Abdullah Avcı

Turkish league’s top two to clash for driver’s seat

The top two of the Turkish Süper Lig, leader Sivasspor and Başakşehir, its closest follower from two points behind, will clash in the eastern province of Sivas in the highlight game of match week 21 on Feb. 9.

The host was very comfortable unlit last week, four points away with its closest follower but it was shaken by a 5-1 defeat against Gaziantep away.

Beşiktaş lift their morale with away victory

Beşiktaş defeated Caykur Rizespor 2-1 in Sergen Yalçın's first match at the helm on Feb. 1.

At Yeni Rize Şehir Stadium, Beşiktaş found the first goal with a Burak Yılmaz's close-range shot in the 29th minute.

In the 36th minute, the home team netted the equalizer when Czech forward Milan Skoda's header beat Beşiktaş goalkeeper Loris Karius.

Başakşehir, Konyaspor to make Europa League debuts

Beaten by Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League play-offs, Turkey's Başakşehir will make its UEFA Europa League group stage debut this season against Bulgaria's Ludogorets as Konyaspor visits Marseille. 

Başakşehir, the runner-up in last season's domestic title race, is highly motivated after it won 3-2 against city rival Fenerbahçe away, a first in its short history. 

Turkish league to begin with new stars on board

The Turkish Super League begins on Aug. 11, when last season's dark horse Medipol Başakşehir hosts Bursaspor at home, as fans of all sides feel excited to see world stars who made their way to Turkey on millions of euros of contracts.

Başakşehir, which ended last season in second place behind champion Beşiktaş, signed a whopping 10 players and parted ways with nine.

Thousands of Beşiktaş fans flock to Gaziantep in anticipation

Gaziantepspor has already been relegated but the locals of the culinary capital of the country are taking solace in the fact that more than 25,000 Beşiktaş fans will flock to the southeastern province on May 28 to watch the defending champion attempt to clinch its second title in a row.