Turkish films and television series have long gained particular popularity among Russian viewers. And if melodramas do not surprise anyone, pictures about sports are a separate, but no less interesting story.
Yes, Turkish directors skillfully intertwine love plots, sports competitions and even matches. In this collection you will find TV series and movies about basketball, football, boxing, hockey and even esports.
“He is a legend” (TV series, 2017)
Director: Devrim Yalcin, Başak Soysal Starring: Bülent Düzgünolu, Baran Bölükbasi, Hakan Ummak Number of episodes: 29 episodes IMDB rating: 6.4 out of 10 Original title: Adi Efsane
“He is a legend”
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The life of the talented basketball player Taryk Aksoy went downhill: an injury forced the main character to abandon a promising career. But fate deals him a devastating blow again: the hero’s wife dies and he himself finds solace in alcohol. And only when a man loses custody of his daughters does he decide to take the right path.
He finds a job as a coach in one of the poorest schools in the area, where the students are real rebels who are not used to obeying anyone. Taryk will have to become not only a coach, but also a teacher of seemingly lost teenagers.
At first, Taryk treats his job as a forced measure and a temporary circumstance. But soon he begins to treat the boys with soul. The coach dreams of giving them a chance in life to escape the slums by winning the championship.
“He is a legend”
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“Great Terim” (TV series 2022)
Director: Burak Aksoy, Altug Gültan, Christiana Pecci Starring: Fatih Terim, Frank Gerrish Number of episodes: 4 episodes IMDB rating: 6.7 out of 10 Original title: Terim
The semi-documentary miniseries tells the story of the life of the famous Turkish coach Fatih Terim. He is a legend in the world of football, not only in Turkey, but all over the world.
From 1975 to 1985, Terim played as a defender and captain for his home country. His career as a footballer’s coach was not easy. Despite his extraordinary character and professionalism, for a long time he could not take Galatasaray to a new sporting level.
However, Terim’s efforts and perseverance paid off: as a coach, he won eight victories in the Turkish championship. Which made him the country’s absolute record holder. By the way, at the time of his career, Fatih amazed the public with his acting talent. Once, during a match with the Italian national team, Terim appeared dressed as a Sicilian gangster, which, to put it mildly, scared the uninformed public.
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“Champion” (TV series, 2019-2022)
Director: Ketche Cast: Tolgahan Sayışman, Emir Ozyakishir Number of episodes: 34 episodes IMDB rating: 6 out of 10 Original title: Sampiyon
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Kafkas is a prominent boxer with many victories to his name. A brilliant career, high fees, fame and a girlfriend. He has everything you can dream of. But one day Kafkas finds out that his pregnant lover has a terminal illness.
On the eve of the match, the girl gives birth to a boy and dies. In a fit of desperation and pain, Kafkas beats his opponent to death in the ring. Everyone turns their backs on the once famous boxer; he has no chance of resuming his career. After years of oblivion, Kafkas’ beloved son becomes seriously ill and a good amount of money must be found to treat him. And the hero makes a difficult decision: to get back into the ring. After all, his main objective is to save the life of his son, and to do so he needs to win the battle at any cost.
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“A heart” (TV series, 2019)
Director: Nezaket Goskun, Mehmet Ada Oztekin Starring: Tayanc Ayadın, Vildan Atasever, Hilmi Cem Intepe Number of episodes: 22 episodes IMDB rating: 7.4 out of 10 Original title: Tek Yürek
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Khalit’s life continued as usual: his beloved job as a hockey coach in Canada, beautiful children and a loving wife. But the family idyll collapses one day: Halita’s wife dies. Now the head of the family and his children will have to move to his homeland in Turkey.
There, Halit gets a job coaching a local street hockey team. Now his task is to teach children the basics of sports in order to participate in world competitions.
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“Good Game” (film, 2018)
Director: Umut Aral Starring: Mert Yazıcıoğlu, Afra Saraçoğlu, Kerem Bursin Duration: 114 minutes (1:54) IMDB rating: 4.5 out of 10 Original title: Iyi Oyun
The main character is Cenk, a good boy who spends his days disappearing into an internet cafe. There he does what he loves: he practically lives on esports games and earns money. One day, a manager notices the hero’s unusual talent and invites him to join a professional team.
