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Season review: Turkey

Published: Monday 6 July 2015, 8.57CET
Galatasaray AŞ had a poor autumn, but with Hamza Hamzaoğlu holding the reins, Burak Yılmaz scoring the goals and Fernando Muslera saving, they still won the double.
by Türker Tozar
from Istanbul
Season review: Turkey
Galatasaray celebrate after completing the double ©TFF features

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Published: Monday 6 July 2015, 8.57CET

Season review: Turkey

Galatasaray AŞ had a poor autumn, but with Hamza Hamzaoğlu holding the reins, Burak Yılmaz scoring the goals and Fernando Muslera saving, they still won the double.

Champions: Galatasaray AŞ
"We created a family atmosphere within the squad, boosted player confidence and never lost faith that we could claim the title," said coach Hamza Hamzaoğlu, who replaced Cesare Prandelli in December following a disappointing UEFA Champions League campaign, and led Galatasaray to the double. A run of six clean sheets and attending victories between mid-April and the end of May tilted the title in Cim Bom's favour and they clinched the championship with one game to spare.

Cup final: Galatasaray AŞ 3-2 Bursaspor
Playing on their home ground, Bursaspor took the lead through Fernandão's 25th-minute penalty, only for Burak Yılmaz to turn the final on its head with goals either side of the break. Volkan Şen made it 2-2 before Burak completed his treble on the hour and confirmed the Istanbul outfit's first domestic double since 1999/2000. "This was difficult," said Hamzaoğlu. "As it wore on, my players realised what type of game they were playing in. I congratulate all of them, but special praise goes to Burak."

European places
Galatasaray AŞ – UEFA Champions League group stage
Fenerbahçe SK – UEFA Champions League third qualifying round
Beşiktaş JK – UEFA Europa League play-offs
İstanbul Başakşehir – UEFA Europa League third qualifying round
Trabzonspor AŞ – UEFA Europa League second qualifying round


Cup final hero Burak

Player of the year: Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray AŞ)
It is rare that a goalkeeper is given such an honour, but the heroics of Uruguay's Muslera during Galatasaray's six-match winning streak was decisive. Working behind a defence not altogether watertight, the 29-year-old was all action in his fourth term at the club, his brilliant shot-stopping allowing Galatasaray to hold on for narrow victories while demoralising opponents.

One to watch: Oğulcan Çağlayan (Kayseri Erciyesspor)
Fresh talent is thin on the ground in the Turkish Super League at the moment but Oğulcan made an impression for struggling Erciyesspor. Known as the 'next Ibrahimović', the tall 19-year-old forward struck three goals in 11 league games. With a bit more strength and greater awareness of team-mates, he could be a real prospect.

Leading scorer: Fernandão (Bursaspor) – 22 goals

Relegated: Kayseri Erciyesspor, Kardemir Karabükspor, Balıkesirpor

Promoted: Kayserispor, Osmanlıspor FK, Antalyaspor AŞ

Last updated: 06/07/15 10.32CET

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