In Turkey is heading Basaksehir on a first-ever national championship. What is the secret behind the success of the small club from Istanbul?
A street ahead of Istanbul Basaksehir on the closest rivals Galatasaray, Besiktas and Trabzonspor. It is an unusual scenario in the Turkish Süper Lig. Fenerbahçe, last weekend guest in the Fatih Terimstadion of Basaksehir, even in degradatiegevaar. However, there was more people in the stadium this season, an average of 5000 viewers it attracts. Precious little in comparison with the traditional top clubs, but a multiple of the 200 to 300 spectators who a few years ago showed up for the home games of Basaksehir in the highest class.
The main secret of the club is simple: continuity. Trainer Abdullah Avci (55) has been around since the summer of 2014, and there was also already at work from 2007 to 2011. That is an eternity to Turkish standards. Also a large part of the players is already at the club. And if the club ever buy a player like Eljero Elia, Robinho or Emmanuel Adebayor, it pays not more than two million euro.
While the other top clubs have a trainer switch as your shirt, and cranking out new players get through the economic crisis soon no longer be able to pay a benefit to Basaksehir now of the policy of sporting continuity and limited expenditure.
The result is a steady rise of the club from the new urban district of Istanbul in the northwest of the city. It is only the eleventh season of Basaksehir in the highest class, and the last four years the club finished each in the top four.
Because the club are linked to president Recep Tayyip Erdogan (while that from the district of Kasimpasa and follower is called to be of Fenerbahçe), flows of the sponsors. They hope, therefore, in the favor of the almighty man. But if the club by which political link big money to receive, it also had a sterrenelftal purchased, such as the other quantities.