Now Cenk’s life is filled with colors: new friends and meeting a girl change his gray days. But esports also have their own rules. Furthermore, Jenk has envious and evil people.
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“Influence” (TV series, 2021-2023)
Director: Hande Turkel Starring: Aslikhan Malbora, Mehmetcan Minjinozlu, Ali Barkin Number of episodes: 20 episodes IMDB rating: 6.7 out of 10 Original title: Etkileyici
Leila accidentally meets a handsome boy who invites her to a nightclub and, upon leaving, the couple is surrounded by a crowd of journalists and paparazzi.
It turns out that the girl’s new acquaintance is a popular soccer player, whose life is followed by all the media and photographers. The press, without thinking twice, writes Leila as the athlete’s lover. Now the girl’s life is turned upside down: photographers are chasing her, her lover’s fans won’t let her pass, and her family doesn’t believe Leila’s words that this is just a coincidence.
“Detained” (TV series, 2022)
Director: Yunus Ozan Korkut Starring: Oktay Chubuk, Bahar Shahin, Ilyas Salman Number of episodes: 9 episodes IMDB rating: 5.5 out of 10 Original title: Duran
Three friends Mustafa, Celal and Duran live in a disadvantaged area of Istanbul and dream of a better life. Each person seeks their own path that allows them to achieve success. Mustafa dreams of becoming a crime boss, Celal dreams of forming his own rock band and Durán dreams of building a career in boxing.
Durán is preparing for an important Muay Thai match and already looks like a champion. But the boys’ lives change when the granddaughter of the owner of the gym where Durant trains arrives. The bright girl instantly captures the attention of the main characters and uses them for her own insidious purposes. After all, the beauty has a stolen diamond and she needs to sell it without the authorities catching her.
“Turkish Hercules” (film, 2019)
Director: Ozer Feyziaglu Starring: Selen Ozturk, Yetkin Dikinciler, Gürkan Uygun Running time: 141 minutes (2:21) IMDB rating: 8.2 out of 10 Original title: Cep Herkülü: Naim Süleymanoglu
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A biographical picture about the fate of the famous weightlifter Naim Suleymanoglu, who has three Olympic gold medals, seven World Championship victories and 46 absolute world records.
The legendary athlete began his career in his youth and at the age of 15 he established his first world record. By the way, Naim is the only one who could lift three times his own weight. They called him “Pocket Hercules” because of his very short height: only 147 cm.
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“Anka” (film, 2022)
Director: Süleyman Mert Ozdemir Starring: Ozan Akbaba, Uğur Uzunel, Engin Hepileri Running time: 130 minutes (2:10) IMDB rating: 4.7 out of 10 Original title: Anka
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Murat is used to trying his luck. His passion is illegal racing, the most risky and unpredictable. With his ardor and thirst for extreme sports, the protagonist tries to hide the pain that has tormented him for a long time. Several years ago, Murat’s entire family died in an accident. And now the boy seeks spiritual salvation in dangerous careers, on the brink of life or death.
Everything changes when they ask him to participate in a secret race. Recklessly, without listening to the rules, the hero agrees, but it turns out that the runner must travel the entire route blindfolded. That is, blindly. But retiring is not in Murat’s rules.
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“The last blow of our love” (film, 2020)
Director: Deniz Yılmaz Şayir Starring: Emir Çubukcu, Seren Şirince, Emine Arslan Running time: 97 minutes (1:37) IMDB rating: 5.2 out of 10 Original title: Askimizin Son Tekmesi
“The last blow of our love”
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Modest Cetin is ashamed to confess his feelings to the beautiful Esra, being her best friend. When he finally works up the courage, she finds out that his girlfriend is marrying a basketball player. Now Cetin’s task is to solve the problem with the boyfriend and challenge him to a fight. But how can you defend yourself against a strong basketball player if Çetin can’t even do push-ups or pull-ups?
Then the boy goes to the kickboxing section. In the first match, he chooses the seemingly weak Defne as his opponent. But she turns out to be the daughter of a trainer and a Turkish kickboxing champion! The first training session ends with Cetin in a hospital bed, and it is not Esra who takes care of him, but the formidable Defne.