Fenerbahce hosted and successfully defeated Karabukspor 4-0 on the final day in the Turkish Super League thanks to strikes from Moussa Sow, Raul Meireles, Emre Belozoglu and Pierre Webo. They played in a 4-2-3-1, which enabled them to counter attack with meaning and success as each and every one of their players were able to hold their own defensively and push up when need be. The team basically played with championship caliber.
Midfielder Belezoglu had the best passing rate as he set the example in the heart of the park by finding his teammates without any issue. With players like Mehmet Topal and Meireles right by him, he is not short of other capable players in the holding role. These three have played a vital role in their championship campaign, and proved further so today by helping to keep an opponent who yearns for European action at bay.
Dirk Kuyt missed a chance before 4-0 that would have capped a sweet performance by him in the final third by slicing a shot wide before crashing into the keeper. He has been a great leader all year long and would be even better for the club if they were able to participate in Champions League play – they are banned for a second year after match-fixing allegations. Regardless, he is arguably their most influential player and at 33, he is still riding strong down the wings.
Coach Ersun Yanal has been credited but perhaps not enough. His methods have given this club an extra belief in themselves that has pushed them throughout this tough year in Super League action. Sure, they were banned from Europe, but the physical beating that these players take with some rivals hasn’t been easy. With their 19th championship guaranteed, they can honestly say that hard work has paid off.
Now, they will be looking to overturn their second year of banishment from the Champions League as they feel they deserve to be there by winning the title fair and square. If they cannot participate, the second place side — either Besiktas or Galatasaray — will be taking their automatic entry in the group stage.