As champions of last season's Süper Lig, Galatasaray find themselves flying the flag for Turkey in the 15/16 Champions League, with Istanbul rivals Fenerbahce and Besiktas having to settle for a place in the Europa League.
They are a club with great European pedigree and the competition is a better place for having them and their crazy, flare-throwing fans.
This summer has seen widespread transfer activity over in Turkey with city rivals Fener bringing in marquee signings such as Robin van Persie, Nani and Lazar Markovic from the Premier League, while Besiktas have recruited Mario Gomez to lead the line for them.
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Gala's main signing is ex-Arsenal star Lukas Podolski who never really nailed down a starting place at the Emirates, but who looks to be a smart piece of business by Hamza Hamzaoglu as he looks to build on his domestic success from last season.
He will be hoping for an improvement in the Champions League this season following a disappointing campaign which saw his club finish bottom of their group without recording a single win.
They have a chance
Admittedly Gala's group was quite strong last year, with Arsenal, Dortmund and Anderlecht, but the Turks would have liked to have done better than they did, especially at home where they picked up only a single point against Anderlecht and conceded nine goals in their three group games.
This season's competition should be more of a positive one, however, with Benfica, Atletico Madrid and Astana the three teams that they will be facing.
The Spanish finalists from two seasons ago will be hoping to end up group winners, but there is no reason why Gala can't compete with Benfica for the second placed qualifier slot, so long as they can rediscover the home form that eluded them last term.
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