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Turkish football : Turkish Super League 2017/2018 season preview

Besiktas retain Turkish league title

Besiktas have claimed the Turkish Super League title for the 15th time as Senol Gunes made history by becoming the first Turkish coach to lead the club to a second consecutive league trophy. With arch-rivals Fenerbahce and Galatasaray dropping out of title race early on, Basaksehir remained the sole threat to the Black Eagles' bid for the trophy until the end. Besiktas qualified for the Champions League while Basaksehir, who finished second, go into the qualifying rounds. Konyaspor won their first ever Turkish Cup in the first final since the 2007/08 season in which none of Istanbul's "big three" clubs, Besiktas, Fenerbahce and Galatasaray, were competing.

  • Champions: Besiktas (Champions League group stage)
  • Runners-up: Basaksehir (Champions League QR3)
  • Third place: Fenerbahce (Europa League QR3)
  • Fourth place: Galatasaray (Europa League QR3)
  • Cup winners: Konyaspor (Europa League group stage)
  • Relegated: Rizespor, Gaziantepspor, Adanaspor
  • Promoted: Sivasspor, Yeni Malatyaspor and Goztepe.
teamtitles12/1313/1414/1515/1616/17
Galatasaray2012164
Fenerbahce1921223
Besiktas1333311
Trabzonspor6945126
Bursaspor14861114
Genclerbirli-1199108
Kasimpasa-6613710
Basaksehir-16-442
Akhisar-14101287
Konyaspor--11839
Kayserispor-518-1515
Antalyaspor-717-95
Karabukspor-15716-11
Sivasspor--131416-
Osmanlispor----513
Alanyaspor-----12
Goztepe ------
Yeni Malatyaspor------

The overall number of titles for each club in Turkish Superleague since 1959 and their league standings in the last five seasons.

Le Guen appointed Bursaspor coach

Paul Le Guen has been appointed coach of Bursaspor on a two-year deal. The 53-year-old Frenchman led Lyon to three successive Ligue 1 titles from 2003-2005, before coaching Paris Saint-Germain and Scottish side Rangers. Having spent the last eight years in charge of international sides, he was most recently in charge of the Oman national team for four years until 2015. Bursaspor, who last won the Turkish league title in 2010, finished 15th last season only avoiding relegation by two points.

This page is introduction to the 2017/2018 Turkish Super League season. Latest news, statistics, results and predictions you can find on our main Euro Football > Turkeypage.

Kocaman named new Fenerbahce coach

Fenerbahce have hired Aykut Kocaman for a second stint as head coach. Kocaman, who played at Fenerbahce and previously led the Turkish giants from 2010-2013, replaces Dick Advocaat after the Dutchman departed to take charge of the Netherlands national team. Kocaman won the Super Lig in his first season in charge and helped them reach the 2013 Europa League semifinals, while also winning a pair of domestic cups. The 52-year-old arrives from Konyaspor, whom he managed for the past three seasons. Mustafa Rustu Akcay is the new coach of Konyaspor. Akcay arrives from Osmanlispor, who have appointed Bulent Uygun as their new boss.

#teampointsg.dif.win-draw-loss
1Besiktas774323-8-3
2Basaksehir733521-10-3
3Fenerbahce642818-10-6
4Galatasaray642520-4-10
5Antalya58717-7-10
6Trabzon51514-9-11
7Akhisar48414-6-14
8Genclerbirli46-112-10-12
9Kasimpasa43-312-7-15
10Konya43-511-10-13
11Karabuk43-1012-7-15
12Alanya40-1112-4-18
13Osmanli38-89-11-14
14Kayseri38-1110-8-16
15Bursa38-2411-5-18
16Rize36-910-6-18
17Gaziantep26-357-5-22
18Adana25-306-7-21

The 2016/17 regular league standings.

"Big three" and Basaksehir

Five years ago it looked like the Istanbul big three, Galatasaray, Fenerbahce and Besiktas, were about to become two. Besiktas were struggling with huge debts, more than 100 lawsuits and a suspension from UEFA competitions. Five years on, however, it is a completely different story. Besiktas not only stayed in the big three, they have overtaken the other two to win the past two league titles. This summer, Besiktas have strengthened their squad with the signing of former Real Madrid defender Pepe. The Portugal international, 34, was a free agent after his contract at the Spanish and European champions expired. Besiktas president Fikret Orman said that Pepe would add leadership to the club's backline as they aim to retain the Super Lig crown they won last season.

