Tag: super lig

Gheorghe Hagi: the Galatasaray diaries

The closest Turkish Süper Lig title race in years came to a familiar conclusion in May 2018. Central to Galatasaray being crowned champions was the appointment of Fatih Terim for a fourth…

The destruction and recovery of Ankaragücü

On the penultimate day of the Turkish 1. Lig season, a scoreboard in the western city of Manisa reads 0-3. It is a familiar sight for the fans of Manisaspor, once a…

Franck Ribéry: the Galatasaray diaries

AT THE AGE of just 19, where Kylian Mbappé will end up is a scary prospect. Already possessing a skillset many could merely dream of, he is rightly viewed as one of…

Göztepe and the long journey back to Turkey’s top flight

Owing to a knack of scoring late goals, Semih Şentürk is known in Turkey as “the lifeguard”. One particularly famous example of his match-saving efforts came in the Euro 2008 quarter-finals against…

Elif Elmas: the Macedonian starlet destined for greatness

‘A boy destined for greatness’ is a common statement in the football world, though not usually reserved for a youngster from Macedonia, a small country located in Eastern Europe with a modest…

Hakan Şükür: Turkey’s undisputed goal king

Illustration by Federico Manasse It took 10.8 seconds. That was all Hakan Şükür needed to pounce on a South Korean defence dithering over their own self-destruct button and dispatch the opening goal…