Sometimes, It's Just Not Meant To Be...

Commentary  •  Author: Mehmet Pozam   •   Monday, May 17, 2010 Picture

Last night, the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium witnessed Fenerbahçe's dramatic end to the 2009/10 Turkcell Süper Lig season. 55,000 spectators at Kadıköy, thousands watching the game on Bağdat Caddesi and many more Yellow Canaries supporters across Turkey and around the world were anticipating Fenerbahçe's 18th Turkish Championship. But sometimes, it's just not meant to be...

It was as though the 'Football Gods' didn't want Fenerbahçe's victory last night. The Yellow Canaries gave their most fearsome battle of the season, a true bombarding against the Trabzonspor goal. I, personally, don't remember ever seeing this many attempts on goal in my life.

Fenerbahçe's striking performance can be outlined simply by looking at their mind-boggling match stats which turned every record upside down. At the end of the game, the Yellow Canaries had: 37 goal attempts, 17 shots on goal, 30 crosses into the box and 13 corner-kicks; contrary to Trabzonspor's two shots on goal and one corner-kick.

However, Fenerbahçe's impressive attacking was countered with a spectacular, die-hard, ten-man defending from Trabzonspor. Not to forget a very focused play from Trabzonspor goalkeeper Onur Recep Kıvrak, already a serious contender for the Turkish Milli Takım's No. 1 jersey. Despite a willing fight from every Fenerbahçe player on the pitch, from Emre Belözoğlu to Gökçek Vederson, from Mehmet Topuz to Gökhan Gönül, from Özer Hurmacı to Daniel Güiza, it just wasn't meant to be.

Fenerbahçe hit the post twice, there were spectacular shots from Cristian Baroni, Deivid de Souza and Gökhan Ünal that Onur saved majestically. Alex de Souza and Daniel Güiza also had open chances to score, but were tied up at the finishing touches. The Yellow Canaries just couldn't fit in another goal. It just wasn't meant to be. As if the Gods were against it...

Another mishap was of course the stadium announcer's false announcement that Beşiktaş had levelled the score against Bursaspor, "2 - 2" which led supporters to think that Fenerbahçe would become champions, even though they were to draw Trabzonspor 1 - 1. The inaccurate announcement also mislead Christoph Daum to pull back the team into defence and the players to use up the last two minutes of stoppage time by just casually passing the ball around themselves. Whereas scoring only one more goal in the dying minutes, or even seconds before the final whistle would have brought the championship to Fenerbahçe.

The false announcement was probably last night's biggest disappointment which sparked rage and anger amongst spectators. Whereas the run-up to the game was perfect. Crowds gathering on Bağdat Caddesi and Kadıköy hours before the kickoff, the amazing atmosphere inside the Şükrü Saracoğlu and the sensational emblem visual on the Türk Telekom Tribune. Everything had gone immaculately until the last moments of the game and especially that announcement.

At the end of the game, everyone was shocked, upset, angry and confused. The utter devastation of being led to believe that Fenerbahçe had won the Turkcell Süper Lig Championship... Thousands of fans had rushed out filling up the pitch, embracing the Yellow Canaries footballers. Even members of the technical staff had rushed out from the Fenerbahçe dugout. It took everyone about 50 seconds to realize the true outcome of events. Remembering the Denizli calamity from the last game of the 2005/6 season, no one wanted to believe that the same outcome would happen, but it did.

There's a widely-known saying in football, "The ball is round". Nothing is certain in football, the ball may roll in any direction, there's just no knowing. In football, you can win or lose; you can win the championship or give up the league title dramatically in the season finale. This is the beauty of sports. It's all a competition, there always has to be a winner and a loser. We just weren't able to win last night... No matter how we gave up the league title or what the stadium announcer said, I just cannot accept the acts of vandalism and rioting inside and outside the stadium. Football is considered to be a religion in Turkey and just as all around the world in countries where football is so prominent, there's bound to be fanaticism. But there is absolutely no place for violence in sports. I condemn those so called 'supporters' who lit fires in the stands and attacked the police.

We could have won the double this season. It was only two ninety-minute games that caused both trophies to slip away from our hands. Think about all the stress and pressure in modern football. It was just those two ninety-minute games which determined the outcome and success of the whole season. The club management and President Aziz Yıldırım have made tremendous sacrifices and have put in a lot of hard work throughout the season. The footballers also gave an incredible fight on the field last night. They were very unlucky, to say the least. They could have easily scored three or four goals. But, it just wasn't meant to be...

