I’m writing this massage to inform you about Sakarya (In Turkey), Sakaryaspor and Tatangalar (Tatangas)…
Let’s learn a bit about Tatangalar ( Tatangas);
Tatanka Yotanka, Sitting Bull (Hunkpap Sioux). The famous red indian chief. He was one of the leaders of Little Bighorn war in 1876. He was killed in 1890.
Tatanka means bison in Latin. It is also emphasised in the film Dances with Wolves, 1990…
This is a brief information of the word “Tatanka”
It is the name of the fan group of Sakaryaspor. It is used ‘Tatanga’ instead of Tatanka just because of the better pronunciation in Turkish.
A group of fans made a contest to choose a name and this meaningful word “Tatanga” is selected. We all grew up with the name “Tatangalar” (-lar makes the word plural in Turkish).
We have the respect of all fans around.
“We loved this city from the stadium stands”… One of the famous banner in our stadium.
Sakarya is the most important city of Turkish football. You read true, “most important” city. The players promoted from our academy are now at the top levels of Turkish football… Hakan Sukur, Tuncay Sanli, Aykut Kocaman, Engin Ipekoglu, Oguz Cetin, Turhan Sofuoglu, Recep Cetin … a very small list, it will take lots of pages if we write them all.
Sakarya has always been a tough venue for other teams and its fans. They think twice before deciding to come to Sakarya for supporting their teams. Don’t take this as a holiganist thought, you’d better to ask them why they don’t come, we also don’t know.
Tatangalar are one of the limited fan groups that still continues to keep going to every away match accross the country. In 1998, Second Division play-off match, Sakaryaspor faced with Istanbul Bld in a neutral stadium located in Eskisehir and nearly 25.000 Sakaryaspor fans went to that play-off match from Sakarya and this is a record. (The biggest amount of fans arrived to a city from an other )
Tatangalar also known with great shows in the stadiums. Fireworks ect.
Tatangalar are not only a great fan group but also a group of people that loves the city with a great dependence. In the big earthquake disaster at 1999 summer, while no government aid reached to the hurt people, Tatangalar reached all parts of the city to help the public.
Eventually, I invite you to the offical website of Tatangalar (Tatangas); www.tatangalar.com there is also an foreign languages part, you can wrtie english massage under the English and other 7 languages topics… ( http://www.tatangalar.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=46)
The men who loved their cities from stadium stands; Tatangalar.