Ryan Babel

Beşiktaş upbeat after Porto victory

Beşiktaş fans were in seventh heaven on Sept. 14, a day after the Istanbul club made its first ever wining start to the Champions League group stage with a 3-1 away victory at Porto.

Before the fans and the media hailed the victors, Beşiktaş coach Şenol Güneş sang the praises for his players in a post-game press conference.

Besiktaş beats Porto away in Champions League opener

Besiktaş defeated Porto 3-1 in Portugal on Sept. 13 night in a superb start to the Istanbul club's UEFA Champions League run. 

The Group G match at Dragao Stadium saw early action when Brazilian winger Anderson Talisca netted a powerful header in the 13th minute on an assist by Portuguese Ricardo Quaresma. 

Beşiktaş completes Babel signing

Turkey's defending champion Beşiktaş has signed Dutch forward Ryan Babel on a two-and-a-half-year contract, it announced on Jan. 2. 

The 30-year-old had been a free agent after coming to the end of a short-term contract with Deportivo La Coruna on New Year's Eve, and returns to Turkey having previously spent two years with Istanbul's Kasımpaşa between 2013 and 2015.