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Fenerbahçe take title honours in Turkey

Published: Sunday 22 May 2011, 23.20CET
Fenerbahçe SK are celebrating a record 18th Turkish league title after finishing ahead of Trabzonspor AŞ on head-to-head record following a 4-3 success at Sivasspor in their final game.
by Türker Tozar
from Istanbul
Fenerbahçe take title honours in Turkey
Alex's 28 league goals were vital to Fenerbahçe's success ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 22 May 2011, 23.20CET

Fenerbahçe take title honours in Turkey

Fenerbahçe SK are celebrating a record 18th Turkish league title after finishing ahead of Trabzonspor AŞ on head-to-head record following a 4-3 success at Sivasspor in their final game.

Fenerbahçe SK have claimed a record 18th Turkish title after rounding off the Super League season with a vital 4-3 success at Sivasspor, topping the pile ahead of Trabzonspor AŞ on head-to-head record.

Fenerbahçe and Trabzonspor finished level on 82 points but the Yellow Canaries had the edge on aggregate in the games between the two sides, having lost 3-2 in Trabzon before winning 2-0 at home.

André Santos (6) put the Istanbul giants in front against Sivasspor but they were pegged back when Jakub Navratil struck 14 minutes later. Needing a win to stay above Trabzonspor – 4-0 victors at Kardemir Karabükspor – Fenerbahçe went ahead again when Selçuk Şahin's long-range strike (41) found its way past Sivasspor goalkeeper Korcan Çelikay.

Alex increased the visitors' lead courtesy of a 51st-minute free-kick and, moments after Erman Kılıç reduced the deficit (65), Joseph Yobo headed in Fenerbahçe's fourth. Erman upped the tension levels with an added-time effort, but the Yellow Canaries held on to clinch the crown. They are now Turkey's most successful club, having moved ahead of Galatasaray AŞ and their 17 titles.

"We've faced a lot of difficulties as a team since the start of the season," said Fenerbahçe captain Alex, who contributed 28 goals in 33 outings, including five in a 6-0 rout of MKE Ankaragücü on 15 May. "We put in a brilliant performance in the second half of the season, going unbeaten and claiming the title in the end.

"I don't remember any other season in my career more challenging than this one. We came from nine points behind to take the title and every game was like a final. This is a totally deserved victory for us."

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