News : Super Lig in Turkey is going completely crazy: title madness, brawl, arrests


News : Super Lig in Turkey is going completely crazy: title madness, brawl, arrests

Column by Fatih Demireli: Brawl, arrests, title insanity: Turkish Super Lig has gone completely crazy

In the Turkish Süper Lig, Besiktas and Galatasaray go into the final matchday with equal points – only two goals separate the arch-rivals. At Besiktas, which has almost certainly held the title for a long time, the fuses blow after a defeat. At Galatasaray you forget the keys to your apartment.

Arda Turan spent the night in the driver’s seat in front of his house. This was not preceded by a marital row with his wife Aslihan. It was not preceded by a long drive that forced the now aging football professional (34) from Galatasaray to sleep in the car.

There was another reason for the unfamiliar sleeping place: Turan forgot his keys, and because he didn’t get home until three in the morning, he didn’t want to wake up the family with small children. “Back from the game, forgot the keys on the club premises, wife and children should not be woken up. Here you have an Arda who dreams of Saturday in the car,” Turan wrote on Instagram.

The season finale in the Süper Lig takes place on Saturday, and that Turan can still dream of the championship title is actually almost unbelievable.

Süper Lig: master thriller about Galatasaray, Besiktas, Fenerbahce

With three games to go, Galatasaray were six points behind leaders Besiktas and second Fenerbahce. Even after the derby win against Besiktas at the weekend (3-1), the arch-rival had the better cards, four points from two games against two opponents who have nothing more to achieve this season.

But while Galatasaray won 4-1 at bottom of the table Denizlispor on Tuesday evening, Besiktas lost their home game against Karagümrük 2-1. A result that actually played Fenerbahce into the cards more than Galatasaray. With a win against Sivasspor Fenerbahce would be top of the table with one game day before the end, but the yellow-blue players lost and turned the title fight in the league completely on its head.

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Besiktas and Galatasaray are now tied – even in the direct comparison, which is decisive for the placement in Turkey, there is a tie. Besiktas only have a wafer-thin lead of two goals that Galatasaray would have to catch up to become champions.

“Just being in this position is a great success. I have a team that you have to be immensely proud of,” said Fatih Terim. Key-forgotten Turan could not hold his tears during the interview and spoke at the highest emotional level about the dream of becoming a master after all.

Turkish Süper Lig: Özil once again without accents

It doesn’t matter how it ends: It is by far the most exciting, craziest season in the history of the Süper Lig. The three top Istanbul clubs have never been so close together on the last match days. Even Fenerbahce, who had a great chance of pole position and simply missed it, could still become champions if their two competitors were defeated on the last day of the match.

After the upswing in recent weeks, the title seemed to be back for the club, but the unexpected bankruptcy swept all hope away. “It’s my fault that it turned out this way. I take the responsibility on myself,” said Emre Belözoglu after his first defeat as head coach and scowled.

His team looked lifeless against Sivas, who had not lost 17 times in a row. Mesut Özil, who was on the pitch for 90 minutes, was once again unable to set any accents. The template to make it 1: 2 in stoppage time for Papiss Demba Cisse was after all a little statistical cosmetic for the 2014 world champion.

A few kilometers further west, on the other continent, however, the dismay was even greater than at Fenerbahce. Besiktas, who have played a very convincing season so far with a modest squad and have actually been designated champions for weeks, gambled away almost all of their credit within four days. First the derby bankruptcy, then the 1: 2 against Karagümrük, who played outnumbered for a long time.

Brawls and arrests after the Besiktas bankruptcy

Right-back Valentin Rosier cried for minutes without hesitation, as if the title was already gone. Others literally buried themselves in the square. But the grief turned into anger in one or the other. Shortly after the final whistle, violent tumult broke out in the players’ tunnel.

TV images show that the events continue inside the stadium. Even two ball boys mingled in the wild argument in which the players and supervisors were involved. When everything seemed under control, the real scandal broke out. Hakan Korkmaz, player advisor to Besiktas playmaker Rachid Ghezzal, physically attacked Karagümrük professional Alassane Ndao.

“First he cursed him, then he slapped him on his cap, then he kicked him,” said Ndao advisor Dogan Ercan on Turkish television late at night. Malefactor Korkmaz was arrested and taken away by the police while still in the stadium. Ndao filed a complaint.

Title fight in Turkey: Every single goal counts

On the other hand, there were no emotions with Besiktas coach Sergen Yalcin. The club’s former playmaker is the father of success and probably the coach of the season even without the championship title. With modest means and a small squad, he kept Besiktas at the top for weeks.

But in the past few weeks the club had been hit by unbelievable bad luck with injuries. “We are missing up to seven players every week, that’s a lot,” said Yalcin. The failure of top striker Vincent Aboubakar is particularly painful. The Cameroonian is officially injured, but Aboubakar seems to want to prevent another game because of no clause in his contract to activate, which says that his contract will be extended for an annual salary of 800,000 euros.

According to media reports, the attacker demands significantly more and does not want to be committed. When coach Yalcin was asked after the 2-1 draw if Aboubakar could play at the season finale in Göztepe, he responded annoyed: “No! I don’t expect any returners.”

Besiktas still has the reins in its own hands. With every goal scored by the league leaders, Galatasaray have to score three more goals against Yeni Malatyaspor. It is quite possible that Arda Turan also dreamed of it in his car in front of his house.

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