Clash of the Eagles: previewing the Turkish Super cup

Updated: August 5, 2017

On Sunday the Turkish football season will finally kick-off against with the traditional season opener: the Super Cup. In this fixture last season’s cup winner will take on last season’s league champions.

This year that means a clash between the reigning Süper Lig Champions, the Black Eagles, Beşiktaş and the Turkish cup winners, the Anatolian Eagles, Konyaspor. Because both teams were directly qualified for the Champions and Europa League group stages respectively, neither of them have played an official game yet this season.

Konyaspor didn’t have their best run last season, coming off their best league performance in their history during the 2015/16 edition of the Süper Lig, but Europe and an allround lack of quality in the squad hampered their league success during the latest edition.

Their European adventure also ended in disappointment, but with Aykut Kocaman departing for Fenerbahçe this Summer and the subsequent appointal of Mustafa Reşit Akçay the Konyaspor fans are expecting some more attractive offensive football. And given their activity on the transfer market thusfar that certainly seems within the realm of possibilities with their marquee signing thusfar appearing to be the Nigerian winger Imoh Ezekiël.

Former Standard Liège and Anderlecht winger Imoh Ezekiël is expected to make his official Konyaspor debut

Konyaspor did however recently sell two key players in central defender Jagos Vukovic  (€2m to Olympiakos) and striker Riad Bajic (€5,5m to Udinese) leaving their new coach with a tough task ahead of tomorow’s final. Konyaspor are yet to bring in replacement for both players, leaving two big voids in their team.

Beşiktaş on the other hand have just completed the signing of a new striker, Álvaro Negredo, and he will immediately be available for tomorow’s clash. However Anderson Talisca’s license has not yet been issued due to a delay on Benfica’s side to send over the necessary paperwork, leaving Beşiktaş with a key player missing of their own. In addition Gökhan Gönül underwent surgery this past week and he’ll be out for 6-8 weeks.

The Black Eagles surprised Europe this past Summer by acquiring the services of Portuguese central defender Pepe, who is expected to make his official debut tomorow wearing the number 5 jersey.

The past 6 times both teams met Beşiktaş won just twice, losing three times and drawing once. While the last time these two teams met Beşiktaş did win by a convicning 5-1 margin, it was clear for all to see that, despite their overall disappointing season, Konyaspor have the ability to charge themselves up for a big final, as they showed in the Turkish cup final against Istanbul Başakşehir.

For Konyaspor this could be their second major Turkish trophy in their history, so expect them to be highly motivated despite missing transfers for two key positions. Konyapsor have proven time and time again that they can be an extremely tough nut to crack and with the additions of Abdou Razack Traoré and Imoh Ezekiël they could also prove an offensive side difficult to deal with under Akçay.

Türkcell Süper Küpasi
Beşiktaş JK – Atiker Konyaspor
Location: Samsun Yeni 19 Mayis
Referee: Firat Aydinus
Date: Sunday, August 6th
Time: 19:45 (CET)
Channel: ATV

Predicted lineups

Beşiktaş: Fabri; Andreas Beck, Pepe, Dusko Tosic, Adriano Correia; Atiba, Oguzhan, Tolgay; Quaresma, Cenk, Babel

Konyaspor: Serkan; Skubic, Ali Turan, Moke, Ferhat Oztorun; Ali Çamdali, Mehdi, Ömer Ali; Razack Traore, Fofana, Imoh Ezekiël

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Kaan Bayazit

Editor-in-chief at Beşiktaş International
Freelance sports writer specialized in Turkish football and Beşiktaş. Co-host of the Black Eagles podcast. Frequently featured in World Soccer Digest Japan and many other international media outlets. Following Turkish football for close to two decades. Proud father to Aedin.
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