1. Turkey Confirms Interest to Host the 2024 European Championships

    23rd February 2017. By Danni Biggs. 
    The Turkey Football Federation Chief Yildirim Demiroren told reporters at their headquarters "This time it is our right to host the championships." Brushing the threats and concerns over security and infrastructure Turkey confirms interest to host the 2024 European Championships. On the 15th February the TFF announced their ambitions bid to be the host nation of this much-loved tournament.

    The Turkish Football Federation announce being candidates to host the 2024 Euros. After losing out to stage the finals in 2008, 2012 and 2016 as well as disappointingly missing out on hosting the 2020 Summer Olympics to Tokyo, Turkey deserved to be announced as hosts, but is it the right decision?

    So, can Turkey host the 17th edition of the UEFA European Championship? When announcing an end to its pursuit of 2020 the TFF said "We believe Turkey is developing our sporting capacity with 13 stadiums to meet the necessary criteria. Turkey also has communication infrastructure, travel and accommodation facilities sufficient to host an entire competition."  However, despite this Turkey will be an outsider by comparison to the three-time European champions Germany, who also announced their interest to host this iconic tournament.

    National associations have until 3rd March 2017 to confirm their interests in bidding. The UEFA will then announce the bidders a week later. Bidders will them have to wait patiently until September 2018, which is when the host will be appointed.

    Lesson Learnt by their Olympic Bid

    After being left utterly disappointed when Istanbul lost out to Tokyo in the bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, Kilic said it had taught them a lot and helped to increase our capability. The Turkey Football Federation now belie

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  2. The Decline of the Turkish Super Lig

    5th April 2016.
    Turkish football fans have been hit with one piece of bad news after another, as of late. First, a February 21st Super Lig match between Galatasaray and Trabzonspor became global news, after referee Deniz Ates Bitnel red-carded not one, not two, but four Trabzonspor players in the space of the second half. Then, Galatasaray received a two-year ban from UEFA competitions for violating Financial Fair Play rules. Next, on March 25th, Fenerbahce became the last Turkish soccer club to exit the 2015/16 Europa League, losing 1-4 in their second-leg round of 16 match against Braga. Finally, Turkish soccer authorities were forced to cancel a March 20th derby between Galatasaray and Fenerbahce, due to a threat that reportedly came from ISIS.

    Of course, not all of these stumbles and woes have been related in the slightest, beyond the fact that they all involved Turkish soccer. However, all four incidents do amount to what has been a spectacularly bad season for the Turkish Super Lig. Between bad press, reported financial struggles, and a number of other deep problems, Turkish football seems to be in crisis at the moment. Is there a reprieve coming? Or is the Super Lig doomed to collapse?

    Identifying the Root Problem

    The 2015/16 season may have brought a series of new lows for the Turkish Super Lig, but this is not the first time that we have been discussing the less-than-perfect state of the division. On the contrary, last February, journalist Patrick Keddie wrote a piece for Middle East Eye called "Could Turkish football collapse?" The article offered a fascinating look at the fracturing state of the Super Lig and Turkey's soccer scene as a whole, blaming a myriad of different issues for the slump. Among those problems were

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  3. The Usual Suspects Rise to the Top in the First Eight Weeks of 2015/16 Turkish Super Lig Play

    Only five teams have ever won the English Premier League title, but that has to do more with the relative Galatasaray Home Shirt 2015 - 2016brevity of the division's existence (the Premier League was founded in 1992) than it does with long-standing club dominance. The Turkish Super Lig, on the other hand, also has seen only five different champions, but the difference is that the Turkish football division has been going since 1959. That means the soccer league has split 57 titles five different ways. So does that make the first eight weeks of 2015/16 Turkish Super Lig play predictable?

    The Turkish Super Lig is one of the more predictable competitions in European club football. The proceedings are made even more predictable by the fact that one of the five teams, Trabzonspor, hasn't won a title since 1984, while another, Bursaspor, only won once, in 2010. There are three soccer clubs that one would expect to see at the top of the Turkish Super Lig table in any given year: Besiktas, Galatasaray, and Fenerbahce.

    New Year; Similar Standings

    If another soccer club is going to emerge and become the sixth ever to win the Turkish Super Lig title, it Besiktas Home Shirt 2015 - 2016doesn't look like it's going to happen in the 2015/16 season. Eight weeks into the new campaign, the three most successful clubs in Turkish Super Lig history have already risen back to the top of the table.

    Granted, the order of the teams is slightly different than it was last year or the year before. In 2013 2014, the final standings for the Turkish Super Lig had Fenerbahce in first, Galatasaray in second, and Besiktas

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