Turkish league's 2018-2019 fixture unveiled
Turkish top football division Spor Toto Super League's 2018-2019 fixture was unveiled on Monday afternoon.
The fixture unveiling was held at the Turkish Football Federation's (TFF) headquarters in Riva, Istanbul.
The new season will begin on the weekend of Aug. 10-12, with exact dates to be announced later.
According to the fixture, reigning champions Galatasaray will take on newcomers Ankaragücü in Ankara in the first match week.
Fenerbahçe will start their season at home against Bursaspor, while Beşiktaş will also play at home against Turkish Cup champions Akhisarspor.
Medipol Başakşehir will take on Trabzonspor at home as well in the first week.
- DERBY WEEKS
The first derby of the season will be played between Fenerbahçe and Beşiktaş in the sixth week at the Yellow Canaries' home, Ülker Stadium Şükrü Saracoğlu Complex.
Seen as one of the biggest derbies in the world, Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray will play in the 11th week at Türk Telekom Stadium.
In the 14th week, Beşiktaş and Galatasaray will square off at Vodafone Park, Beşiktaş ' home ground.
- LEFTER KÜÇÜKANDONYADİS SEASON
The TFF had announced on July 4 that the 2018-2019 season would be dedicated to Lefter Küçükandonyadis, an iconic Turkish-Greek football player who played for Fenerbahçe.
"A legendary player of the Turkish national team and Fenerbahçe, Lefter Küçükandonyadis was dubbed the 'Football Professor' and won the hearts of all sports lovers with his unforgettable contributions to Turkish football," the TFF said in a statement.
Küçükandonyadis was a legend of Turkish football, and holds many records like scoring 423 goals in 615 matches for Fenerbahçe, as well as being the first Turkish player to be capped 50 times.
He scored 21 goals in 51 matches for the Turkish national team, a scoring record he held for 33 years.
On Jan. 13, 2012, Küçükandonyadis died from heart failure at age 86.