Bursaspor is the surprise champion of the Turkish Super Lig this year, becoming only the second team not from Istanbul to claim the title. Quite impressive for a team that only a few years ago was in danger of being relegated.
It’s ironic, but I couldn’t possibly be more excited about the championship going to a team outside of Istanbul for the first time in over twenty years. As much as I would have loved to see Beşiktaş repeat last year’s championship, Bursaspor’s victory prevented Fenerbahçe from winning their eighteenth Süper Lig title. Fenerbahçe = the Yankees of Turkish football and the Yankees = pure evil, so it was the lesser of two evils for Beşiktaş to lose 1-2 to Bursaspor.
Naturally, Fenerbaçe fans weren’t particularly excited about this (especially considering venders were already selling yellow and blue şampiyon flags before the game) and actually set fire to their own stadium after their 1-1 draw with Trabzonspor. Thankfully the Police were on hand to restore order…
… or at least beat the crap out of hooligans.
It will certainly be interesting to see how Bursaspor fares in the Champion’s League.