After my earlier aborted attempt, I will now post my end of season report again...
Keçiorengücü 2027/28 Season Review
Premier Division: 1st
Championship Group: Winners!!
(qualified for next season’s Champions League Group Stage)
Turkish Cup: Winners!!
Super Cup: Winners!!
Champions League: 1st Knockout Round
We lost a couple of games this season but still managed to top the table by some distance.
Once the points were halved, we still had an eight-point lead. Wins in our first three matches brought the title home rendering this season’s Championship Group somewhat meaningless…
Quite an exciting game this season as the lead changed hands several times in a 4-4 draw with Galatasaray. We then won the penalty shoot-out 4-2.
We had a straightforward run to the final, playing lower division sides or teams from the bottom half of the Premier league all the way. The final against Göztepe was as easy as the cup run as we won 4-1.
Despite now being one of the second seeds, we ended up with a tough group containing Inter, CSKA Moscow and Bayern Munich. Inter got their revenge for last season when we beat them home and away by beating us home and away as they stormed to the top of the group. We did the double over CSKA and a home win over Bayern meant it all went down to the final game in Germany. We turned in one of our best performances of the season to win 2-1 and snatch second in the group.
Final Group Table
Unfortunately, that was as good as it got as we once again came unstuck in the 1st Knockout Round. The damage was done when we lost the home leg 2-1. A 1-1 draw in Portugal was not enough as we lost 3-2 on aggregate.
The Squad: Transfers
Again, there were major departures this year as I got rid of a couple of players who were spreading discord in the squad about contracts. The biggest loss and the biggest incoming fee came from the sale of Brazilian centre back Renato Gaucho, who joined Real Madrid in a 61 million TL deal. We also lost Jean-Baptiste Kalimunda, the young French goalkeeper who only signed a year ago. That really infuriated me as he started demanding a new contract asking for ten times his existing wage (he wanted to go up from 20k p/w to 200k p/w!) and refused to negotiate. He then started missing training so was dropped and then sold in January for 18.5 million TL (needless to say, he signed for a mere 38k p/w with his new side ).
That meant my two major purchases in January were a new Brazilian centre-back Rui Pereira and a new cheap but good goalkeeper Pablo Orduna. Another new arrival in January who I have high hopes for is Bosnian right winger Boris Brkovic.
The Squad: Key Players
Fırat Pak (DR) – again excelled when in the first team and is well on his way to becoming one of our established homegrown stars.
Ariel Domini (DC) – Solid and consistent at the back. Now an established Argentina international as well.
Kadir Alagöz (DC) – Another fine season saw Kadir become the first Keçiörengücü plaer ever to be named in the World Team of the Year.
Şahin Kaya (DM) – Not guaranteed a starting berth these days but still a highly consistent performer and now holds the club record for most league appearances.
Atahan Şen (AML) – Turned in some great performances out on the wing and became the fifth Keçiörengücü youth product to win an international cap as well.
Kaan Uygun (AML) – More of the same on the left side of our attack, providing 20 assists in all competitions.
Erman Ergin (ST) - in and out of the first team due to injuries this season (the worst of which, a broken foot, kept him out for 3 months) but played well when fit. He was named amongst the subs in the World Team of the Year as well.
Emrah Özkan (ST) - ended up being our top scorer in the league this season and has now taken Ergin’s place in the national side.
Alexandre Tavares (ST) – My coaches don’t rate this guy that highly since his comeback from injury but he still scored consistently when called upon. In doing so he became the club’s all-time top scorer in the league and won the Cup Player of the Year award following his hat-trick in the final.
The Season Ahead…
15 seasons in and it’s starting to feel like a bit of a slog – we are now at that ‘plateau’ stage where finances are secure, facilities are top-class and there is little challenge at domestic level but still a lot of work to do it Europe (part of the reason I have updated much recently). I have several players like Ergin, Alagöz, Özkan, Dragut and Domini signed to long-term deals so hopefully we can make some progress as they reach their professional peak.
Europe will be our main focus this season. I’m hoping for a return to the glory days of the 2023-24 season…
The Story So Far…
Code: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 2026-27 | Premier | 1st | Winners | Winners | CL 1st KO | Domestic Double; Super Cup Winners 2027-28 | Premier | 1st | Winners | Winners | CL 1st KO | Domestic Double; Super Cup Winners