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Sports in Turkey

Among all sports in Turkey, the most popular one is football.Turkey's top teams include GalatasarayFenerbahçe, and Be?ikta?. In 2000, Galatasaray won the UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup. Two years later, the Turkish national team finished third in the 2002 FIFA World Cup Finals in Japan and South Korea, while in 2008, the national team reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Euro 2008competition. The Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul hosted the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final, while the ?ükrü Saraco?lu Stadium in Istanbul hosted the 2009 UEFA Cup Final.

Other mainstream sports such as basketball and volleyball are also popular. Turkey hosted the Finals of EuroBasket 2001 and the 2010 FIBA World Championship, with the men's national team finishing second in both events. The national team also reached the quarter-finals of the 2006 World Championship. At club level, Efes Pilsen S.K. won the Kora? Cup in 1996, finished second in the Saporta Cupof 1993, and made it to the Final Four of Euroleague and Suproleague in 2000 and 2001. Also, Be?ikta? Milangaz have come out as the winners of Eurochallenge in 2012-2013 season with only a single defeat, all stages of the tournament included. For the same season, Be?ikta? dominated all national competitions as well, relying upon NBA veterans including Carlos ArroyoPops Mensah-Bonsu, and Adam Morrison as well as Deron Williams for a short spell. Turkish basketball players such as Mehmet OkurHidayet Türko?lu andErsan ?lyasova have also been successful in the NBA. Women's volleyball teams, namely FenerbahçeEczac?ba?? and Vak?fbank Güne? Sigorta, have won numerous European championship titles and medals.Fenerbahçe also won the CEV Women's Volleyball World Club Championship in 2010. Turkey Women's National Basketball team won silver medal in European Championship in 2011 while Women's National Volleyball Team won 6th place in World Championship in 2010 and won a bronze medal in European Championship in 2011.

Turkish athletes recently achieved success in European level; Elvan Abeylegesse winning gold medal in Women's 10000 metres and silver in Women's 5000 metres, Alemitu Bekele winning gold medal in Women's 5000 metres and Nevin Yan?t winning gold medal in Women's 100 metres Hurdl in 2010 European Championship. In 2011 European Athletics Indoor Championships Kemal Koyuncu won silver in Men's 1500 metres and Halil Akkas won bronze in Men's 3000 metres.

The traditional Turkish national sport has been the Ya?l? güre? ("oiled wrestling") since Ottoman times. Edirne hosts the annualK?rkp?nar oiled wrestling tournament since 1361.International wrestling styles governed by FILA such as Freestyle wrestling and Greco-Roman wrestling are also popular, with many European, World and Olympic championship titles won by Turkish wrestlers both individually and as a national team.Another major sport in which the Turks have been internationally successful is weightlifting.

Motorsports have become popular recently, especially following the inclusion of the Rally of Turkey to the FIA World Rally Championshipcalendar in 2003, and the inclusion of the Turkish Grand Prix to the Formula One racing calendar in 2005.[8] Other important annual motorsports events which are held at the Istanbul Park racing circuit include the MotoGP Grand Prix of Turkey, the FIA World Touring Car Championship, the GP2 Series and the Le Mans Series. From time to time, Istanbul and Antalya also host the Turkish leg of the F1 Powerboat Racing championship; while the Turkish leg of the Red Bull Air Race World Series, an air racing competition, takes place above the Golden Horn in Istanbul. Surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding, paragliding and other extreme sports are becoming more popular every year. (Content from Wikipedia)

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