Constantinopole Under Threat

The Turkish Super League this season is a serious roller coaster. In a rare situation, all the three mega clubs from Istanbul are struggling to impress.  While Galatasaray and Besiktas are stuck respectively in the 7th and 4th spots in the table with 25 points, Fenerbahçe is in a real state of emergency. 

This weekend, the Canaries lost 3-0 to Akhisarspor and together with Kayserispor’s victory against Kasimpasa, they fell to the 17th place in the Turkish Süper League, with only Rizespor ranked lower than them. 

Fenerbahçe is having their worst ever season start, as after 15 games they managed to win only 3 matches, draw 5 and lose 7. With 14 points at this stage, the Kadikoy club seems like a serious contender for relegation. If so, It will be their first-ever relegation to the second division. 

Back in the summer, Fenerbahçe aspired to re-conquer the Turkish League after years of titles drought, and signed the successful Dutch coach, Phillip Cocu. In addition, they brought Algerian striker Islam Slimani, Ghanaian star Andre Ayew and Mexican dynamo Diego Reyes on lucrative loan deals, and yet, the team’s results are a true catastrophe. Cocu was sacked after a huge dispute among the board members, and since then the club is struggling to get a grip of a positive run of games. 

Fenerbahçe has won 19 league titles, 6 Turkish Cups and multiple other local trophies and is counted as the second most decorated club in Turkey after Galatasaray. With Erwin Koeman as a caretaker manager, Fener will need to fight for its life in the Turkish Süper Lig. It seems that April-May in Istanbul will be an intense time for the yellow & blue club.