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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Turkish Super League Week 1 Review

Fenerbahce began the defend of its Super League  title with a thrilling 3-2 defeat of Karabukspor.

Nigeria striker Emmanuel Emenike, Senegal forward Moussa Sow and Cameroon's Pierre Webo on the scoresheet.
Karabukspor twice got back on level terms through Dominick Kumbela and a Michal Kadlec own goal but eventually left with nothing to show for its efforts.
Last season's runner-up Galatasaray also got off to a winning start when prevailing 2-0 at Bursaspor, with Burak Yilmaz opening the scoring after 52 minutes and Olcan Adin sealing it in the closing stages.
Besiktas bounced back from narrowly missing out on a place in the UEFA Champions League group stage when going down 1-0 to Arsenal by beating Mersin by the same scoreline, with Cenk Tosun hitting the back of the net just before the break.
Trabzonspor had to settle for a goalless draw at Erciyesspor, while Sivasspor suffered an early setback when losing 2-1 at home to Gaziantepspor, with Muhammet Demir bagging a brace after John Utaka had put the host ahead.
Eskisehirspor was another team to come from behind and claim victory when edging out Konyaspor, with Hurriyet Gucer equalising Gabriel Torje's early strike before Erkan Zengin netted the winner from the penalty spot on 76 minutes.
Istanbul Buyuksehir held on for a 1-1 draw against Kasimpasa after having Rajko Rotman sent off. 
Rizespor and Genclerbirligi also shared the spoils after Umit Korkmaz netted for the host from Guido Kocer's opener, while Akhisar Belediye won 2-1 at Balikesirspor thanks to goals from Saidi Ntibazonkiza and Mehmet Akyuz.

Last minute transfers.....


 Turkish giants' new stars have come to Istanbul yesterday on the last day of transfer window. Besiktas's new Argentine playmaker Jose Ernesto Sosa arrived in Istanbul on Sunday and was received by a throng of fans at the airport after signing for Besiktas. The 29-year old playmaker underwent a medical examination yesterday. He is expected to sign a three to four year deal with the Black Eagles. 
Jose Sosa spent the second half of last season at Atletico Madrid. Meanwhile, Galatasaray's recent signings-Macedonian forward Goran Pandev and Swiss central midfielder Blerim Dzemaili, both signed from Italian Serie A club Napoli, arrived in Istanbul yesterday. It is believed that Pandev and Dzemaili will sign official contracts after medical checks. According to, Galatasaray have completed the transfers by paying Napoli $1 million (TL 2.1 million) for 31-year-old Pandev and a $3 million transfer fee for 28-year-old Dzemaili. Last season Pandev scored eight goals and produced eight assists in 41 matches for Napoli; Dzemaili found the net six times and made four assists in 29 appearances for the Serie A club.
Besiktas has terminated the contract of former Super Eagles striker, Michael Eneramo.
For agreeing to leave  10 months before the end of his contract, he will be will be paid 500,000 Euros by Besiktas!
Enaramo has transferred to  Istanbul Basaksehirspor, on a free transfer. He will take home €500,000 every year at Istanbul Basaksehirspor.

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