Aykut Kocaman

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.

Struggling Fenerbahçe seeks salvation on European stage

Fenerbahçe will be searching for a much-needed victory when it hosts Russian club Krasnodar in the second leg of a Europa League round of 32 clash.

Having lost last week's game in Russia 1-0, the home side will need at least a two-goal victory on Feb. 22 to advance to the next round and give its angry fans something to cheer about.

Galatasaray out to break Kadıköy jinx

Galatasaray wants to end a 17-year jinx when it travels to the Asian side of Istanbul for a Spor Toto Super League game on Nov. 20.
The club's last victory at the Şükrü Saraçoğlu Stadium was in 1999, when it beat Fenerbahçe 2-1 in a league game on Dec. 22, and has not been able to win in the 20 official games at the venue since.

Fenerbahçe claims historic victory against Man United

İstanbul club Fenerbahçe managed to beat all expectations and beat Manchester United 2-1 at home in a Europa League Group A game late on Nov. 3. Having lost 4-1 two weeks ago in Manchester, Fenerbahçe produced a stunning performance capped by a brilliant Moussa Sow bicycle-kick goal and a Jeremain Lens free-kick.