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 holding clubs and their owners accountable for over-spending. At the last count, around € 23 […]

Turkish clubs lead the way in stock market growth

TURKEY’S leading football clubs enjoyed the highest growth rates in their share price in 2016, reveals the latest paper from KPMG’s Football Benchmark. Against the odds, Turkey’s Borsa Istanbul grew by TL 42.6bn (USD 118m) in 2016. There is some correlation between Turkish market growth and the performance of the country’s top clubs. Trabzonspor’s share […]

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 […]

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 […]