Saturday, December 19, 2009

Down in the lower regions of European football Galatasaray added one more title to their trophy room – third in a row since 1971.
Bottom, left to right: Bulent, Tarik, Savas, Sabri, Birch – coach, Tuncay, Mehmet, Aydin, Ahmet.
Top: Muzzafer, Metin, Ayhan, Cengiz, Yildirim, Nihat, Omer, Yasin, Faruk, Suphi, Olcay, Gokmen.
Under the guidance of the English coach Birch Galatasaray dominated the Turkish league, featuring quite a few national players. But Turkish football was still lowly and the names meant nothing in Europe neither then, nor now. There was an exception, however: the goalkeeper Yasin eventually moved to New York Cosmos, hired by Ahmed Ertegun of Atlantic Records fame. The transfer happened much later in the decade, but at least for the sake of curiousity should be mentioned here.