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Besiktas handed Super Lig trophy in ceremony

Black Eagles go home to Vodafone Park via sea with massive flotilla on Bosphorus Strait

Ercan Doğan, Mücahit Hüseyin Eroğul   | 20.05.2021
Besiktas handed Super Lig trophy in ceremony Besiktas football team, with head coach Sergen Yalcin, celebrate during a ceremony at Vodafone Park after winning the Turkish Super Lig trophy, on May 19, 2021 in Istanbul, Turkey. ( Serhat Çağdaş - Anadolu Agency )

ISTANBUL

The 2021 Turkish Super Lig football champions, Besiktas, were received the championship cup Wednesday in a ceremony as fans of the Istanbul club rejoiced.

The Black Eagles arrived at their home stadium Vodafone Park by sea -- an unusual way to celebrate a victory.

The team, club officials and technical staff headed to the home ground on Istanbul's European side from the Asian part of the metropolis on a huge boat as fans accompanied the team's ship on Istanbul's Bosphorus Strait.

Besiktas celebrate the championship

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MAY 19: Besiktas football team players celebrate during a ceremony at Vodafone Park after winning the Turkish Super Lig trophy, on May 19, 2021 in Istanbul, Turkey. ( Onur Çoban - Anadolu Agency )

Meanwhile, the Super Lig trophy was delivered to Besiktas' home by Getir, a major online delivery service in Turkey.

A mini-concert at the stadium was performed by famed Turkish singers such as Eypio, Aynur Aydin, Reynmen, Gokhan Tepe, Hayko Cepkin, Murat Boz and Mustafa Sandal.

Turkish Football Federation (TFF) President Nihat Ozdemir was at Vodafone Park to give the cup to Besiktas. Experienced players Atiba Hutchinson and Necip Uysal lifted the cup in celebration.

At the same time, fans were outside the stadium to celebrate the triumph. Turkish police did not allow spectators access to the venue as part of coronavirus measures. 

FIFA shares video of Besiktas' massive flotilla on social media

Separately, FIFA shared Besiktas' celebration video on Twitter, referencing their massive flotilla on the Bosphorus Strait.

"They did the double in style. They celebrated in style with one of the most passionate sets of supporters on the planet. All hail the kings of Turkey, @Besiktas," said FIFA.

Besiktas completed a domestic double in the 2020-2021 season, winning the Super Lig and Ziraat Turkish Cup.

*Writing by Can Erozden


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