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Flag of Samsun, two versions - Images by Jens Pattke, 3 October 2012
The flag of Samsun (photo) is white with the municipality's emblem. "Büyükşehir Belediyesi" means "Metropolitan Municipality".
The flag also exists with a slightly different version of the emblem (photo).
Tomislav Šipek, 2 October 2012
Flag of Samsunspor - Image by Ivan Sache, 9 November 2016
Samsun has a football history stretching back to 1919 when Tahir Usta founded Samsun İdman Yurdu. They were joined by Alyıldız İdman Ocağı two years later. Samsun's third club Zaferi Millî İdman Derneği, later known as Türkocağı Spor Şubesi was founded in 1923. In 1926 Alyıldız İdman Ocağı and Türkocağı Spor Şubesi united under the guidance of Nuri Bey and established Samsunspor (Samsunspor Kulübü Derneği). However, the club became recognized as a professional football club years later in 1965 after the cities amateur teams 19 Mayıs, Fener Gençlik, Akınspor and Samsun Galatasaray Gençlik merged with Samsunspor.
Samsunspor had been one of the more successful teams outside of the traditional big four. The Red Lightning had participated in the Turkish Super League for 13 years between 1993-2006; however, it failed to win any title during this period.
The clubs darkest hour came 20 January 1989 when the team coach crashed on the way to an away game with Malatyaspor. Manager Nuri Asan, players Muzaffer Badalıoğlu, Mete Adanır, Zoran Tomiç and the coach driver Asım Özkan all lost their lives. Seven additional squad members were also injured. Samsunspor were unable to continue and pulled out of the league. However, the Turkish Football Federation allowed them to remain in the top flight due to the unfortunate circumstances.
[Turkish Football - Team Profile]
The official flag of Samsunspor (photo) is vertically divided red-white-red (1:2:1) with the club's emblem in the middle.
The emblem features Samsun's landmark, the Statue of Honour, an equestrian monument dedicated to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881-1938). The monument recalls that Kemal landed on 19 May 1919 in Samsun, where he started the organization of a national movement, as a prerequisite to the War of Independence (1919-1922). The monument was designed by the Austrian architect Heinrich Krippel (1883-1945), commissioned by Governor Kazım Pasha. Of nearly 9 m in height, the monument was inaugurated in 1932.
[GNM Matahari Services]
Ivan Sache, 9 November 2016