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Istanbul Basaksehir season to remember and forget

The Istanbul Basaksehir signed last July the most brilliant page of its 30 years of history
winning the Turkish Super League for the first time. After some years flirting with being champion (twice he was second and a third in the previous three years), the team of which the president of Turkey is a follower, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and who also has their support and even wears the same colors as those of his party, the AKP, ended the tyranny of the big three in Istanbul, Galatasaray, Besiktas and Fenerbahce, champions of the last nine editions and 34 of the last 35.

The award of being league champion was also up to the task, play the Champions League group stage for the first time. However, what had to be also another historic season for the Istanbul Basaksehir, which could finally be seen in the highest continental competition after two frustrated attempts in the previous qualifying rounds, has been transformed over the months into a Stations of the Cross for owls, to the point of being a season rather to forget.

After saying goodbye in the Champions League with more pain than glory, in a very complicated group, with the PSG, RB Leipzig and Manchester United, with only 3 points, thanks to a victory, yes, of prestige against the ‘red devils’ in Turkey (2-1), and being more protagonist for their withdrawal from the field against PSG due to the alleged racist insults of the fourth official, the Istanbul Basaksehir has been plummeting. After eight days without knowing the victory and five consecutive defeats, the last this Friday against Trabzonspor (0-1), and with a change of coach included, that of Aykut Kocaman by Okan Buruk, the technician who had led them to success, and who has not served at the moment to change the bad dynamics, those of the district located in the European part of the city are in descending positions, to a point of those who give salvation, but with one more game than the two teams above him, Erzurumspor and Kayserispor.

Since Aykut Kocaman’s arrival on the bench, Istanbul Basaksehir has not scored any points

With Kocaman, former Fenerbahce player and fifth top scorer in the history of the Turkish championship, Istanbul Basaksehir still have not scored any points, although they did qualify by eliminating Fenerbahce for the cup semifinals, which now seems the only lifeline. It is clearly the team with the worst dynamics and although it has the potential to get out of the well, with the Brazilian Raphael, Mehmet Topal, Bosnian Edin visca, Norwegian Gulbrandsen (6 goals) or Demba Ba as the most outstanding players, although the Senegalese, with only 2 goals in the league, is far from the 13 last season, score fewer points (24) than matches played (25)For now, what had to be a framing course is the opposite.