Going global: how Besiktas are aiming to become the Turkish Chelsea | Emre Sarigul

The Black Eagles president, Fikret Orman, tells the Guardian of his plans to make the club a global brand in an era when the Super Lig is finally about to get some TV coverage abroad

Five years ago it looked like the Istanbul big three – Galatasaray, Fenerbahce and Besiktas – were about to become two. Besiktas were struggling with £250m of debt, 142 lawsuits and a suspension from Uefa competitions.

“Nobody else wanted to run this club, we were on the verge of collapse,” Fikret Orman said after his election as Besiktas president in 2012 – and he was probably right.

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