Due to match-fixing allegations, Turkish giants Fenerbahce have been banned from European competition for the next two seasons.
At first, the club was banned for two seasons with an additional year as a highly-likely option. After today’s decision by UEFA, the optional year has been terminated.
Now, with Europe wiped out from their agenda and all of these new transfers on board, they can shift their focus solely onto the Turkish Super League title. This will not be the best of news to archrivals Galatasaray.
As reigning champions, Gala will play Champions League soccer this season, which means fatigue will be a factor in their overall performance. Signing a couple of guys to long-term deals will be helpful as coach Fatih Terim can juggle players in-between competitions. However, doing this can ruin their rhythm.
Fenerbahce signed Bruno Alves, Michael Kadlec, Alper Potuk and Samuel Holmen to bolster their squad. By adding these four clutch pieces, they made a statement to all of tier opponents to prove that this year will be different in the league and cup race.
If they do not sell any of their key starters from last season, they can build a formidable side that can defeat almost any side in the league home and away. All of their opponents need to be weary of this starting right now.
Honestly, Galatasaray can still win the league title. They still have their main pieces and added a key on defense in Aurelien Chedjou. He is one man added to a roster full of stars who have gotten the job done two years in a row: winning the league title.
With all of that said and done, this season may have surprised, but the truth is this: once again, this will be a battle between the top two Istanbul clubs, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce.
If you aren’t a fan of Turkish soccer, you will be this year.