Rizespor: Why Are They So Successful?

By Aydin Reyhan
Photo courtesy of Rizespor’s official Facebook page

Rizespor are off to an absolutely tremendous start to their first Super League campaign in five years as they have just returned to the top flight this season. Starting off by winning four of their first five matches, this team is showing that is has taken the steps necessary to compete in the best division that Turkey has to offer.

Well, the time to take a look at why they are playing so well is right now.

Coach Riza Calimbay was the head coach of Sivasspor for the past three seasons before being asked to retake the reigns at this newly promoted Black Sea club. This is in fact his third spell as coach of this team with the first two being back in 2004 and 2007 for one season or less. Well, it looks like he will be staying for a while according to the recent results provided by his team.

One player that this team was surprisingly able to sign is none other than Iraqi international left-back Ali Adnan who captained the U-20 side to the semis of the WC. He has the uncanny ability to send rockets with his left foot. He has already scored two goals in league play with one being from an amazing free-kick that was compared to the one scored by Roberto Carlos way back against France in an international match for Brazil.

The captain, Sercan Kaya, moved to this club from Trabzonspor and has been nothing short of a successful hit — he has five goals during is nine months with the club. His influential play all over the field has inspired the rest of his teammates to step up and play at their very best.

The one team that they lost to is none other than Trabzonspor who managed to defeat them 2-1 at home in a Black Sea derby. That was a game they did not deserve to win so losing 2-1 was a fair result … but they did learn from it as they have now won their last three matches.

If the team stays consistent and the players avoid injury, they can end up causing surprises. In fact, they may even have what it takes to at least grab a point away form home next weekend when they travel to Istanbul to face the reigning champions Galatasaray.

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