Soccer / Football : Turkey : Super League 2014/2015
Mario Gomez joins Besiktas
Mario Gomez has completed his move from Fiorentina to Besiktas. The 30-year-old striker joins initially on loan but there is an option to buy him outright. The Germany international becomes the sixth new signing at the Ataturk Olimpiyat Stadi ahead of the new campaign and he will be a direct replacement for Demba Ba, who has joined Shanghai Shenhua.
Quaresma makes Besiktas return
Portuguese winger Ricardo Quaresma has re-signed with Besiktas on a free transfer. The 31-year-old was released by Porto at the end of last season. Quaresma, who has passed through Barcelona, Porto and Inter Milan, wore the Turkish club colours between 2010 and 2012.
Omeruo completes loan move to Kasimpasa
Nigeria defender Kenneth Omeruo has joined Turkish side Kasimpasa on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea. The 21-year-old joined the English champions in 2012, but he is yet to make a Premier League appearance for the Blues, and spent last season on loan with Middlesbrough. He joined Chelsea from Belgian side Standard Liege in 2012 and developed on loan at Den Haag in Netherlands in an 18-month spell from 2012 to 2013.
Fenerbahce confirm Van Persie deal
Robin van Persie has completed his move to Fenerbahce, according to club chairman Aziz Yildrim. The fee, understood to be in the region of €6.5m, sees the 31-year-old end his three-year stay at Old Trafford. After firing United to the title in his first season at the club Van Persie has struggled with injuries and declining form, managing 10 goals in 29 games last season. Van Persie is set to fly to Istanbul on Sunday, and will reportedly sign a contract on Monday.
Karacan signs for Galatasaray
Former Reading midfielder Jem Karacan has completed his move to Galatasaray on a free transfer, signing a three-year deal in Istanbul. Karacan joined Reading in 2007 but left the Madejski last month after his contract expired. Karacan made over 170 appearances for Reading but played just 11 times last season after suffering a serious knee injury. Royals boss Steve Clarke was keen to keep the 26-year-old and had offered him a new deal but he has opted to join the Turkish Super Lig champions.
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.
|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.