Soccer / Football : Turkey : Super League 2014/2015
Nani completes move to Fenerbahce
Manchester United winger Nani has completed a move to Fenerbahce. Portugal international Nani leaves Old Trafford permanently after spending last season on loan with former club Sporting Lisbon. The 28-year-old underwent a medical in Istanbul at the weekend ahead of the move worth a reported €6m.
Podolski completes move to Galatasaray
Galatasaray has signed Germany forward Lukas Podolski from Arsenal on a three-year contract. Galatasaray will pay €2.5m for the 30-year old and an additional €500,000 if it qualifies for the Champions League. Podolski will earn €3m a year plus €20,000 per game. There is also an option for a fourth year.
Podolski arrives in Istanbul to finalise his move to Galatasaray
Lukas Podolski arrived in Istanbul to put the finishing touches on his move from Arsenal to Galatasaray. The 30-year-old will be unveiled as a Galatasaray player on Saturday afternoon. The German international is expected to sign a four-year deal despite the best efforts of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to convince him to stay in north London. Podolski netted 31 goals in 82 appearances for Arsenal since joining the club from Cologne in 2012. He was on loan at Inter Milan for the second half of last season, and scored one goal in 17 games in Serie A.
Nani to complete Fenerbahce move
Fenerbahce have announced the signing of Manchester United winger Nani, subject to a medical. The Istanbul club said the 28-year-old was due in Istanbul on Sunday to undergo his medical before signing for the Super Lig runners-up. Nani, who joined United in 2007, spent last season on loan at Sporting Lisbon after failing to convince Louis van Gaal on United's pre-season tour.
Van Gaal refused to consider Nani as a winger in the 3-5-2 formation he began with and attempted to convert the Portuguese into a striker. Nani replaced Javier Hernandez in United's opening day defeat to Swansea, but days later he moved to Sporting in the deal that brought Marcos Rojo to Old Trafford.
Eto'o joins Antalyaspor
Samuel Eto'o has joined promoted Turkish top-flight side Antalyaspor. The Cameroonian striker, 34, is leaving Serie A side Sampdoria after just five months. Eto'o enjoyed much of his success at Barca, where he was from 2004 to 2009. He also played for Inter Milan, Chelsea and Everton. Meanwhile, Antalyaspor stated they would recruit another "big name". They appear to have reached an agreement to sign World Cup winner Ronaldinho, 35, after his contract with Mexican side Queretaro was terminated.
Kjaer makes Fenerbahce switch
Fenerbahce have announced the signing of Danish centre-back Simon Kjaer from Lille. Kjaer, 26, had been linked with moves to Liverpool and Arsenal in the past, but has chosen to continue his career in Turkey. The defender has signed a four-year deal with Fenerbahce, who lost out on the Turkish title to Galatasaray last season by three points.
Fenerbahce hires Pereira
Fenerbahce has hired former Porto and Olympiakos coach Vitor Pereira after losing of the league title to rival Galatasaray. Fenebahce says it has signed the 46-year-old Portuguese coach to a two-year contract. He replaces Ismail Kartal, who resigned. Pereira will join the Turkish club after leading Olympiakos to the Greek league title.
Also Thursday, Besiktas announced that it had hired Senol Gunes to replace Slaven Bilic, who took over at West Ham after two years in charge.
|30.5||Bursa - Konya||0:0|
|30.5||Fenerb. - Kasimp.||2:0|
|30.5||Rize - Galatas.||1:1|
|30.5||Siva - Trabzon||1:1|
|30.5||Mersin - Basaksehir||2:2|
|29.5||Besiktas - Gencler.||2:1|
|29.5||Erciye - Karabuk||4:3|
|29.5||Eskisehir - Akhisar||1:3|
|29.5||Balikesir - Gaziantep||1:1|
Turkish Super League stats
|home wins||43 %|
|away wins||29 %|
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.