Soccer / Football : Turkey : Super League 2014/2015
Drenthe completes move to Turkey
Former Real Madrid winger Royston Drenthe has left Reading to join Turkish side Erciyesspor. The 27-year-old joined Reading in 2013 but endured a miserable time at Madejski Stadium. He made 24 appearances last season, scoring twice and spent the first half of this season on loan at Sheffield Wednesday. Drenthe, who also had a spell in the Premier League while on loan at Everton, has been capped once by the Netherlands.
Belozoglu to miss Kasimpasa match
Fenerbahce midfielder Emre Belozoglu is expected to miss this weekend's league game against Kasimpasa. The 34-year-old suffered a muscle tear in his leg in the Turkish Cup game against Altinordu. Belozoglu has scored 26 goals and provided 22 assists in 186 appearances for Fenerbahce since joining from Newcastle United in 2008.
Defensive woes for Galatasaray
Defender Semih Kaya has been ruled out for up to a month with a knee injury. The 23-year-old sustained ligament damage to his left knee during Galatasaray's game against Brazilian side Guaratingueta in the International Royal Cup last week. Galatasaray will also be without Koray Gunter, sidelined with a hamstring problem, and Aurelien Chedjou who is representing Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations.
|24.1||Gaziantep - Balikesir||1:0|
|24.1||Kasimp. - Fenerb.||0:3|
|24.1||Basaksehir - Mersin||2:2|
|24.1||Akhisar - Eskisehir||2:2|
|23.1||Trabzon - Siva||3:1|
|23.1||Konya - Bursa||2:3|
|5.1||Mersin - Gencler.||1:1|
|5.1||Balikesir - Trabzon||2:2|
|4.1||Besiktas - Galatas.||0:2|
Turkish Super League stats
|home wins||43 %|
|away wins||27 %|
League format : Soccer / Football : Turkey : Super League 2014/2015
The Super League is the main national football competition in Turkey. The league consists of 18 teams. During the season, each team plays twice against each opponent on a home and away basis. So, the total number of games per team is 34. The points allocation system follows the international standard with three points for a victory and one for a tie. The club with the most points at the conclusion of the season becomes the Turkish champion.
The top two teams in the Super League also qualify for the UEFA Champions League, with the Turkish champion proceeding directly to the group stage. The second-place team enters in the second qualifying round of Europe's top football competition. At the end of each season, the bottom three teams of the Turkish Super League are directly relegated to the Second Division (Second League A). The top three finishers of the Turkish Second Division move into the Super League where they will compete in the next campaign.