Beşiktaş keep very good company as they remain unbeaten

Updated: October 21, 2016

Beşiktaş are one of only 3 teams in the Champions League who still remain unbeaten in both their domestic leagues and in the Champions League. And they’re in good company with Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid being the two other teams left unbeaten. For the Black Eagles this is the first time in their history that they go without a defeat in the opening 3 matches of the Champions League group stages.

Beşiktaş have participated on 6 different occassions in the UEFA Champions League and, with having only played 3 matches in this edition so far, they are very close to the best performance in the club’s history. During the 2003-2004 campaign the Black Eagles managed to get 7 points in a group with Chelsea, Sparta Prague and Lazio Roma and ultimately finished that group in third place after Sparta Prague got a last second victory over Lazio in stoppage time. During the 1997-1998 edition of the Champions League, Beşiktaş  gathered 6 points, whilst during the 2000-2001 and the 2009-2010 campaigns they got 4 points respectively, in 2007-2008 they managed another 6 points.


Beşiktaş stunned Europe when they beat Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge during the 2003/4 edition of the Champions League, six years later they stunned Europe again beating Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford and nearly 7 years later they pull off another upset as they beat Napoli 3-2 at the San Paolo stadium.

With draws against Benfica and Dynamo Kyiv and an impressive away win against Napoli, Şenol Güneş‘ team has already managed to gather 5 points thusfar. His men are therefore on track to write history. Only one more win in 3 games would mean they have broken the club’s record of 7 points of Mircea Lucescu’s team in 2003.

However, it is not only by looking at the amount of points that Beşiktaş are performing very well. The Black Eagles are also scoring a lot easier than in previous editions of the Champions League. The club has already scored 5 goals so far this season. This already is their second best performance ever, with 6 goals during the 1997-1998 campaign still being their best performance so far. During the 2000-2001 and 2007-2008 editions Beşiktaş scored 4 goals while in 2003-2004 they scored 5, finally in 2009-2010 just 3.

Remarkably, all goals this season came from foreign players. Anderson Talisca scored against Benfica, Ricardo Quaresma put one in against Kyiv, while Adriano Correia and Vincent Aboubakar got their name on the score sheet against Napoli. Aboubakar had been unable score a goal so far this season, but Wednesday night managed to get two in the back of the net in one game. Adriano’s goal was also the 100th goal for Beşiktaş in European club competitions.

The win against Napoli was also the first ever win against an Italian team. In the prior 11 games against Italians, Beşiktaş only managed to get 2 draws, while losing 9 games.


Source: Fanatik


Yusuf Paklaci

Editor at Beşiktaş International
Living in the province of Utrecht, The Netherlands, where I was born and raised. Student Fiscal Economics at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. Have been a Beşiktaş fan for many years. Editor at Beşiktaş International since 2015.
Yusuf Paklaci