Can Besiktas Clinch The Title In Turkey?

AHMET BOB TURGUT@turkishsoccerCorrespondent IMay 23, 2009

PORTO, PORTUGAL - DECEMBER 11:  Rustu Recber of Besiktas in action during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Porto and Besiktas at the Dragao Stadium on December 11, 2007 in Porto, Portugal.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Galatasaray Will Decide Who Will Be The Turkish Champions!

Two weeks to go in the Turkish Turkcell Super League, the team who will have the say in the title race will be Galatasaray .

Galatasaray play this weekend on Sunday against league leaders Besiktas and then in the last weekend of the league they will face another top contender Sivasspor in Istanbul.

So , Galatasaray will decide who will be the champions of Turkey this season, since they can't make it to there.

If Besiktas beat Galatasaray on Sunday Besiktas will be one step closer to the title, in my opinion.

But, in case of crash, this could spell danger for Besiktas.

While Besiktas will be playing an Istanbul derby match, second place Sivasspor will host a team who is desperate for points—Genclerbirlgi. 

This match will be close one too.

If Sivasspor wants to keep the pressure on Besiktas they have to win this home match, there is no if or buts about it.

Most of the matches will be played on Sunday except one match, Kayserispor v. Hacettepe. That match will be on Saturday.

All the sunday matches will start at same time (20:00) Turkish local time.

Can Besiktas do it and clinch the Turkish Turkcell Super League Title? That is up to first Mustafa Denizli's Besiktas team.

If they play as a team and they have a desire to win they will do it, but, like I said, Galatasaray holds the Championship cards in this last two wekends.

It will not be easy.


Just think, the team who is in 9th place with 40 points, Ankaraspor, will be listening to the news that will come from Fenerbahce v. Konyasspor match on Sunday.

If Konyaspor goes down in Sukru Saracoglu Stadium against Fenerbahce, they will most likely be the third team will relegate from the Turkcell Super league.

That is why this match is very important to Konyaspor and the other teams too.

Konyaspor have 35 points and there is a lot of team between 35 points and 40 points.

A win for Konyaspor against Fenerbahce will shake and rattle the bottom of the league.

This has to be the match of the week in my opinion!

Early in the week, Konyaspor team sacked Giray Bulak, and re-hired their former coach Unal Karaman.

So, the top and the bottom of the league might just shape up after this Sunday—or, it will go down to the wire in the last weekend of the season....

Lastly, Eskisehirspor is fighting for their life in the league after beating Konyaspor in Konya last weekend. The players from this team were protesting the team officials about not getting paid in the last eight weeks!

They ended their protest on Friday—I wonder if they got paid?

It is absurd and it is stupid to call these teams professionals teams!

This is what happens, when politics gets involved in any sport in Turkey.

Here is the matches for 33th week in the Turkcell Super League:

Kayseri - Hacettepe

Ankaraspor - Antalyaspor
Beşiktaş - Galatasaray
Bursaspor - Gaziantepspor
Eskişehirspor - Trabzonspor
Fenerbahçe - Konyaspor
Kocaelispor - İstanbul BB
MKE Ankaragücü - Denizlispor
Sivasspor - Gençlerbirliği


1 Besiktas 32 19 8 5 56-28 65
2 Sivasspor 32 18 9 5 50-24 63
3 Trabzonspor 32 18 8 6 48-30 62
4 Galatasaray 32 17 7 8 54-36 58
5 Fenerbahce 32 16 7 9 54-33 55
6 Bursaspor 32 15 9 8 44-34 54
7 Gaziantepspor 32 12 9 11 43-45 45
8 Kayserispor 32 11 11 10 33-26 44
9 Ankaraspor 32 11 7 14 36-39 40
10 Eskisehirspor 32 10 9 13 42-43 39
11 Buyuksehir 32 11 6 15 34-43 39
12 Genclerbirligi 32 10 8 14 36-43 38
13 Denizlispor 32 11 5 16 38-47 38
14 Antalyaspor 32 9 9 14 33-42 36
15 Ankaragucu 32 10 6 16 33-46 36
16 Konyaspor 32 9 8 15 30-42 35
17 Kocaelispor 32 7 5 20 41-70 26
18 Hacettepe Spor 32 5 7 20 24-58 22


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