Galatasaray are Turkey's most successful club with 20 league titles, but they finished fourth in the top flight last term, 13 points behind champions Besiktas. So, the club have been busy this summer reinforcing in all areas of the pitch. The defence has undergone a slight reshuffle, Sevilla's Mariano has arrived at right back and Maicon from Sao Paulo at centre back. In the middle of the park, Younes Belhanda has arrived from Dynamo Kyiv and Fernando from Manchester City. The front line has also seen a new addition, Swansea's Bafetimbi Gomis.

teamoddsteamodds
Besiktas2.38Kasimpasa126
Fenerbahce5Bursaspor151
Galatasaray5Osmanlispor151
Basaksehir5.5Alanyaspor251
Trabzonspor26Karabukspor501
Antalyaspor51Kayserispor501
Konyaspor67Goztepe1001
Akhisar67Malatyaspor1001
Genclerbirligi101Sivasspor1001

The preseason odds for the outright winner of the 2017/18 Turkish football league.

Turkish Cup finals in last five years

2017   Konyaspor - Basaksehir   0:0   (4:1 pen.)
2016   Galatasaray - Fenerbahce   1:0
2015   Galatasaray - Bursaspor   3:2
2014   Galatasaray - Eskisehirspor   1:0
2013   Fenerbahce - Trabzonspor   1:0

Key players
(transfer market value in m€)

Akhisarspor

Goalkeeper Milan Lukac (0.6); Defense: Omer Bayram (2.5), Miguel Lopes (2.5), Mustafa Yumlu (1.5); Midfield: Olcan Adin (1.6), Soner Aydogdu (1.3), Serginho (1), Abdoul Sissoko (1); Forward: Helder Barbosa (1.5), Paulo Henrique (1.3), Daniel Larsson (1.2).

Alanyaspor

Goalkeeper Remy Riou (4); Defense: Georgios Tzavellas (1.8), Lamine Gassama (1.5), Fabrice N'Sakala (1.4), Welinton (1.3); Midfield: Emre Akbaba (3), Guy-Michel Landel (1.2), Giannis Maniatis (1), Isaac Sackey (0.9); Forward: Vagner Love (2.5), Mbilla Etame (2).

Antalyaspor

Goalkeeper Ruud Boffin (1); Defense: Ondrej Celustka (2), Diego ngelo (1.8), Johan Djourou (1.5), Sakib Aytac (1.3); Midfield: Sandro (2.5), Zeki Yildirim (1.5), Danilo (1.5); Forward: Jeremy Menez (6), Maicon (2.7), Samuel Eto'o (1.5).

Basaksehir

Goalkeeper Volkan Babacan (6); Defense: Gael Clichy (7), Alexandru Epureanu (3.8), Aurelien Chedjou (3), Junior Caicara (3); Midfield: Edin Visca (8), Kerim Frei (4.5), Mahmut Tekdemir (3.5); Forward: Eljero Elia (6), Tunay Torun (3.5), Mevlut Erdinc (3).

Besiktas

Goalkeeper Fabri (2.8); Defense: Caner Erkin (4.5), Matej Mitrovic (4), Pepe (3); Midfield: Talisca (13), Oguzhan Ozyakup (12), Tolgay Arslan (6); Forward: Gokhan Tore (12), Jeremain Lens (11), Cenk Tosun (9), Alvaro Negredo (7.5).

Bursaspor

Goalkeeper Harun Tekin (4); Defense: Aziz Behich (2.5), Emre Tasdemir (2.3), Titi (2), Ertugrul Ersoy (1.5); Midfield: Emmanuel Badu (5), Pablo Batalla (2), Mikel Agu (1.5); Forward: Tomas Necid (2.3), Kubilay Kanatsizkus (2), Bogdan Stancu (2).

Fenerbahce Istanbul

Goalkeeper Carlos Kameni (2); Defense: Martin Skrtel (4.5), Hasan Ali Kaldirim (4.5), Mauricio Isla (4), Roman Neustadter (3); Midfield: Souza (8), Mehmet Topal (6), Alper Potuk (5.5), Ozan Tufan (5); Forward: Robin van Persie (4), Fernandao (3).

