The Turkish Super Lig was once a destination where players sought a high salary as they approached the end of their career. Now, the league is home to many players who could compete in anywhere in Europe. From young Dutch prospects like Adam Maher to players who have been forever linked with a Premier League move like Wesley Sneijder, the Turkish Super Lig is quickly becoming one of Europe’s most respected divisions.
It’s not like a Qatar or China – the teams are actually competitive, they’re capable of decent performances in both the Champions and Europa Leagues. As well as good showings on the pitch, their fans like to make themselves a spectacle too. Perhaps that is what attracts many of Europe’s elite – playing in a league which is unrivalled for support. Under English rules and stewards, the Turks would probably be ejected before the game kicked off.
Due to the amount of top level foreign players in the Turkish Super Lig, we’ve had to opt for a 3-4-3 formation.
There are a couple of honourable mentions to the likes of Samuel Eto’o and Vincent Aboubakar – but the team is already attacking enough without becoming unbalanced.
Unfortunately, rules in regards to fielding foreign players mean that we couldn’t use this team domestically – so we’ll have to apply elsewhere. Still, England could probably take note of this rule if they want to improve the national team, but that’s up to whether the FA prefer the success of the Three Lions or the money of foreign investment.
But how does the league compare to some of Europe’s others? Of course, they’re not in the top bracket divisions of the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga and Serie A – but below those four, there’s not much to separate them from the top flights of France and Portugal. Very respectable for a nation that has only produced a handful of top level players in comparison to Europe’s giants.