Wednesday, November 28, 2012

As for the champions, they were real success story. First, the Cup final. Besiktas reached the final, hoping to win something this year and restore Istanbul's pride. Their opponents were the steadily performing Trabzonspor. The two final matches were tough – only one goal scored, but it was against Besiktas. 0-0 and 1-0 - Trabzonspor won the Cup. The championship was won more confidently, leaving the competition well behind.

First ever double for Trabzonspor! First ever double for provincial club! First ever two consecutive titles for club outside Istanbul. It was great! If anything, Trabzonspor proved they were no one-time wonder – they were here to stay. It was steady rising for a quite young club, founded in 1967, and by now they were feared and respected in Turkey, but it was perhaps this very season when Trabzonspor were finally accepted as really strong clubs, one to stay among the best. And from this year the big Turkish clubs were four – three from Istanbul and one from Trabzon.
Trabzonspor paid their dues, climbing up not from ashes, but from the mud. This is a nice photo from 1974-75 season – obviously, it did some good to the character of the team: that's how one learns to win. The future famous coach Gunes Senol was captaining the champions and kept the ball out of the net, there were few other Turkish stars of that time, well-rounded team, but the mastermind of it should be mentioned: the coach Ahmet Suat Özyazıcı. He made the team, he started winning with it, he won the amazing titles in 1976 and 1977. The mud may have been character-builder, but the coach should really take the credit. Little known outside Turkey, he still had some tricks in his sleeve – more trophies to win and to really establish Trabzonspor on the football map.
Ahmet Suat Özyazıcı – then and now. True legend.