Turkey is another proud footballing nation with a domestic league dominated by the Big Three who share a century-long rivalry with one another. Only six clubs have ever won the Turkish top-flight. Galatasaray, Fenerbahçe and Beşiktaş are joined by Trabzonspor, Bursaspor and İstanbul Başakşehir.
With very little between them yearly, the Turkish title race always makes for an exciting spectacle and the return of fans this season would be crucial.
Fans in Turkey are arguably the most passionate and intense in European football and with the aid of statistics and trends for all football leagues, we have analyzed the title race for the 2021/22 season.
Their third title in the last five years came after a sensational title race with rivals Galatasaray which was decided by a single goal difference and two further points ahead of third-placed Fenerbahçe.
In a race of very little margins, the Black Eagles have the psychological upper hand and, crucially, the playing squad to do it again. They would be very confident of delivering the Turkish league title to the Vodafone Park faithful after impressively sealing the last victory.
Sergen Yalçın became the first man to become a Süper Lig champion as a player and coach in Beşiktaş and would be keen to seal his managerial legacy with his boyhood club.
Fener have gone through an inconsistent few years with their last league title coming in 2013/14. However, they seem to be edging closer every year and are poised to snatch a victory soon.
The Yellow Canaries are one of the most supported clubs in Turkey and are not short on world class talent, not least Mesut Özil in his first full season. They could use the fire of their rivalry with Galatasaray – one of the most intense Derbies in the world – to spur them on in the title race.
A squad with the quality of Fenerbahçe’s should be challenging for the top honour of Turkish football and they would be desperate to bet back on their perch.
However, evaluating their steady improvement in league performances is a good sign for Vitor Pereira’s men and they would want to make their ascent up the league table count.
The addition of a proper playmaker and experienced in Mesut Ozil should further help their course as well. It would be interesting to see what the German can still offer at the top level, having faced lots of criticism in his latter years at former side Arsenal.
Their runner-up place was particularly hard to accept due to the slim margin and Gala would be chomping at the bit to reclaim the title they won in 2019.
Sharing the same number of points, match won, drawn and lost with Beşiktaş, they lost out to the title by a mere one-goal difference. If margins were slim, they couldn’t have come any closer such as in this case.
The Yellow-Reds are the Süper Lig’s record winners and Fatih Terim would do well to harness their championship-winning mentality. With perhaps the best squad in the league, the Lions know they must maintain the desired levels this season.
Having already lifted eight league titles in his four spells in charge, Terim would be focused on bringing it back to the Türk Telekom Stadium. In the 67-year-old, Galatasaray would be sure to win the title again soon and chase invincible status in Turkish football history.
Another resounding title win in 2021/22 would send a huge roar across Turkey and their Istanbul rivals. Gala are determined to reclaim their domestic crown.