Besiktas Logo

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The emblem of the Turkish team, the Besiktas logo, spectacularly shows the unity of East and Europe, the birthplace of the club. The heraldry and color scheme reflect the team’s commitment to its country and national identity through its concise graphics.

Besiktas: Brand overview

Founded: 3 March 1903
Besiktas, Istanbul

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.

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 the Turks conquer all the Balkan lands. Unfortunately, there was no revenge, and the club’s colors remained black and white.

Meaning and History

Besiktas Logo History

Besiktas is the oldest club in Turkey and the first Turkish team to play in the prestigious European Cup international tournament. Besiktas is also known for the fact that he does not change his traditions: for many decades, his logo has contained black and white vertical lines. Exactly the same stripes appeared on the sports uniform of football players in the second decade of the last century. Rumor has it that earlier, the club’s identity was based on a combination of red and white, and only after the Balkan War was red replaced with black as a sign of mourning for the dead. But the team owners disproved this myth by showing the oldest emblem of Besiktas for the 100th anniversary, which already in 1903 contained black and white lines.

What is Besiktas?

Besiktas is a Turkish football club, one of the most successful in Turkey, and it has a large fan base both domestically and internationally. The first Turkish club to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League in the 1986-1987 season. Besiktas is a major, historically significant Turkish club with a significant impact on football culture and society in Turkey and beyond.

1903 – 1930

Besiktas Logo 1903

This is exactly the oldest logo unveiled by the club in honor of the 100th anniversary and became proof that Besiktas originally used black in their identity. It depicts a quadrangular armorial shield with a sharp base, which is streaked along and across with black and white stripes. In its left half is a small flag of Turkey: a red rectangle with a star and a crescent.

The shield is inside a white circle with a frame of black and gold rings of different widths. Nearby are inscriptions in Arabic:

  • above – the name of the football club;
  • on the right – the equivalent of the letter “J”;
  • on the left – analog of “K.”

“J” and “K” are the initials of Besiktas Jimnastik Kulübü.

1930s – 1940s

Besiktas Logo 1930

Besiktas Logo 1930s

During this period, two versions of the logo were presented, which share the same colors but differ in the shape and arrangement of the elements.

The first option is a figured shield with a pointed base and a wide light outline. Inside it are three black and two white vertical stripes, and in the center is a small red shield with a crescent and a star.

The second emblem also contains a shield, but it has ten corners here. The stylized flag of Turkey is located at the top left, and in the middle is the abbreviation “B. G. K., outlined above and below with thin white lines. Below is the number “1903” – the year of the creation of Besiktas.

1940 – 1960

Besiktas Logo 1940

The inside of the figured shield is decorated with three white and two black vertical stripes. In the upper left corner, there is a drawing from the Turkish flag, and under it, a horizontal line with a white inscription “BEŞIKTAŞ” is drawn.

1960 – 1970

Besiktas Logo 1960

In this version, the shield contains two white and three black stripes. At the same time, it does not have an external dark outline. Turkey’s stylized and rotated 90-degree flag is in the center in a red mini-shield. Above it are the letters “B. G.K.,” and at the very bottom – the number “1903”.

1970 – 1980

Besiktas Logo 1970

Now the emblem has the shape of a large rectangular shield with a rounded base. Inside it is a similar small shield, but with cut corners. It serves as the basis for the national symbols of Turkey. The abbreviation “B. G.K.” and the year the club was founded did not change their location.

1980 – 2000

Besiktas Logo 1980

The figured shield returned again, indicating the abbreviated name of the club and the number “1903”. In this version, the middle black band is expanded, and the star and crescent are slightly enlarged.

2000 – today

Besiktas Logo

The logo has become more compact and sleeker because the designers have reduced the red shield inside it and narrowed the spacing between the letters. After the “B,” “G,” and “K” dots are gone, while glyphs use a new font with elegant curves and serifs.

Font and Colors

Besiktas Emblem

The Turkish flag, which is in the center of the logo, reminds us that Besiktas is the first sports organization. Another message is encrypted in the graphic sign: black and white stripes together with other components of the emblem from the number 1319. According to the Gregorian chronology system, this is the year the club was founded, according to the Islamic calendar, which is equivalent to 1903. For a short time, the version with stars above the shield was used, where each five-pointed star denoted victories in championships.

Besiktas Symbol

Since the lettering became Latin, two types of fonts have been featured on Besiktas logos. The first is a standard sans serif, and the second is a custom typeface with serifs and decorative elements.

As for the color palette, everything is not so simple. There is a myth that the first official colors of a football team were white and red, and the black and white combination only appeared after the Balkan War, which ended in 1913. Legend has it that the club used black as a sign of mourning. Some written sources give the same information.

The team itself denies such rumors. On the occasion of her centenary, she presented her first emblem – proof that her colors have always been black and white. However, red also does not stand aside, because it is an important part of the Turkish flag, depicted in the shield in the middle.

Besiktas color codes

Red Hex color: #e00505
RGB: 224 5 5
CMYK: 0 98 98 12
Pantone: PMS Bright Red C
Black Hex color: #000000
RGB: 0 0 0
CMYK: 0 0 0 100
Pantone: PMS Process Black C