Bursaspor Make History in Turkcell Süper Lig Final WeekendTurkcell Super Lig • Author: Nathan Redd • Tuesday, May 18, 2010
The Turkcell Süper Lig wrapped up in dramatic fashion Sunday, as the championship not only came down to the final match, but the final seconds. In the end, Bursaspor overcame all of the odds to win their first-ever Turkcell Süper Lig title. They also become the first team outside of Istanbul to lift the trophy since Trabzonspor in 1983. Here is a look at all of the results following week 34:
Bursaspor accomplished what was previously believed to be unthinkable until just recently. The Green Crocs became the first team outside of Istanbul to win the Turkcell Süper Lig title in 27 years. Bursa entered the final weekend a point behind leaders Fenerbahçe, but they instead encountered the perfect scenario to become champs.
Fans in both Istanbul and Bursa were keeping tabs on each other's matches Sunday night, and there was plenty of drama in both stadiums. Scores of both matches were being announced, and one gigantic mistake may have even had an impact on Fener's match.
While Fenerbahçe jumped out to a 1-0 lead behind Dani Güiza's opening goal, Trabzonspor fought back to tie up their match shortly after. Meanwhile in Bursa, the Green Crocs jumped out early, then doubled their lead just before the break. The scoreline put all the pressure on Fenerbahçe, who went to the locker rooms tied up at 1-1 with Trabzon.
While Fener bombarded Trabzonspor goalkeeper Onur Kıvrak in the second half, it was a crucial mistake that got the Canaries' hopes up. The stadium announcer declared that Bursaspor's match with Beşiktaş had been tied at 2-2, sending Fener fans' into a craze, thinking the title was upon them.
Instead, Fener and Trabzon finished with a 1-1 draw, while Bursaspor defeated Beşiktaş 2-1. The results helped the Green Crocs jump the Yellow Canaries, giving Bursaspor their first title in club history.
Bursaspor, Fenerbahçe, Galatasaray, Beşiktaş, and Trabzonspor finish the season in spots one through five. All five receive European spots next season, with Bursa and Fener going to the UEFA Champions League, while Galatasaray, Beşiktaş, and Trabzonspor will head to the UEFA Europa League.
Galatasaray earn the advantage in the table over Beşiktaş. The Lions and Eagles finish tied on points after both lost in the final weekend, but Galatasaray have the advantage in head-to-head competition. Trabzonspor earn the Europa League spot by winning the Ziraat Turkish Cup.
Sivasspor and Manisaspor just avoid the relegation drop, while Denizlispor, Ankaraspor, and Diyarbakırspor were relegated. Those three will play their football in Bank Asya 1. Lig next season. On the other hand, three new teams will join the Turkcell Süper Lig in the fall. Bucaspor and Karabükspor will join the top flight next season, along with a third team to be determined in a playoff.
On behalf of Fenerbahçe Worldwide, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to Bursaspor on their first-ever championship and a remarkable season. Bursaspor coach Ertuğrul Sağlam, as well as his staff and players, made history in Turkish football and we congratulate them on a magnificent 2009-2010 campaign.
Here are all of the results following week 34, the final weekend in the Turkcell Süper Lig:
Saturday, May 15th:
Denizlispor 1 - 1 Gaziantepspor
Sivasspor 3 - 3 Ankaragücü
Diyarbakırspor 0 - 2 Eskişehirspor
Antalyaspor 4 - 0 Kayserispor
Sunday, May 16th:
Manisaspor 0 - 0 Kasımpaşa
Bursaspor 2 - 1 Beşiktaş
Gençlerbirliği 2 - 1 Galatasaray
Fenerbahçe 1 - 1 Trabzonspor
Here's how the final league standings look at the end of the 2009/10 Turkcell Süper Lig season:
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