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Turkcell Super League football season 2009/10 begins

Turkcell Super League football season 2009/10 begins

altThe 2009-2010 Turkcell Super League football season has started on August 7, 2009 and will finish on May 16, 2010.There are five teams from Istanbul; three from Ankara; and one each from Antalya, Bursa, Denizli, Diyarbakir, Eskisehir, Gaziantep, Kayseri, Manisa, Sivas and Trabzon in the new football season.

Twelve Turkish and six foreign coaches are heading the Turkish football teams in this football season.

The first derby of this season will take place between Galatasaray and Besiktas in Day-5 at Istanbul’s Ali Sami Yen Stadium.

Besiktas clinched the title for the 11th time on the last day of last season. Besiktas owed their success to the failure of Istanbul giants Fenerbahce and Galatasaray (who finished the league 5th and 6th respectively)and Sivasspor who, again, after a long run on the top position managed to mess all it up in the last weeks. Besiktas also won the Turkish Cup, beating Fenerbahce in the final. Fenerbahce fans still haven’t seen Turkish Cup in their trophy cabinet since 1981. Central-Anatolian title contenders Sivasspor, who topped the league table for much of the last five months of the campaign, finished second. Bulent Uygun and his team yet managed another incredible loss by losing their spot in European champions league to Anderlecth of Belgium by losing 5-3 on aggr. Besiktas progress straight to the group stage of the same competition.

  • Champions and Cup winners: Besiktas (UEFA Champions League)
  • Runners-up: Sivasspor (UEFA Europa League)
  • Third place: Trabzonspor (UEFA Europa League)
  • Fourth place: Fenerbahce (UEFA Europa League)
  • Fifth place: Galatasaray (UEFA Europa League)
  • Relegated: Konyaspor, Kocaelispor, Hacettepe
  • Promoted: Diyarbakirspor, Kasimpasaspor, Manisaspor.

Galatasaray appoint Frank Rijkaard as coach, Arda Turan as captain, sign Elano, Leo Franco, Keita, Zan and Sarp

Galatasaray have appointed Frank Rijkaard as coach on a two-year contract. The Dutchman has won European Champions League with Barcelona. With an impressive squad that includes Turkish super stars Servet Cetin, Arda Turan, former Liverpool players Milan Baros and our Aussie-boy Harry Kewell , Rijkaard also brought Brazil midfielder Elano from Manchester City for an undisclosed fee, Argentinean goalkeeper Leo Franco on a free transfer from Atletico Madrid and Ivory Coast international forward Abdel Kader Keita from Lyon in a deal worth €8.5m as well as signing Besiktas captain Gokhan Zan and Bursaspor captain Mustafa Sarp.

Fenerbahce get Christoph Daum, Mehmet Topuz and the Brazilian duo

Coach Christoph Daum has left Bundesliga side Koln to rejoin Fenerbahce on a three-year contract. The German replaces Luis Aragones, who was sacked last campaign. Daum, who led Fenerbahce to two Turkish league championships, was sacked by the Istanbul giants after losing the league title to arch-rivals Galatasaray on the last day of the 2005/06 season.

Hugo Broos takes helm at Trabzonspor

The 57-year-old Belgian has signed a one-year contract with Trabzonspor, who finished third in the Turkish League last season under caretaker coach Ahmet Ozen, with boss Ersun Yanal having resigned in late April. Broos coached Club Brugge and won two championships in 1992 an 1996. He won a third title as Anderlecht boss in 2003/04 and then worked at Genk for three seasons prior to a brief spell at Greek side Panserraikos last term. Trabzon also signed Zafer Yelen from Hertha and Ivan Gabric from Hadjuk.

Three-team title race

Turkey’s top football league has only had four different champions in its 50-year history. The Istanbul teams, Fenerbahce, Besiktas and Galatasaray have dominated the Turkish league with Fener and Gala winning the title 17 times each since its birth and it will again be hard to look beyond Istanbul for this season’s champions. Trabzonspor is the only team from outside Istanbul to have lifted the crown, but the last time was in 1984, 25 years ago!

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