Soccer / Football : Turkey : Super League 2013/2014
Demba Ba completes move to Besiktas
Demba Ba's spell at Chelsea has come to an end after the striker signed for Besiktas on an four-year deal. Besiktas claim the deal for the 29-year-old Senegal striker is worth €6m. Ba joined West Ham from the Bundesliga club Hoffenheim in 2011 and moved on to Newcastle in the same year. After scoring 29 goals in 54 appearances for the Magpies he moved to Chelsea, but made only 23 starts, scoring 14 goals.
Trabzonspor appoint Halilhodzic
Having led Algeria to the World Cup knockout stages, Vahid Halilhodzic has agreed to take over Trabzonspor for a second time, penning a two-year contract. The Bosnian and Herzegovinian coach, had previously led Trabzonspor in 2005/06. He first earned international recognition as a coach at Moroccan side Raja Casablanca, leading them to CAF Champions League and domestic league titles. He subsequently took over at Lille, transforming the French side from a Ligue 2 club to Champions League participants in the space of a few years. Halilhodzic guided the Ivory Coast to the 2010 World Cup and won the Croatian top division with Dinamo Zagreb 12 months later.
Sylla completes move to Erciyesspor
Aston Villa midfielder Yacouba Sylla has completed his season-long loan move to Kayseri Erciyesspor. Sylla fell out of favour at Villa last season and expressed his desire to move away from the club for regular first team football. He played a part in Villa's late survival revival in 2012-13 after joining the club from the French Second Division in January 2013. But he was restricted to a bit-part role during the last campaign with just six starts and seven substitute appearances in league and cup. He is contracted to Villa until summer 2016.
Diego joins Fenerbahce
Defending Turkish champions Fenerbahce completed the transfer of Brazilian attacking midfielder Diego. The 29-year-old will sign a 3-year-contract with the "Yellow Canaries" on Saturday. Diego began his career in Santos before moving to Porto, Juventus, Werder Bremen, Wolfsburg and Atletico Madrid. In the 2013/14 season, he scored one goal and made one assist for Atletico in 13 Spanish La Liga matches. Diego arrives at the Turkish giants as a free transfer as his contract expired on June 30.
Prandelli named Galatasaray manager
Cesare Prandelli will replace Roberto Mancini as the next Galatasaray manager, the Turkish club announced. Prandelli, 56, will succeed fellow Italian Mancini, who left the club after less than a season in charge after leading the Istanbul side to a disappointing second-place finish in the Turkish top-flight last season. Prandelli resigned as Italy's national team manager after the team failed to get past the group stage at the World Cup in Brazil. He had been in charge of the Azzurri since 2010, having previously coached Fiorentina, Roma and Parma.
Olcan joins Galatasaray
Galatasaray have signed Turkey winger Olcan Adin from Trabzonspor for €4m. Capped seven times, former Kartalspor, Fenerbahce and Gaziantepspor player Olcan, 28, has agreed a deal until summer 2018. As part of the transfer, defender Salih Dursun goes in the opposite direction on a two-year loan. Olcan becomes the fifth player to swap Trabzonspor for Galatasaray since Unal Aysal became president of the Istanbul club in 2011.
|18.5||Antalya - Trabzon||0:2|
|18.5||Karabuk - Siva||1:0|
|18.5||Akhisar - Kasimp.||1:3|
|17.5||Besiktas - Gencler.||1:1|
|17.5||Bursa - Gaziantep||3:1|
|17.5||Galatas. - Erciye||2:1|
|17.5||Rize - Elazig||3:1|
|16.5||Kayseri - Fenerb.||0:2|
|16.5||Eskisehir - Konya||1:1|
Turkish Super League stats
|home wins||48 %|
|away wins||26 %|
League format : Soccer / Football : Turkey : Super League 2013/2014
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.