Watch the money – Turkey’s currency crisis may make its clubs vulnerable

IT has, in relative terms, been a quiet summer in the Turkish transfer market. The country’s major clubs, usually active traders, are less able to flex their wallets due to Financial Fair Play and the Turkish Football Federation’s ruling over … Continue reading Watch the money – Turkey’s currency crisis may make its clubs vulnerable

The Dutch case is compelling

OUTSIDE the so-called “big five” leagues (England, Spain, Germany, France and Italy), the Netherlands’ Eredivisie appears to be the most successful European domestic competition. The latest paper from Football Benchmark takes a look at four leagues from the next level of the European game: the Netherlands, Turkey, Portugal and Poland. Even in the glory days of Cruyff and co. Dutch football was watched by lower crowds than it is today. As Football Benchmark says, these countries’ leagues are less visible than the big five, but they do include a number of clubs that have a rich heritage and passionate support. … Continue reading The Dutch case is compelling

No Turkish delight

TURKEY’S GALATASARAY have been banned from European competition for a year after consistently breaking the Financial Fair Play code. It is the latest twist in the decline of the Turkish domestic game, which many believe teeters on the brink of disaster. A few years ago, Turkey was being heralded as the next big watering-hole for big-name players. Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder made his way to Istanbul from Inter and other players were lured to the banks of the Bosphorus to pick-up lucrative contracts. The Turkish capital’s big three clubs all attracted healthy attendances – Fenerbahce and Galatasaray both drew 40,000-plus crowds, … Continue reading No Turkish delight