since||Finishing position last season|
|1959||Fenerbahçe S.K.||Galatasaray A.Ş.|
|1959–1960||Beşiktaş J.K.||Fenerbahçe S.K.|
|1960–1961||Fenerbahçe S.K.||Galatasaray A.Ş.|
|1961–1962||Galatasaray A.Ş.||Fenerbahçe S.K.|
|1962–1963||Galatasaray A.Ş.||Beşiktaş J.K.|
|1963–1964||Fenerbahçe S.K.||Beşiktaş J.K.|
|1964–1965||Fenerbahçe S.K.||Beşiktaş J.K.|
|1965–1966||Beşiktaş J.K.||Galatasaray A.Ş.|
|1966–1967||Beşiktaş J.K.||Fenerbahçe S.K.|
|1967–1968||Fenerbahçe S.K.||Galatasaray A.Ş.|
|1970–1971||Galatasaray A.Ş.||Fenerbahçe S.K.|
|1972–1973||Galatasaray A.Ş.||Fenerbahçe S.K.|
|1973–1974||Fenerbahçe S.K.||Beşiktaş J.K.|
|1974–1975||Fenerbahçe S.K.||Galatasaray A.Ş.|
|1984–1985||Fenerbahçe S.K.||Beşiktaş J.K.|
|1985–1986||Beşiktaş J.K.||Galatasaray A.Ş.|
|1986–1987||Galatasaray A.Ş.||Beşiktaş J.K.|
|1987–1988||Galatasaray A.Ş.||Beşiktaş J.K.|
|1988–1989||Fenerbahçe S.K.||Beşiktaş J.K.|
|1989–1990||Beşiktaş J.K.||Fenerbahçe S.K.|
|1990–1991||Beşiktaş J.K.||Galatasaray A.Ş.|
|1991–1992||Beşiktaş J.K.||Fenerbahçe S.K.|
|1992–1993||Galatasaray A.Ş.||Beşiktaş J.K.|
|1993–1994||Galatasaray A.Ş.||Fenerbahçe S.K.|
|1996–1997||Galatasaray A.Ş.||Beşiktaş J.K.|
|1997–1998||Galatasaray A.Ş.||Fenerbahçe S.K.|
|1998–1999||Galatasaray A.Ş.||Beşiktaş J.K.|
|1999–2000||Galatasaray A.Ş.||Beşiktaş J.K.|
|2000–2001||Fenerbahçe S.K.||Galatasaray A.Ş.|
|2001–2002||Galatasaray A.Ş.||Fenerbahçe S.K.|
|2002–2003||Beşiktaş J.K.||Galatasaray A.Ş.|
|2005–2006||Galatasaray A.Ş.||Fenerbahçe S.K.|
|2006–2007||Fenerbahçe S.K.||Beşiktaş J.K.|
|2007–2008||Galatasaray A.Ş.||Fenerbahçe S.K.|
Beşiktaş have formally requested that championships won in the 1956/57 and 1957/58 versions of the Turkish Federation Cup to be counted as Turkish Professional First Division championships. The Turkish Football Federation's ruling on this matter was announced in a press release on March 25, 2002. The press release indicated that the championships won by Beşiktaş in the Turkish Federation Cup will be considered as national championships but the Turkish Federation Cup can not be considered as the precursor to the Turkish Professional First Division (later named Süper Lig) and as such these titles can not be categorized as a Turkish Professional First Division championships.
The Turkish Football Federation permits clubs to place a golden star above their crest on their uniforms for every five national championships won. For the purposes of calculating national championships, the Turkish Football Federation ruled that Beşiktaş has two additional national championships due to their success in the Turkish Federation Cup during the 1956/57 and 1957/58 seasons. For the 2008/09 season Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray are permitted three golden stars, Beşiktaş are permitted two golden stars and Trabzonspor are permitted one golden star to be placed above their crest on their uniforms.
Note: Kayseri Erciyesspor played as Kayserispor between 1973-1975, 1979-1980, 1985-1986, 1992-1996 and 1997-1998. They were renamed to Kayseri Erciyesspor and played again in Super League since 2005. Also, Kayseri Erciyesspor were renamed to Kayserispor and have played in the Super League since 2004.
Keçiörengücü played as Hacettepe when they were in the Super League and Hacettepe S.K. were Gençlerbirliği Oftaş until 2008-2009 season.
Türk Telekom G.S.K. were PTT when they were playing Super League football in sixties and seventies.
Siirt S.K. were Siirt Jetpa S.K. and Manisaspor were Vestel Manisaspor due to the sponsorship reasons
Belediye Vanspor were Vanspor.
Many players who enjoy global popularity started their professional careers or came to Turkey in order to continue their careers. Some of them and their clubs in Turkey are as follows (in alphabetical order):
|As of 10 May 2008 (Bold and italic denotes players still in Turkcell Süper League).|