Galatasaray

Goalkeeper Fernando Muslera (11); Defense: Maicon (8), Mariano (8), Serdar Aziz (4), Ahmet Calik (3.8); Midfield: Fernando (10), Younes Belhanda (9), Badou Ndiaye (5), Yasin Oztekin (3.5); Forward: Bafetimbi Gomis (5), Eren Derdiyok (4.5).

Genclerbirligi

Goalkeeper Johannes Hopf (2.2); Defense: Ugur Ciftci (2.8), Ahmet Oguz (1.6), Zeki Yavru (1.6), Luccas Claro (1); Midfield: Abdul Khalili (1.7), Diallo Guidileye (1.3), Murat Duruer (0.8); Forward: Petar Skuletic (2), Ahmet Ilhan Ozek (1.3), Elvis Manu (1).

Goztepe

Goalkeeper Beto (1); Defense: Mathieu Peybernes (2.5), Kadu (1), Hakan Cinemre (1), Sabri Sarioglu (1); Midfield: Oscar Scarione (4.5), Andre Castro (3.5), Tayfur Bingol (1.3); Forward: Yoan Gouffran (3.5), Nabil Ghilas (1.8), Omer Sismanoglu (1.5).

Karabukspor

Goalkeeper Caglar Sahin Akbaba (0.8); Defense: Valerica Gaman (1.2), Baris Basdas (1), Paul Papp (0.8); Midfield: Andre Biyogo Poko (1.8), Hamidou Traore (1), Cristian Tanase (0.9), Ceyhun Gulselam (0.8); Forward: Gabriel Torje (2.5), Gheorghe Grozav (2), Evgen Seleznev (1.8).

Kasimpasa

Goalkeeper Ramazan Kose (1.5); Defense: Strahil Popov (2), Veysel Sari (1.5), Syam Ben Youssef (1.3), Olivier Veigneau (1); Midfield: David Pavelka (1.8), Bernard Mensah (1.5), Loret Sadiku (1.3); Forward: Adem Buyuk (3), Trezeguet (1.5), Samuel Eduok (1.3).

Kayserispor

Goalkeeper Silviu Lung Jr. (1.9); Defense: Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik (1.5), Levent Gulen (1.3), Tiago Lopes (1.2); Midfield: Deniz Turuc (3.5), Guray Vural (2), Dejan Meleg (2), Fernando Boldrin (1.5), Geoffrey Bia (1.5); Forward: Asamoah Gyan (4.5), Welliton (2).

Konyaspor

Goalkeeper Serkan Kirintili (1.5); Defense: Eren Albayrak (3), Nejc Skubic (2), Wilfred Moke (1); Midfield: Amir Hadziahmetovic (1.8), Deni Milosevic (1.5), Volkan Findikli (1.3), Jens Jonsson (1); Forward: Omer Ali Sahiner (4), Abdou Traore (3), Imoh Ezekiel (3).

Osmanlispor

Goalkeeper Zydrunas Karcemarskas (1.3); Defense: Tiago Pinto (3), Koray Altinay (1.8), Avdija Vrsajevic (1.3); Midfield: Musa Cagiran (3.5), Adrien Regattin (2.8), Raheem Lawal (2.5), Mehmet Guven (2); Forward: Aminu Umar (4), Cheick Diabate (4), Serdar Gurler (2.5).

Sivasspor

Goalkeeper Sergio Rochet (0.9); Defense: Mattias Bjarsmyr (1.3), John Boye (1), Elderson (1), Vitali Djakov (0.8); Midfield: Emre Kilinc (1), Hakan Arslan (0.8), Cem Ozdemir (0.5), Galip Guzel (0.5); Forward: Muhammet Demir (1.5), Arouna Kone (1.5).

Trabzonspor

Goalkeeper Onur Kivrak (5); Defense: Emmanuel Mas (4), Ugur Demirok (3), Joao Pereira (1.5), Carl Medjani (1.4); Midfield: Juraj Kucka (9), Okay Yokuslu (4.5), Ogenyi Onazi (4), Olcay Sahan (3.8); Forward: Burak Yilmaz (5.2), Theo Bongonda (3).

Yeni Malatyaspor

Goalkeeper Fabien Farnolle (0.5); Defense: Aly Cissokho (1.8), Yalcin Ayhan (0.8), Issam Chebake (0.6); Midfield: Nacer Barazite (2.5), Okechukwu Azubuike (1), Michael Pereira (0.5); Forward: Issiar Dia (2), Khalid Boutaib (1.5), Turgut Sahin (1.3), Emanuel Dening (1).

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