Medipol Basaksehir: More Than A Municipality Team

Close your eyes and imagine people are saying in a stage whisper “They are a team of the municipality.”, “They are supported by the state and government.”, “Our taxes are going to them.”, “Every team can be successful with the help of the state.” etc. This is the story of Medipol Basaksehir. I always try to add a bit of common thought among the public in the sense that foreigners will read my pieces. Thus, they can understand Turkish culture and football.

Stunning Performance

This week, I have chosen Basaksehir. On Monday, they played against Kardemir Karabukspor. After their great performance, the scoreboard was showing 5-0 Basaksehir’s victory. I think they are the best team in the Spor Toto Super League in terms of tactic and team chemistry. Mobility among positions, making space for the team-mate, fast passes are just some of the positive things about the beautiful game. Every player knows what he does and every player knows what the team-mates also do.

Not only fluent and amazing tactical game on the pitch but also Basaksehir have a good and multialternative squad. Every position has at least 2 players. Their manager Abdullah Avci is a good planner. He tries to get efficiency from every footballer, and he manages to do it. A player who wasn’t playing well in the former team improves his performance in Basaksehir.

Lack Of Confidence Against The Relationship Between Football And Politics

The success isn’t a coincidence. Abdullah Avci has worked for Basaksehir for years. Despite all, football fans and the public don’t support them. I mean most of the people. As I mentioned in the opening paragraph, Basaksehir have not defeated the minds yet. People don’t trust their success. The reason why they think so lurks in politics. Unfortunately, when a prime minister or president was elected, his hometown’s team or favourite team was promoted to the upper league and finally┬áSuper League.

In 2003, Abdullah Gul was chosen as prime minister. He was from Kayseri. Kayseri Erciyesspor was promoted to Super League. And then he became president of the Turkey Republic. In 2014, his term of office was over. And then Kayseri Erciyesspor was relegated to the second tier.

In 2002, Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party was elected. Because of some reasons, Abdullah Gul became the prime minister instead of Erdogan. And then, Gul passed the baton Erdogan. He grew up in Kasimpasa which is a place in Istanbul. In 2007, Kasimpasa was promoted to Super League.

These are just 2 examples. Which is why the public doesn’t trust Basaksehir. I grant them right, but I think the problem is being more royalist than the king. For me, Basaksehir are not same as before teams. Thanks to Abdullah Avci and good management, they are successful.

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Sezer Unar
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