Football Without Borders #48: Turkey has an endless party for the magical title – 05/05/2022

One of the most interesting stories of the European season comes from Turkey. After a 38-year hiatus, Trabzonspor became a hero for the Turks, leaving behind giants Fenerbahce, Galatasaray and Besiktas. The end of the long fast would indeed be one of those great stories, but it was made even better by the way it happened. Two Brazilians took part in the club’s epic trajectory.

in the podcast Football Without Borders #48 (Listen in full in the episode above), columnist Julio Gomez and international reporter Jamil Shedd spoke with Bruno Perez, one of the heroes of the Trabzonspor conquest. The right-back, who has defended Santos, Sao Paulo and Roma, among other clubs, spoke a little about the victory saga for his team. Besides him, defender Vitor Hugo, formerly Palmeiras, was also an important figure in this campaign.

“The pictures speak for themselves about the fanaticism, how much the fans love the club and how much football lives in the city. We did a great feat, a very good job and crowned with them, who were always present. It’s been four or five days,” the 32-year-old said. Almost on the city. With everything I’ve experienced in football, it was new and something surreal, so nice to see,” said the 32-year-old.

Bruno Perez doesn’t exaggerate when he talks about the party. Last Friday (29), fans filled the Senol Gunes Stadium to watch the team’s last training before the crucial match against Antalyaspor. The festive atmosphere returned the next day and exploded with the whistle blowing the end of the 2-2 draw and the start of a qualifying celebration – as the pitch was stormed, the players were carried by the fans and an entire city in ecstasy.

Jamil summarized how the club, since its inception, had to overcome differences to challenge the dominance of the Istanbul teams. “City [Trabzon, ou Trebizonda, em português] Located on the Black Sea, it is a very strategic geopolitical place full of history. As for football, the area had several teams until the 1950s and they hated each other. There was a very strategic decision to unite all the teams in the city in order to compete with the big teams in Turkey. This union made Trabson Sport. At the time, it was so controversial that it was not possible to choose the color of the shirt, for example,” the international correspondent and columnist explained in UOL.

Trabzonspor was born in 1967 and it didn’t take long to accumulate the titles. The team was crowned Turkish champions six times in the 1970s and 1980s, the last time being in the 1983/84 season. Since then, the team has hit the post six times as a deputy. In 2010/11, there was a match-fixing scandal in Turkey involving champion Fenerbahce. Club managers were punished, but the title was retained, which angered Trabzonspor in second place.

The controversial decision had motives that went beyond the sporting realm, Jamil explained. “This story has a very large political background. [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan, the president of Turkey, has mainly funded this title. Fenerbahce is a team [Mustafa Kemal] Ataturk is the “father” of Turkey. There was something else going on there as well in the region: the Arab Spring. Turkey is not an Arab country, but it is beginning to feel the effects of these revolutions. “Erdogan was so worried that he kept the title,” Gemayel said.

Bruno Perez arrived at the Turkish club this season after defending Roma. The side talked about the expectations he had when changing the club. “They showed me a project that really was a winner. The players they wanted to bring in already had some experience. Trabzonspor is a great team and this year, they have proven themselves to be a force to be born in the European football scene. And from the eighth round, we were able to acclimatise in a string of victories that She was decisive. And we were able to open a very good chubby for second place. With the experience of the players, it was easier to manage this to beat this great feat,” he said.

With so many special ingredients, the Turkish Trabzonspor title is among the highlights of the season in Europe. “The history is amazing, both for the club and for the political clashes that took place in recent decades in Turkey with the participation of the team. The pictures of the city are amazing. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen such a celebration, with those feelings that Turks have. In fact, it was exciting.”

Listen to the podcast Football Without Borders He also learned about the details of the festive atmosphere for Trabzonspor fans and the celebrations that paralyzed the region. Also find out what the rivalry between local fans and Istanbul greats looks like, ignited by history and passion.

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