Of course, it's tremendously upsetting to end the season this way. However, the club management musn't resign. President Aziz Yıldırım has done so much for this club and Turkish football. The reconstruction of the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium, the construction of the new and modern training grounds, bringing the UEFA Cup Final to Kadıköy, his leadership in the Club's Union, Fenerium, Fenercell, Fenerbahçe TV, all-in-all a true success story in the history of Turkish football...

It doesn't matter that Fenerbahçe couldn't win the Championship or lift the Turkish Cup trophy. Fenerbahçe has always been a major club in Turkish football and has now become a giant club on the European scene with a growing fanbase on a global scale. And Fenerbahçe will always continue to be a great club, no matter what. Just as sports journalist İslam Çupi once wrote, "The greatness of Fenerbahçe is neither a championship title, nor a cup greatness. Its greatness is something else that cannot be named."

Comments (13)

panama • 23:54 • May 17, 2010
excelentt!!!
aarohaa • 00:02 • May 18, 2010
Transferlist Fenerbahce (reserve goallies)
1. Onur Kivrak
2. .......
3. ....
aarohaa • 00:10 • May 18, 2010
We are too stressed in winning cups that the dissapointment is even greater when we lose.. Let things happen, rewind the pressure. Give the players their joy in playing and then just watch and see how many cups we'll win.. I believe it's about that.

Nice article by the way, thanks for that!!
Brazilian • 00:16 • May 18, 2010
I TOLD YOU ALL! FENERBAHCE WONT WIN ANYTHING THIS YEAR! I TOLD EVERYONE! DAUM IS A 2ND DEVISION MANAGER!! WE WONT WIN ANYTHING! AND WHAT HAPPENED WE WON NOTHING!!!

HOW CAN YOU HIRE SOMEONE THAT YOU SACKED AGAIN!! ???? NOW WHAT HAPPENS FOR FENERBAHCE?? SACK THE DAUM AGAIN!?!?

WHAT IS HAPPENING! SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME??!?! PLEASE!!

WITH THE SQUOAD THAT WE HAVE WE SHOULD BE WINING EVERYTHING AND WE SHOULD BE IN THE UEFA CUP FINALS!!!

DAUM PLEASE RESIGN I HAD ENOUGH! AND I CANT SUPPORT THIS CLUB BECAUSE OF YOU!!!

DO SOMETHING AZIIIZZZ!!!
fenerbahce4life • 00:24 • May 18, 2010
Good times are to come things can't get any worse.
FB1907_Australia • 00:41 • May 18, 2010
its not meant to be is becoming a regular thing with us.
sageleader • 00:42 • May 18, 2010
Very nicely written article, Mehmet. It takes a true gentleman to be sensible in times of stress. While the erroneous 2-2 announcement was a huge mistake that could have changed the course of the game and the riots afterward, I don't think it made or broke the entire game. Fener played their hearts out and it just didn't happen. That being said, if they would have done better mid-season (February), they wouldn't have been in this position in the first place.
Jessica • 00:52 • May 18, 2010
Nice article Mehmet, well said.
GFBHollanda • 00:56 • May 18, 2010
Nice article Mehmet!

Its time for a new system! Atacking atractive and good football! 4-4-2 with real wingers and 2 strikers!

Chairman Ali Koc
Finances Aziz Yildirim
Coach Co Adriaanse
Assistant Pierre van Hooijdonk

.........................Volkan....................
...Gökhan...Lugano...Godin...Santos...
...........Topuz.................Emre...........
...Biabiany...........................Balasz...
..................Semih........Ünal..............

Subs:Serkan,Bekir,Ugur,Özer,Obertan,Alex,Kazim
mehmet • 01:20 • May 18, 2010
thanks for the positive comments!
Fener_eniste • 01:34 • May 18, 2010
Just tell me Kazim will be back.
efe10 • 03:07 • May 18, 2010
Onur kivrak is a beast. I think he is going to be Turkey's second Rustu.
Aydan • 04:30 • May 18, 2010
Nice job on the article Mehmet. I really enjoyed it. I couldn't agree with you more when my friend posted the video you could not see who had started the fires because it showed only the aftermath and I just didn't want to believe that people who supported Fenerbahçe would do that it wasn't until I found ligtv footage that I found out the truth. For me that was worse than losing the championship. I really wish these people making fun of us would just shut up already. It was an honest mistake. What exactly do they expect the fans to do ignore the announcement and not celebrate? This could have happened to any team in Turkey perhaps the GS & BJK fans should think about that before they open their mouths because the next time it might just be them.
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