Keçiorengücü 2025/26 Season Review
Premier Division: 1st
Championship Group: Winners!!
(qualified for next seasons Champions League Group Stage)
Turkish Cup: Quarter-finalists
Super Cup: Winners!!
Champions League: 3rd in Group Stage
Europa League: Quarter-finalists
We had a good solid season, only losing twice. We led the way from about January onwards but we also had Fenerbahçe and Beşiktaş snapping at our heels most of the way as all of the top three reached/passed the 80 point mark.
As usual, the points were halved for the championship play-off and a defeat to Fenerbahçe in the opening match meant we dropped to second. We responded well wining the next 4 on the trot as the other teams beat each other allowing us to claim a 5th straight title!
City rivals Gençlerbirliği were no match for us in the season curtain raiser.
We breezed through the first couple of rounds only to come unstuck in the quarter-finals where Gençlerbirilği got revenge for that early season Super Cup match with a 2-0 win.
A tough start as we travelled to Old Trafford and inevitably lost to Man U. We then got a big win away to Ajax followed by back-to-back wins over Salzburg. All seemed set for qualification before disaster struck as we lost to both Man U and Ajax at home, consigning us to 3rd and a Europa League spot.
Final Group Table
APOEL were our first opponents and were easily beaten to set up a 2nd Knockout Round tie with Juventus, the side who beat us in the Europa League final back in 2023. Revenge was sweet as we beat them 2-0 home and away to move into the quarter-finals. There we faced Arsenal. A 1-0 win at home in the first leg was a good start but we couldnt follow it up as we lost 3-0 at the Emirates and said goodbye to Europe for another season.
The Squad: Transfers
The usual clear-out of fringe and youth players was accompanied by some big money departures as right-back Berkan Yemiş went to Man City for 12.5 million TL and French winger Delahaye went to Villareal for a similar amount. Delahayes replacement came in the shape of a promising young Turkish winger from the German leagues, Mustafa Sağlik, with a couple of youngsters joining him Louis Rosseau would turn out to be the pick of them.
The Squad: Key Players
Akif Kılınç (DR) the reason I was happy to sell m first-choice right back to Man City! Cemented his place in the first team and became a regular in the national side too.
Carlos Silva (DL) took Turkish citizenship at the start of the season but then got called up and capped by his native Portugal. Very consistent on the left side of defence, enough so to win the Premier League Defender of the Year award and be the only Keçiörengücü player in the leagues Team of the Year.
Kadir Alagöz (DC) Injuries restricted him to just 29 appearances this season but he was always first choice when fit..
Şahin Kaya (DM) Also blighted by injuries this season but crucial as our most senior player.
Marius Dragut (MC) The driving force of our midfield.
Mustafa Sağlık (AMR) Came in as back-up but was a regular starter in the second half of the season.
Erman Ergin (ST) Struggled with injuries during the season but when he was fit and scoring, we were winning.
Alexandre Tavares (ST) *screenshot missing* Started the season in great form and won the Footballer of the Year in Turkey award only to have his season ended in early December by a broken foot. Heres hoping he can bounce back next season.
The Squad: Ones to watch
Atahan Şen (YP9.2) continued his development with some great performances and Emrah Özkan (YP7) provided high quality back-up to our first choice strikers. Fırat Pak (YP11) added to our fine tradition of youth team products with a very good debut season covering at right-back. From outside our youth academy, Kaan Uygun seems to have found his position as a left-winger and Loris Rousseau had a fine first season with the club.
The Season Ahead
Report coming up
The Story So Far
Season | Division | Position | Play-Offs | Turkish Cup | Europe | Achievements
2012-13 | 2nd (Grp B) | 5th | QF | 1st Round | N/A | N/A
2013-14 | 2nd (Grp B) | 1st | N/A | 3rd Round | N/A | Promoted!
2014-15 | First | 1st | N/A | 3rd Round | N/A | Promoted!
2015-16 | Premier | 10th | N/A | 4th Round | N/A | Stayed up
2016-17 | Premier | 6th | Won in R3 | 4th Round | N/A | Qualified for Europa League
2017-18 | Premier | 2nd | 3rd | 4th Round | EL 4th QR | Qualified for Europa League
2018-19 | Premier | 2nd | 2nd | Semi-final | EL Group | Qualified for Champions League
2019-20 | Premier | 3rd | 2nd | 5th Round | EL 1st KO | Qualified for Champions League
2020-21 | Premier | 3rd | 2nd | 5th Round | EL 2nd KO | Qualified for Champions League
2021-22 | Premier | 2nd | Winners | 4th Round | CL Quarters | League Champions!
2022-23 | Premier | 2nd | Winners | Winners | EL Finalists | Domestic Double; Super Cup Winners
2023-24 | Premier | 1st | Winners | 5th Round | CL Semis | League Champions; Super Cup Winners
2024-25 | Premier | 1st | Winners | Finalists | CL Quarters | League Champions; Super Cup Winners
2025-26 | Premier | 1st | Winners | Quarters | EL Quarters | League Champions; Super Cup Winners