Saturday, May 26, 2007

En Buyuk Fener!!!

As Fenerbahce put the finishing touches on a 2006-2007 Championship campaign, 55,000 fans cheered on the champions of each club branch and saw Fener futbol put away Ankaragucu 3-1.

Each club branch was recognized and presented their trophies, and a "Legends of FB" futbol game was played featuring iconic Fenerbahce stars of the past. Serkan Acar, Metin Diyadin, Samuel Johnson, and Oguz Cetin were just some of stars who came back to Sukru Saracoglu to honor the club and participate. Finally, prior to the start of the game, Turkish Futbol Federation President Haluk Ulusoy put a cap on the centennial celebration by giving the trophy to Fener.

The game saw Fener playing superb futbol at times, obviously on a high from the day's festivities. The game got off on a sour note, however, as Ankaragucu struck first on a goal from Anilet in the 36th minute. Fener would trail 1-0 going into halftime, but the second half would be a different story. Mateja Kezman added two more goals to his resume in the 62nd and 81st minutes. It was an emotional day for captain Umit Ozat, who yesterday finalized his deal to join FC Koln and former Fener manager Christop Daum for next season. Ozat put his mark on the season and in the record books of Fenerbahce with Fener's equalizing goal in the 55th minute. Ozat, who was visibly in tears prior to the game, received a thunderous ovation when his goal found the back of the net. Prior to the game, Ozat was recognized and hoisted onto the shoulders of his teammates.

After losing his spot earlier this year, Zico substituted Volkan Demirel in goal for Serdar Kulbilge in the 39th minute. Volkan took care of business, giving a clean sheet to Fener after the first goal allowed by Serdar. Umit Ozat left the game four minutes after his goal to a rousing applause, replaced by Ugur Boral. Deivid de Souza also relieved Tumer Metin in the game. Diego Lugano did not play, nor did Stephen Appiah, who is recovering from knee surgery.
More news and notes on today's game coming soon. Photo courtesy of You can access a full photo gallery from today's celebration by visiting


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