Turkcell Süper Lig Title Up For Grabs in Final WeekendTurkcell Super Lig • Author: Nathan Redd • Saturday, May 15, 2010
It's been a long season, full of ups and downs for many of the clubs in the Turkcell Süper Lig. But heading into the final weekend, only one thing is left to be decided: the 2009-2010 Turkcell Süper Lig champion. Week 34 in the league gets underway Saturday, but all eyes will be focused on two matches Sunday - one in Bursa, and one in Istanbul.
The Turkcell Süper Lig comes to a close this weekend after 34 league matches. The 2009-2010 season saw Denizlispor and Diyarbakırspor both relegated, while former league powers Ankaraspor made the unusual drop early in the season due to managerial violations in the club.
Last year's runners-up Sivasspor barely survived being relegated themselves, completing a bizarre collapse in less than a year's time. League giants Galatasaray and Beşiktaş have both been out of contention for virtually the entire month of May, but the biggest storyline involves one that will be decided Sunday. Bursaspor, with some help from Trabzonspor, can become the first non-Istanbul team to win the league since Trabzon did it in 1983. It would be the first championship in club history if Bursa can pull it off.
Although just a point out of first place, the odds are against Bursa. They need a win and some help from Trabzon. Although they are depending on a win by the Black Sea Storm, a Bursaspor victory is not a given either. They host Beşiktaş, who would love to close out their disappointing season with a victory.
While Bursa have a shot at the title, everything depends on what happens in Istanbul Sunday night. Fenerbahçe can win their 18th league title with a victory Sunday. The atmosphere at Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium will be electric, as more than 200,000 fans applied for just over 25,000 available tickets for Sunday's match. The Yellow Canaries will need the backing of their home fans against a fierce Trabzon squad. The Black Sea Storm are confident that they can help their brethren in Bursa pull out the championship, since Trabzon just defeated Fener last week. Still, it will be difficult for Trabzon to overcome a stadium packed with the greatest fans in the world.
Eight games are on the schedule this weekend, but six of them are mere formalities leading up to Sunday's two games with title implications. There will be four matches Saturday, including Diyarbakırspor's final match in top-flight football, which will be played in an empty stadium yet again. Here is a look at the full list of fixtures for the final weekend in the Turkcell Süper Lig season:
Saturday, May 15th:
Denizlispor vs. Gaziantepspor - 19:00
Sivasspor vs. Ankaragücü - 19:00
Diyarbakırspor vs. Eskişehirspor - 19:00
Antalyaspor vs. Kayserispor - 19:00
Sunday, May 16th:
Manisaspor vs. Kasımpaşa - 16:00
Bursaspor vs. Beşiktaş - 20:00
Gençlerbirliği vs. Galatasaray - 20:00
Fenerbahçe vs. Trabzonspor - 20:00