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Besiktas Logo

Besiktas logo

Gymnastic club Besiktas was founded in the area of the European part of Istanbul in March 1903. Wrestling, boxing, weightlifting, and gymnastics were the first sports directions of the new athletic society. The football section appeared there only in 1911, but it became the main affiliate soon.

Besiktas symbol

Initially, red and white were the colors of Besiktas. But after the defeat in the Balkan wars (1912-1913), the coloring was changed to black and white in a sign of sorrow over the lost territories. It was a temporary decision until all the Balkan lands are conquered by the Turks. Unfortunately, there was no revenge, and the club’s colors remained black and white.

Besiktas logo history

The best logo in the history of the Besiktas?
  • 1903
    25% 8 / 32
  • 1959
    75% 24 / 32

The first Besiktas logo was created in 1915. It consisted of the word Besiktas (at the top) and the letters J (right) and K (left), written in Arabic. This version of the emblem was used until 1928 when Turkey switched from Arabic to the Latin alphabet.

The “European” emblem, officially published in 1928, differed not only in the inscription but also in appearance, taking the form of a heraldic shield. At the beginning, it was an intricate 10-coal configuration, which took a modern look after the rebranding of 1953 (to the 50th anniversary of the club).

Besiktas emblem

In the new Besiktas logo, the Turkish flag moved from the corner to the center, as a reminder that Besiktas as a national team held a friendly match with the Greek national team in their arena Dolmabahce Stadon on May 16, 1952. The game finished with a result 0:1.

Since 1992, when Besiktas became the champion of the country for the 10th time, a “ceremonial” version of the sign has been periodically used. It is decorated with two champion stars (the “5 wins – 1 star” principle operates in Turkey).


Besiktas (1903)


Besiktas (1959)

Besiktas logo colors

Hex: #d35143
RGB: (211, 81, 67)
CMYK: (5, 93, 93, 0)
Hex: #201600
RGB: (32, 22, 0)
CMYK: (53, 52, 50, 85)