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Galatasaray used to glory looks back at the achievements of Galatasaray SK as part of our series of histories of the 18 clubs directly involved in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round. The oldest and most successful team in Turkish football history, Galatasaray SK have turned themselves into a force to be reckoned with, winning the UEFA Cup in 2000. They have also often embarrassed the best Europe can offer in the UEFA Champions League - especially in front of their fanatical supporters at the Ali Sami Yen stadium. Trophies galore Since their foundation in Istanbul in 1905 through to 2003, Galatasaray have won an astonishing 43 domestic trophies, including a record 15 league titles (significantly, one more than city rivals Fenerbahçe SK) and a record 13 Turkish Cups. They were the first team to win the championship three times in a row (from 1971-73), a feat they then surpassed between 1997 and 2000 with four successive triumphs. Given that record, it is something of a mystery how they managed to go 14 years after 1973 without winning the league once. Derwall the transformer That all changed with the arrival of Jupp Derwall as coach. The German transformed not only the club but also Turkish football as a whole, to such an extent that at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan, Turkey - with five Galatasaray players in the squad, including one of the stars of the tournament, Hasan Sas - reached the semi-finals. Fundamental changes Derwall altered the mentality of the club, making fundamental changes and his team responded by finally taking the championship again in 1987. His successors in the coaching role, including Karl-Heinz Feldkamp and Fatih Terim, have continued the good work, consolidating Galatasaray's position. The team won seven out of ten championships from 1992-2002 and also became the first Turkish side to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League where, despite winning the first leg, they were knocked out by Real Madrid CF in the 2000/01 competition. Finest moment Galatasaray's finest moment, though, came in 2000 when they became the first Turkish side to win a European trophy, beating Arsenal FC 4-1 on penalties following a goalless draw in the UEFA Cup final. Terim, who coached the side to that triumph and to their four league titles in a row, returned to the club in May 2002 after a brief sojourn in Italy with AC Fiorentina and Milan AC. Hakan and De Boer arrive The 2002/03 season saw Galatasaray surrender their league crown to Istanbul rivals Besiktas JK, finishing eight points behind in second place, and suffer in the Champions League. Despite a bright start with a 2-0 away win against FC Lokomotiv Moskva, they finished bottom of their group and failed to progress to the second group stage. Such disappointment led to some comings and goings, most notably with Turkey forward Hakan Sükür returning to the club and Netherlands defender Frank de Boer arriving in summer 2003.

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