Bursaspor Make History in Turkcell Süper Lig Final Weekend

Turkcell Super Lig  •  Author: Nathan Redd   •   Tuesday, May 18, 2010 Picture

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:

  GP W D L GF GA + / - P
1.BURSASPOR 34 23 6 5 65 26 39 75
2.FENERBAHÇE 34 23 5 6 61 28 33 74
3.GALATASARAY A.Ş. 34 19 7 8 61 35 26 64
4.BEŞİKTAŞ A.Ş. 34 18 10 6 47 25 22 64
5.TRABZONSPOR A.Ş. 34 16 9 9 53 32 21 57
6.BÜYÜKŞEHİR BLD.SPOR 34 16 8 10 47 44 3 56
7.ESKİŞEHİRSPOR 34 15 10 9 44 34 10 55
8.KAYSERİSPOR 34 14 9 11 45 37 8 51
9.ANTALYASPOR A.Ş. 34 14 7 13 49 38 11 49
10.GENÇLERBİRLİĞİ 34 12 11 11 38 35 3 47
11.KASIMPAŞA 34 10 11 13 50 53 -3 41
12.MKE ANKARAGÜCÜ 34 9 14 11 39 40 -1 41
13.GAZİANTEPSPOR 34 9 13 12 38 39 -1 40
14.MANİSASPOR 34 8 13 13 27 34 -7 37
15.SİVASSPOR 34 8 10 16 42 59 -17 34
16.DİYARBAKIRSPOR 34 6 9 19 28 54 -26 27
17.DENİZLİSPOR 34 6 8 20 30 49 -19 26
18.ANKARASPOR A.Ş. 34 0 0 34 0 102 -102 0

Comments (10)

mtHead • 00:20 • May 19, 2010
I will be routing my heart out for Bursa next year in CL.
They earned every penny that they will get and I hope they get some good signings may I suggest Makukuala and hope they do really well.
aarohaa • 00:49 • May 19, 2010
If.. they can keep their current squad..
GFBHollanda • 01:17 • May 19, 2010
Im glad Diyarbakirspor is gone
Kozak • 01:27 • May 19, 2010
Doesn't matter if they can't keep their current squad, they have 45 million to spend on a new squad.

If they do sell some players (guessing Sercan, Volkan and Ozan) it will rake them in at least another 12 million. With 57 million for transfer they can bring in some seriously talented players.
GranKanarya • 03:54 • May 19, 2010
Well done Bursa it's a great acheivement. Congratulations. Good luck in CL. If they manage to hold on to some of their key players and make a few good signings they may cause some upset. Still I can't see them going past the group stage maybe a 3rd place finish and EL.
serdar_tasci • 09:07 • May 19, 2010
I hope fenerbahce sign sercan,ozxan and sen for a 15 mil joint fee that wil. be great for us 3 of the top stars in turkey for such a cheap price.
Memz • 09:28 • May 19, 2010
@Kozak
i think that Sercan - Volkan and Ozan will bring Bursaspor a lot more cash then 12 million YTL.

out of those 3 only Volkan will be worth the money by the way if we would buy him.
Kozak • 10:21 • May 19, 2010
Yeah I guess they could but big clubs aren't willing to spend big on risks. You're right that Volkan would be worth the money if we would buy him. He could make an instant impact on our team.
Memz • 14:06 • May 19, 2010
we paid 10 million for Özer and something like 18 million for Topuz so i don't think that Bursa will let go there talents for 4 million - they are asking 20 million for Sercan, it's sure that they won't get that but to count 12 million for all 3 together is insane.

Volkan can indeed make an instant impact on our team.
GranKanarya • 03:11 • May 20, 2010
i thought we payed less than 18m for Topuz. Turkish press as usual went out of their way to annoy us and added the signing fee and 3 years total of Topuz's wages and came up with 18m.

Bursa will not let any one of the three for next season I don't think. I would be suprised even if one of them left but anyway none of them are worth more than 10m at the moment no matter how talented they are. It may be a slightly different story if they have a good CL campaign though.
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