Thursday, May 31, 2007

Hos Geldiniz, Kasimpasa!

Hos Geldiniz, Kasimpasa!
By Nathan L. Redd

The final spot in the 2007-2008 Turkcell Super Lig was claimed in thrilling fashion on Wednesday, as Istanbul squad Kasimpasa defeated Altay on penalty kicks. Regulation ended with a 2-2 tie, and Altay struck first in extra time in the 96th minute. However, in the last minute of extra time, Kasimpasa found the back of the net, and went on to win 4-3 on penalty kicks.

The promotion of Kasimpasa now gives Istanbul five teams in the Turkcell Super Lig for next season, with the recent promotion of Istanbul BB Spor joining Fenerbahce, Galatasaray, and Besiktas.

Despite being founded in 1921, Kasimpasa is making their first-ever trip to the headlining Super Lig. They play their games at Recep Tayyip Erdogan Stadium, with a capacity of only 13,500. Manager Akif Basaran will have his hands full with his newly-promoted team, but his side is to be commended for their tremendous work in 2007. Tebrikler ve hos geldiniz, Kasimpasa!


Blogger Oz Kanka said...

They play at Recep Tayyip Erdogan Stadium. I didn't realise. I wonder how many U.S. sports fans would like their team to play at George W. Bush stadium.

11:55 AM  
Blogger Nathan L. Redd said...

Haha....we Americans sell naming rights to all of our stadiums, so no one gets a facility named after them anymore. For example, my university football team plays at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

1:50 PM  

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