Saturday, May 10, 2008

Champions Again

So Galatasaray wrapped up their 17th Championship with a fairly routine win against some team from Ankara.

I must admit that although I am happy we won the SuperLig the feeling was not the same as a couple of years ago when it went to the last game of the season. I guess this was because the hard work had been done with the victories against FB and Sivas in the previous two games. This meant all we had to do was not lose and as GS have only conceded 23 goals in the SuperLig this season, which is the lowest of all teams, meant that unless the defence had a complete meltdown (not impossible remember Leverkeusen) then the one point we needed was fairly safe.

A goal each from Hakan and Hakan Balta was enough to seal the points and start the celebrations.

Speaking of which what on earth was the management thinking bring a live lion to the stadium. Totally unnecessary and cruel...really. This annoyed me so I am still not able to really enjoy the victory and the championship because of this.

Still its a good achievement when you consider that the expensive imports brought in to provide the edge hardly figured except for Nonda. Lincoln missed half the season and Linderoth was also injured. One of the best payers was Baris, a snip at $1m, lets face it who needs washed Brazilians costing millions of dollars. Add to that a temporary coach for the last third of the season and its a remarkable achievement..!!


Anonymous said...

Congrats to us GS fans!!!


And congrats to Besiktas also for coming in third to qualify for Europe.

And what can I say about Sivasspor.... a cinderella story...

Nice season! Nice finish!

Internation Musing said...

Congratulations. And now hopingGS will meet PSV again (or AJAX..))

Gulay said...

i really hope we do not meet PSV again......!!!!!

Oz Kanka said...

Congratulations from the second city.

Eski Kanka Jim said...

Shame on Oz Kanka for cow-towing to Gulay.

Congratulations from me too, but, ... from Turkey's Capital and FIRST city !!!

I was really disappointed that Sivas didn't make it into the UEFA Cup direct. Perhaps they will meet Hibernian in the Inter Toto Final ?? Dream on !!

Nathan L. Redd said...

Tebrikler, tekrar, Gulay ve GS taraftarlar! Sorry I did not get over here sooner to congratulate you all. Hopefully we'll both make a deep run in Champions League this fall. You guys definitely deserved the title. Congrats from the Fener faithful!