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NB 2002-2003 1.Süper Lig

Week 1 - Analysis by Serbülent Şengün

Trabzonspor fans welcome their South Korean player Lee Eul Yong

Although we had the world cup, and a third place position in the cup to rejoice for in the summer, still the summer, as always, was the time in which the start for the season was impatiently waited upon by Turkish Soccer fans. It is terrific to have the action back.

The first two days were concluded in five draws, the first 3 points had to wait for Sunday, where 2 games were won by the home side, and only one visitor was able to gain all three points. Home sides scored 14 goals, whereas the visitors managed 12.

Games :

Trabzonspor - Fenerbahçe : The opener of the season did not satisfy football fans at all. The goalless draw was poor in football quality. Trabzonspor, playing with a relatively young team this season was better than the summers big spenders Fenerbahce. (0-0)

Diyarbakırspor – Altay : Probably the best game of the week. Low score however, considering both sides had plenty chances and could score only one each. Newcomers Altay, with all the turbulances within the club, showed a lot of dignity on the field. (1-1)

İstanbulspor – Adanaspor : Two teams from the same group of companies had a relatively interesting game. İstanbulspor stuck to the disciplined football they were succesful with last year, and made a comeback from a 2-0 down to 2-2 at the end of the game. (2-2)

Ankaragücü – Malatyaspor : The attacking footballers of last year Ankaragücü, could not pick up from where they left last year. The manager change had obvious implications on the team. Malatyaspor on the other hand showed that this year again, they would be fighters like last year. A draw seemed the fairest result, and so it was. (1-1)

Bursaspor – Beşiktaş : The fifth draw of the week, was rather like a proof of how much concentration is important in football after scoring. Besiktas scored 2 times to get the lead in which the equalizers from Bursaspor did not take more than 3 minutes to come. (2-2)
Göztepe – Elazığspor : Newcomers Elazığspor could not take advantage of the lead they got in the first half, where Goztepe responding with two in the second half. Goztepe did not look like the team they were last year. (2-1)

Kocaelispor – Gençlerbirliği : In one of the weeks most interesting games last years cup winners Kocaelispor could not manage to take over the one man down Gençlerbirliği, and the visitors very effective with their counter attack football, managed to grab the 3 points with 3 goals. (1-3)

Gaziantepspor – Denizlispor : Another draw where both teams had their chances, but only one goal each. Both teams showed fans something to wait upon in the future with their hopeful and attacking playing styles. (1-1)

Galatasaray – Samsunspor : Last years champions had an easy game against Samsunspor who could barely survive relegation last year and lost key players. Obviously it is very early to say something serious, but is no secret, Samsunspor will have their problems this year, wheras Galatasaray looked good on the offence but had their problems on the other side of the field. (4-1)

Goals of the week :

1. Elias (Adanaspor)
The second goal of the team, it was a brilliant left foot strike from 25 metres which left Alloum Bouker the goalkeeper of İstanbulspor helpless.
2. Sinan (Altay)
The youngster from the İzmir side had a very stylish, Bergkampish goal in which he collected the ball in a physical manner, past down two defenders and finished in style. The 21 year old looked like he might be the next big thing to watch.
3. Pancu (Beşiktaş)
The first goal of the match, a brilliant first time finish from the Rumenian in his first league game in Besiktas.

Team of the week : Gençlerbirliği

The team had their captain sent off and scored two more goals against a very decent Kocaelispor to win the game 3-1. With young talent mixed with experienced players Gençlerbirliği looks like they will be the team to watch this fall.

Player of the week : Mustafa Gürsel (Gençlerbirliği)

With his team down to 10 men after the first half hour, M.Gürsel showed that he had the determination and the physical ability to be there when the team needed him. The 27 year old midfielder scored two nice goals to help his team win the only away victory of the week.

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